By Dare Ojole
Joseph De Maistre, the French polemical author, moralist and great exponent of the conservative tradition, who lived between April, 1753 and February, 1821, is credited with one of the most politically correct axiom that has reverberated over time. “Every nation gets the government it deserves.“
Here, however, we will not be looking at any nation in particular. We will be talking more about Agege, a highly populated metropolitan area of Lagos. It shares boundary with Ikeja, the heart of Lagos where government decisions are taken. As we have seen today, it is only a mischief-filled person who is not blessed with a heart that recognises development and progress that would not see the good that Agege has become.
Recently, Agege was described, figuratively, as a small London by an aide of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa. And this has not been disputed by anyone. What is also not in dispute is that Agege never had it this good. Its nearness to the seat of power, in terms of distance, had only a minor influence on its growth. Before the emergence of Obasa as Speaker, Agege was just there – on a ‘straight line’ not curving upwards.
Even the stunchest of critics understands inside him that Pen Cinema used to be a heartache for motorists and users. You could remain on a spot for many minutes in the midst of an endless crowd of street traders and pedestrians. A distance of less than one kilometre could cost you two hours of your time. With a bridge that was unveiled in 2021, Pen Cinema now has a road network that has been declared of international standard. Obasa happened to the road positively.
This is just one. Agege has some of the best road networks in today’s Lagos. Any need mentioning other areas of success? Check out the push by the Speaker to ensure the education of the majority. This drive is a topic on its own.
When Obasa, a quiet down-to-earth figure, decided to take the mantle of leadership of the legislative arm of government of Lagos in 2015, many, especially the apolitical residents of the State must have laughed it off. They must have thought he was only seeking power for himself. The man knew his direction. He understood what Agege wanted and he knew that such a vantage position would make it easy to attract the dividends of democracy to his people. Today, these same residents now champion the “Speak Again” mantra. They have seen the result, the influence that such a position wields and ushers.
It is easy to hear “Agege l’oga wa”. This translates to “Agege is where the boss comes from.” Obasa towers, politically, above his physical size.
The Neighborhood Safety Corps, initiated through a bill by the Speaker, today has thousands of employees and effectively complements other security agencies. The Lagos Sports law is another that has expanded youth participation in the scheme of progress. Get to Agege and see how the youth speak glowingly and excitedly about Obasa.
For those who find it mysterious that Obasa has continued to earn the mandates of the people without much hassles, the least is to try and understudy what makes the Speaker thick among his people. Despite the nature Nigeria’s politics, Obasa remains one of the small number of political office holders in Nigeria who could be in the midst of his Agege residents without any safety concern. A Speaker, he continues to live with the people, sharing in their challenges and seeking the best for them. He has never been known to run from his constituents only to return at the twilights of election. Does that sink?
Why do you then think he will not continue to get the mandates of the people anytime he desires to serve them? The primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held recently in the co…
Nigeria’s presidential flag-bearers and the road to 2023
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)-monitored party presidential primary elections have come and gone and, as the saying goes, the rest is history! With various candidates pushing private agenda, diverse groups’ interests being articulated, and differing institutional preferences already being canvassed, all eyes are now on the 2023 General Elections. In all, interesting times await Nigerians!
That said, it is no longer news that, no matter how difficult it is to measure the impact of religion or religious beliefs in politics in Nigeria, it remains contestable in the public domain. However, the interesting thing is that the candidates of the two foremost political parties are Muslims. As things stand, adherents of traditional and other religions may have to re-evaluate their options, and settle for a compromise. Well, it once happened in Nigeria, with an all-Muslim ticket of MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
Except we are being economical with the truth, most of the current presidential contenders have pockets deep enough to prosecute a presidential election of Nigeria’s ‘standard’. Most of them are also popular in their respective domains. So, between now and the election, what is left is for the contestants to test their national appeal and sell their visions to the electorate. Right now, long-term policy statements are redundant with the people. Rather, Nigerians will most probably embrace executive pronouncements that are effective and feasible for all to see.
Gone are the days when the intelligentsia would want to pin down a political party, based on ideology. The word, ‘ideology’, is no longer marketable in Nigeria’s political lexicon. As a matter of fact, some political scientists have argued that the concept is dead and buried! But, again, it’s been argued that ideologies don’t die; they may have lost their currency; yet, they still exist – maybe, in their latent forms – to help shape ideas of political parties’ manifestos.
