Where we were and where we are? – By Okechukwu Nwafor

The above onomatopoeic verbiage, obviously derived from the slip of tongue, from the Vice President during the last Vice Presidential debate sends a poignant signal. The first is a question of where we were in the last four years and the second is where we are today.

Indeed Osibanjo’s slip of tongue reveals an uncommon error in speech in which one’s train of thought is interrupted by certain inward psychological disturbance. In Psychology it is called a Freudian slip. The VP’s train of thought seems interrupted here if we assume that he was, on a hot seat, defending the indefensible. If he wanted to say where we were last four years, his unconscious mind would have interrupted him with a quick reminder that where we were was better. If he wanted to say where we are today, his unconscious mind would have still reminded him that where we are today is worse. So either way he will suffer a Freudian slip. His train of thought would still be interrupted.

It was really a struggle for him. As a pastor, he has more reasons to suffer a Freudian slip. His train of thought will always be interrupted by the pastoral voice of a conscious holy spirit inside him, which will always oppose the oppressive, mortal voice outside him. He is caught in between a fight between a silent holy spirit inside and a garrulous unholy mouth outside. Of course humans do not win wars fought with spirits. That was why Osibanjo’s tongue was slipping with so many ‘wheres’ and ‘weres.’ Unknown to many he was not just fighting with Obi but with two other incompatible elements of his being: his mouth and his spirit.

And this is what Osibanjo continues to deal with. He needs pity. He sometimes attempts to listen to the silent, inner spirit to escape the Freudian slip. He did it when the outside controller of his garrulous mouth travelled abroad sometime and he listened to an inner spiritual voice and sacked the prodigal director of DSS. A political mechanism was deployed to cover his (un)official deed. Nigerians hailed him then as a courageous fighter, having won the war of the two opposing elements of his being. However, his pay master was watching him live during the last debate so it was a fatal choice for him to ignore the silent inner spirit.

Well everyone heard Osibanjo that day. No need repeating what he said: the 3 trillion and the exportation of rice. But we may need to repeat what he did not say. Where are we today in terms of electricity? Has your electricity supply improved or deteriorated over the past 3 years? If you lie you will suffer a Freudian slip. Where are we today in terms of education? Can you count how many strikes we have had in the past three years? Are universities currently in session? If you lie your lips will continue to mutter ‘where were we where were…’ all your life. ‘Where are we in terms of poverty alleviation? Are we better? If you lie your generation shall continue to utter ‘were we where we were, where we where…’ all their lives. Where are we today in terms of corruption? Are we fighting corruption lopsidedly? If you lie your mouth will be awash with ‘where we are we were where…’ all your life. Continue to ask the questions and provide truthful answers, otherwise you shall suffer a Freudian slip and continue with ‘where we were were etc’.



– By Okechukwu Nwafor

About Don Saint

PR Guru / Author / Promoter / Controversial Writer / Hip Hop Artiste / Actor / Human Rights Activist. The First Nigerian Hip Hop Artiste to obtain a Masters Degree (M.A) in Arts ( Religion & Human Relations). The author of one of the most controversial books in Nigeria; "Emancipation from Masturbation". With over 12 Movies and 3 Musical albums since 2003. Former Events Manager at Silverbird’s Rhythm Fm Awka Station till 2010. For more info. Call : 08033239298, 08056381068.

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