Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Bisi Akande: When elders become errant

Elders are generally seen as repository of wisdom, decency and guided in speech. But when these time-honoured virtues are lacking for pecuniary or some other consideration, then society stands the risk of falling apart.

Recently, Chief Bisi Akande, a former governor and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, exhibited the very opposite of wisdom, taciturnity and decency as he suffered from verbal diarrhoea and spewed what is enough to drag him to The Hague.

Akande, who is 70 years old, reacting to the normal prostituting of the average Nigerian politician said; “We in the APC should be careful, the defection is not a strange thing but I know it is always done by parasites. I have always remained in one line of politics. I have never defected and I will never defect; I will remain in that progressive polity.

“But those who are defecting from one party to the other, by nature, they are political parasites. They have killed the original host, which was the PDP, and they are now coming to the APC, which is the new host. It is for the APC to gird its own loins and prevent the parasites from killing the party, because a parasite has no root of its own but feeds on the little food that the host has.”

In the Rwanda genocide, people were referred to as roaches and parasites, a derogatory term that led to people being squished as nothing. For Akande to have descended so low because of the fabled national cake is to think that senility has set in, therefore should not be taken seriously.

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