by Awade Friday
It was exactly 8 o’clock on a Monday morning, 1 week after the expiration of my official portfolio, I woke up and felt very light and free.
I woke up and realized no one was around the house as usual, I walked round my environment without the men on uniform following me about like flies attracted by the feaces of a little child.
I thought maybe everyone was still asleep or I woke up rather too early. My wife I know where she is, my kids I can say they are out of the Country.
As for My maids, my protocols, my security, my Aids, my errand boys, my relatives, my social media employees who wakes up 3 hours before me on a daily basis to post about every little thing I do and those I didn’t do, my acquired loyalists, my attackers and defenders were all no where to be found.
I reached out for my phones, and realized I have to walk all the way upstairs to get them myself, this is something I have not done for years so I became worried.
I checked my phones for miss calls but none came through, no SMS, No email, no Sweet good morning rants from my admirers, no attacks from Oppositions and Interest groups.
It became clear to me that something is Wrong somewhere. I went back to bed but couldn’t sleep, I wondered alone on the Bed looking at my wife by my side.
I woke her up and tried to engage her in a conversation but realized she was very tired, unlike her oooo. Hmmmmmmm! After a while she responded with a cold voice “I slept very late because I was trying to tidy the house”
Where is everyone I asked? Ah baby! She responded with surprise.
“They left na after your handing over, infact some left immediately after the Election. Only me, the children, emem our cook, Rose the cleaner and Ekpenyong the gateman that are in this house o”
Immediately, reality sets in, and it became done on me that I have been alone all these years. I have been alone even while I was in Office, I have been alone because I am the one who always call the shot without any interference. I have been alone all along because 2 months ago no one dare talk to me without appointment, no one visits without appointment, no one, no not one. I WAS THE REIGNING BIG MAN IN TOWN.
It became clear that truly nothing last forever and the people around me were there because of my Acquired status and not because they truly love and care about me.
I have chased all my genuine friends and supporters because of the rented Crowd and friends with benefits who strategically took positions of Authority in my life.
So, LOYALTY HAS CHANGED HANDS, LOYALTY HAS GONE ON TRANSFER TO THE NEW BIG MAN IN TOWN.
Ok! Where are my so called friends, Chief XYZ, Hon. ABC, Professor QED? I asked my wife.
She replied, they haven’t been here for 1 month now. “You stopped talking to your childhood friends 2 weeks after your swearing in, infact you asked your Protocols never to allow Peter one of your childhood friends to come near the house or office again because he was Disturbing you with calls and messages”
“Honey, if not that I am your wife I wouldn’t have been here too. I remember you barely stay in the house for a very long time now, always busy with meetings and traveling and your new found friends are always here most times till 2am and some even sleep on the couch in the sitting room till dawn” Thank God I have my husband back o!
After the Conversation with my wife, it occurred to me that truly LOYALTY HAS GONE ON TRANSFER.
As the saying goes, “Nothing last forever” not even my acquired Political office or Public status. I have been left alone, I have been abandoned like a used toilet paper, So i have become a normal human being again.
I now go out without the echoes of Sirens from my acquired official cars and busybodies security aids and protocols.
LOYALTY HAS GONE ON TRANSFER, THERE IS A NEW BIG MAN IN TOWN.
To be Continued…
– Awade Friday