Stalin And The Fowl: The Tales Of African Leaders And Their Followers -By Fakinlede Pelumi Seun

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When Josef Stalin was on his deathbed he called in two likely successors, to test which one of the two had a better knack for ruling the country. He ordered two birds to be brought in and presented one bird to each of the two candidates. The first one grabbed the bird, but was so afraid that the bird could free himself from his grip and fly away that he squeezed his hand very hard, and when he opened his palm, the bird was dead. Seeing the disapproving look on Stalin’s face and being afraid to repeat his rival’s mistake, the second candidate loosened his grip so much that the bird freed himself and flew away. Stalin looked at both of them scornfully. “Bring me a bird!” he ordered. They did.

Stalin took the bird by its legs and slowly, one by one, he plucked all the feathers from the bird’s little body. Then he opened his palm. The bird was laying there naked, shivering, helpless. 

Stalin looked at him, smiled gently and said, “You see… and he is even thankful for the human warmth coming out of my palm.”

In Africa, we find out that leaders maltreat their followers by making life had for them in a bit to find pleasure and Dominion and once election is at hand, they provide little solace for them in which the followers will seem to find an haven in their hands . This method of brutal leadership is always traced to the teaching of Niccolo Machevelli in his book, “The Prince” where he teach leaders on how to brutish handling of masses. African electorates have being considered fools and sheepish in sense that little money becloud their judgement once election is close by. Like it is said the people of sheep will produce a government of wolves. We can change this notion by telling them we are no longer fools

‘Pelumi Fakinlede’s thought

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