This is now an old story, I know, but please, pardon me, if I appear unwilling to let it go without a comment. Two weeks ago, there were reports that Nigeria’s former president, Gen. (Prince) Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR), the “Life-Leader” of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), “Founder/Father of Modern Nigeria”, Grand Emperor of Africa’s Clay-footed Giant, and former Head of the Most “Woman-friendly” Regime in Africa (including Swaziland), was trapped in a traffic congestion for about two hours as he journeyed from his multi-billion naira ultra modern farm at Ota, Ogun State, to Lagos.
The General was billed to see a couple of octogenarians in Lagos and undergo an orientation exercise at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos, where he was recently admitted to study Theology.
For some years, while he was in office, there were calls on him to repair the Abeokuta-Lagos Expressway where he was trapped that Thursday, two weeks ago, and several other roads in the county, notably, the Lagos-Shagamu-Benin Expressway, but these calls were, characteristically, treated with utmost disdain. And to excuse himself from the daily trauma people experienced on those horrible roads, Gen Obasanjo preferred being flown in a helicopter from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, to his multi-billion naira farm, each time he came calling.
But what the incident of that Thursday morning, two weeks ago, rudely demonstrated to the General was that the era of being flown above Nigeria’s dilapidated state was over, and that the harsh realities of the Nigerian state which failed under his watch were now ready to confront him with benumbing brazenness.
As he related his ordeal on that road to his kinsmen at an event in Abeokuta later that Thursday, how he had to leave his farm as early as 7.am only to be delayed for two hours on the heavily flooded, bad road, he probably wanted to be pitied. He is human after all, isn’t it?
Well, General, in case you are yet to realize it, what that spectacular experience was saying to you in bold and clear terms was simple: Goodnight to exclusive comfort and ease, and Good Morning to this side of reality. Na so this world be.