The Presidency, Cultism, and the Show of Shame in Rivers Assembly, By Nnaemeka Meribe

Nnaemeka Meribe
Nnaemeka Meribe

Can five  be greater than 27? Why not if it had been ‘proven’ with presidential endorsement that 16 is greater than 19? I thank God that I did not enter Further Mathematics class more than once in my high school days. I remember then when a corps member engineer was engaged by the school authorities to teach us Further Maths, and the first and only day I entered the class, all the bloke was saying was ‘dy, dx’. There and then, I told myself that that day would be my last in that class. For me, since I was still contending with ‘ordinary’ Mathematics, there was no need to add ‘further’ to my troubles.

But If I had known that I would one day attempt to prove that five is greater than 27, I would have remained in that class.

On a serious note, the show of shame in the Rivers State House of Assembly is to say the least, disappointing, embarrassing and downright stupid. It smacks of desperation, inanity, idiocy and desperation. After watching, from some Nigerian internet forums, the various edited and unedited videos (probably posted by the two divides in the show of shame) of the fisticuffs in the chambers of the House on Tuesday, I couldn’t help but wonder why we are moving so backward everyday in an unimaginable high speed.

It is even more shameful to see that the police stood by, apparently enjoying the free-for-all, while Rotimi Amaechi, the state governor, supervised the counter-terror attack of the group of 27 allegedly loyal to him.

The worst of it all is that, if what I saw in one of the videos is anything to go by, cultism has come to stay in Nigerian higher institutions. It was chilling to see the ‘new ‘Speaker’, who was elected without due process by the group of five allegedly loyal to the Minister of Education and by extension, the President, shouting the slogan of one of the major secret cults in Nigerian universities when he came later to break into the Rivers House of Assembly with some thugs.

That this character is said to be loyal to the Minister of Education, and the President, who himself is an ex-university don, tells a lot about the antecedents and affiliations of those ruling us and reinforces strongly the belief that secret cults in higher institutions receive heavy backing and funding from highly placed people, especially politicians. This is really sad.

This, however, is not the time to blame either of the big masquerades the lawmakers are apparently fighting for, but it is a time to reflect on the apparent hopeless situation of the country and tell those you love to be alert in order not to be recruited by politicians to fight selfish battles.

More importantly, this is the time to know that we should always think twice before we cast our votes for any politician in the future. What a shame!

Nnaemeka Meribe, journalist and lecturer, is a doctoral student at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

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