How many of you remember the story I shared the last time? The story about the people who lived in the forest and were on the verge of organizing a protest due to the elder they made their Chief Guard? Well, I have the concluding part of the story.
Where did I stop?
Oh…It was the part where the youth leader gathered the forest people in a meeting in a bid to spark their outrage over the scandalous activities that had been going on. Remember the woman who spoke up and asked what the protest was for and how nobody answered her? We will start the concluding part of that story from there.
After this woman raised that important question, the youth leader went back to his hut to think about what he wanted. He came up with the 4-point agenda, a list which he clearly stated the problems of the Chief Guard’s tenure. I was able to get my hands on the copy of the list. Don’t ask me how I got it o! Here is the list:
Bush meat was yanfu yanfu in the forest before, but now, only Osa (squirrel) could be found in the forest.
Palmy was one hundred forest naira but recently palmy hit one thousand forest naira
Able bodied forest citizens were dying in large numbers due to internal and external raids.
No security as the Chief Guard was found times without number sleeping at his duty post thereby making it a field day for the intruders.
He addressed other things but I couldn’t read them because they were written in forest lingo.
The youth leader presented this list to the people and they all agreed to a “we-no-go-gree a.k.a we wee not takeet” march. The march was slated for the next market day. The people went home happy; glad that they finally found a messiah.
The Chief Guard heard of this protest and was like: It appears that this youth leader wants to dethrone me o. Ha! Let me show him small shege. The youth leader was invited to the hut of the Chief Guard and they showed him small pepper.
After drinking the hot pepper and water in the obi of the Chief Guard, the youth leader started singing “…You don’t wanna go down there….” He was like “Ndi forest people, I no do again o!” He called off the protest scheduled for the market day and told the forest people to remain in their huts.
The people were like”Tufiakwa! You are dead to us even though manhood lives on. We will hold our protest without you, coward!”
True to their word, the forest people held their protest without the youth leader. They wore sack clothes and marched round the forest. The protest day witnessed the absence of the Chief Guard. He had left his duty post to go for omugwo in the city. On the day of the protest, he was noticeably absent to listen to the cries of the people who had made him Chief Guard. The youth leader finally came out to clap for them for their “courageous” act.
After the protest people went back to their lives and the mess they were in before the whole brouhaha became worse. Nothing happened and nothing changed.
That is the end of my story. Please, clap for me.
What is (are) the moral lesson(s) of this story?
- Don’t start what you cannot finish
- Don’t give people hopes and then back out last minute. Know what you are getting into from the beginning.
- Be selective of your battles.
- When bush meat pepper soup becomes expensive, try osa pepper soup
- Stand with yourself
- Choose what you will not regret but if your choice turns out to be disastrous, don’t save face. Admit that you were wrong and bring up workable solution to help your countrymen.
I have run out of lessons. I am sure you can add yours at this point. You read the story, right?
One more thing…
Don’t ask me how I got the story o. Any coincidence to any community living or dead is purely what it is-coincidence. I usually mind my business before these things come to me.
Anyways, who minding business epp?