Once again, the men have gathered round the table and today, the talk is on politics and the need to restructure Nigeria.
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Oh, by the way, welcome to Men's Roundtable. We have in the house Kelvin, a lawyer who believes he has been radicalised by the likes of the late Gani Fawehinmi and Femi Falana, by leaving a very funny goatie that makes him look like a goat itself;
Tim is also here. He is supposed to be a banker but that is neither here nor there because everyone believes bankers should have money but Tim is not in that category as he hardly buys drinks for guys;
We also have Washington or Wash, like I love to call him, who is the coolest guy among us, wash can also handle the bottle better than anyone else;
And my humble self; I like to see myself as the nice guy of the lot but with my weird and out of this world ideas, I often do not know where I fit in.
So here we were, trying to kill our sorrows when Kelvin came up with politics, a favourite of his at all times.
"How do you mean?" Wash asked him.
"I am surprised you guys do not follow up with events. Have you not heard that members of the Senate have approved a proposal that approves life pension and immunity for its principal officers like the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, to enjoy life pension and immunity."
"I do not think that will fly," I chipped in.
“It is highly immoral and disgraceful," Kelvin pretended he did not hear me.
"For crying out loud, Saraki is a former governor and is drawing pension on that and only God knows how much that is. So he will also be earning pension after his tenure as Senate President? That is outrageous."
"The annoying thing is that try as many Nigerians have done, no one knows how much these guys earn in the first place for doing practically nothing," Tim said.
"Yes, they sit on their fat asses, milking the nation dry while the masses suffer untold hardship. Everything in the country is at a standstill but instead of them to come up with laws that will alleviate the sufferings and hardship, they are only concerned about their own comfort," Kelvin fired on.
"They keep pushing for things they know the public will not like because they all take us for granted. I tire for these type of lawmakers we have in this country. If they do not kill Nigeria, Nigerians should kill them," Wash said.
"That is what we deserve for voting them into power, knowing their antecedents," I said.
"Many of them were not voted in. They bought and killed to get in there, knowing what they stand to get. Imagine asking for immunity now that Saraki is facing charges in court.
They want to cover up for his alleged crimes. I wonder what he is afraid of. Let him go there and face the charges if he is innocent as he claims," Tim posited.
“It is a shame and an insult to our collective intelligence that these people are taking us for granted. There are serious national issues to debate but they are not bothered even if the country burns as long as it does not affect them.
Nobody is above the law and who violate the law should face the wrath of the law.
Every part of the country is in trouble. The Niger Delta Avengers are bombing hell out of the South-South, Ipob and Massob are stirring in the South-East, Boko Haram are devastating the North while Fulani herdsmen are tormenting the South-West and Middle Belt but they are just concerned about their skins.
It is so sad and demeaning," Mr. Radical Kelvin fired on. Typical of him, he seems to be triggered off when he talks politics but he sure has a point this time.
"It is rather ridiculous that all these are going on in a country where the ordinary Nigeria worker would slave for 35 years and to get his stipend as pension is such a herculean task.
States are finding it difficult to pay N18,000 minimum wage but these lawmakers are just about what is good for them, not minding what the masses they claim to represent are going through," Wash said.
"But what can we do?" Tim said?
"I propose a revolution in this country or if that is not possible, we need to restructure so that Nigeria would not die," Kelvin said.
But what do you think should be done to save this country?
Your contributions will be highly welcome.