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Henry is a bit confused:


Dear Reverend Clarke,

I have received your message and I must say it is easier to understand than those most disjointed phonecalls last night.

But being easier does not mean easy, does it?

You say that the money needs clearance from terrorism. But is not the money being paid to me by the Government itself? Does the Government not know if it is involved in terrorism?

Why do I need a certificate from the Government telling me that they are not involved in terrorism? And if I do, odd as it sounds, why should it be at my expense? Are you saying that the Government will give me a certificate telling me that the money that they are also giving me will be terrorist-free? If they owe me the money, they owe me the money. I don't care whether they got it from oil, terrorism or running a yam waffle stall at the Lagos Sunday Market.

Please, Reverend Clarke, it seems like a rerun of all the old Government delaying tactics from last year. Tell me, honestly as a man of God, is there any chance of me getting my money?

Am I wasting my time?

I was not trying to offend with my question about language. In all ignorance, I did not know if English as the national language or whether you were just being polite and courteous in your conversations with me as I speak nothing but English. You are quick to take offence for a man of the cloth.

I feel a headache coming on. I think I will have a nice cup of tea and lie down for a while.
(This is a direct legacy from my dear departed Granny who never had just 'a cup of tea', it was always 'a nice cup of tea'.)

God bless you and your family,

Yours confused,

Henry Witherspoon.


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