by Michael Orodare
If Nigeria were to truly be a sane nation, the likes of the General should be behind bars and not making cheap comments he never allowed such during his rule as the Head of State.
Talk is cheap and in Nigeria today, I believe politics should rank second after football, as one of the veritable medium of entertainment for Nigerians.
The Nigerian politics and its players – the politicians will be better as Nollywood actors. You hear them shout hosanna today, and crucify him tomorrow.
I used to think the greatest hypocrites are footballers when they are on the pitch, but have come to realise that this my long time belief is totally wrong. Nigeria opposition politicians are far more hypocritical than any professional footballer on the pitch.
Interestingly, they are not alone in this game of hypocrisy as they have an army of social media foot soldiers, who are ready to run you out of town when you fire a salvo at their paymasters. While Everyone has the right to defend his source of livelihood, there is always the need for decorum in one’s endeavours.
Unfortunately, These social media publicists are always swift at criticizing and condemning the activities of the party in government, in their claim of statesmanship, yet unrepentantly done in an un-statesmanship manner.
They will claim since they were born, the nation has never had it so bad like it is now. Maybe we need to scream it to their ears that many of us are students of history. We have heard and read about their antecedents when they held sway. How they were absolutely intoxicated by power. Not minding whose horse is gored. How they converted state machinery for their own selfish gains at the detriment of the general public.
These hypocritical opposition leaders are led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, General Muhammadu Buhari (the man who still takes glory in his braggadocio claim of an army general, decades after retirement), who have little or no regard for the rule of law and fundamental human rights while they were in office.
I don’t need to be a fan of GEJ and his PDP (because I might soon be labelled as one) before I know what is right and wrong. I was amazed when I stumbled upon GMB’s statement on the impeachment of former Adamawa state Governor, Murtala Nyako.
I was left in awe when I read that part of the statement which says “Our country has gone through several rough patches…Never before have I seen a Nigerian President deploy federal institutions in the service of partisanship as we are witnessing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President utilize the common wealth to subvert the system and punish the opposition, all in the name of politics.”
Maybe the General has forgotten so soon how he silenced and kept behind bars many Nigerians who had the gut to critic his government with his obnoxious Decree 4 while he was the Head of State. Maybe he never saw that, he was too power drunk to have observed how his Decree 4 was a disservice to the majority of the populace. Now, talk has become so cheap, the General can now incite his gullible followers with his comments on public issues.
If Nigeria were to truly be a sane nation, the likes of the General should be behind bars and not making cheap comments he never allowed such during his rule as the Head of State. Talk shouldn’t be so cheap for his likes as He lacks the moral right to critique any government in this nation.
We may also need to ask whether he was in slumber during the Obasanjo’s era when some state governors were removed from office through a questionable process? We also had the case of a Former Lagos Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro who was impeached by Jagaban’s boys despite the fact that he had resigned hours before the shady impeachment.
Has Nyako come out to tell us if all the impeachment allegations leveled against him were true or wrong? We wouldn’t have seen these ‘statesman’ statements if the impeached Governor was a non-APC governor? A Speaker was impeached in the Southeast recently, while another Deputy Governor from the same region is also facing an impeachment. No ‘statesman’ comment from the General, because they are not members of his APC?
I do not weep for Nyako. The septuagenarian probably had an over-bloated estimate of his political career by jumping ship with other aggrieved PDP governors. Politics should be played when needed because the truth is that no party will watch its membership deplete at the highest level. They will do anything humanly possible to restore their lost glory and patch the loopholes.
Finally, I just hope “the dangerous clouds” GMB claims “are beginning to gather and the vultures” he said “are circling;” are not the same as the ones we experienced in the North after the announcement of the 2011 presidential election result, because nigerians are now wiser and will not allow some unscrupulous elements to under the guise of their political woes and failures, tear apart a nation in dire need of collaborative efforts to tackle its challenges.
Michael Olanrewaju Orodare has worked in the Office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Ondo State Governor as a Media Assistant. He has garnered experience writing in the The Nation Newspaper working with the paper’s Sunday Desk. He leans towards the Labour Party. He blogs at www.michaelorodare.blogspot.com and tweets from @MichaelOrodare
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