50 NAIRA PATIKULA
Story Story, Story,
four Olopas and their Oga in a 504,
brandishing guns as if going to war.
There we were, five passangers in a mini-bus,
with a driver and conductor, they approached us: the ‘cops’.
One goes, “hey there, show me your patikula”,
Oga bus driver became a chicken in his own car.
“Stupid man, give me your key, come down”,
you might not understand me if you’re new in this town,
Na truth oh, Oga driver no get patikula,
the real one, I mean the original.
So quickly, he begins to plead for mercy,
because explanation at the station won’t be easy.
“I say show me your patikula” shouted Olopa,
“or you come and go see Oga for inside car”.
Oga driver immediately understood the language,
t’wasnt hard to decode the message.
Quickly, he reaches for another patikula,
not a twenty but a 50-Naira,
for Oga Olopa patapata in motor fire for fire.
Inside Oga driver goes with this patikula,
3 minutes later, he emerges with a smile,
like a model, he bounces out with style.
Fire for fire motor kicked, they sped off,
Oga driver got his keys, we sped off.
On the way, he tells us the story:
“their Oga na nice man oh,
he no give me any wahala,
na the fifty naira wey I give am oh,
he collect am, say make I dey waka”
Story story, story,
here ends the tale of the 50-Naira patikula,
korokoro Abuja Area 1, bribe and corruption,
this business is done in broad day-light
@John the beloved Ajewole, January 21, 2004