Remember Edwin Madunagu and fellow comrades in the early days of the introduction of the Marxian dialectics into the academia in Nigeria. For some of these academics, as it was with their colleagues in other parts of the world, the understanding of extant ‘political ideology’ of a state determines the social development trajectory and its pace in any given society. In the national dailies, Madunagu would clinically subject government policies to the critical analysis and scrutiny eye of the postulates of ‘dialectical materialism’ of Karl Marx. Thus, he would domesticate the Marxian theory and use it to examine the social condition of living of the average Nigerian.
Arguably, political manifestos and government policies were adjudged good or bad, based upon the outcome of the review of these academics, irrespective of the type or mode of government: military or civilian. Unfortunately, the trend in public administration has shifted towards market economy; and emphasis on political ideology has waned overtime. When Ibrahim Babangida came, the situation gravitated toward “a little to the left and a little to the right”, with the centre becoming totally disoriented and confused. By a twist of fate, Nigerians don’t even remember the meaning of ideologies or what they are all about again. The sad side is that political parties don’t even feel compelled to come with ideology-laden manifestos again!
As at today, the Nigerian society has ebbed to the point of a home-grown anomie; and the only way to arrest it is to truthfully arrest it. By that, we mean a total overhaul, which starts even from the family. Impliedly, whoever wants to rule Nigeria must have a concrete, benchmarked blueprint that must be executable in four years; and must hit the ground running! We have had enough of ‘we shall’, ‘we will’ and similar stuffs which never came to fruition. So, let whoever wins not come up with the present style which thrives mostly on feigned promises. A paradigmatic shift in public administration approach is inevitable.
Take for instance, Nigerians will want to know what a Bola Tinubu-led government will do to improve the security situation in the first three months of his presidency. If not, his presidency will be in trouble. To avoid that, all measures that will make terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, even common thieves come to terms with the fact that there is a new sheriff in town must be explored. If he wants to “lead from the front”, let him put on the uniform and lead his troops against the enemies of our land. If Sambisa Forest is harbouring our enemies, let him put on his armour and reclaim it. If he is going to hire foreign Cosmopolitan police, or mercenaries from Sudan, let him go ahead and get them to do the job. If he is going to bring the Sunday Igbohos of this world back to Nigeria and engage them against the murderous Fulanis and killer herdsmen, let him know that there is no time to waste again. Needless to repeat that the long overdue improvement in terms of security can no longer wait!
Nigerians will want to know what a Bola Tinubu-led government will do to improve the security situation in the first three months of his presidency
No doubt about it, Nigeria is wounded and Nigerians are suffering! In an enveloping ecology of poverty, where food insecurity is highly pronounced, citizens are dying young, courtesy of preventable diseases. So, it behoves the incoming government to address the economic hardship currently driving Nigerians mad. The frightening truth is that, if the number of the children of school age currently out of school is not reduced within the first three months of such a presidency, nobody will say that the government is doing anything.
A time like this in the life of Nigeria does not call for external borrowings that are not tied to feasible projects. Besides, the day our leaders realize that all they need to do to have headway is managing debts, not surpluses that will end up in some people’s pockets, the better for the system. But if we continue in our old ways, then, Nigerians have a long way to go!
One of the greatest problems confronting Nigerians is that our youths are not only unemployed but also unemployable because they lack relevant skills. It is even unfortunate that ability to read and write among Nigerian graduates can no longer be taken for granted. And that’s a big shame!
Lastly, let the incoming president know that rekindling the hope of Nigerians does not reside in giving them money. Rather, it should be about vision and creativity. It is about developing people. Lee Kuan Yew has shown that there hasn’t been a developed society without control or vision. In his time, Yew made sure that an average Singaporean child must work towards being a star and useful person in the society. There are academics and ideologists in Nigeria who still share the former president’s dream. They can be of help! Those who have the skills to help us out are still available in our universities and other institutions of higher learning. We need them now to create another curriculum that will get new values inculcated in the younger generations of Nigerians. Enough of eating the crumbs that fall from the tables of our oppressors! Until we go back, fix the basics; rearrange our morals; then, give a sense of direction to generations yet unborn, it may be difficult for dear country to achieve anything.
May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!
KOMOLAFE wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WOMEN who want to be President in 2023
INEC Announces Date For 2023 General Elections which will be held in Nigeria on 18th February 2023 to elect the following:
1. The President and the Vice President
2. Members of the Federal House of Representatives, and
3. The Senate
That of the Governors and the State Houses of Assembly will hold on 4th March, 2023.
