Somewhere in Nigeria, some people and a bill is making me laugh.
A case scenario (mind you, this isn’t real life… just this-post life): A guy accuses me of stealing N100,000 from him when I worked with/for him.
He’s got the news on circulation. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. LinkedIn. Snapchat. Google Plus. And all dead and yet-to-be-born social media sites.
Some Nigerians will be like, “I knew (and still know) this guy is a thief. Every day he’s writing on Facebook. He’s jobless, why won’t he steal?”
Others who can vouch for me be like, “Okwukwe can never steal even if he’s about to die.”
I won’t even care about the attack on my employment status. I won’t. That’s too minor to bicker about.
Let’s have a discourse about something bigger: Science, career, universe, multiverse, etc. Not employment status because I write.
To put the guy to shame since he wants to ruin me, all I’ve got to do is to bring out facts.
I won’t even roll in the mud of a back-and-forth with him.
Bring this case scenario home. To Nigeria as a country.
Supposedly democratic. Supposedly the giant of Africa. Supposedly freedom-of-speech advocates.
I used supposedly because this is the assumption, right? This is how we should be, right?
How we should… but we’re not. Ehen! Lol
Tongue in cheek: Democracy, gigantic claim and free speech.
Tongue in cheek because almost all na wash.
In a democratic country, an anti-freedom of speech bill has passed second reading in the Senate just so that government officials can loot with impunity and can fail in their promises: Low unemployment rate, monthly allowance, etc.
So that we won’t talk against… So that we won’t write against…
So that when we’re deprived of basic human rights, we won’t talk or write or sing about it or run a marathon against it.
Trying to foster fear in the populace. Trying to shut over 1.6million (census, anyone?) people.
Our Senate is a fucking joke. I’m not particularly surprised.
Social media bill ko, Bill Gates ni..