IT was from an online news platform Tori. Ng, that I saw the story. We might even question its veracity, but the human-interest content is very rich! It said that on Sunday, August 9th, the 2015 election of the National Association of Nigerian Prostitutes (NANP), ended in chaos, when violence broke out, following the declaration of a certain Jessica Elvis, as winner with 300 votes, to defeat incumbent secretary of NANP, Madam Felix Efoyo, who got 153 votes, while the Nasarawa state coordinator, Tamar Tion, came third with 63 votes.
The 2015 electoral committee chairman (the NANP equivalent of Professor Attahiru Jega), Franca ‘Top Up’ Chikam, had announced the result of what was apparently a keenly contested election. But Madam Efoyo was said to have “revolted and ordered” fresh election insisting that she had been rigged out.
Dozens of prostitutes
The cycle then begins again; until one year, just about a few days to when the monies are normally collected, and it was discovered that Baba Gani had disappeared into thin air! A few days later, dozens of prostitutes took over the neighbourhood, many wailing and shouting obscenities! A whole year’s saving from active service had disappeared with the man who seemed an example of piety but who chose to scam commercial sex workers big time!
There seemed to be some method to the ‘madness’ of the prostitutes of that era, almost like the more gentle approach of the political elite of the period. Today the culture of broken bottles and fight over the election amongst members of the National Association of Nigerian Prostitutes resembles very much the way that our politicians act with serious consequences for the health of our society.
In fact, the kernels of prostitution seem to be central to the praxis of politics, as politicians ‘port’ and ‘de-port’ from one party to the other without any semblance of honour or principles. It is absurd that society accepts one tradition of prostitution with its politicians, but frowns at the work done and services provided by prostitutes. Talk about double standards!