One wonders if that injunction is a commandment or practical advice. For if we take it as a commandment, then we all who have ever had to depose to an affidavit or give a sworn testimony in Court would be transgressors.
Now the point of that advice is that more often than not, verity is self evident and self reinforcing. Coversely compulsive liars are by force of habit, the most self deluded people. Their proficiency at deception is directly proportional to their inability to to be truthful to themselves. Indeed most times we set out to deceive others, we have to first justify the course to ourselves with a lie. As Shakespeare wrote, “to thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man”
This is what integrity is all about. Consider the question regarding our number one citizen’s school certificate. It would have been easier and more admirable, wouldn’t It? If Oga had come out, with his uncanny dry humour, to declare that he doesn’t have the certificate and actually doesn’t need it to do his job. In fact, some lawyers have argued that possessing a Secondary School certificate is not a constitutional requirement.
But then Oga had to impress and his handler’s rose to the challenge with novel affidavits and attestations. The result? There is now the possibility of the President having perjured and of WAEC being irredamably discredited.
So the point is that one should never dress in borrowed robes and also should avoid making claims one does not retain the capacity to back up. The need to put up apppearances over real substance would always make us sell our true selves short of who we really are. A good development is that oga has since declared that a certificate is not a requirement for good leadership. While we agree, it is also true that a certificate is the only convincing proof that one did actually put in the required time in school. And while we are on the subject, why are we even so fixated on certificates?
In closing our legal adviser has warned that lying under oath is a serious crime known as perjury!