WINNERS will be inaugurated on 29th May 2023.
LIST OF WOMEN WHO HAD BEEN NIGERIA’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
Historical Background in Nigeria
Dr. Sarah Jibril is Nigeria’s first female presidential candidate both at the primaries and main elections, having run for president on four occasions. She contested under the Social Democratic Party (1992) and People’s Democratic Party (1998–2015).
Prof. Remi Comfort Sonaiya joined her as the second candidate in 2015 under hrr KOWA party while she herself again, along with Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, Obi Ezekwesili, Elishama Rosemary Ideh, Iwuagwu-Emihe and Eunice Atuejide were out in 2019 elections to contest the presidential election.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, there are six female presidential aspirants, who have declared as Presidential aspirants, that they are interested and want the Aso Rock job. Find the list below:
1. Mercy Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies
An Academic, Linguist and Communication Arts expert, Educationalist, Writer and Poet.
(People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
2. Joyce Ogochukwu Nsaka
Founder of Sozo Women Foundation.
(The African Democratic Congress (ADC).
3. Cesnabmihilo Dorothy Nuhu-Aken’Ova
SRHR, Population and Development Expert.
(Social Democratic Party (SDP).
4. Ann Dozie-Enukora
HR Professional Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (Defunct DPR), Department of Petroleum Resources. (All Progressives People’s Party (APC).
5. Elizabeth Emmanuel
Experienced Local government coordinator/ Local government chairman (ACCORD Party).
6. Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi
Media Entrepreneur and Youth Development Advocate.
At the time of writing, there are six female aspirants for 2023, as in 2019 candidates compared to the previous elections in which there was only one female in 2015; and 2011 election had only one female candidate.
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As the 2023 elections draw closer, most Nigerians have expressed their disappointment in the Buhari administration. Would you rather vote for a female presidential candidate in 2023?
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FIVE Women who had wanted to take over Buhari’s job in 2019
Meet the five female presidential aspirants who jolted for Buhari’s job at the 2019 poll.
With barely seven months to the 2019 general elections, some Nigerian women had declared their intentions to unseat President Buhari — a clear indication that not all women belong only to kitchen, living room and the other room.
Five women had joined the male dominated race for the position of Nigeria’s President come 2019.
These women have sighted unemployment, reduction in the standard of living of Nigerians, and very serious insecurity as part of the reasons for their action.
Take a look at those women who had hoped to “sack” President Buhari from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in 2019.
1. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies
Mercy Olufunmilayo Adesanya-Davies, is a Professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers State University of Education.
The 55-years old then, now 60 years who hails from Irra, Kwara State holds a B.A at Unife, Masters in English Language, Ph.D in Applied Linguistics & Communication Arts and Doctor of Divinity (D.D) degree and Professor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) Awards of North-western Christian University, Florida, United States of America.
Professor Adesanya-Davies is also a cleric and founder of the Agape Bible Church, Port Harcourt.
“I am aspiring to be the next president of Nigeria. I am out to put laughter of joy on the mouth of all,” she said.
Adesanya-Davies said she wanted to be former president Goodluck Jonathan’s running mate in 2015, adding that Patience Jonathan has endorsed her presidential ambition.
“2015 was when I first thought about being a presidential aspirant. This is the main reason: That I am capable and destined to do the job and that I was born October 15th and I got married on October 15th. – Everything about me is just 15th and Buhari declared his candidacy on my birthday, on October, 15th. I had said to President Goodluck Jonathan in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), I was going to be his running mate. I told him to let Vice President Namadi Sambo step down for me.
“But delay is not denial. That is why I am staging a come-back. I have done some consultations. The first person to put a call through was Patience Jonathan. I told her that I am picking the presidential form this time around and she endorsed my decision,” she announced.
The cleric also spoke about President Buhari. “Buhari’s governance has to take positive reminiscences to Goodluck Jonathan. An old man cannot combine minister for petroleum ministry with the presidency and it will work. We need them to work hard and get the technocrats to do their jobs again,” she declared.
Adesanya-Davies was of PDP but later went to pitch her tent with Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA) where she emerged as the flag bearer of the party and contested 2019 election as a presidential candidate. She is currently contesting under PDP for the No 1 job again. PMA-CHOICE agenda is tagged ADVANCED RESTRUCTURING AGENDA. Now she says, “I have a dream, that one day, I will become the president of Nigeria, and the time is now”.
