By Ebele Orakpo

Driver, are you having diarrhoea of the mouth? Since we left Oshodi over 30 minutes ago, you have been talking non-stop. Please concentrate on your driving,” said Mike who was visibly irritated by the constant chattering by the driver.

“It’s like you are entering his bus for the first time. This is the way he talks,” said Ify.

“Haba! He has been talking alone and the man he is talking to has not said a word. He alone is the lead singer and the chorus singer; the judge and the jury. And he is a man for that matter. I wonder what would have happened if he were a woman,” said Chris.

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“Woman indeed! Some men talk more than women and this is a typical example,” stated Ify. At this point, the driver decided to reply them.

“Please leave me alone.” And pointing to a posh car beside him he said: “Is that not your mate driving his own car? You don’t have one and yet you won’t let me be.”

“I don’t blame you. If we don’t patronise you, you will die of hunger,” replied Mike.

“Says who? I will use this bus to transport goats or cows. At least they won’t disturb my talking. After one or two trips in a day, I will wash the vehicle and rest,” the driver said.

“There is so much money in this country, yet the common man is suffering. So many cannot afford even a decent meal a day. And all our so-called representatives know how to do is share our money. The misappropriation of N9 billion by the leadership of the House of Representatives is still hanging. And how many are we in Nigeria?

About 150 million.
If we all share that money, each person will go with at least N60,000 which is some people’s salary for two three months. It’s mind-boggling,” said Iyke. Continuing he said: “I stopped voting since 1993 because our votes don’t count. You will stand in the rain and sun and you are harassed by law enforcement agents and at the end of the day, the powers-that-be select those they want, so there is absolutely no need voting.”

“You are getting it all wrong. You don’t just vote, you must also protect your vote,” counselled Yemi.
“You said Fashola is working so won’t you vote for him to continue the good work?” asked Yemi..

“No, I don’t need to vote because I know he will win,” Iyke replied.
“If you don’t vote, then don’t complain about any government because you refused to play your part. Our problem here is our attitude. For change to occur, some people must make the supreme sacrifice,” said Margaret.

“Oh, I should lose my life for people like you to enjoy? No way! All those rogue politicians must be killed for there to be a change,” stated Iyke.

Noted Yemi: “That is what we are doing. There must be a generational change. We want the old brigade out. We need to inject fresh blood into the political arena.”

“It’s like you are an AC member,” Iyke noted, referring to Yemi.

“I’m a progressive,” replied Yemi.

“It’s only in Nigeria that a religious leader could be richer than some nations. A friend of mine from Guinea said
their country is so poor that people are starving to death,” Iyke continued, changing the subject from politicians to religious leaders.

“Don’t judge anybody. You don’t know how they got their money and how much charity work they do,” stated Ify.

“Abeg! Which work? There are so many desperately poor people in those places of worship and communities and yet, nobody is helping them. They would rather enrich themselves. Some of the churches are owned by politicians and businessmen who then employ pastors. It is a good place to invest because you don’t wait for long to start getting profits,” Iyke said.

“The way you are talking, it’s like you will do worse if you have the opportunity,” commented Yemi.
“God forbid. I won’t want to get into trouble with God,” said Iyke.


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