by Alexander O. Onukwue
As, you may have noticed, someone is particularly on Fani-Kayode’s case today, and not without good reason. He’s set to enter the race to lead the PDP and there have been reactions to his comments on El Rufai and Tony Blair.
Chief FFK is a man of influence, who is likely to become even more influential. Should he become a significant member of the PDP’s National Working Committee, there will be more international focus on him. Normally, foreign media tend to regard what the Opposition Party says with respect to the state of the Country as bearing weight.
With 2019 on the horizon, the former Minister of Aviation will be having more coverage on him apparently reflecting the views of a considerable number of Nigerians.
How he projects his views of the ruling APC and the Buhari Government could considerably affect the nation as a whole. At present, his preferred choice has been to brand them as “satanic” and all sorts, without seriously offering tangible critiques of their policies. Fani-Kayode has had more comfort in unveiling the APC as some kind of kingdom of darkness which has come to bring nothing but an evil reign in the country.
There would have been more benefit in actually pointing the failures of the Government in concrete terms of Governance, but even his choice of critique is not without its problems.
Supposedly on the pulpit of a “Lover of God”, FFk arrogates to himself the office of condemning the APC as heretics who should be burnt at the stake. The choice of words in his most recent piece leaves little to the imagination of the reader, going so far as to allege far-reaching religious judgments that he will certainly not have proof for.
In his freedom to speculate on the morality of the actions of other people, is it also within his jurisdiction to definitively use terms that are generally morally offensive to denigrate other politicians? And if he is tagged as a hate-speaker, what good will that do for rebuilding the credibility of the PDP as the Opposition Party for 2019?