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It is no news to state that world is coming to an end. The definite time however remains uncertain but one thing certain about it is that when abnormal things begin to happen, one should begin to guess that it is in sight.

It is no news to state that world is coming to an end. The definite time however remains uncertain but one thing certain about it is that when abnormal things begin to happen, one should begin to guess that it is in sight.


All over the world, leaders are supposed to be, inter alia, upright, truthful and transparent even if they cannot perform. Some however often tell lies to cover their non-performance or failure. We are used to this but what we are not used to and which is most embarrassing, annoying and appalling is hypocrisy. I think this is worse than lies for it comprises, encompasses and transcends lies. In other words, a hypocrite is a liar. As a liar is prone to become a thief, a hypocrite has greater propensity to become a thief. In some climes, liars are more dreaded than thieves. The English in their dictum define a hypocrite as one who pretends to be different from what he really is because he wishes to be a better person. This presupposes that the person (hypocrite) knows full well that he is bad but rather than eschew the traits that rubbish his image and character, he would rather hold tenaciously to them and continue to seek ways and means of concealing them. This obviously makes a hypocrite a: liar, potential thief, deceiver, mischief and pretender. Hypocrite in power are now everywhere and usually exude a sense of: malice, impunity, egotism, impudence and sagacity in their activities and cannot proffer ignorance or mistake as excuse for their actions and inactions because their  actions/inactions are usually well pre-mediated and subsequently executed to achieve their ominous aims.
To be precise, when for example, one composes a song and preachers therein: free education, rule of law, corruption free and better society and continuously says or does things that are contrary to the moral thrust of his song, the one is simply a hypocrite. A man who advocates and sues for peace and at the same time keeps sharpening his matchet should not be taken seriously. He is a hypocrite. Anyone who says a thing and does the opposite is a hypocrite. A man who preaches that election is not a matter of “do or die affair” and at the same time vows to use his last drop of blood in an election is no less a hypocrite. Many a time, our political leaders will call for peace and at the same time destroy the instruments of peace including violation of courts orders. It may not be out of place to cite the case of a certain political “demigod” who would neither pay pensioners and workers for months on end and would publicly tantalize them by promising to pay for a certain number of months only to turn around and pay them a fraction of a month's salary/pension and still remorselessly and shamelessly go to the media to announce that he has cleared all arrears of pensions and salaries. Is this not an act of hypocrisy? Another case in point is that of a “demigod” who performs anointing services in a church and thus giving the impression that he is a child of God when his character mien and behavior do not suggest that.
Such public office holders as mentioned above who pay pensioners less than what they promise are only being mischievous; causing bad blood amongst spouses and breaking their homes for the high expectations of their spouses and children in the light of mouth-watering promises would be undermined; engendering ripples in their families. So would the expectations of their creditors be quashed resulting in unnecessary quarrels. Today in some states where pensioners are being owed, some have taken to the streets since they cannot continue with their education. Even their landlords have for obvious reasons ejected them.
Pointedly, a corpse that has no relationship with one appears to the latter as bundle of firewood. This is probably why those expected to intervene in this matter in sympathy with the pensioners are keeping silent visa vis the failure of the respective Houses of Assembly to do something. Incidentally, pensioners do occupy a niche in the population structure of a people. Whatever happens to them, obviously affects the population structures contiguous to theirs. The Ibos would rather say “Anara otu onye oru azu, anara kwala ibe ya” and that “imi be we, anya ebewa” because Nga miri ruru-nwoke, owu kwa nga oga eru nwanyi” all of which can be paraphrased as any misfortune that happens to any person may extend to another if adequate care is not taken. As a rider, it is unfortunate that most people cannot condemn evil unless they are personally concerned. To buttress this, the economy of the states where this canker-worm of hypocrisy exists as well as the social welfare of the people are bound to suffer since the resultant evil, would like a virus permeate every fabric of the population structures in view of the fact that currently pensioners have apparently been reduced to the levels of beggars, parasites and economic liabilities culminating in a recurrent cycle of poverty complex in their families. Consequent upon this, it is nice and proper at this juncture to intimate and adjoin prospective successors to these hypocrites in power to beware of the challenges ahead. They should not hide under the immunity provisions for the hypocrites or the checks and balances omitted at the expense of the masses to over-look this menace. They owe the masses the duty of being frank and honest. They must respect and observe every pronouncement and promises of theirs.   Their manifestoes and blue prints must emphasize their willingness to do this. For voting them into political power, they should not reward the electorate with ingratitude or exhibit any vestiges of a persona-non-grata. Above all, they must recover and return to the masses all that the “locusts” have eaten, off them.
Assuredly, this country belongs to us all. No political leader should arrogate to himself or to his cronies the resources of his constituents neither should any person hypocritically assume “L'etat c'est moi et jesuis l'etat” which means the state is mine and I am the state by not drawing a line between the state resources and his personal resources.

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