Monday, October 10, 2011

Of School Uniforms and other Jazz

Femi, I think I have to reconsider my position on the death penalty.

Ah, why? You have spent a great part of your life campaigning against it. What has happened? Why the change of heart? Whom do you want to shoot and why?

I think the president's speechwriters should be shot.


You heard me. They all should be lined up at the Teshie shooting range and dispatched to both kingdom come and kingdom uncome.

You cannot be serious! Are you talking about the speechwriters of the president of our one and only republic?

Yes, yes, and yes.

You cannot be serious. Have you heard of felony, sedition, treason...

Yes, I have heard all that, and I have also heard that the BNI (Bureau of National Investigations) guys are everywhere now ready to pounce on both real and imagined enemies of state. But I still hold that those guys and gals that so shockingly embarrassed Mother Ghana by drafting such a daft and abysmal presidential speech that our president read at the last General Assembly of the UN should all be guillotined. There should be a law against causing such national embarrassment to the republic. I am still reeling from the humiliation. I never imagined that I'd live to see my dear country reduced to such a ridiculous level whereby our president would be trumpeting sheer inanities as high national achievements. Oh Gosh! Femi, the sheer disgrace, I think I will die of mortification!

What do you find so odious about the speech? From what I gather it was well received and it was punctuated with several applauses by delegates. Do you think that the assembly would applaud it so vigorously were it deemed to be unsubstantial?

Get out there, Femi; those guys and gals the UN are programmed to applaud anything. Do they do anything apart from sip champagne and applaud like robots?

Are you not being too harsh on the world's diplomats?

I am not hard or harsh on anyone; everyone knows that diplomats are paid to laugh at whatever absurdity they hear. Anyhow, I am not here to discuss UN diplomats, I am crying my eyes out from my own personal embarrassment at our president's address to the world body.

But didn't you read what our local pundits are saying; everyone is praising the president. They consider his speech balanced, apolitical, and statesmanlike. From what I read and heard he's won kudos from several pundits. Some even suggested that he should be given the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Please, Femi, don't make me laugh. Why would any sane person suggest a Nobel Prize for such an abjectly apathetic and uninspiring speech?

Don't ask me. Ask those who praise the president's speech that you find so detestable.


1 comment:

sinaisix said...

The speech was a shame really. Make you wonder who writes his speech for him

Wise saying:

" Never use both feet to test the depth of the sea." - African proverb