The Wire, The Key, And The Ignition – RHETORICS
Have you ever been in a commercial bus in Lagos, and watch the drive start it by joining two wires together, rather than using the ignition?
I think this is now so common, that there are likely more buses started via hotwire than keys. Or what do you think?
As a matter of fact, I am almost always surprised to see a driver put the key in the ignition and start the vehicle. Ain’t you?
Don’t get me wrong. Most drivers put a key in the ignition. I don’t know if it is the actual key for the bus though. All I know is that it is a key. But can the key start the bus?
They make a show of putting the key in. They make a bigger show of turning and twisting it as if to start it. Then what do they do next?
They ignore everything they’ve done so far. Pull two wires out from underneath the steering. Then proceed to hotwire the car.
My question is why bother with the key, to begin with?
If you know the key serves no function, why bring it out at all?
Why put it in the ignition and go as far as turning it back forth?
Do these fellas know they could have saved all of us five seconds by just going straight to the cables rather than toying with keys?
Or does the key serves a purpose the rest of us are not aware of?
On second thought, is it just a force of habit, or do they do it to put the passengers’ minds at ease?
Maybe they do it to distract the louts, police, and other people who keep seizing their keys until they get a fifty or hundred Naira extorted. Or haven’t you witnessed this?