May 10, 2014 – 03:30PM
Remember the ‘old’ joke of there being no difference between Blacks and Monkeys? I believe today, it has re-surfaced in many countries, but now it talks about Muslims and Terrorists.
I was in need of internet connection earlier today, whence, I went to the Faculty of Agric. and Forestry, University of Ibadan; as the Wi-Fi service is still operational. I was about having my sit in the relaxing arena when suddenly one of the security officials, popularly known as ‘Abefele’ sitting nearby beckoned on me. This is the conversation that ensued between us.
Note: I was putting on ‘jumping trousers’; a symbol of Islam which is pants that are not long enough to cover the ankles.
Note again: I will only attempt to paraphrase the expressions used in the actual dialogue, except of course the punch line in the whole story which has stuck to my mind since the incident.
Him: Hello, why are you sitting there?
Me: Good evening sir.
Him: What are you doing here?
Me: I’m only here to make use of my P.C. sir.
Him: Can I see your school ID card?
Me: I’m not with it sir.
Him: So, how do I know you are a student of this school?
Me: I’m sorry but I don’t have any document with me for proper identification sir … but.
Him: Well, you know this is a very critical time for the nation. This Boko-Haram menace, in particular. Seven countries are even here now to render assistance.
Me: Hmmm, yes, I only know of four though.
Him: They’re seven.
Me: Okay sir.
Him: May Nigeria be rid of those terrorists o.
Me: By God’s grace.
Him: So, where’s your ID card.
Me: It’s in my schoolbag sir.
Him: Go and bring it. Where’s your bag?
Me: I actually left it inside the mosque.
Him: Can you go and bring it?
Me: But sir, can you allow me to sit under the Coca-Cola shed over there, since it seems you’re uncomfortable with me sitting behind you
Him: Hmm, okay, no problem. You can sit there.
Me: Thank you sir.
Him: ‘But make sure you don’t blow up anybody o !’
Me: [leaves faking a smile, and thinking what an idiot he is]…