Animal Farm transported to a democratic world

January 18, 2017 OPINION/NEWS



Ogunniyi Abayomi

Last night, Ejiogu and Olutimehin were slaughtered across the tarred pathway on the streets of Kano. It is the same pattern of events that is publicised in our national dailies, the massive killing in Kaduna over cultural, tribal and religious differences erupts a chaotic atmosphere within the state, yet no one is prosecuted for the heinous acts.

The suburbs and neighbouring environments within our territories are not safe if we encounter children being kidnapped at their various schools yet the perpetrators are not arrested and charged over their criminal acts.

Authorities in their overwhelming silence undermine the power of the masses within their domain. The reactions are generally sympathetic yet cold, absconding the problem and crime for matters that are less beneficial to the well being of the masses.

I begin with the sultry word of George Orwell in his book, Animal Farm to create a descriptive prelude into the discovery of an atmosphere built on the stage of cruelty and struggles which goes thus;

We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies and those of us who are capable of it are forced to the last atom of our strength and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end, we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty


‘Hideous cruelty’ is a phrase that describes an atmosphere of genocide and carnage within society, an approach enforced by guns and artilleries of war across the streets rendering human beings lifeless despite their struggle to contribute to the socio-economic development within our society.

It is beyond the thorns of war within society that is deprived of their rights and benefits in respite of their labour to sustain development of their community. The ceaseless increase in the price of comnodities, petroleum products, transport services, tariff over production of goods and rendering of services consumed without any profit despite the struggles and hard work.

Enslaving the masses by these acts, enforcing them to do what is not convenient without any payment envisages our livelihood to the animal kingdom whose struggle earns no reward but death.

The African continent is presumed to be blessed with human and natural resources within our boundaries and across our territories. These resources are indicators for economic and industrial capacity to ensure we compete economically within developed nations across the globe.

The landmines for natural resources and agricultural product within the African states are abadoned for blue chip occupation where we work hard and earn little unless you play their games and corruption yet they treat them unfairly and exploit them of their resources.

The economy remains stagnant over the years, when few acquire the jobs discarding their capabilities and ideas expected. Business without profit, hereby nothing goes into your pocket despite the exploitation by lazy and inactive personnel who neither run nor struggle to make ends meet.

Graduates in the third world countries face the challenge of surviving in a jobless atmosphere yet pay to the government who consume rather than contribute to develop and ensure the efficiency of the country. We move freely but we are deprived of what we have, only few assume a wealth which is likewise conferred as the reality which built an identity framed under the conception of an animal world.


These acts sometimes enforce evil likewise a societal menace within their society. A world of animals is summed up when people die unjustly without justice and care to the family they left behind.

The civil servants, policemen, soldiers and security staff that died on duty are neglected, their families abadoned in penury ,yet their benefits are siphoned by lazy hands. Where do we move from here is a question of doubt within our sphere.

Do we ensue on rebellion as stipulated by George Orwell in his work? He states how long we have to wait for a total revolution in Animal farm for our liberty to certain in his statement as follows:

Rebellion will come, it might be in a week or in hundred years but I know as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet that sooner or later justice would be done.


Our resolution will be a determining factor that decides our freedom from being enslaved by the boots of tyrants while I conclude with this statement from Orwell which reads thus:

Your resolution must never falter, no arguement must lead you astray.”










Ogunniyi Abayomi

Ogunniyi Abayomi was born July 11, 1991 in the city of Lagos, where he resides. A poet and essayist whose works have been published in various journals.


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