BAT: Bring Agonised Tribulations – The Tinubu, APC Saga | By Aare Amerijoye DOT.B

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In the labyrinth of Nigerian politics, where promises are abundant and actions scarce, the ascension of the Tinubu-led APC government heralded a paradoxical era—a cacophony of suffering orchestrated through taxes, capricious policies, and a poignant disregard for the plight of the Nigerian masses. In dissecting this dystopian reality, one confronts a tapestry woven with satirical twists, and a tragicomic narrative that unveils the harsh truth veiled beneath the veneer of governance.

In the evident anguish mirrored on the faces of the populace, a manifestation of the purported dividends of democracy under the current administration, the acronym BAT, attributed to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, takes on the connotation of ‘Bring Another Tax,’ symbolising the perceived reality of increased fiscal burdens.It serves as the overture to this symphony of suffering, a succinct encapsulation of the government’s modus operandi which “Bring Agonised Tribulations (BAT)” on Nigeian poor masses.

Despite promises of prosperity and development, the Nigerian populace finds itself ensnared in a perpetual cycle of fiscal burden, where each policy pronouncement translates into another levy on already burdened shoulders. This relentless imposition of taxes not only erodes the purchasing power of the common man but also deepens the chasm of inequality—a stark departure from the egalitarian ideals purportedly championed.

In this surreal landscape, the notion of governance becomes a tragicomedy, replete with flip-flops and u-turns that rival the acrobatics of a circus performer. Policies and programmes, once hailed as panaceas, metamorphose into ephemeral illusions, leaving the populace disillusioned and destitute. The ephemeral nature of these initiatives mirrors the philosophical concept of “vain hopes,” as articulated by Seneca: “Hope is a prodigal young heir, and experience is his banker.”

Central to this analysis is the egregious neglect of the Nigerian poor masses—the very nucleus around which the edifice of national development should revolve. Instead of being the focal point of government priorities, they find themselves relegated to the periphery, mere spectators in a spectacle of opulence and indifference. As Chinua Achebe aptly observed, “When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat left for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.” Indeed, the Nigerian poor masses have become accustomed to carrying the burdens of governance, their resilience mistaken for acquiescence.

Embedded within the fabric of this narrative are Yoruba adages that serve as poignant reminders of the enduring wisdom of the African tradition. ” Ẹní tó bímo l’Ọlúwa kò ní í t’ọni.”(The one who gave birth is not forsaken by the Creator) speaks to the inherent responsibility of leadership towards its citizens, a duty that transcends political expediency. Yet, in the corridors of power, this sacred bond is fractured, replaced by a transactional relationship devoid of empathy or compassion.

The Tinubu APC government’s legacy is one marred by the paradox of plenty—a juxtaposition of abundance and destitution, promises and betrayals. Through the lens of satire, and philosophical inquiry, we unravel the intricate layers of this tragic narrative, bearing witness to the agony of a nation betrayed by its own leaders. As we navigate the labyrinth of Nigerian politics, let us heed the words of Chinua Achebe: “A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.” In the end, the true cost of governance is not measured in currency but in the collective suffering of a nation.

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