As I drove to work last friday, a police woman and a police man waved down my car and asked that I stopped. I obediently did thinking it was for their "normal", "legal" "stop and search". I quickly said a word of appreciation to God, having just renewed my drivers' license and believing that the particulars of the car were intact (since it was hubby's duty to ensure that the car particulars were intact and up to date, my own duty is simply to drive the car around..***wink***)
As i stopped the car, the Policeman walked past me, apparently heading backwards to stop another car and then the police woman approached me and our conversation went thus: Police woman: Good morning, ma...
Omoba: Good morning!
Police woman: How are you today?
Omoba: Very well and you?
Police woman: Fine, how is the family?
Omoba: Fine and yours?
I was becoming impatient with the pleasantries and eagerly expecting the question "Can i have a look at your particulars?" And then she goes: "MADAM, FIND SOMETHING FOR US NOW...."
I was a bit irritated and in my mind I was like "there we go again!!!, find something for you for being at your duty post or because it was friday?"..But I dare not say that aloud, else I be accused of a heinous crime. I always say "the fear of all Uniformed Men in Nigeria (be it POLICE, LASTMA,FRSC,KAI,e.t.c.) is the beginning of wisdom." I instantly started searching for loose change in my car since I was not ready to part with a higher denomination. Fortunately, I located a N50.00 note in the glove compartment of my car but I thought to myself "this is too small and it does not appear presentable". I searched my bag thoroughly while the Police woman waited patiently and then I located another N50.00 note. Happily, i added the two notes to her thinking she would reject it that it was too small, but surprisingly, she accepted it thankfully and I sped off.
As I zoomed off, my thoughts became as loud as my voice "What was that you just did?" "Did you just offer bribe or not?" " Did you just gave unto "ceaser" what belong to ceaser?".
I have decided to throw these questions open to you all, my dear friends....WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON BRIBERY? WHAT AMOUNTS TO BRIBERY? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BRIBERY AND GIFT?
I await your comments and answers.....
With love and prayers, omo'ba (the royal daughter).
Loud Verse: Mark 12 v. 17 ...Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”