So many drama goes on in the newsroom; apart from getting to hear first class news scoop from all over the place, you get to witness the comical side of being a writer with Chuka Nnabuife[Deputy Daily Editor] constantly teasing Biodun Durojaiye[News Editor]; Chuka is fond of scaring male colleagues away from me. It is either he tells them we are sitting too close together or that i should not give them attention. Then, embarrassingly some people mistake me for an IT student. Dear God, how i wish i can go from a size 8 to 10. My small stature is becoming increasingly embarrassing.
Anyway, i am absolutely loving this job as it affords me the opportunity to work at my own pace. I am still trying to hone my skills though. My feature articles on ‘flooding’ and Reducing the cost of governance would be out next week. The past week has been interesting. Just yesterday, [Friday] i had gone with my boss to NTA Channel 10, Tejuosho, Surulere to attend a press conference. I met other pen pushers from the print media among whom was Olushola Ricketts, a Guardian Newspaper correspondent. He strode in lazily as other press people were already seated with a bag on his shoulders [i guess it was his laptop]. He sat down on the seat next to me. I noticed that he started jotting immediately he arrived. ‘This must be a real otondo’, i mused to myself. I sneaked a peek at his jottings and was amazed that he wrote things that were not really relevant. After the conference, he spoke to me. The first question was if i was an IT student? I said no irritatingly. The, he asked for my number. I gave him a glo number i had lost. He asked for an active one after he tried that one to no avail, and then i gave him my sister’s number [i was just catching fun]. It was time to leave and he asked if i was going towards Island, i said no. I later learnt he was an IT student sent by his boss to cover the event. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Well, my sister reported to me that he called today and she said ‘wrong number’ [LMAO].
Well, another assignment was waiting at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja. I went with Features Editor. The personality was Benson Enikuomehin, a lawyer, former commissioner, former NDDC boss from Ilaje in Ondo State who just defected from the PDP to the Labour Party. Among all the questions posed to him, the one that really got my attention as i held the recorder close to his mouth was the state of insecurity in the nation. He said if Jonathan leaves his position today and does not contest, there would be an end to boko haram. He said some people are only bent on making the country ungovernable like they claimed. A case of the witch crying yesterday and the child dying today. He said it would backfire on them. The boys travel out of the country to train on how to use dangerous weapons, who are their sponsors? He gave the analogy of a woman who kept a python as a pet. Anytime she came home, the python would coil around her in welcome. One day, the woman went to attend a burial and wore black. But the python had never seen her in black so as she neared home, the python thought it was a stranger seeing her from afar and he struck her. Seeing her closely after that, he began to coil round her again, sorry for what he had done. However, unlike before, the woman was already weak and life was gradually going out of her. People could not save her because the python was coiled tightly around her. She died eventually.
That is the same with those who sponsor boko haram. They started it with the intention of getting back at the government because the north lost the election but now the boys are getting out of hand. If Ebele vacates the seat and a northerner comes in next time and we don’t hear of boko haram again, the boys in the creek would also carry arms again and then the hunter becomes the hunted.
Xoxo[bye for now]