By AKINWANDE GBENGA.
As a student of Literature, George Orwell's Animal Farm was a rave that swept through our generations in the late 90s. A classmate posed the question "Have you read Animal farm"? I nodded in affirmation even when I know I haven't. I couldn't dare face the humiliation that will come with not reading it at that moment. I can very well remember a quote from it that has refused to leave my head till today: All animals are equal. But some are more equal than others. This, apparently, is the state of Nigeria at the moment.
Nigerian politicians have so well learnt or read The Animal Farm so much that the characterizations have being taking over the political space in recent times. Just about 8 months ago, while President Muhammadu Buhari was in The United Kingdom, receiving treatment, the First Lady in a tweet alleged the show of power from some alleged "hyenas and jackals". Even though names were not mentioned, everyone seem to know who those are. Responding to her tweet, Senator Shehu Sani, an APC Senator from Kaduna said these hyenas and jackals will win into hiding when the "lion" himself returns to the country, obviously referring to the President. From thence, the involvement of animals in our democracy seem to gather more strength and grew in numbers. Their activities have engulfed the national scenery with surprises and amazement. It also have not fallen short of comical experiences.
President Buhari, on arrival from The United Kingdom, was refused access into his office by a section of the animal kingdom seen as small, RATS (Though the Presidential spokesperson referred tothem as RODENTS). Either rodents or rats, it was a calamitous statement at that. These rats may have found that office to be very cool and attractive just as it was to the incumbent while in opposition. Little did they know that "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown". A sum of Two Billion Naira (N2 Billion) was allocated to fumigate the Villa and Rock all together. At least, that sacked these unelected animals from that prestigious office. Opposition then shifted to the dying People's Democratic Party (PDP), who were trying to salvage what was left for them after Senator Ali Modu Sherif held them hostage for a period of two years.
Oh yes, all animals are equal. But some have to be more equal than others as Orwell wrote in his book. President Buhari had to stem the troubling rise of Indigenous People Of Biafra led by the radical Nnamdi Kanu. The former ordered the military to ensure victory in the South Eastern region so his reign can be peaceful. Operation PYTHON dance was then introduced. Python! Python, a reptile known as one of most dangerous reptile to ever graced the world. The question; does a snake dance? Well, I will leave that to the Zoologists and Rangers. But I will make no mistake of calling the movement pattern of the python a dance. I will rather flee with my tail in between my legs. Similarly, in the South South, the Army declared the commencement of Operation CROCODILE smile. The crocodile seemed to have been reconfigured to smile because the last I know of it, it doesn't have a facial expression to describe it's feelings. I am not to justify or rebut the essence of these operations but to detail the gradual invovlment of animals in our democracy.
Just recently, The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) discovered that some of their hard earned revenue was taken away by an unregistered staff, SNAKE. Funny as this may sound, it really did happen. A staff of the board in Benue State alleged that an unaccounted for Thirty Six Million Naira (N36 Million) was stolen by a snake in conjunction with her house help. Oh Poor woman! It must have been tormenting for her to watch the snake take away such huge amount. Well, she was so sure of the story that she recanted it to the JAMB board of enquiries led by the Professor Ishaq Oloyede himself. Such is the big influence animals have taken under this administration.
The Senate was not spared from the animal take over. Barely a week after the JAMB incidence, the Northern Senator's Forum removed it's chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu for financial misappropriation. Senator Shehu Sani, who seem to have interest in animals, confirmed to the media that a certain Senator said Seventy Million Naira (N70 Million) belonging to the Norther Caucus in the Senate was allegedly taken away by monkeys who invaded his farm house. Really? Monkeys, apart from having few similarities to human beings had the knowledge of what Nigeria's legal tender is? That news was met with a lot of "wow"! Though, none of the Senators of Northern extract have disclosed whose farm house it was but what is clear is that the MONKIES have had a successful political stint in Nigeria. These are coming when our criminal justice system are finding it difficult to nail corrupt government officials. When else is it easier to triumph for the animals?
Remember when the President himself talked about baboons and dogs in the preface to the 2015 general elections? One wouldn't have thought it was going to be a full involvement of different sections of animal kingdom. Could it be that Nnamdi Kanu had seen this coming when he called Nigeria a ZOO? Or how do we renounce President Donald Trump's reference of SHITHOLE on African countries? Maybe we have seen the end of animals evolving in our democracy or we still expect more are questions many are looking to have answers to. Until then, we are already struggling with animals (in human form also) for relevance in this political dispensation.
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