by Yekinni Shakiru
When did an Oyegun, an Ngige, a Fayemi, an Oyinlola, a Boni Haruna, an Okorocha and all others too numerous to mention here embrace the ‘Islamic agenda’? And what is this penchant of associating ‘Islamic agenda’ with violence; an imbecility or a sinister plot?
The above reckless allegation credited to Olisa Metuh would have passed unnoticed as previous comments if it had remained at the level of innuendos politicians are wont to throwing at one another at party-politics level. However, to have brought Islam into the picture with those negative adjectives, particularly by a supposed National Publicity Secretary of a party like the PDP depicts a worrying trend and sends the signals that suggest the current administration had embraced the theory that the country is polarized along religious lines and that it has pitched its tent with one of the camps! For a statement like this coming from such a high office as that of the spokes mouth of whatever is left of the PDP, we need to keep our fingers crossed that President Jonathan and his entourage would not take this nation down another painful path of internecine strife, so that the prophesy of one of the country’s pastors that the President’s destiny is to break up this country does not come to pass.
To be candid politicians are fond of playing any card that could turn things in their favor –religious, ethnic, tribal and so on -but to have descended so low as to start equating the political actions of some individual as an ‘Islamic agenda’, more so coloring it in the negative is the height of irresponsibility. It is also a manifestation of what some have described as the intellectual porosity characteristic of this administration. In fact, the crop of individuals in this administration (with very few exceptions) has demonstrated the paradox of being educated illiterates whose common denominator seem to be a lack of simple intelligence, and the habit of talking before thinking all rolled into one. How much display of this official ignorance at the highest level that insults the sensibilities of Nigerians are we going to have from this administration?
It is the attitude of the lazy and the never-do-well to jettison introspection in unraveling some of the misfortunes that do engulf them from self inflicted woes; otherwise how could anybody come up with a claim as spurious as the array of politicians dumping the PDP as an embrace of an Islamic agenda to foster violence and mayhem. When did an Oyegun, an Ngige, a Fayemi, an Oyinlola, a Boni Haruna, an Okorocha and all others too numerous to mention here embrace the ‘Islamic agenda’? And what is this penchant of associating ‘Islamic agenda’ with violence; an imbecility or a sinister plot? For crying out loud, it wasn’t a Muslim who predicted that the President’s destiny was to breakup this country which he seemed to be working towards, neither was it a Muslim former Head of State who wrote the President a letter ‘before it is too late’.
A little exercise of common sense would have made it crystal clear that what is ongoing in the polity is a reformulation of the ‘Elite Platform’ of the country in the aftermath of the crippling of the PDP by its present leadership owing to what the aggrieved amongst them saw as greed, ineptitude, insidious manipulations and a refusal to honor what some of them insisted was a gentlemanly agreement; hence the exodus of politicians from the PDP to the new ‘fertile land’ with its bandwagon syndrome. More treacherous is Metuh’s reference to the Muslim Brotherhood with the seeming aim of wanting to link Nigeria with the dubious global agenda of some war- mongers who will eventually undo the country as they have predicted!
It is on record that no politician at that level has ever uttered such divisive statements and the Presidency is advised to call these men to order. A retraction of that allegation and the tendering of an unreserved apology especially to Muslims could arrest this ominous drift. In the final analysis, let those who think their lot is bettered when the political entity that ‘houses’ them is balkanized have a rethink. The carnage currently engulfing South Sudan in the unending ‘fight’ for ‘control of resource’ should serve as a lesson that division and strife, once encouraged has no limit. Therefore let Metuh and other political jobbers in the administration exercise caution as their utterances have more weighty effects and could be interpreted as representing the official position of government on such matters.
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