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Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by Zamar(m): 12:38pm On Dec 13, 2020
Interesting update
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by LoveToRead: 4:13pm On Dec 13, 2020
Cool story
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by kweensheba(f): 7:30pm On Dec 13, 2020
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Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by Zamar(m): 6:24am On Dec 15, 2020
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Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by ToyinOlorunsola(m): 12:05am On Jan 19
His dark, stern face portrayed that he was a man who would not take nonsense from anybody. Ayo was however quick to discover that the man had a friendly disposition.

'How was your flight?'

Ayo smiled slightly. ‘It was smooth, sir. I arrived yesterday evening.'

'Really?' The Minister genuinely looked surprised. 'That meant you lodged in a hotel, right?' He paused as Ayo nodded. 'You should have called
me that yesterday. There's a guest house you could have lodged in. It is that guess house you will stay pending the time you will get your official residence.'

The man went on to ask Ayo about his family and when he planned to bring them to Abuja. Ayo answered that they were all fine and he preferred that they should remain where they were for now.

Chief Kolly nodded. 'Now, to business. I believe that as a seasoned journalist you know the briefings of a special assistant on mass and social
media. My good friend, Alfred, who recommended you, gave a brilliant picture of your achievement as a political editor.'

Ayo sighed, nodded but uttered no word.

Kolly studied his younger companion and continued. 'I will always need good and quality advice from you. In this age, the media play a lot of
significant role. The social media are becoming major players too. You will need to understudy the dynamics of these media and use them
maximally to my advantages.'

Ayo nodded as he noted the self-emphasis of the man.

Kolly continued: 'But, I must say this. You're also going to be my political adviser. Your boss, er former boss, says you are adept in political
analysis. You need to study the political terrain more.

'Specifically, you need to study the complexities of our political system and the antics of our political opponents. You will be giving me tactics
on how to successfully overcome the challenges and be ahead of my political adversaries. Even within our party, there are intrigues, bickering
and high-level power play. There are booby traps I must not fall inside. That's another reason why you're here. I do not need to tell you that
the politics of Nigeria is dirty and dangerous. It's survival of the fittest. Therefore, you must be up and doing.'

Ayo nodded again. 'I promise to do my best, sir. I can assure you of quality and proactive advice from time to time. On mass and social
media, I have always believed their vibrancy can be used for national cohesion and development. I believe resources can be used to attain set
goals. On political matters, I'm not a politician, but in political analyses, permutations and foresight, I will be very handy, sir, and I'll give my
best.'

Kolly nodded in agreement. 'Yes, I expect nothing less.' He used the intercom to summon the secretary.

'Tell the Permanent Secretary I want to see her.'

Ayo was bemused. The man could have given the secretary that message on the intercom, couldn't he?

'Yes, sir.' The woman glided out of the office.

Ayo was thoughtful on the job at hand. He knew he had a big task ahead, but he also believed he was equal to the task.

'You will get your letter of appointment signed of course by me from the Perm Sec.' Chief Kolly interrupted his thoughts. 'The letter will spell
out details of your responsibilities and emoluments. The Perm Sec will also give you other necessary information.'

'Thank you, sir.'

There was a rap on the door. It was opened gently. A woman in her late forties stepped inside. She was wearing a black skirt suit that fitted
her well. Somehow, her pretty face had seriousness behind it.

'Good morning, sir.' She looked at the Minister in smile.

'Good morning, Ms. Popo. Please, sit down.'

'Thank you, sir.' The woman sat down gingerly as if the seat was made of egg shells.

'Yes, let me introduce Mr. Ayo Ariyo. He is my new Special Assistant on mass and social media, coming in to replace Mallam Sodique.' The Minister turned to Ayo. 'Mr. Ariyo, meet Ms. Popo, the Perm sec.'

Ayo bowed slightly. 'Good morning, madam. It's a pleasure to meet you.'

The woman smiled at him and offered a handshake. 'You're welcome aboard Mr. Ariyo.'

One hour later, Ayo was sitting comfortably in the office allotted to him. It was on the same floor with the Minister's office. He had submitted
his c.v and photocopies of all his credentials to the Perm sec for documentation. He had also received his letter of appointment. Now in his
office, he perused the letter. All the terms of office were what he expected. His eyes went to the salaries and allowances. He whistled softly to
himself. The figures were more than he thought. No wonder some people were ready to involve in diabolical things for the sake of acquiring and
retaining political power.

There were many perks too. He was entitled to an official car and a driver, a cook and a domestic servant. In the office, he would be entitled to employ a personal secretary and a personal assistant to aid him in the job. Of course, already there was a secretary and an office assistant attached to his office from the Ministry. Wow! He whistled again.


