The Ebòlò in Buhari

As though he's a law himself, President Buhari carries an egregious ego that, in modest exaggeration could pale Nebuchadnezzar's. He does in a democracy as he would in his junta days. And quite insultingly, issues the nation a grisly smirk of nonchalance even when we're shouting ourselves hoarse or the international communities are relaying our voices into his inattentive ears. And that, as depressing as it often recurs, was why many unarmed Nigerian youths slain in the Lekki massacre under the supervision of his ex-security chiefs would earn no mention or even a borderline empathy till this day.

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By Adebayo Shu’aib Pedro Alabi

As we up the ante of our resistance against Buhari’s penchant for favouritism, so he, like the Phoenix, rebirths with a more ferocious strain of same. Like an àbíkú is famed for voiding every potency made to keep him alive.

But the difference, however, is that, àbíkús, in Yoruba folklore, more often than not, have mercy on their healers, and cede all extraterrestrial powers to, after many counts of their deaths, stay put on earth. This final mercy with which àbíkús compensate their victims is what I’m uncertain is present in Buhari!

However, àbíkús are, by many standards, better off ebòlò, the ever-relishing, veritable, savoury vegetable the Yorubas prize so high, when it comes to forgoing one’s ill-attributes.

Ebòlò, in its pervasive yet persuasive stench, is conceited and unforgiving, so much so that, it keeps its values—most notably, its stench—till the stage it gets metabolized into human body system. The vegetable, by its recalcitrant characteristics, best describes President Buhari who sees no wrong in plays of cronyism.

As though he’s a law himself, President Buhari carries an egregious ego that, in modest exaggeration could pale Nebuchadnezzar’s. He does in a democracy as he would in his junta days. And quite insultingly, issues the nation a grisly smirk of nonchalance even when we’re shouting ourselves hoarse or the international communities are relaying our voices into his inattentive ears. And that, as depressing as it often recurs, was why many unarmed Nigerian youths slain in the Lekki massacre under the supervision of his ex-security chiefs would earn no mention or even a borderline empathy till this day.

And to make the pang of the murder of the slain more hurtful, and their memories more haunting, those, who, under the unfortunate skies of Buhari’s ego supervised the killings, are now his nominees for some ambassadorial positions. Some positions which come with immunity against trial as one of its many fringe benefits. The nomination which, in a fertile extrapolation, could be perfectly described as a preemptive plea bargain aforethought and granted ahead the crime of killings supervised by Buhari’s newly found diplomats.

But many Nigerians, more often than usual, never wont to dispel cronyism over competence. In stead, they reduce every national matter capable of bitter, incendiary aftertaste to ethnic or religious tug. And this, sadly, is a nation that was once projected as best of Black nations!

Adebayo is a writer, resident in Osun state, Nigeria.

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