Published March 20th, 2012
People desire ‘Democracy’ and at times vote for ‘Democratic government’; what then happens when the people you vote to rule turn to be ‘brood of Vipers ‘in government. An English word has synonyms that enable one to fully understand the meaning of a ‘word’. The synonyms for Viper are: brute, pig, rat, monster, beast, skunk, worm and animal. Take your pick from these words and you will arrive at the same conclusion with me that the government of Ibikunle Amosun in Ogun State is that of ‘brood of vipers’. Let us take a peep into Encarta English Dictionary for broader understanding and you will have these meanings of viper:
The viper theory was brought forth after the demise of a
tourism Icon of Ogun State. The actual cause of death of the
valiant Egba Son, Sir Apagun Stephen Oluwole Olumide was the
hollow fangs the governor of Ogun State (SIA) injected into
Apagun’s Life Investments. It was worse than venom. SIA
exhibited the traits of a malicious and treacherous man as
evident in the revocation of all the properties of this
great Egba Son without proven case of corrupt enrichment.
Ibikunle Amosun by the seizure plunged Apagun into billion
Naira debts of Investors money held in trust by him as the
chief promoter of AGR. The investors include several Egba
Sons and daughters and Ogun indigenes in Diaspora and
Foreigners. The study of man is truly complex. The heart of a man is extremely dangerous and that is why you have degenerates and gutter snipers in power. Woe beholds anyone who is unlucky to cross the paths of these devilish men. Imponderables came to my mind as I write this piece: Why did the Chicken cross the Road? Why would Apagun drown himself in the artificial lake he created? Imponderables are collection of Life Puzzles and life is very complex indeed. Scholars reflect on imponderables with deep thoughts for knowledge. The destructive tendencies of these blood thirsty politicians need to be examined. Does this tendency fall under Psycho traits? Or sheer Wickedness? Why a sane man would seek political power for a pre-determined objective to destroy goodness? They are examples of imponderables that occur in politics, the sudden, the unusual, the bizarre, and the surprising.
- Poisonous Snake: a snake with
hollow fangs that it uses to inject into its
victim when it bites. Native to: Europe, Asia,
Africa family: Viperidae
- Reptiles same as adder
- Poisonous snake not of
viper family: a poisonous snake belonging to a
family other than that of the true viper, e.g.
the horned viper
- Offensive term: an
offensive term for somebody who is considered to
be malicious, treacherous, or ungrateful
affect everything and everybody. Are our politicians
ascribing to Isaac Newton’s law of gravity that for every
action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In this
context for a good deed, there is an equal devilish deed by
the opposition. Apagun Olumide was a jolly good man, he was
not a politician yet he contributed to the
Infrastructural development, the accomplished goals and
objectives, the paths and direction, the lights shone and
the benefits accrued to Ogun State that are so incredible
and eye-popping today but unfortunately SIA fails to see or
refuse to appreciate. May God save us from the Vipers in
government? It is unfortunate that violence perpetuated in
an administration is called bad governance.
Violence or a violent act involves threat or actual
execution of acts which have actual or potential capacity to
inflict physical, emotional or psychological injury on a
person or a group of persons (Short and Wolfang; 1972:23).
Erikson (1985:19) felt that violence or violent act may also
be collective (perpetrated by a group) or individual
(perpetrated by an individual). Newton Garver (1991:47)
opined that violence is best explained relative to its
etymology—to violate. According to him, the basic issue
about violence is that somebody is been violated. From the
above views, the extended definition of violence enables us
regard any action that infringes upon the rights of citizens
as constituting violence.
The extension of
violence to the realm of Government crops up out of the
opinion that a government is culpable when it perpetrates
such violations of rights like killing, disabling, causing
pain, injustice and discrimination. The State has
responsibilities to the citizens not only in terms of
safeguarding their legal or civil rights but in terms of
equally catering for their natural and human rights.
Ibikunle Amosun (SIA) inflicted physical, emotional and
psychological injuries on late Apagunpote of Egba land
thereby causing his death. The present government in Ogun
State is run by beasts that do not care for the youths as
occasioned by TASUED crisis, the elderly citizens and Icons
of Ogun State that have contributed immensely to the
development of the State. Politicians must learn to
appreciate others. Politics is not a do or die affair; it is
supposed to be a service to God and humanity. My clarion
call is to the people; in the next election be aware of
vipers. As long as you cast your vote in any election you
are part of the system. That your
lone vote can actually build on a foundation of
righteousness; use your vote wisely, vote the personality
with integrity and character according to the dictates of
your conscience. Character is the sum-total of personal
traits possessed by an individual that makes him what he is.
Character has special reference to moral qualities, ethical
standards and principles, which guide a person’s conduct and
cause him to choose one course of action over another.
Integrity means living by the laws – both God’s laws and
those of the society. Integrity presupposes that there is a
situation and a desire to live by it. A person who lives by
integrity will aim to do right and to wrong no one. His
conscience will be clear, both towards God and Man.
Conscience is basic to a work of integrity. Integrity is
basic to righteousness.
The vipers in Ogun
State government today lack Character. Evil is so entrenched
in Ogun State to the extent that the virtuous, the
law-abiding, the innocents, the charitable and the
altruistic are no longer comfortable with the government
while charlatans, swindlers, villains, fraudsters, traitors,
dishonorable men & women, murderers, robbers, manipulators
and hypocrites are in charge. Nothing is in proper order.
Justice is thoroughly perverted, everything is upside down,
truth is crushed, and evil repressed good. Some people act
against what their conscience tells them for so long that
eventually their conscience becomes numb – seared – no
longer sensitive to right and wrong.
History tells us that many egoistic, greedy, ambitious and
wicked leaders met their doom due to their inability to
decipher the time to stop and listen. Talking about history
has brought my consciousness to the world of folk tales as
written in another piece of mine titled “Not until I’ve
been disgraced”. As usual the tortoise always occupies
centre stage. From time immemorial, this animal, with its
own unique way, has always fascinated me. Tortoise is ugly,
slow, and sneaky. I was told from childhood that Tortoise
harbours many existential secrets. No folk tale was ever
told without a didactic meaning. In one of the tales,
Tortoise made a noisy preparation and announced that he was
going to the market. His curious neighbour, seeing that the
day was far gone, asked: “When will you return?” tortoise
replied, “Not until I’ve been disgraced.” I
thought of this parable once again today and in the memory
of my Egbon, my friend and confidant, I say that the vipers
will definitely be disgraced out of office and judgment day
shall surely come upon them. A wise sage once said
that an ingrate is but a robber in disguise.
This brings me to another Tortoise story: After a heavy bout
of drinking at a funeral party, tortoise bared his mind to
his co-revelers. “I wish there would always be a party
like this every weekend.” The others warned tortoise not
to say such a thing because funeral parties could only be
held when someone died. Tortoise retorted, “I don’t care
if somebody has to die before a funeral party can be held.
What’s so strange about anybody dying anyway? I’m not
bothered as long as there is a big party where I can make
merry.” The following week, the town crier did his usual
rounds of announcing new developments in the community.
There would be a funeral service and party over the coming
weekend, he announced. “Who died?” asked an elderly man in
the gathering. “It is my painful duty to announce the
untimely death of Mr. Tortoise,” said the town crier,
“May his soul rest in peace.”Let
those who have ears hear! Apagun’s sacrifice shall not be in
vain. Adieu “Egbon”.