Well, what can I say? Jolly Nyame is a reverend so before you crucify him for being sentenced to 14-year imprisonment for misappropriating N1.64bn, remember that as a so-called man of God (many nonentities call themselves that these days), he will have many sheep and in turn many mouths to feed.
Maybe the man was just trying to amass as much wealth as he could to be capable of catering to his sheep. Eavesdropper hears some residents of the state have already advised him to run to the Appeal Court to overturn the judgment; you see what I mean. The sheep are showing their faces already.
But seriously now, Eavesdropper wonders why some Nigerians are the way they are. Some people are always quick to defend allegations of corruption against their leaders when what they ought to do is allow the leader to prove himself innocent.
It’s true that we’re our greatest problems. To digress a little, recently, Amnesty International alleged that soldiers were raping and abusing women in IDPs and what did we see? We saw women protesting at the office of AI, asking that it should leave the military alone. Do you see the irony? Women were allegedly being raped and women were all out defending the alleged rapists.
Eavesdropper’s point is that we should not be quick to trust people because of such titles as Reverend, Pastor, Imam, Alfa, Alagba Ijo 25 or 1005, Olori Awo and so on, let the “content of people’s character” be the basis on which you place your judgment, as Martin Luther King Jnr put it.
But you have to like Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Gudu, Abuja, who gave the verdict after she turned down Nyame’s plea for leniency.
She had said, “Citizens of Taraba had elected the defendant, a clergyman, on three separate occasions to govern them, which shows constant level of trust. The expectation must have been so high.
“As a Reverend, he must have been seen as an epitome of morality, piety and everything good. How will Reverend Nyame begin to explain to people of Taraba State his actions and inactions?
“How can he justify causing such a colossal loss to the state?”
She said Nyame “behaved like a common thief with unbridled greed,” adding that it would be wrong to be lenient with him considering the overwhelming evidence against him.
The judge said it was “either the defendant entered into office without a corrupt mind and became corrupted, or he was corrupted ab-initio,” adding that “there was such a crazy level of corruption in the air in Taraba State’s Ministry of Finance. It is however amazing that none of the officials were arraigned.”
I doff my hat for the way the woman took the man to the cleaners. It made your tataafo’s belle sweet like honey. Not sugar o; they say that one gives people pile now.
Anyway, it is Nyame that I blame sha for not getting a transfer from the PDP Football Club to the APC FC. He had a brief romance with the APC FC and its key players after the 2015 elections but didn’t make the move. Maybe, if he had, he would also have been knighted or made a saint. And today, maybe instead of being sent to jail, he would have been called St. Jolly or St. Nyame, whichever catches his fancy. And if luck smiled on him, he could be eating on the same table with Presido Buhari along with other saints.
Good side of poli-tricks
You see, many of us don’t like poli-tricks and we call it all manners of names. We say it is dirty, evil, and capable of destroying a good person. But poli-tricks has its good side. One, if you don’t join poli-tricks, you cannot change it to proper politics.
But beyond that, just look at our singing SINator, Dino Melaye, and you will get the gist. Poli-tricks has brought out his innate abilities.
After recently attending plenary at the SINate with a neck brace and shunning his seat to sit with the PDP clique, he has come out to tell us why he did so.
“I see lion, tiger and snakes on this seat. Change my seat mbok (sic),” he said on his Instagram page.
Now, Melaye has shown us that he is more than an actor and a singer, he is also a comedian. Who would have known he had all these in him if not for poli-tricks?
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