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The handkerchief serves several purposes. It could be used for dancing to produce the beauty of the dancer(s) whose dancing steps blend with the beats, sounds and rhythms of the drummers.
Handkerchief could be used as a duster to clean up surfaces or items as a form of health consciousness. It could also be used to tie or bind materials or as a girdle.
However, most times handkerchief is used to wipe sweat or to dry one’s hand after washing. It also serves the purpose of wiping the face particularly tears for those crying or trying to hold back tears.
Handkerchief come in different colours and sizes. Most people prefer the white handkerchief especially when going for occasions or events. At times some people try to match the colour of their attire they put on with the colour of the handkerchief they hold or want to keep in their pockets.
The high and mighty….and the poor hold handkerchiefs. They do for reasons even beyond those mentioned above. During tough times or labour we have seen many pull out handkerchief to wipe their faces like President Muhammadu Buhari once did as captured in the photo accompanying this post at the peak of pressure possibly on national duties. We have also witnessed the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku wipe his tears shortly after he picked the nomination form of his party for the 2019 election. It was an emotional experience for the Waziri Adamawa as he broke down publicly.
Indeed, both men will be needing the handkerchief more few weeks from now as they get into the field to campaign for votes ahead of the Presidential election. They will surely need dozens of handkerchiefs and possibly spare some for the day they will be told by INEC that they either won or lost the election.
Win or lose, there is bound to be outpour of tears of joy for victory or tears of pain for defeat. For Atiku, it is expected he sheds some tears if he wins. He will certainly remember the dark days….of how he severally attempted in futility to preside over this country but failed as he was frustrated by the powers-that-be. He will remember the billions he sank into elections and the “bruises” he got. Those bruises remain emotional scars that must force tears out from his eyes. Surely, he will need a handkerchief to soak the tears.
If he loses he goes through the same thoughts….and when he looks into the future which must have ended his political dream at 74….knowing that it is the end of the road, he is bound to pull out his handkerchief to wipe the sea of tears that expectedly should pour down from his eyes down to his cheeks and onwards down…down…down…
For President Buhari whose lieutenants are desperate to move to the NEXT LEVEL failure to win the election will attract colossal emotional torture. The pains of what was left undone, the pains of what should have been covered up but was left carelessly open and unattended to….and the pains of the pressure from the ruling class which he belongs to send him back to Daura at all cost will come handy….and he will reach out for his handkerchief to stop the tears that will be rolling both cheeks. And if he remembers in particular the attacks and political injuries he sustained from the “propaganda” of Jubril Al-Sudani tears must rain in torrent and the handkerchief will be employed to do its job.
The same should be expected if he wins. He would reach for his handkerchief to wipe his face to say, “Good fight man. Winners don’t quit…. and quitters don’t win”.
For sure both men will be joined by their loyalists including millions of Nigerians (halers and wailer) who will be shedding tears of joy and relief…looking back at the biting days of recession, hunger, starvation and joblessness….to say, Haaaaa….Ahhhhh, God Almighty we thank you for getting us out of the wilderness…and taking us to a GREATER NIGERIA or NEXT LEVEL….should their dream President emerge. The handkerchiefs will be needed to wipe these tears of joy.
And if the candidate of their choice loses, they will need more than their handkerchiefs when the tears run down their cheeks as they cry, “Not again! God, what is our sin. Why do we have to go through this excruciating pains and experience again?”
There is no doubting the fact that, the day of the handkerchief is fast drawing near. Nigerians should pray that it should be a day of and for tears of joy!