Manufacturing date: October 1960
BB (Best Before): American Creators (2014); Nigerian Handlers (Never); Religious realities (2020); Political realities (2015)
Warranty: 10 years (If inhabitants revolt within 10 years, a full refund will be made)
Market name:- Giant of Africa (PS: Be advised that its just a name, you will actually find a dwarf).
Middlemen: (i) Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; (ii) Dr. Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; (iii) Dr. Diezani Alison-Madueke
Product Description: The Product is a country. With over 160 million gullible inhabitants, this product stands tall as one of the most populous countries in the world. Created in 1960 as a pet project of a British adventurer and named by his wife, this product has withstood so many misuse and is still in great shape.
Product components: (Over 160 million inhabitants, countless private jets, numerous religious houses, corpses, beautiful flowers, hungry faces and sick minds; smiling faces, angry hearts.
Inhabitants are descendants of the great slaves of those years, and lucky enough, the blood of servitude still flows in their veins. They can be used for anything.
Organise regular revivals and sponsor some of them to Jerusalem and Mecca yearly and they’ll sing ‘ranka-dede’ for you and even beg you to match their heads. Once in a while, let crumbs drop from your mighty tables by distributing clippers, hair-dryers, ‘keke napep’, motorcycles to them and they will not only serve you, they will teach their children to love, adore and serve your children after you.
Make their teachers the least earners and taunt them until they lock down the schools. Teach them that all these Mandelas, Saro Wiwas, Fawehinmis, Aminu Kanos, Castros, Cabrals were all nut-jobs; give them new heroes like the Tompolos, Asari-Dokubos, Tinubus, El-rufais, Melayes, Abatis, Al-Mustaphas.
Teach them that true pride lies in joining cult groups, in them being able to wield guns and kill one another off. When they try to face you or challenge your authority, tell them it’s the Yorubas that are trying to kill off Igbos and that the Hausas and Fulanis are disgusted by the Tiv’s culture.
Carefully erode their culture by pumping enough cash into meaningless music and home movies devoid of lessons and societal values. Promote artists who teach youths to sag away their lives over artists who sing meaningful songs, and you’ll enjoy the product for long.
Finally, once in a while, when one of them climbs above all the obstacles you put before them and sees through your lies, kill him off to serve as deterrent to others. Keep them believing in reforms and keep recycling the past leaders for them.
Continue to emphasise to them that an attempt to revolutionise the product will not succeed because of the cultural, tribal and religious diversities and you’ll enjoy the product for a very long long time.
Other terms and conditions apply!
Note: Buyers will be treated on a first come, first serve basis.
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JAMES Ogunjimi is Coordinator, Committee for the defence of Human Rights, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago, Iwoye, Ogun State
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