The Devil Who Loved Me - Episode 6 TrendyVoice

5 May 2016

The Devil Who Loved Me - Episode 6







In mini-campus, the gun shots were all they were
talking about, though we hadn’t recorded any
casualty, students exaggerated the entire
incidence; some saying as many as 3 students
were killed. Since it was Monday morning, I tried
forgetting about everything elections and focus on
my studies. I had Bot-305 from 9-11, Toun as usual
was beside me gisting me on how she and
Abayomi spent it. The lecturer was running late as
usual when we heard beatings of drums from
outside the auditorium, then some students
danced into the lecture hall. At the middle of the
dancing was National. He was dressed in buba and
sokoto..He went to the front of the auditorium to
address us..
“Great Nigerian students!”
“great!”, students replied
“I am here to give you important reasons why you
should vote for me as the next SUG president of
this great institution. Just like you, I am tired of the
lies, corruption and incompetence that have
corroded the institution known as the SUG. I am
fed up of the students not having a voice to fight
for them when the authorities come up with
painful policies. I cannot sleep at night because of
the insecurity the entire student body faces, our
lecture halls are overcrowded, our library books are
outdated, and we don’t have a proper school
transport system”
Students were excited; he had gotten their
attention…
“it is a shame that we don’t have a school hostel,
even with the amount of money the government is
pumping into the school, it’s a pity that our
graduates might have to wait 3/4 yrs. before they
can get their certificates..i say all these must
stop!!!!!!!!”
The students started banging the table. They were
excited..
“I am your man, my government will serve you, we
will listen to you…we are not far away from you…
most especially….we are you!!!!”
Students couldn’t take it anymore; they lifted
National up high, shouting “you have won”
I looked at this foolish students in my class, have
they forgotten I was running for vice-president for
Abayomi?..i mentally noted all the chief dancers in
my class..
Toun: see this people o…don’t they know my
boyfriend is running again?
Me: don’t mind them o..
I picked up my phone and dialed Abayomi’s
number
Me: boss, you have to come to mini-campus o,
National is campaigning here…abeg come
Abayomi: I am coming, call Timi, and tell him to
meet me there in 15 min
Okay, it’s been more than a year I had dialed those
digits, I hadn’t forgotten any digit
Me: come to mini-campus, Abayomi wants you
here with him..
Timi: I am here.
Me: where?
Timi: at the back of the hall you are seated in..
I turned back to verify his claim…true to his word,
he was there, in a white shirt and blue jeans..
Timi: I have been following National’s train. Having
a feel of him
Me: and what do you think, Do you think we still
have a chance?
Timi: you have me..you always have a chance
Me: whatever mehn….hope you have propped
Abayomi for the speech he must deliver..
Timi: not at all…I have other plans..
National and his people were already leaving the
auditorium, with a thunderous applause in their
wake….
Timi: that’s my cue…I am next…you should be
ready
Me: next for wha…..
He hung up…I saw him go to the front of the
stage…Toun looked at me surprised…
Timi started..
“Greatest Nigerian students!”
“great!” students replied
“greatest Gbo Gbo”
“Gbo Gbo”, they replied
“greatest gba gba”
“Gba Gba” they replied
‘Greatest shhhhhhhhhh”
“shhhhhhhhh”…
There was pin drop silence…then Timi started
talking.
Most students wanted to hear what Timi had to
say, they knew National, they knew Abayomi…
they knew Timi was associated with a candidate,
they wanted to hear what he had for them
“I am standing here not on behalf of myself but on
behalf of people who really want change in this
school. I am not going to sugar-coat any words or
give promises, I will tell you about this people and
why they deserve a chance to serve you.”
With the silence in the hall, you could hear if two
mosquitoes were straffing..
“what is the biggest problem we face as a student
body?…some of you say security, others say
hostels..etc..you are not far from it, but we think
the biggest problem we face as a student body is
the right to be a student of this great institution.
We are all seated in this auditorium…but how
many of us have completed the payment of our
fees?. Many brilliant people among us have no idea
if they would be allowed to write the examinations
due to non-payment of fees, the economy of
Nigeria is bad, our parents are doing their best…
but some of them can’t afford it because it is too
expensive”
A couple of “yes”…”beeni”..could be heard.
“this is 2007, you are still being forced to buy
books that are free online, this is 2007, the
campus doesn’t have a wireless network, even
schools not as prestigious as this have that!”
Students started clapping
