“One day bush-meat go catch the hunter…one day bush-meat go catch the hunter o, one day meat go catch the hunter! Catch the hunter o!!!” This is the chorus of the hit, Bushmeat by Soundsultan ft Tuface, the duo among-st Nigeria’s creative and finest A list music artists.
Be it as it may, the literal meaning of the song won’t be lost on anybody who grew up hearing folklore and even if you don’t it should not be lost on you
With the shenanigans and theatrics going on in our beloved Nigeria in the anti corruption war, the song would one day come to be a reality with disastrous consequences.
Why do i say so you ask?
Have you read the headlines today? How can an Ex-Minister, that has been accused of allegedly siphoning funds from the ministry to buy two bulletproof BMW cars for herself, attempt to seek a court injunction preventing the authorities from investigating her and arresting her! How profound! A round of applause to her please!!
Well, am not entirely surprised at that, since there is a legal precedence of an Ex-Governor who got perpetual injunction from the Court of Law against the authorities from ever attempting to attempt to investigate or prosecute him. And 8 years going, he walks around free, in a country of 150m people with a constitution guiding our code of conduct.
Did i mention a constitution? Yeah, i did, and it takes me to the desecrated, sorry Hallowed chamber where the laws of our beloved land is been enacted. How can the number 3 citizen of our country be on trial for alleged forgery and yet brazenly seat to preside over proceedings in the house and also have the temerity to tell the Chairman of the Tribunal hearing his case to stand down and disengage himself on the allegation that he was biased?! Oh, i forgot to mention, the Dis-honorable senators attempted to tinker with the bill establishing the Code of Conduct and try to cloak themselves with the toga of immunity from prosecution. How grand and noble! A standing ovation to them please!!! OH wait not yet!! Apologies….
The Honorable House of Representatives, did i say Honorable? Scratch it out, the Dishonorable House of Representathieves have been bedeviled with allegation of budget padding by one of their very own. But what was their response? Suspension from the House for 180 legislative days (How many days do they seat in a year really?) for abusing House privileges as a member, and they kept mute over the allegation, how wonderful!! Now a standing ovation to the Dishonorable Desecrated National Assembly!!!!
Come to think of it, i didn’t mention they are amongst the highest paid Legislators in the World, and currently, the exact amount the earn is unknown? #sealedlips #Storyforanotherday #Judgementday
Dear Mr. President, remember the wordings of this poem titled i Shall Pass Through this World But Once by Stephen Grellet, and don’t think for a moment, that you have all the time in this world. Act like there is no second term, take firm decisive steps to right the Rudder of this Ship called Nigeria. We know you are surrounded by hawks, vultures, hyenas and serpents. But you have one thing in your arsenal, the goodwill of those who voted you in and expect you to deliver on your resume that allowed us give you that opportunity in the first instance. Use that weapon to your advantage sir, least it be given to another who comes soonest and would wield it to good use.
Dear Mr. President and fellow Nigerians, one day bush-meat will catch the hunter, and that day draws near steadily. And i will end with this prayer from Josiah Gilbert Holland for our reflection:
GOD, give us men!
A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.