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Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by FairCritic(m): 5:53pm On Jan 20
Nice update
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by Zamar(m): 10:07pm On Jan 28
Cool update
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by LoveToRead: 10:26am On Jan 30
Nice update.
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by Janet96(f): 7:06pm On Feb 08
Come and continue
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by FrankAkowe: 7:27am On Feb 13
Janet96:


Come and continue
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by Adamson55: 10:56am On Feb 13
Great story...more please

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Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by ToyinOlorunsola(m): 2:15pm On Feb 13
There were many perks too. He was entitled to an official car and a driver, a cook and a domestic servant. In the office, he would be entitled to employ a personal secretary and a personal assistant to aid him in the job. Of course, already there was a secretary and an office assistant attached to his office from the Ministry. Wow! He whistled again.



Titi went through the messages on her WhatsApp and wondered at some of the contents. There was a particular message about two ladies that were caught romancing each other in a public place. Some people had descended on them by beating them up. Not satisfied in their desire to humiliate them, they went ahead to strip the two ladies naked. The scene was such a public spectacle and one of the men watching had gleefully videoed it. Now, it had gone viral and some people really derived so much gladness in watching and sharing the nude video.

Titi found the whole thing disgusting and barbarous. If the crowd felt the ladies had committed a crime, why couldn't they apprehend them and hand them over to the police? Why must the crowd take the law into their own hands? To Titi, what the crowd had done was a jungle justice which should be condemned.

A woman came into the office. Her face looked slightly familiar. She could be one of the numerous visitors that came to see the pastor.

'Good morning.' The woman was all smiles. There was happiness in the air.

'Good morning, ma'am.'

'I've come to see the pastor. I was here before. The name is Madam Gloria Meshaga.'

Titi looked apologetic. 'Sorry, but the pastor is not around. He went out to attend a function. Is there anything I can do for you, madam?'

Madam Gloria looked disappointed. 'Oh, how I wish I had seen him in person. I need to see him. Anyway, I will call him.' She brought out her
cell phone from her bag and called Pastor Raymond Olufemi's number.

'Pastor, good morning, sir.' Her radiant look was back. 'Mrs. Gloria Meshaga on the line.' She paused for some seconds. 'Yes, there's good
news. I will like to see you personally to share it.' She waited for some seconds again. 'Alright. I'll be around again tomorrow. I'll come by ten.
Thank you very much, pastor. God will bless you. See you tomorrow morning.'

The madam disconnected the line. She turned to Titi. 'I'll be back again tomorrow morning.' She opened her handbag to return the phone and
to bring out some currency notes. 'Here, have this.'

The money was shoved into Titi's surprised hand. 'Thank you, ma'am.'

'Till tomorrow.'

Titi watched as the important looking woman departed the office. The currency notes she had given her were many. She must be very happy
and generous to do that.



Ayo's cell phone rang. Ore was the one on the line.

'Hello, darling.'

'Hi. I've been trying to get across to you for some time.' Her voice was faint across the line.

'It could be the network. How're you?'

'Fine. Are we meeting at the hotel today?'

Ayo smiled to himself. 'I've got great news for you. Right now, I'm in Abuja. I've got a new job.'

'What?' The surprise was total from her voice. 'You don't mean it!'

'I do. I'm in Abuja, now. I've just started the job of special assistant to the Minister of Communications.'

'And you didn't tell me anything about it before now?'

'Yes, I want to make it a surprise. You remember that on Saturday, we were together when my boss called me. He discussed the job. I got it
through him. He and the Minister were buddies.'

'Amazing. Accept my congratulations.'

'Thank you.'




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Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by BigBasher: 7:06pm On Feb 13
Nice update
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by ToyinOlorunsola(m): 6:19pm On Feb 20
'Yes, I want to make it a surprise. You remember that on Saturday, we were together when my boss called me. He discussed the job. I got it through him. He and the Minister were buddies.'

'Amazing. Accept my congratulations.'

'Thank you.'

'So, when do we see again?'

'I'll be coming to Lagos by weekend. I'll let you know my itinerary.'

They chatted a bit more. Ore said she was missing him already. He assured her it would not be long when they would be seeing again. After the exchange of some words of endearment, the line was disconnected.

He sat back on his seat and switched on the laptop. Then he connected the internet dongle and opened the web pages of national dailies to
read the major news. He brought out his jotter and noted some political news and developments. His work had started in earnest.

Half an hour later, he was still taking down some notes when Ms. Popo called his line.

'Hello, Madam.'

'Hello.' Her voice seemed to be filled with excitement. 'I'm sending someone over to you. Her name is Jane. She will assist you on sundry matters.'

Ayo's brows went up. 'Sundry matters?'

'Yes, she will explain better when she gets there.'

'Okay, madam. Thank you.'

He whistled to himself as soon as the line was disengaged. What would sundry matters be? He was still wondering when there was a soft
knock on his door and the secretary stepped in.

'The perm. sec. sent someone to see you, sir.'

Ayo was surprised the person had already come. 'Yes, let him come in right away.'

'It's a female, sir. I will tell her to come in right now.'

