“I can understand when kids tells lies, but I can’t fathom what will make an adult to lie especially when the person is a grand parent”- – – – – – -John Cohen
While growing up as kids in the early 1980s in a small farm settlement quarters that is about 1500m away from where the present Asaba International Airport is situated, the first thing that we were educated on is never to tell lies. We were made to know that only evil people tell lies.
We were made to know that any one that tell lies must have a “dirty, wicked and evil heart”. Then it was totally strange for adults to tell lies. The few whose statements and activities were considered not “Pure at all times” (not that they told lies) were accorded Lesser respect in the community. They were considered and treated as “double handed people” also known as ” people that does 2 hands”
“Two handed people” literally mean “thieves”. It can also be interpreted to mean those that are capable of engaging in VICES that are not expected to be noticed amongst adults, elders and leaders of any sane community
It was time (or do I say part) of the good old days when good name(s) were rated far above silver and gold. Far above wealth and riches. Far above connections in high places and who-do-you-know.
It was a time when nobody worshipped money. It was a time when the status of a “noble personality” can not be bought. The only criteria for nobility then was to live above board. And telling the truth at all times was the best and easiest way to demonstrate it.
Telling of lies was a enough crime to get one banished from the community. Then families competed amongst themselves for whose members’ words and activities were most pure at all times.
Kids whose parents were considered to be “always truthful” can take it to the bank. Truthfulness of one’s parents was like an account that one could withdraw from.
Just tell your family name and if truthfulness is found amongst it’s members, then kindness, help, connection and unlimited glory etc was there for one to withdraw from.
Am talking of a point in time when one can drop his goods or wares by the road side with her money box and go to the farm.
All the buyers of the goods or wares needed to do was to drop the cost of the items in the seller’s money box and go with the purchased item(s)
Those who didn’t have cash on them took away the items they needed. All they needed do was to approach the seller in the evening or the shortest time possible with either the cash or a promise of when they can pay.
Thus, the sellers weren’t worried when they returned and the money in their box didn’t march with expected income as they were very sure that those that took them away will definitely make contact.
Off course, that was why telling of truth was considered a priority for every one. Incidentally, the community was named “Akwa Ocha” by it’s founders.
Akwa Ocha literally mean “white cloth”. Maybe that must have accounted for why it’s habitants strived to be or live as white as snow if not whiter.
It was in the city that I heard of “white lies”, “diplomatic lies”, and “coded lies” etc for the very first time.
Thus, it was like a dagger to my heart when I heard the President of the contraption called Nigeria, Africa Hitler Muhammadu Buhari (AHMB) tell the kind of lie that have today destroyed the kind of serene life that we lived at Akwa Ocha.
He had claimed before a national and worldwide audience during a media chat held on 30th December, 2015 that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra had come into the country without any passport in spite of having two.
He was quoted thus, “That one called Kanu, do you know he has two passports? One Nigerian, One British and he came into this country without using any passport?”
How a grand father can tell this nature of lie still beats my imagination till date. It leaves one wondering the kind of lies he must have being feeding his kids, grand kids and the nation. A common search at the office of Buhari’s Gestapo organisation called the DSS would have set the records straight for the chronic lying President that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s two International passports are with them.
So what did Buhari hope to achieve by lieing against Nnamdi Kanu? Ofcourse to present him as the Villain.
One thing that I have noticed about Buhari is that he lies without “reasoning or thinking through his lies”. This account for why Buhari in spite of the looted money recovered from Abacha can claim and till date still maintain his stand (off course he has not recounted his claim) that “Abacha Never Stole from the country’s treasury.”
It’s also worthy to note that Buhari recently went to town with tales of how his government has defeated, destroyed and decimated the Boko Haram sect. He also in his usual characteristics of telling lies without thinking through his lies, equally claim that his government was negotiating with the Boko Haram sect for the release of the remaining missing Chibok school girls.
Thus, one is forced to ask, Is Buhari and his government negotiating with same Boko Haram, he has totally decimated, destroyed and defeated?
One thing that I learnt at Akwa Ocha is never to call a person that has names “this one” “that one” “that person” as Buhari used in addressing Nnamdi Kanu during his media chat.
It’s a known fact that the usage of such phrases is the characteristics of not just ordinary liars but serial liars. Therefore, it’s obvious that Buhari is a serial liar. A serial lieing grand father.
Just like John Cohen is quoted to have said above, I know you must be wondering why a grand father like Buhari should be lying without reasoning or thinking through his lies.
Seriously, “am wondering same”
By Chuks Ikedigwe
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers