What Netflix ‘King of Boys’ says about Nigerian politics
For government to be successful, there have to be checks and balances. Each body monitors the other. Law enforcement, the press, the legislature, the judiciary and the executive.
But what happens when a body is flawed? What happens when an arm overworks its strength without being taken into account? Corruption and chaos are two surefire outcomes that are a reality on and off the screen in Nigeria.
I borrow a quote from George Orwells classic ‘animal farm’. “All animals are the same, but some are more equal than others”. This is shown in the case of Aare (Akin Lewis), a senior politician reportedly in custody but receiving special treatment from her friend who is a judge. You can’t help but ask yourself, where is the fair hearing for the average Nigerian who is not friends with judges or cannot even afford lawyers?
Although the executive branch is the highest organ of government, the others must be independent from one another in order to maintain adequate control and balance and not to use excesses. But in Nigeria power belongs only to the executive and they give it to whoever they want. What’s even more frightening is that the executive branch is just an image representing and fulfilling the commandments of a shadow government.
A committee, a sect, a gang, a cabal, a circle. A group of influential people who use finance and street muscles to intimidate coworkers and the masses for their pleasure. They add and decrease, appoint and replace.
As Jumoke Randle (Prosecution) says during her secret visit to Aare:
“He (the governor) thinks the game is won on the pitch, even though you and I both know that it will be decided in the back rooms long before the game starts.”
In other words, Nigerian political leaders are mere puppets, controlled masters behind the scenes. It is no surprise and no coincidence that the real governor of Lagos State blamed it ’20. October 2020 Lekki massacre ” about “forces beyond our direct control”.
This is being researched through Dapo-Banjo (Eva animation). A young journalist who is passionate about the truth. After the conspiracy to expose the manipulation of the presidential election by Eniola Salami was close to cracking. A letter bomb is sent to him.
This assassination technique is a sad allusion to an outspoken journalist and activist Giwa. Clear who was killed by a letter bomb in 1986.
Although letter bombs are no longer in vogue, the means of silencing the media has become even more deadly. As? You buy the media organizations. As a result, any news or stories reported by the media are always in their favor, but never their faults.
Unintelligent electoral bodies and incompetent security forces
After the election results were announced in the ‘King Of Boys’ statement President Mumusa and Eniola Salami as the winner. The other aspirants begin to dispute the figures, accusing the security forces of promoting election violence and looting ballot boxes. It is disappointing that, according to the newscaster, it is not “news” in Nigeria. How did that become our reality?
We need more women in political office
Brief meeting with in Eniola Salamis Gobir (Paul Sambo) Head of an anti-corruption agency, she says in one of her Yoruba proverbs: “The darkest pots cook the whitest rice”
Regardless of her past crimes, Eniola has the will to make real change. If only the media, their political opponents and the masses see in her more than just an “unmarried woman”.
This sexist-cultural stigma in Nigerian politics is terrible and pointless! It should be preached out loud! Women should be given equal opportunities to fill political offices at all levels.
I can go on across multiple topics Kemi Adetibas Political thriller touches on Nigerian politics, but I’ll finish it with the final points regarding Electoral process.
From registration and voting to counting and announcement,
It’s not free, it’s not fair.
Israel Olorunnisola is a freelance creative. When he’s not writing about film, music, TV or pop culture, he tells stories on Wattpad.
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