It is often said that Nigeria has gone to the dogs. That’s no longer true. Now, even the dogs have lost the country to the swine. If the country reeks now, it is because it is the age of the swine, and the country is turning into a big piggery….
I will tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a man named Clifford Orji. He was said to be a ‘mad man’ (By the way, how come the mad man told the police his ‘correct’ name?). But no one told Nigerians then that he was a metaphor for their country. (As a talented young Nigerian poet, Lola Shoneyin, would croon, “Now you know”!)
Orji was reportedly ensconced somewhere in Lagos, pretending to be a mad man and capturing unsuspecting people, killing them and selling off their choice parts to some interested buyers. When the story broke and the man was arrested, it was, as usual, big news in the papers. It was ‘rumoured’ in the papers later that Clifford Orji was only an agent of some ‘big men’ who needed human parts for rituals and other purposes. As usual, the ‘big men’ were never mentioned. In Nigeria no one mentions a big man’s name – except another ‘big man’.
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