Bomboy’s Gun-tottering Parade, a Moral Obscenity by OBASESAM OKOI

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Obasesam Okoi
Obasesam Okoi

It was a disappointing experience! Not the type of behavior I would expect from the chairman of a local government that pride itself as the home to nearly 20 distinguished Professors, over 40 PhD holders, and nearly one hundred Lawyers including myriad professionals whose credentials add substantially to the intellectual development of Yakurr nation.

In what was supposed to be a thanksgiving carnival traditionally known as “etangala,” designed to showcase the decency of Yakurr culture, the Chairman of Yakurr Local Government chose to lead a parade of gun-tottering hooligans whose behavior was not only callous, but a shameless display of moral obscenity.

I was awestruck, wondering what message our so-called leader may be communicating to strangers who visited the town as tourists, and the emotional trauma his action may have inflicted on vulnerable children and women.

Bomboy is using the “ette syndrome” – a system of dependency that creates and sustains the relationship between self-styled political gods and their cohort of thugs (slaves), to exploit the vulnerability of unemployed youth. This syndrome in turn weakens the intellectual capability of these youth and the ability to express their human agency without constraint.

Bomboy’s behavior is primitive, callous, lewd, disgusting, repulsive and offensive. The harmful nature and consequences of his obscenity and violence demonstrates the depth of his intellectual depravity. Such behavior is abhorrent to morality. It also reveals the cracks in the amour of Yakurr politics. These are not the caliber of leaders we need in the twenty first century and I want to believe that the era of darkness is almost over.

We need leaders who will challenge the youth to think creatively and inventively. We need leaders who will show us the light rather than lead us through the path of darkness. We need leaders who will not exploit the vulnerabilities of unemployed youths to their political advantage but initiate actions that would liberate the youth from poverty and dependency.

I challenge the youth to wake up and take their destinies in their hands. I also challenge our intellectual and political elite to initiate actions that will empower the youth. Youth empowerment is a vehicle of social transformation, and the only means of transforming slaves into leaders and agents of positive change.

Such empowerment programs must address both sociological and physiological forms of deprivation that bind the youth to a system of dependency and slavery. Otherwise, the youth will continue to wallow in abysmal ignorance and abject poverty, while evil men continue to exploit the frailty of the human condition as a political advantage.

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