By Kunle Ajao
So, a few days ago, our president decided to give an order over endangering our safety and security as regards voting. And that’s what it is, a danger, sorry, threat, to our safety and security. No matter how we try to explain it. No matter how we try to sugar-coat or repackage the load of bullshit thrown at us. No matter how we try to defend it. It’s a threat to our safety and security.
Which leads to the second, and most important, point here; we’re idiots. Yes you, are an idiot. Just like I am, just like the person beside you. We are nothing but idiots. Why are we idiots? Lol, aren’t you baffled.
We’re idiots because we try to spin this off as a good thing. Because we pathological defendants of an autocrat regime wearing democracy’s tattered and discarded clothes see this as a ‘respect’ for our franchise. Because we invoke the mantra of ‘if you won’t steal ballot box, why are you worried’. File that with; ‘she asked to be raped by wearing that dress’, ‘I can’t be racist if I have black friends’, and ‘I’m not homophobic, but I just don’t think two guys kissing is okay’ into the cabinet of bullshit.
We’re idiots because some of us are from a tertiary institution where we protested the administration denying the students of necessary welfare, but we see giving trigger-happy larkeys a shoot-on-sight access as a positive. Because some of us try to tell us that we don’t understand English language, that we don’t fully grasp what the president. Thanks for that. Very helpful. Should I announce that when I’m accidentally shot or after?
We’re idiots because we think those who will steal ballot boxes, those brave enough to steal ballot boxes, won’t come prepared, hence the result is a shoot-out that claims innocent casualties. Because we think those supposedly placed to perform such deeds, particularly after hearing this, won’t be armed as well.
We’re idiots because we think finding a safer way to conduct elections isn’t better than shooting prospective defaulters and ruining said elections. Because we can’t think of any other option to have a half-decent election other this ticking time-bomb waiting to explode. Yes, we want to fight legality with illegality. Nice speech, dunce.
We’re idiots because we refuse to act on this. Because we’ll complain about this and do nothing else. Because we don’t recognise that we are the ones with power. That we could easily pull a stunt like ‘alright, we’re not coming out to vote’. Because we don’t realise that we’re in charge and we hold their greedy political fates in our fists, no matter how much they’ve done to tell us otherwise.
We’re idiots because we don’t realise there’s a rule of law. Because we don’t really realise what taking a human life, lawfully and morally, really means. Again, don’t try to spin this off and quote some indirect ripple effect.
We’re idiots because those with the social responsibility and the task of seeing the administration being put in check are as useful as ‘ueue’. Because those who are supposed to really talk more about this don’t care.
You can call the above whatever you want. A rant by a bitter individual who doesn’t English, the law or politics. A deluded set of words by a pseudo-utopian who’ll also forget about this if he ever gets to such position of authority. A self-serving hypocrite who’ll eventually do nothing. I may be none of those things, one of those things, or all of those things.
But this isn’t about what I am. Not even about what solutions we should proffer, or actions we should take. This is simply about what we are. NOTHING BUT FUCKING IDIOTS.