By Abiodun Komolafe
As soon as upon a time, there reigned a king in Israel, whom the Lord intentionally gave a clean verify to ask no matter he wished. This king was so liked by God that, even, what he didn’t ask for, he was given. His title is Solomon, whose knowledge was rated increased than regular. But, he was led all the way down to the trail of destruction by reward singers. The identical destiny befell Rehoboam, his son! Although he had the best alternative to rebuild the bartered picture of the dynasty, what King Rehoboam did in addition to what he didn’t do to damage the essence of his reign are already within the archives of the historians of antiquity.
Who’re typically known as reward singers? Why do we want them and the way do they, most frequently, find yourself doing the society the best hurt? Properly, the questions above recall to mind the job of sure units of strange individuals within the Yoruba socio-cultural setting. Generally known as royal courtiers, they’re discovered within the palaces, singing and drumming for kings. If and when the king hasn’t come to his court docket within the morning, or chooses to delay his outings for some causes, the lot falls on these courtiers to make use of the speaking drums to inform him that, since ‘a sick fowl can’t be caught in its nest’, his topics are already round, awaiting his royal presence. That is the routine, even, if the king has been bitten by COVID-19.
If there’s any deadly weapon that’s so positive and fast to destroy integrity and sentence a pacesetter to his early grave, that weapon should go by the title, “reward singers.” Generally known as ‘cousins to Mr. Something’, their commerce turns the web page away from the actual points of great significance and accountable management. If not well-managed by their ‘unwitting shoppers’, reward singers truncate plans and induce actuality deniability. The aftermath results of reward singing are like driving drunk: in the event you don’t get killed, you may find yourself killing any individual else. So, blessed is that chief who is sensible sufficient to surmount the ‘a o m’erin j’oba’ folkloric appeals whereas sitting on the throne set on landmines.
In some ways, praise-singing helps to blind the eyes of the leaders to their necessary tasks and the burden of public service. When leaders ignore the reality; once they refuse to concentrate to the city and what’s happening within the society, they find yourself misbehaving. Nonetheless, for many who are witty, and are aware of the interpretation of the norms of the individuals, warning will at all times prevail. Impliedly, whereas reward singers have their key roles firmly ingrained within the cultural norms and worth system, those that embrace and use them have to be well-grounded in these very norms and values. In any other case, derailment is a positive wager, because the life and time of the late Senator Abiola Ajimobi has now proven!
The fact is that praise-singing can’t be remedied as a result of our society’s socio-cultural norms permit for it. From the musician in Lagos, to the politician in Ijebu-Jesa, genuine, time-tested, cultural norms and values are now not in existence and no person may be held accountable. In our very eyes, Nigerians have grow to be wedded into the intrigues of lofty concepts which can be so candy on paper however so arduous to really feel by the individuals. Whereas the praise-singers can’t however do what they imagine will fetch them their meal tickets, the beneficiaries of their vocation can’t however subscribe to their lies, as a result of these are the stuffs that assist propel the insincerity of statistics and the foolery of phantasm of imagined approval from the unwary plenty. The persons are hungry and are philistinic. As such, they’re gullible! Just like the proverbial Esau, all people simply needs to eat with out caring a hoot about what turns into of the destiny of the nation. To the reward singers, it doesn’t matter the supply of the cash; what’s essential is that ‘Foko’ is alive and aerated. (‘Foko’ in Ibadan was the seat of Olubadan’s Palace within the ‘60s). It’s the seek for this aggressive edge that has now led us to norms which can be in full contradistinction to western tradition. The implication is that it fuels underdevelopment as a result of the main target of management is shifted. The person being praised additionally turns into aware of his over-bloated ego; and the society is worse for it! It’s a chain response; and it’ll at all times be a recurring subject, producing the identical outcomes, till the chain is damaged.
Given these narratives, it’s unlucky that outdated values appear to have given technique to new-but-unhelpful norms. The reward singers will do what they need to do as a result of the driving drive is their stomach. That they carry out the act for which they’re famend in this type of fragile and unpredictable socio- political and financial milieu is even inevitable. A typical praise-singer is a person who has performed no statistics to know that, actually, his man is the individuals’s alternative.
Sadly, the beneficiary can be silly to imagine! It even makes her or him to misbehave, derail and misgovern the extra, as a result of his or her actions or politics is not going to be primarily based on scientifically verifiable information which can be useful to the society. As an alternative, they’ll sync with the praise-singer’s proclamation! Clearly, that’s the place impunity units in. That’s what has affected the management of politics and political administration in Nigeria that it has at all times anticipated gratitude for companies rendered whereas actively concerned in public service. What makes it so weird is that they anticipate the identical courtesy to be prolonged to these of their circle, even, their concubines. Regrettably, this has not solely gone a protracted was in increasing the frontiers of entitlement tradition and greed of the elite, it has additionally raised the bar for the ‘iniquity of inequities’ in our society.
It’s troubling to notice that the extra we try and interrogate Nigeria’s multiple-but-identifiable issues, and makes an attempt are made to unravel them, the extra new and intractable ones are found; and the enveloping ecology of a troubled society stays. So, what’s the best way out of this failed social course of that has turned expensive nation right into a forest of frustration and conspiratorial manipulations? Properly, the answer is for the society to recheck. As an alternative of patching up social issues and treating the signs, not the illness, requisite Cultural Revolution has to begin, proper right here, proper now!
Might the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, heal our land.