2. Oluremi Comfort Sonaiya
After a somewhat unsuccessful aim at the 2015 presidency in 2015, Remi Sonaiya made a second attempt at Nigeria’s top job – that of the President, in her party KOWA, in 2019 but could not secure the ticket as in 2015 as a flag bearer.
Sonaiya was 63, is an educationalist, writer and founder of the KOWA Party.
She holds a Ph.D in Linguistics from Cornell University in America.
Sonaiya believes leadership is Nigeria’s biggest problem, a quality she promises to provide if she becomes President in 2019.
3. Elishama Rosemary Ideh
Elishama Rosemary Ideh ran for the position of Nigeria’s president on the platform of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN).
In fact, Ideh said she will defeat President Buhari and all other presidential aspirants in 2019 but she couldn’t.
You heard that right:
Ideh says, she would provide articulated workable solutions to address the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria.
“We will confront the monster of corruption with utmost vigour, but with a different mind-set from past and current efforts. We will fight corruption in all its tangible and intangible manifestations. We will strive to enhance the Independence and autonomy of the EFCC in terms of its funding, privileges, powers and even the composition of its leadership,” she said.
“Unlike our opposition, who seek to use the EFCC as an attack dog to fight their opposition while shielding their friends from the consequences of corruption and other misdemeanours, we are confident in giving the EFCC the latitude it needs to carry out its statutory mandate and to prosecute cases without bias or prejudice, simply because we have nothing to hide.”
“Nigeria needs a leader who combines integrity with intelligence and a deep and vast understanding of the implications of the 21st global economy and Nigeria’s place in it,” she added.
4. Adeline Iwuagwu-Emihe
Adeline Iwuagwu-Emihe, an American-trained political administrator also eyed President Buhari’s job in 2019.
She ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alongside Atiku Abubakar and others.
Iwuagwu-Emihe, had released a ten-point transformational and developmental agenda she hopes to “vigorously” pursue if given the presidential mandate.
“I believe that with the right leadership, equitable distribution and management of the nation’s given natural and human resources, it is possible to adequately provide for all citizens both big and small.
“Although the nation’s constitution is limited in its pagination, it is huge in its provision for equity and justice for all the people. We must use it as the common ground to love and care for one another,” she added.
She expressed her desire and unquantifiable zeal to innovate the country in alignment with the modern socio-political, agro-economics, educational, infrastructural, industrial, judicial, security, technological and quasi-evolutionary process if offered the opportunity by 2019.
5. Eunice Atuejide
Eunice Atuejide, 39, now 44 years was the founder of the National Interest Party (NIP).
Atuejide is the presidential flagbearer of the NIP.
A legal practitioner, Atuejide has also travelled to at least seventy-six countries and a hundred and thirty cities across the globe.
She speaks Igbo, Yoruba, German, English and French fluently. Atuejide owns EB Consults Limited – a consultancy company in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
(Culled from: July 23rd 2018, 3:25:08 pm).
The Calendar and Political Itinerary for 2022 in Nigeria
1. Consultation continues January : 1-31
2. Intensive consultation continues February: 1-28
3. March: INEC give guideline for aspirants, candidates, parties in respect of congress, primary election and campaign.
4. April: Campaign for Presidential and Gubernatorial elections.
5. May: Party Congresses.
6. June: Party Primary Elections.
7. July: Petitions on Primary elections.
8. August: Court of Appeal hearing on Primary elections conducted.
9. September: Supreme Court verdict on all Primary elections. Candidates & winners for Presidential & Gubernatorial flag bearer of Parties contesting.
10. October: Aggressive campaign by candidates/Parties across the federation.
11. November: Campaign continues.
12. December: Peace Accord signed by all presidential and Gubernatorial candidates.
13. February 2023: Presidential and National Assembly elections
14. March 2023: Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections.
Early preparation is the best… Be guided accordingly!
No time for procrastination!
2023: Will the Yoruba act differently?
Another General Election is approaching and partisan politics is in the air again – filled with its treachery and betrayals, nights of long knives, wisdom and tomfoolery, promises and deceits, hopes and frustrations with sharks and hawks of all hues jostling for supremacy.