The secretary stepped out of the office. Almost immediately, a lady came in. She couldn't be more than twenty seven. She was almost six
feet tall and had a pretty face. Her hair was stylishly fixed. She looked more like a fashion enthusiast than a government worker.

'Good day, sir. I'm Jane. I was sent by Ms. Popo.'

'Yes.' He looked at her all over again. 'She told me about you, but I didn't get your job schedule.

She smiled warmly and didn't answer him immediately. Her well-fitting clothes looked very new and beautiful.

Ayo smiled too. 'Sorry, I didn't offer you a seat.' He pointed at one. 'Sit down, please.'

The lady who just called herself Jane thanked him and took the offer.

She cleared her throat. 'I'm your assistant on special duties. My schedule covers sundry matters such as taking you around to places, getting
things you need, and such things.'

He nodded. Surely, this job was more interesting than he thought.

She was studying him too. 'For example, after close of work today, I will take you to the guest house where you'll be staying for now, and
show you around.'

He stared at her briefly and nodded again.

'One more thing.' Her countenance was cool and calm. 'I'm also to keep you company in case you're bored.'

He could not resist the chuckle that he made. 'Very interesting.'

He nodded again. 'Alright, Jane. I actually need someone to show me around, here. I mean I hardly know Abuja.'

'That is one of my duties.' She flashed another smile. Her dentition was well-defined and attractive. 'Now, to start with, will you like to eat anything? Will you like the meal to be delivered to you, or will you like to eat out?'

Ayo suddenly remembered that he had not eaten anything since morning. He suppressed a yawn.

'That reminds me that I've actually not had any bite today. I'll rather eat in the office as I have some things to do now, and there's no point
wasting time.'

'Very well, sir. What will you like to eat?'

'Get me some pizza and a bottle of water. I'll also like some apple juice.'

Jane nodded and got to her feet. 'Okay, Mr. Ariyo. At your service.'


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Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by Zamar(m): 9:31pm On Feb 20
Nice work
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by UltimateSpice: 7:22pm On Feb 22
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Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by BigBasher: 9:32pm On Feb 23
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Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by SolaRaphael: 2:01am On Feb 25
Interesting story
Re: The Sweet Taboo (a Romance Story) by ToyinOlorunsola(m): 7:30am
Ayo suddenly remembered that he had not eaten anything since morning. He suppressed a yawn.

'That reminds me that I've actually not had any bite today. I'll rather eat in the office as I have some things to do now, and there's no point wasting time.'

'Very well, sir. What will you like to eat?'

'Get me some pizza and a bottle of water. I'll also like some apple juice.'

Jane nodded and got to her feet. 'Okay, Mr. Ariyo. At your service.'

She smiled again and left the office in that sleek way she carried herself.

He whistled to himself as he watched her leave. I am also to keep you company, she had said. Wow, that would be interesting.



As soon as Ayo finished his meal, he went back to work. Intermittently, he received phone calls. He was so engrossed in the work that time
seemed to move fast. When it was ten minutes after 4 o'clock, Jane stepped inside his office.

'Just a reminder, sir, that the closing time is 4 o'clock.'

He grinned. 'I know. I'll soon be through.'

He finally stopped working for the day about sixteen minutes after four. He packed some documents into a valise. The laptop would also be
taken home for more work. The office assistant took his things downstairs. Jane steered Ayo to the official car he would be using. There was a
driver waiting. A police officer would also serve as the orderly.

Ayo and Jane sat at the back seats. The sleek car moved out of the premises. He ordered that they should first go to the hotel where he had
lodged. He took his things from his hotel room and checked out of the place. The drive to his new abode was less than ten minutes. The guest
house was a bungalow sited in the government reservation settlement. A uniformed security man opened the gate for them to drive in.

Jane removed his bags from the car and took them inside. The police orderly and the driver were to come around the following morning by
seven. Ayo nodded at them as he dismissed then.

He briefly observed the exterior of the bungalow before he moved inside. It looked like a new building and everything inside looked new.
There was a lounging room, a large sitting-room that was exquisitely furnished, and five bedrooms. In addition, there was a boys’ quarter that
had three rooms.

A cook and a domestic servant were already there in the house. They welcomed him in deference. Ayo realized that he was living a different
life. He was happy for the difference. He went to the big sitting-room, flicked the 90-inch flat screen on and scanned the channels. Jane came to
meet him.

'Sir, I'm in the boys’ quarters, in case you need me.'

Ayo smiled at her. 'Sit down, Jane. Remember, you're to keep me company. Besides, you've not told me about yourself.'

She picked a seat opposite him. 'I'm Jane, and I'm here as your assistant.'

'I'm talking about your personal life, my dear. Tell me about yourself, not your job.'

'Well, if you must know, sir, I'm happily married.'

Ayo was surprised. 'Really?'

Jane burst into laughter. 'I'm married to my job!'

He laughed too. 'You got me there.'


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