Wole Soyinka and his “goons”, as the man affectionately calls them, are the “Bad Brothers” and the Pyrates Confraternity is the “Bad Brotherhood”. It is only the long staggering history of theft, manipulation, racketeering, corruption, abuse, brutality, slavery and many inhumane practices that unambiguously establish the justification and evidence of the descriptor “Bad”.
The physical and psychological victims of this very “Badness” run into the thousands but have no voice and fear a vicious myriad of accusations, smears and violence if they speak out. There are the survivors too. But most of them have cut their losses with the Confraternity even in their daily thoughts. Hundreds of men blindly every year join the association, not knowing the realities within. Such men with high expectations of personal advancement but end up with one invariable outcome (cf. the road to Europe via Libya). Many within the Confraternity are still suffering as victims. And these members held captive, only cope through mutual [imposed] mechanisms of sheer learned helplessness and stupefaction; alcohol and song provide much solace. The adopted but subtle indoctrination associated with aggressively absorbent cults around the world is well-documented. These are in evidence in every prescribed action and thought of the Confraternity.
At the helm of the Confraternity, Wole Soyinka and his favourites [the leadership] in the 21st Century use this “Badness” to profit and prosper endlessly. Well, at the unspeakable expense of the obedience, helplessness, fear and dehumanisation of the majority of members. Any attempts to question or speak out against such oppression and exploitation will attract punitive sanctions, humiliation and ostracism. The fearless members face routine crucifixion. The desire of the ringleaders to hurt their members but expect unfailingly love in return requires keen observation to be appreciated. Furthermore, the climate of personal betrayal and spying is so high that members’ who are supposedly devoted and old friends fear to reveal their dissatisfaction and reservations to each other for fear the leadership will hear it in real-time. The Panopticon of the administration has turned it into a “Big Brother.”
There no proper or sane rule book for the organisation. Such a well-laid table of rules is utterly unnecessary for the chameleon-like and rapacious modalities of the Confraternity. The whim of the ‘Capoon’ (routinely flawed and unjustified) is always in the ascendancy. Disobedience like anything the leadership disapproves of is arbitrary and improvisational; anything imaginable can suddenly become an offence worthy of sanction at that moment and may never be again afterwards nor did it in the past. They call it “setting-trap”. As long as you are blindly obedient, silent and pay monies that is incumbent upon you, your drudgery will be accepted though not rewarded by the leadership. That is the whole point of the “Badness” of Man and the Confraternity; money-grabbing and “power” exercise.
The boldness in the mind of Wole Soyinka and his goons is that even with the thoroughly atrocious nature of their practices mentioned above and conditioning, society has to thank them profusely for it. Why not? As they see it, the wider community ‘should’ know about all the good things they have done, but their many evils ‘should’ be secret.
“Establishing a just or better society”, no matter how speciously claimed, is their raison d’etre for existence even via ruthless “Badness”.
Nevertheless, we shall examine the merits of those expected thanks and their necessitating practices, successively, and see whether society will have any tolerance for such whatsoever in future.