“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
This line has stuck in my head ever since I first read George Orwell’s classic, Animal Farm.
First published in England on the 17 August 1945, the book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebelled against their human farmer with the intention of creating a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. They had suffered for too long.
The farm was owned by Mr. Jones, an irresponsible and alcoholic farmer who neglected the animals and cared less about their welfare.
To set the stage for their freedom, Old Major, a prize-winning and well-respected boar-pig assembled the animals in the farm and shared with them a dream where all animals lived together with no human beings to oppress or control them.
He thereafter asked the animals to be loyal, not to drink alcohol, use money, or kill each other. He also taught them a song, “Beasts of England.”
The animals were gingered, they saw the bright future which was in sight. They perceived the invaluable fragrance of freedom. Few days after the meeting, Old Major passed on.
Having been inspired by Old Major’s shared vision of a future paved with freedom from oppression, three younger pigs; Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer formulated Old Major’s philosophy and called it Animalism.
A few days later, the animals led a rebellion against Mr. Jones. They chased him away and changed the name of the farm from Manor Farm to Animal Farm. 
At first, all went well, and the farm prospered as all the animals dedicated themselves to achieving Major’s dream. Before long, Napoleon and Snowball began to see themselves as special, requiring special treatment, as the leaders of the animals. 
In no time, there was power tussle between Napoleon and Snowball, and things began to fall apart. 
With the help of some attack dogs which Napoleon pretended to train, he chased Snowball out of the farm, assumed leadership and declared that there will be no more meetings. 
He said the pigs alone would make all the decisions, which according to him was for the good of every animal. Napoleon’s reign soon became despotic, leaving no space for opposition or criticism.
He abandoned the Animalist principle, started behaving more and more like a human being, slept in a bed, drank whisky, and engaged in trade with neighbouring farmers. He cared less about the welfare of the common animals, leaving them cold, hungry, and overworked.
It got worse. Like human beings, they soon began to walk upright, carrying whips and wearing clothes.
Eventually, they reduced the Seven Commandments to a single principle; “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” They became what they fought against.
As insightful as this book is, I never realised how much semblance Nigeria politics and politicians shared with the characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm until a few days ago.
On Wednesday, the 19th of May 2020, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) at its virtual meeting considered the report of a committee headed by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, and accepted its recommendation that backs full deregulation of petrol.
The recommendation suggested that the pump price of petrol be pegged around N385 per litre, they also recommended that the federal government should buy and distribute over 113 buses to states and major cities as a palliative to cushion the proposed increase in the price of petrol. 
Just in case you do not understand, if this recommendation is accepted, Petrol will be sold for around N385 per litre.
If you have lived in Nigeria for a while, you will realise that the price of fuel has a way of impacting directly on the prices of goods and services. The common man gets to bear the brunt.
I am wondering, do these Governors not realise how much impact this recommendation will have on the common man if it is implemented? Were these not the same persons who ‘Occupied Nigeria’ at some point under the aegis of ‘Save Nigeria Group’ to fight the past administration over the increase in the price of petrol? At what point did they turn into what they once fought against? How do they expect the common man to survive and thrive?
The coming weeks will be quite interesting, no doubt.
While we watch as events unfold, we will continue to keep our hopes alive.

Written by John Olugbemi

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