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Fr Pat Amobi ChukwumaThursday, June 4, 2015
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THE ARRIVAL OF THE BROOM GOVERNMENT

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s soon as it was dawn on Monday 25, May 2015, I drove down from Awka to my hometown Aguluezechukwu in Aguata Local Government of Anambra State. It was an Nkwo market day. I entered the market around 9.00 a.m. in my clerical gown. My town's people were wondering what I came into the market to do. They thought I was looking for my mother. They went to my mum's shed and alerted her of my sudden presence in the market. However, I was serious searching for the section where they sell brooms. As I glanced back, I saw my mother running in a mothering manner towards me. I rushed to her and offered her a loving embrace. With question marks all over her face, she asked me what I came into Nkwo market to do. Without mincing words, I told her that I came to purchase brooms. She accompanied me and her presence made things easier for me. I bought twenty-four bundles of broom. She asked me what the brooms were meant for. I smiled and told her that the Broom Government was about to be inaugurated in three days' time. She laughed and helped me to load the brooms into my car. As I drove off, she waved at me and told me, "My son, it shall be well with us and our country Nigeria." I responded, "Amen!"

I went to bed on Thursday 28 May 2015 with positive anxiety. Throughout that night I dreamt of the handover from the People's Democratic Party of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to the All Progressives Congress Party of President Muhammadu Buhari. The symbols of Umbrella and Broom appeared dominantly in my dream. I saw myself under an umbrella as a heavy rain was falling. Later it was shinning so intense and I have to use umbrella again. At a stage in the dream, I saw myself sweeping the whole church compound. Indeed my sleep was turbulent as I snored like an elephant on my bed.

We all are aware that the symbol of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is the Cock. The cock in Anambra State performs very significant roles. If you want to be alert and punctual, come to Anambra State. The cock identifies any armed robber or kidnapper that comes into the State by following the criminal and crowing, thereby alerting the security agents. Recently an armed robber who thought that Upper Iweka in Onitsha was business as usual came and robbed at gun point. The security outfit of Chief Willie Obiano spotted him and started pursuing him. Surprisingly the APGA cock flew from nowhere and plucked out the armed robber's two eye-balls. Immediately he fell down for lack of sight. Then the security men caught him like a wretched bat. Again if you steal someone's cock, kill and eat in Anambra State, then the cock will be crowing in your stomach to the hearing of others. The thief then has no hiding place. Indeed Governor Willie Obiano is working in Anambra State. He has given governorship both human and divine faces. Well done Willie, well done APGA.

And so a giant cock behind my house crew by 3.00 a.m. on Friday 29, May 2015, the Democracy Day; the day of handover from Umbrella to Broom. Immediately, I jumped up from my bed. I said my morning prayer with the required devotion. After the prayer, I took one of the bundles of broom I bought three days earlier and began to sweep my room. As I was sweeping the corridor, one of my priest-colleagues suddenly opened his door and was surprised to see me sweeping very early in the morning, which was unusual. He asked me, "Father, what is happening?" Rhetorically I asked him, "My friend, what is today's date?" He laughed and exclaimed, "I see! Today is 29th May, the transition day from umbrella to broom. You are right. Let me sweep with you." He joined me in the sweeping as we sang joyful hymns.

As soon as it was daybreak, I packed my luggage. I took an umbrella in case it rains. Also I took two bundles of broom with me. Off, I drove to Enugu Airport, where I took the next flight to Abuja. At about 8.30 a.m. I landed at Abuja Airport. I then boarded an airport taxi to my destination, Eagle Square Abuja, the venue of the Handover from Goodluck to Buhari. I was on my clerical suite. When I arrived the gate leading into the Square, two red-eyed policemen and two armed soldiers accosted me for searching. They confiscated the umbrella I was holding and told me that it is now contraband. However, when they saw the two bundles of broom with me, they smiled and asked me to enter the Eagle Square because I was having the right ticket. One of the policemen smiled and whispered into my ears, "Man of God, the era of umbrella is over. There is no more rainfall or sunshine. It is time to sweep away the heaps of dirt brought by the floods of past administrations. It is time for CHANGE!"

