The reign of impunity in any society is signalled by the absence of the rule of law. The animals in the wild are slightly different from man because of the absence of this concept.
One of the cheapest commodities in the world is an opinion. No one sells opinion, even consultants –they sell you judgements. Again, opinions need no efforts to thrive just a medium of expression; they exert no further actions or prior facts.
Our abysmal peregrination in the guise of nationhood was recently punctuated by stomach-upsetting tales from our political class.
A Lagos High court Judge recently ‘pronounced’ the collection of tolls by the Lagos state Government on the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge as illegal.
Apparently, the Attorney General of the State and his cohorts has chosen to label the court’s pronouncement as the Judge’s opinion.
Opinions, to me are things wives express against the better judgements of their husbands. Opinions are the summation of minority frustration against the determination of the majority. Opinions are expressed second thoughts after losing an argument, which may be contrary to stated facts but allowed in as much as it is prefixed with “in my own opinion…” Nobody debates the rights of others to hold opinions but nobody is obliged to honour or share them.
The pronouncements from the hallowed chambers are a different matter entirely. In the instance, when executive lynchpins make a buffet of judicial rulings—in the execution of charges, we can as well draw the curtains on this travesty of nationhood.
In My Opinion…
I’ve driven on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge and I can say that a #250 toll doesn’t even come close to quantify the level of stress lifted off your life compared to the alternate route.
However, some level of decorum is expected in some quarters.
Myths are rife in backward societies but the advance of modern technology has made that definition hardly fitting for any society.
You have heard the idiomatic expression: Go have a ‘beauty sleep’ and many other variants of the sleep and beauty combo.
There is nothing like beauty sleep, end of story! If there were, some people don’t have any reason to look like Bounce [that Congolese footballer whose countenance could break any mirror he looks into].
This idiom is one of the lies the fathers of the language doled out. There’s is nothing beautiful about the act of sleeping.
You need to see the contortions on your face when you sleep. It is a rare person who looks or act as well asleep as he does awake. As a dating rule, I don’t ask out a lady until I could see the form and extent of her facial contours while at sleep. Some faces are horrific to wake up to! Forget all the cheesy lines of “I want to wake up and observe your smile in your sleep” that poets use.
Sometimes ago, I tried to carry out this experiment on a lady. At night, while in bed the poet in me made to write a poem about her smile-in-the-sleep but was met with a rude shock of my life.
The lady’s face was transformed into… [I’d leave you to fill in the gap]. She roused suddenly with that feeling you have that a pair of eyes is searing into you. Her expression changed from the-morning-after look to concern upon seeing something on my face…which was only a reflection of her sleeping countenance.
She: “What’s the problem Charly?”
Me: “Oh, I had a nightmare!”
Sleep, as expressed in my previous post is an essential part of our existence. Some people sleep away a-quarter of their lives but others do not get enough.
I believe sound sleeping habits should be encouraged and practiced but lying about if sleeping makes you beautiful or fat is another ball game.
You are certainly not interested in my sleeping patterns, but I am going to tell you anyway because you’re mostly likely guilty of the many neglects we accord this simple most important human [excuse me, animals] efforts.
So, a national conference delegate was caught sleeping and died few days later out of shame. While I commend the old man for taking a noble course by taking his own life for such crash disgrace to his family, I condemn in all its ramifications the cries of all Nigerians who persecuted the said man to death. His blood is on your hands.
Contrary to expressed opinion, there aren’t many things Nigerians do really well but when it comes to sleeping, we top the log. If sleeping were an Olympic event, Nigerians would lead the league.
Nigerians have perfected the act of stealing anything, including naps. We crassly indulge in the guilty pleasure of doing it without the knowledge of the other person. Let me share with you some of the places you expect a Nigerian to snooze:
Go to the Church This is a field were congregants are in a race for who can sleep the most. This explains why Nigerian pastors punctuate sermons with verbal gyration. In my family church, a junior pastor has a way of catching sound dozers. Those who enter the service with seemingly hyphenated-holyghost charge but who became doused mid-way into the sermon.
“If you’re sleeping shout Hallelujah!” Pastor Sam would exclaim.
A certain brother Timo always falls for this trap until he’s had enough and stopped coming to Church.
For some reason, people who don’t nap feel superior to those who do. Therefore, Nappers try to hide it. There’s a sophistication to this act at work because of the grave consequences it attracts it you’re caught.
A former colleague has perfected this act so much, so the confidence pushed him to try it out at general meetings–which essentially, were a way for the MD to delight at the torture of holding ransom the destiny of us all for undefined hours.
At every turn for his contribution, Kay would smartly say I second the wisdom of Mr Charles :). Now, I agree to being witty, but prefer my lone voice against the tide of reasoning, Kay would not let me shine. His little act was let out the day I decided not to share any ‘wisdom’ until Kay has had a go…
Facts about Sleep Now, you’ve to understand, any man who confesses to lacking quality sleeping time is liable to committing any imaginable crime in the books.
Lack of sleep is the root cause of all crimes.
Sleeping is a major quality we share with other created beings like llamas, Chimpanzees and other important personalities in the wild.
Sleeping while the wife is expressing her mind is a cardinal crime punishable by… [Fill in running stomach and allergic reactions]
A wife sleeping during a league match is the best pleasure nature could bless a man with…this could be achieved ‘otherwisely’ of course [DM me if you care to know…Guys only, pls!]
Naps are underrated. I don’t know why we dismiss napping as an inconsequential little act. The word itself doesn’t even sound important. I think everyone should get off his or her feet and lie down for a few minutes now. Yes, you read it right, go ahead, take a Nap!
There, my friends, goes my justification for a sound guiltless sleep even at conferences.
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