The doves and shrimps will not only be crowded out by the predators as had been the practice in the past, they will almost certainly be made easy prey as usual. Gainers and losers are often known ever before the contest begins. As Comrade Isa Aremu, Labour aficionado and Director-General of the Ilorin-based Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) once said, Nigeria’s political terrain is not just the survival of the fittest but the survival of the wicked.
The wicked survive and thrive but the righteous are marginalized and perish. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution (of the survival of the fittest) posits “the continued existence of organisms which are best adapted to their environment, with the extinction of others” who do not or who are unable to do so as fast and as best as other competitors or competing interests and or groups. As they say, when you are in Rome, act as a Roman. Failure to do, problems!
I crave your indulgence to go through excerpts from three write-ups that set the tone for the argument we shall advance here today, after which I shall return to draw some conclusions. You may have read all three because they all got a good mention in social media in the past week.
The first is titled “A DERAILED ELDORADO” and it runs thus (with some editing by me): An acclaimed visionary leader; tested and trusted by his people. He had built several people into positions of influence. Had a protegee that he brought to the limelight. The protegee – a teacher, pastor, and seasoned lawyer.
The protegee had helped the leader in the administration of his tenure. A very capable hand, indeed! Also a great orator! When the leader had an opportunity, he put forward his protegee for the second most important position in his land. The protegee took up the position. Politics happened. The leader wanted a position, the protegee also wanted to retain the position. The leader had one ideology; the protegee had a different ideology. Foot soldiers on both sides egged the leader and his protegee on. Discrediting one another. Forgetting that they were brothers from the same zone. One with federal might, the other with grassroots support.
Both sides were being played by external factors. ‘After all that I have done for my protegee, he ought to accord me respect and listen to me’, the leader thought to himself in his private moments.’I have been loyal enough and I deserve to retain this exalted position for myself’, the protegee soliloquised. The die is cast. A crack is created. With the unrelenting supporters of both men, the crack became a schism. With the latching in of people of other ethnicities, the schism became a chasm.
Yoruba land became the epicenter of a political war between two brothers that were once confidants. No, I write not about those you think! I write about the great leader, Obafemi Jeremiah Awolowo; and his protege, Ladoke Samuel Akintola. These issues happened exactly 60 years ago in 1962. That fight ended the glorious years of the Yoruba people being the ones ahead of the other ethnicities. In contemporary Nigeria, the golden years of the Yoruba people were between 1952 and 1959.
The years when Awolowo was the premier of western Nigeria. Those were the years of our firsts (first in this; and first in that)… By the time the brouhaha settled in 1966, Akintola’s daughter had been killed. Awolowo had been sent to jail. Many houses had been burnt and a coup had taken the life of Ladoke Akintola. The visionary leader never got there till he died. The protegee died trying not to leave there. We lost our regional leadership and even lost the regional governance. All because a visionary leader and a brilliant protegee did not sit down to reconcile their differences (but) sought alliances with others (whereas they) could not achieve an alliance with themselves.
Sixty years later, another visionary leader, another cerebral protegee who is a teacher, pastor, and lawyer. A leader with the strength of the grassroots, a protege with Federal might. Foot soldiers on both sides egging them on, in derisive manners. Will the Southwest lose out again? May affliction not rise a second time…” I cannot say who the author is.
I should immediately bring in snippets from the second write-up, “Thursday with Abimbola Adelakun” (The PUNCH, Thursday, January 13, 2022), titled “Tinubu’s presidency: Affliction must not rise a second time”. This is a bible passage (Nahum 1: 9). For the first writer, the first affliction was the Awolowo/Akintola tango while the second is the seemingly Bola Ahmed Tinubu/Yemi Osinbajo tango. For Adelakun, however, the first affliction is the sitting president, Muhammadu Buhari, while the second, which she swears must be averted at all costs, is Bola Ahmed Tinubu who, penultimate week, declared his intention to stand in the 2023 presidential election.
Hear Adelakun (with slight editing by me): We always knew the day would come when former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, would declare his interest in running for president. In a country where politics is about seizing power, his presidential ambition has been especially obsessive. After leaving government in 2007, he has been calculatedly amassing the resources that will land him in Aso Rock. Unfortunately, Nigeria cannot afford a Tinubu presidency. Following the retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari’s years of the locusts with the impotence that Tinubu’s leadership portends is to doom the country. After eight years of maladministration by Buhari, we cannot waste one more day of our national life on another deadwood.