“If with the limited resources provided to you, you
guys can still excel tremendously in your various
fields, imagine if you had the required resources!”
Students were on their feet..clapping in unision
“ imagine if you didn’t have to worry about
excessive school fees only about your studies and
exams!”
“solidarity forever….” Hymns started in the
background
“imagine if everybody was free to roam the streets
of Ago-iwoye, ijebu-oru and ijebu-igbo anytime,
because the school has its own police station,
roaming the streets …providing security”..
I didn’t know what Timi had smoked to the lecture
hall…but he was on fire
“lemme tell you about somebody, when we were in
100L, during Chemistry practical exams, we had
limited amount of Petri-dishes and conical-flasks…
the department said there was nothing they could
do about it until they got resources from the
school, so the exams was to be post-poned.., an
anonymous student went to Lagos that very
afternoon and by the next day, brought this items
for the chemistry-lab. This is not hear say…this
student gave me the items to deliver myself”
Many students remembered the episode but when
the items were brought in, they had imagined the
school had rescued them. Ofcuz I remembered the
episode…
“National and his colleagues held this mic some
minutes ago to address you, what they didn’t
know was that this wonderful mic that we use
today without saying “testing testing 123” like
before was provided by a student anonymously,
when the department started dragging their feet
on getting a new one”
Astonishing looks spread across the hall
“though this person would like to remain
anonymous…I refuse to let it remain so!”
The students started clamouring “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
“I present to you a girl, who has never waited for
people to hand her things, but have instead
provided things for people…for the hungry…she
gave food…for the distressed she gave a listening
ear…and for the dancers…if you were with us on
Saturday she gave music!”
People started laughting..
“and most especially…her most important gift…
was her love. She is running as the vice-president
for Abayomi… I present to you Ms Tana Dike!”
The applause was so loud, i didn’t hear on time
that my name was being chanted…
“Tana!….Tana!….Tana!….all eyes were on me…
Timi stretched his hand beckoning on me to come
to the front. Even Toun was cheering me up ..
When I got to where he was, I know a reasonable
person was supposed to say “thank you”, but I
didn’t…instead I hugged him..
i hugged Timi..
Abayomi didn’t need to utter a word when he
breezed into the hall, he got cheers and a lot of
unknown handshakes. He came beside me,
grinning sheepishly..
Abayomi: what are all these about
Me: ask your campaign manager…he swept
everybody off their feet
Abayomi: including you?
Me: yes..
He stupidly winked at me.
Dr Nnamdi, the lecturer taking Bot 305 came into
the auditorium, bringing to an end a very eventful
morning.
After lectures I proceeded to the kakadu, Oru, to
have a meeting with Abayomi as regards the
incidence that happened during the rally on
Saturday. He was seated with a bottle of dry gin
and a bottle of coke
Me: drinking so early..what is happening boss?
Abayomi: we have to sort out our security
Me: yes I agree..
Abayomi: what do you want to drink?
Me: Schweppes lemon..
Abayomi: I heard it aint good for your health or so
Me: I don’t have balls mahn….plus I think it’s just
rumor’s. No medical fact.
Abayomi: I think we should take uche’s offer..
Me: I am not comfortable with it
Abayomi: I listen to your fears regularly and you
know it, but I think this risk is worth it, we have
just five weeks before the election…we need the
money and the security
Me: but the monopoly is what I don’t like, what of
other people that woukld want to start up their
own game centres or cd stands?
Abayomi: how many game centres do you want in
a campus sef?..this is a campus o..
Me: Abayomi, you have the right to accept their
offer without asking for my attention, what is it
you want?
Abayomi: I want us to reach an agreement
together
Me: you won’t get that. I am sorry..
Abayomi: Uche gave me till this afternoon, or they
would shift camp to National’s..
Me: do what you have to to..i won’t support it..
Abayomi: please na..
Me: don’t beg me jor..i might not agree with you.
But you know I will have your back
Abayomi sipped his drink cooly, looked at me for a
while then picked up his phone..
Abayomi( on phone): uche howfar?
…..mehn…I dey o..
….yes I just finished talking to my people now…
…….no deal bro…the monopoly thing is the sticky
part..
…..yes I am sure
……I am sorry bro..
…no problem…National is all yours…
….i will take my chance bro…
He hung up..
Though I felt bad I had put Abayomi in a tight
position…he reminded me why he was my best
friend.
To be continued




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