The out-gone President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has come and gone. He has written his name boldly in the Guinness Book of Record as the first Nigerian Leader to concede defeat and to hand over peacefully. He did neither go to court to challenge his defeat nor entice lawless men to spill blood in order to remain in power. The present and future leaders in Nigeria, Africa and the whole world should emulate the good leadership of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan. He is a man of peace. History will never forget him. His umbrella is that of brotherhood and tranquility. We shall not forget his words: "The election of any politician is not worth the blood of any Nigerian." Those who have ears, let them hear.

As I stepped into the Eagle Square in Abuja, two attractive female ushers beamed smiles at me. They escorted me, one at my right hand and the other at my left. In fact I became blessed between two women. They led me to the seats reserved for the Clergymen. I showed my gratitude and sat down. As President Muhmmadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were taking their Oath of Office, I stretched out my two hands prayerfully towards them. I invoked God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to pour holy anointing upon them. As power from Heaven was blowing like wind within the Eagle Square, I saw Heaven open. I closed my eyes and called on God to cover Nigeria with the Blood of Jesus Christ. I started casting and binding, until the Commander of the Army Parade came to me and said, "Man of God, it is enough!" I then shouted, "Praise the Lord!" The crowd chorused, "Alleluia!!!"

Next, the National Anthem was sung. Everybody stood like corpse. Then the President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari mounted the rostrum to deliver his Inaugural Speech. I switched on my two ears and focused my two eyes on him like video camera.

President Buhari's Inaugural Speech was short, precise and straight to the point. He thanked those who voted for him and those who did not. He made this remarkable assertion: "I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody." The crowd clapped and laughed. Hearing this, I began to philosophize and theologize on that assertion until a giant fly perched on my lips. At once I spat out saliva and began to listen to the President's speech once again. He emphasized that his government will not settle old scores. He promised to sweep out terrorism, cyber crime, other financial crimes and venerable diseases out of the country. He said that his government would try all things possible to rescue the Chibok Girls alive. Hearing this, some drops of tears fell from eyes. I exclaimed, "Oh poor girls. May God save you, if you are still in this planet!" Further, the President listed other challenges to be swept out especially Corruption, unemployment, power epilepsy, kidnapping, armed robbery, etc. I told myself, "Yes, Honourable Corruption must be dishonoured and swept out this country." On power epilepsy, I remembered an ugly experience some years ago, when there was sudden power failure as I was eating pepper soup one night. The darkness was so thick that I couldn't locate the position of my mouth. I ended up inserting the pepper soup into my eyes. Unfortunately, pepper peppered me as I screamed for help. Continuing, President Buhari promised to rebuild public service and stabilize the system. In addition, he would reform the judicial system. He vowed to respect the autonomy of the Three Tiers of Government, namely the Local Government, the State and the Federal. He also promised to respect the Separation of Powers as concerns the Executive, the Legislative and Judicial Arms of Government.

The new Commander-in-chief assured Nigerians that Boko Haram would be dealt with final blow. According to him, the Command center in Abuja will be relocated to Maiduguri until the mindless and godless terrorists are surmounted. He appreciated the joint military efforts of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroun against the blood tasting insurgents.

The President is optimistic that the Niger Delta programme would still be continued to assuage all wounded nerves. Also the Nigerian jobless youths will be offered employment because an idle mind is a devil's workshop. Education is to be given a prominent place in this new administration. That means that illiteracy is to be swept into the pit as soon as possible. We are also to witness growth in physical infrastructure. There was a great applause. I threw a bundle of broom up and it started dancing on the air within the Eagle Square. Everybody shouted, "Change! Change!! Change!!!" Like lightening, I disappeared from the Square.

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