Nigeria urgently needs a turning point. Everybody—including even some of Tinubu’s close associates—knows that he does not represent the future. Some things should be left where they were buried, and that includes Tinubu’s presidential dreams… This is a man whose identity is shrouded in incredulous falsehoods. Everything about his personality is shady, from his parentage to his age and to his educational history.
His political career has been defined by an unflinching record of primitive accumulation of wealth and power. That is why, even without an observable source of livelihood, he could boast he was richer than the whole of Osun State. Not only has the destiny of Lagos revolved around him since 1999, he has also plugged his immediate family members into powerful positions just so he can control governance resources at every level.
Such a person in charge of the resources of the entire nation will build a pipeline from the national purse to his private pockets… After the monumental disaster called Buhari, Nigeria cannot afford another leader whose driving motivation for the presidency is to merely fulfill a lifelong dream…
The 2023 election should be a turning point. Recruiting another bumbler as president jeopardizes that chance… Under Buhari, Nigeria plunged badly on every index of social progress and national development. Buhari’s atrocious presidency has been an affliction tantamount to divine punishment. We have over-suffered. After Buhari’s presidency, that affliction of leadership must not rise a second time”.
The third writer, Ogheneochuko Arodovwe, x-rayed the tango between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Pa Edwin Clarke over who owns the oil in the Niger Delta, and made some very important declarations. He described next year’s elections over which some people are already blowing their top as “another round of futile political activities to vote in new sets of homo-sapiens to manage and twist our destinies as it suits their whims”. He asserted, and I concur, that “Nigeria purports to be a federation but in her actions, she is everything but one.
The country has continued as a unitary state in line with Aguiyi Ironsi’s Decree 34 of 1966. This same clause has been disguised and sneaked into Section 44(3) of the 1999 Constitution while the leaders carry about with the toga of a ‘Federal Republic’” He opines, however, that the various ethnic-nationalities who answer “Nigerians” today are going nowhere on the scale of development unless and until they toe the same line as other ethnic nationalities around the world: “Africa has remained underdeveloped, backward, chained because she has refused to toe the path of others – to unbundle all the Lugard-like experiments all over the continent and reorganize her political entities according to culture, language, psychological trait and history…The Yoruba nation, Urhobo nation, Igbo nation, Ijaw nation must all emerge and exist independently for there to be any experience of progress as we see elsewhere in the world… By this time, Nigeria would have been history, just as the Ottoman Empire is history today. Everyone would have relocated to their territories. Secondary matters of ownership of mineral and oil and gas resources would need not even be discussed…” Food for thought!
Now, back to the first write-up: The correlation between Awolowo/Akintola on the one hand and Tinubu/Osinbajo on the other is interesting and didactic, even if ominous, while the extrapolations between Yoruba political behaviour, past and present, gives no cause for cheers, especially if we cast our mind back to where it led the Yoruba and the entire country in the First Republic – crisis and collapse in the West, coup and counter-coup, collapse of democratic governance, civil war and decades of military dictatorship, the deleterious after-effects of which are still with us to this day. Whereas Osinbajo is yet to declare his intention to run, we know he may do so. It is the stock-in-trade of politicians here to hide behind one finger like a grasshopper before finally coming into the open to “declare” what is already known everyone.
Considering the red card that Adelakun flashed in Tinubu’s face, I want to ask, without necessarily offering a defence for Tinubu: What is Tinubu allegedly guilty of that Buhari is not guilty of many times over: double-speak, deceit, self-aggrandisement, governance failure, ill-health, old age, certificate saga, corruption, nepotism, incompetence, conflict of interest, controversy over ancestry, name it? Why is it, then, that while Buhari’s own people fiercely defend him and ferociously ward off his enemies, Tinubu’s own people are the very ones throwing him under the trailer? An elderly Yoruba puritan and silent political operator offered an answer: While the Fulani operate as a nation, the Yoruba, though a nation, operate as disparate and variegated individuals. While the Fulani bound together to define, promote, advance and defend their common goals and interests, the Yoruba behave like the proverbial chicken gnawing at one another’s intestines. The reason for this is not far to fetch: The Yoruba “Omoluwabi” ethos, which we wear like a badge, is the dilemma. Good as this is, it is not fittingly applicable in Nigeria but should be reserved for when the Yoruba attain their sought-after and well-deserved nationhood. Not in this shithole or Animal Farm! Not in this banana republic! As someone else quipped: When others are shrewd and you are not, you are a fool! A big fool for that matter!
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