I got inspired to pen my line of thought on this topic in the course of my observation when I travelled home from Lagos during Easter period.
I have been itching to write but I kept delaying and struggling with my thoughts asking myself whether it is needful or not until I decided doing something about it this night.
In the course of my sojourn to Ilesa in April,as I stepped into my street,I realised the silence and decadence that were physically on display in the entire street.
From one house to the other,decay in the appearances of the buildings across the length and breadth of the street is breathtaking.
Meanwhile, while the owners and landlords of these houses were around,these houses were lively, colourful and attractive then but now,rodents like rats,lizards,spiders and wall-gecko have taken over every available space with grasses and weeds having a free day.
When I started gisting and asking my mum about some of these houses with the owners of the houses,the response I got was that they have all gone beyond.
Not that some of these houses were not occupied presently by tenants but no one can compare the quality of cares and maintenance given to these structures when the owners were alive.
Then,I kept musing on the statement to my answers from my mum:
“They have all gone”
Some of them are gone with their pride,ego and wealth of foolishness while some were gone with their humility,tolerance and wealth of knowledge.
And I kept imagining their lifestyle while they are living.
Some of these people went to the extreme to get the wherewithals to build those buildings that were becoming dilapidated.Many among them, embezzled the Commonwealth of the people they put them in charge while working.Some were ritualistic and diabolical in getting wealthy to build those buildings.
No one can deny it that they made many people to shed tears in order to put those structures in place.
And at the end,I kept asking myself what exactly is the essence of our existence.
I realised that as many people in the past have been foolish in their desire to become better in life,many are still gullible in achieving feats of greatness till now.
In the recent days,greed,insensitiveness and being inconsiderate in achieving our goals have been the major evil eating up the fabrics of the society.
This is the reason why we have youth that give no damn at all to the voice of reason.They go to the extreme in making a living by theft and all sorts of vices.
It was in the course of this,that I remember at a point in 2010 that I found myself in the house of a PDP stalwart in Ilesa with my mum looking for help to get a job that he embarrassed us and sent us away from his house but only God knows where he is now because time and season have reduced him and his influence in politics,no one knows anything about him again.He fades out while in existence by becoming a persona non-grata.
Back to the story of gold,jewelries and personal effects belonging to former minister of petroleum confiscated through EFCC,I really berate the foolishness of this woman in amassing such a physical effect.
She is stupid to the extreme.
What is she doing with it knowing fully well that time and seasons make such things to fade out.
The fact is that the haves will fade out with time and the have not will also fade out with time.
It is expected of people to learn from others but it is quite amazing that we always repeat what others have done in the past that are detrimental to them and others.
How can someone be so stupid to the extreme that she embezzled National treasury to such level?
It is nothing but a display of foolishness because non of these effect is useful to her now.
It is until when everyone realised that the essence of humanity is not resident in material accumulation that the plight of each and everyone of us will be taken care of through selfless ability to serve others.
Nevertheless,I am just pushing my thoughts across to everyone.Whether we like it or not,there are still many Abachas and Diezani Madueke all around us who are bent to deep their hands and extract our National treasury without blinking an eyelids.
It is a pity that Nigeria is in a sorry state of corruption.
Vanity upon vanity.
The wise will ensure that good names are better than gold and silver but the foolish thinks about his belly alone.
Don’t be a slave to your belly.