By J. Karbar
The forces of law and order are fast becoming the satraps of law and order. Where there is rule of law, every Tom, Dick, and Harry has a siren on his car. Where there is rule of law, a siren gives you right to violate all traffic rules including driving in the opposite lane, especially during traffic jams. Where there is rule of law, bribery is the order of the day. Where there is rule of law, justice is on sale and bribery is the order of the day, and is unexplained. Where there is rule of law, “Kekeh” makes U-turn anywhere on any street.
They say, no mother and baby should ride in the front seat of a cab; but it’s OK for a mother with a new born baby, just out of the hospital, to take that baby home on the back of a motorbike. It’s OK to see four to five kids going to school on a single motorcycle.
Now that Ebola is gone, you see in some places, two upfront and four in the back of taxi cab; sometimes even up to five, where somebody sits on another person’s lap.
Where there is rule of law, passengers must disembark and file through the checkpoint just so the driver can shake hands unseen with the police, the antifraud man, the DEA man, the FDA man, and the Fire Service man – “Da fa fa dallar dem dey collect so.” As for immigration, interview is done in office: “What’s your name?” “Weh u comin from?” Weh u gowin?” “No ID card? “Com cleah d desk.”
Where there is rule of law, only commercial vehicles are stopped and checked. Where there is rule of law, the rule is UN vehicles, NGO vehicles, all GoL vehicles and private cars, as well as Legislative and vehicles from the Judiciary go unchecked. Where there is rule of law, unlicensed and uninsured vehicles ply the streets.
“Aye mehn! Will we ever learn?” When a school team is going out to play a game, an 18-seater bus will carry about 50 students; some hanging out of the windows and some on top of the carrier and still some hanging at the back.