Previously, the general belief of a cold room in our nation is that of a packaged foods and drinks processing facility such as chicken, turkey, fish, ice cream, yogurt, and many others. Nonetheless, the recent revelation from a virile video showing the’ inside’ of the’ cold room’ where students at the University of Lagos were’ sexually harassed’ by lecturers changed everything.
In the video produced and directed by an undercover reporter from the BBC, Kiki Mordi, who posed as a 17-year-old applicant for admission, the main star, a certain Boniface Igbeneghu, a lecturer at Lagos University (Unilag), revealed that there is a’ hot space’ at the university where randy lecturers openly fondle with any part of the body of female students they so desire.
The’ hot room,’ where the despicable act takes place, is allegedly strategically located in the upper corner of the workers club of Unilag. In the now-famous’ away’ video, lecturers in the’ cold room’ sometimes meet to’ touch students ‘ breasts,’ according to’ actor’ Boniface Igbeneghu.
The emerging’ Nollywood star’ also confirmed that “nothing good comes free” and the experience of’ cold room’ is the cost that some female students have to pay for good grades. This could, therefore, be correctly confirmed that the’ hot room’ is where’ sexually transmitted degrees’ are organized and procured medically.
Discomfited at this discovery, which casts a serious dent on the reputation of the self-recognized’ first-choice university’ of the nation; the authorities of the institution have declared the closure of the notorious’ cold room.’
Taiwo Oloyede, a statement released by the university’s Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit), confirms both the shutdown of the’ cold room’ and the suspension of’ actor’ Boniface Igbeneghu.
The statement further states that “the so-called’ hot room’ is a function room that may have been exploited because it is a diversion from the intent for which it was created (meetings, workshops, activities, etc.).” Meanwhile, the pro-chancellor of the institution, Dr. Wale Babalakin, has stated that the university council should investigate the matter and ensure that the relevant law takes its responsibility. The Foursquare Church, where he is a part-time minister, has suspended’ actor’ Boniface Igbeneghu in a related event.
Various comments castigating’ actor’ Boniface Igbeneghu and his fellow’ hot space ‘ actors for their despicable acts are flooding the social and conventional press. While it is true that the’ hot room’ of Unilag is a dent on our national image, it is important to stress that there is a’ warm room’ in almost every public and private organization in the country.
Justice is perverted in the “cold room.” It is where, based on other considerations aside from merit and fairness, advancement and incentives are dispensed. It’s a place where a justice miscarriage takes place. It’s the place where the right thing is wrong and the wrong thing gets right. It is the location that persecutes the righteous and honors the wicked. Indeed, in our country, the cold room is where on the altar of mediocrity quality is slaughtered.
In every facet of our national life, metaphorical descriptions of the’ hot space’ prevail. Unfortunately, many people in the’ hot room’ occupy high places in the country’s various sectors. Within religious circles, they hold high offices. In the education sector, they hold strategic positions. Even within the different national security agencies, they run.
We are people who are not doing what they are saying. We are people from two worlds in parallel. They’re snakes inside. They’re doves on the outside. Hypocrisy is their trade stock. Their hallmark is deceit. They sing the national anthem with pride; they recite the national vow with joy, but at the least prospect they stab the country in the back.
As a country, partly because of our penchant for’ cold room’ like inclinations, we have made little progress. The rulers swear by the holy books at the inaugurations to uphold the constitution and work in God’s fear. With several accounts of several billion naira either missing or misappropriated, one begins to wonder over the years whether they believe in the sacredness of their office oath. How we play fools with God is incredible. What are we going to take Him for? A stupid god who sees nothing and hears nothing?
Sadly, the hypocritical bug has entered traditionally respected religious institutions where, of course, a fair measure of godliness and piety is anticipated. We have prophets, seers, and priests today who profane the altar of God for a bowl of porridge, like the biblical Esau.
How is one justifying the double standard of a’ man of God ‘ preaching obedience to marital vows, while holding many concubines secretly? Some of them, regrettably, boast of enthusiastic and extremely fanatical followership. Think about the blind that follows the blind. What a shame!
Ironically, they have turned deceit into a time of national history. We complain about bad governance, but we forget that our rulers are a member of the same culture where parents spend huge amounts of money for their wards to buy university admission. Yet the same people complain about bribery in public places on social media. Hypocrites!
If you’ve ever given your car to a repairing mechanic or had to deal with craftsmen like plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc., you’ll understand the average Nigerian’s creativity for the lifestyle of the’ cold room!’
To get it right as a country, we need to rearrange our priority as citizens. Our nation-building activities are torturous because we imbibed the wrong leadership and followership mentality. Men with ideas and principles have been widely respected and revered in the days of our founding fathers.
As a result of villainous riches, our national heroes like Ahmadu Bello, Obafemi Awolowo, Aminu Kano, Herbert Macaulay, Tafawa Balewa, Nnamdi Azikiwe, and others have not achieved national prominence. Rather, they captured their generation’s men’s hearts based on their ideas and values ‘ strength and depth.
Unfortunately, among other traditionally respected virtues of our society, discipline, dignity, hard work, loyalty and selflessness took the back seat. The days of student unionism being based solely on values and political leanings are gone. Nevertheless, members of the student union hobnob secretly with the very oppressors they are meant to challenge openly. Perhaps if Mandela had behaved in this way, South Africa would still be in political slavery today!
We need to look again. A nation built on lies and deceit will continue to raise nutty’ hot rooms.’ To get it right, we should uphold truth, fairness, and dignity above other blatant self-centered values that have stunted our nation-wide growth.