Fani-Kay­ode’s strange nightmare (III)

Suarez named PFA Player of the Year

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FFK, the “un­apolo­getic Yoruba na­tion­al­ist” is aban­don­ing the Yoruba na­tion to it­self, hav­ing sealed a per­sonal deal with the very people marginal­is­ing his kith and kin. It’s not a strug­gle for na­tion; it’s a strug­gle for self. The Yoruba na­tion ought to be one, it shouldn’t brook re­li­gious di­vi­sion. It’s one for all and all for one. There ought to be no jin­go­ism; af­ter all, the Yoruba is a na­tion of good people. It also con­tains ad­her­ents of the Ifa divin­ity and one of their leading lights strad­dles not just the Yoruba na­tion; for he re­fuses to be com­part­men­talised, but the en­tire black race. If FFK continues to speak only for Chris­tian or against Mus­lim Yoruba, what hap­pens to Pro­fes­sor Olu­wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s only No­bel Lau­re­ate? Soyinka isn’t a Chris­tian. Pro­fes­sor Wande Abim­bola isn’t a Chris­tian. Tai So­larin wasn’t a Chris­tian. Who is FFK be­side these great Nige­rian na­tion­al­ists who have done im­mea­sur­ably well to ad­vance the Yoruba na­tion while re­ject­ing Je­sus Christ as their saviour?

If it were sim­ply a mat­ter of re­li­gion, Wole Soyinka wouldn’t have op­posed Gen­eral Yakubu Gowon’s dic­ta­tor­ship and risked his life in de­fence of free­dom for other Nige­ri­ans. Soyinka sim­ply saw evil and felt morally of­fended and chal­lenged to stand up to it and was clamped in prison. Even to­day, Soyinka is op­posed to evil, notwith­stand­ing who the per­pe­tra­tors wor­ship. If the pres­i­den­tial ticket re­mains Mus­lim/Chris­tian, will FFK rec­om­mend that the Se­nate Pres­i­dency is re­served for a wor­ship­per of Ifa or­a­cle or some na­tive god?

It’s long es­tab­lished that Nige­rian politi­cians are in the game to fend for them­selves. In the “three years” (ac­cord­ing to Annkio Briggs) that Good­luck Jonathan has been pres­i­dent, he has built a law school, an air force base, a federal univer­sity and ac­cepted the gift of a newly-built church, all in his home state of Bayelsa. Also, in a self­serv­ing me­di­a­tory role, Jonathan had un­suc­cess­fully tried to pres­sure Rivers Gover­nor, Ro­timi Amaechi, to re­lin­quish his state’s claim to the own­er­ship of Soku oil wells. Even if other politi­cians are un­scrupu­lous, one ex­pects politi­cians who pro­fess the Chris­tian faith, like FFK, to stick to some prin­ci­ples. Or is EFCC’s drop­ping of charges against some­one and an Aso Villa meet­ing all that is needed for FFK to change course? Were the orig­i­nal prom­ises kept? What about the in­se­cu­rity, the poverty and hope­less­ness brought about by the “evil party” all across the land?

It is not enough to have a “bal­anced ticket” of a Chris­tian/Mus­lim Pres­i­dency; Chris­tians and Mus­lims on both (sic) sides of the di­vide”. Un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances, the pres­i­dent, who­ever he is, what­ever his re­li­gion, ought to just do the right thing. Would Dea­con FFK tol­er­ate such a dis­par­ity in rep­re­sen­ta­tion if he were a Vice Pres­i­dent to a Mus­lim Pres­i­dent?

In the cir­cum­stances, we ought to elect a can­di­date en­dowed with the virtues of de­cency, hon­esty, in­tegrity, hu­mil­ity, ac­count­abil­ity, fair­ness and love of coun­try and hu­man­ity. We must be wary of can­di­dates that men­tion God daily whereas they don’t fear him. We must be care­ful with be­liev­ers who, de­spite mul­ti­ple ap­pear­ances at places of wor­ship, have nei­ther com­pas­sion nor com­punc­tion. We must avoid can­di­dates who are out on a pop­u­lar­ity con­test, notwith­stand­ing the chaos in the land. We must dis­tance our­selves from people hell bent on turn­ing their vic­tims into crim­i­nals. As it is to­day, many Nige­ri­ans are ready to choose God­less com­pa­tri­ots to lead if only peace will re­turn to our land.

If it were sim­ply a mat­ter of re­li­gion, and APC is re­ally an Is­lamic party, At­tahiru Ba­farawa, Malam Ibrahim Sheka­rau and Brig Gen­eral Buba Marwa, rtd, wouldn’t have quit APC and joined the PDP. I dare say that in the end, Nige­ri­ans will see that Ba­farawa, FFK, Marwa and Sheka­rau be­long to the same re­li­gion and ad­here to the same prin­ci­ple of what is in it for me?

The APC is pre­sent­ing PDP with its most fright­en­ing chal­lenge and so ev­ery­thing must be done to thwart its ris­ing pro­file, in­clud­ing call­ing or as­so­ci­at­ing it with Boko Haram and so-called Jan­jaweed by the most un­con­scionable politi­cians. By now, PDP’s des­per­a­tion to shake off the APC chal­lenge is well known. Buhari and the APC must slap Olisa Me­tuh with a puni­tive law suit so he could prove the claim of an Is­lamic party spon­sor­ing Boko Haram. Nige­ri­ans know that the APC is made up of two ba­si­cally North­ern po­lit­i­cal par­ties with an­other from the South and so in shar­ing the in­terim lead­er­ship there may be some sem­blance of im­bal­ance from the be­gin­ning. It is un­char­i­ta­ble for people, least of all FFK, to be­gin to in­sin­u­ate that “sub­stan­tive po­si­tions in the 35-man Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee are in the hands of Mus­lims” when the party is yet to hold its congress. There are al­ways teething prob­lems with a new po­lit­i­cal party. To­day’s Nigeria dif­fers from that of 1993, pre­cisely be­cause of the eth­nic and re­li­gious cards played by the likes of FFK.

I leave you with these FFK quotes on PDP and Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

“The PDP is an evil and it must be stopped. The party lacks in­ter­nal democ­racy and this is one of the strength of the APC.”

“Jonathan has failed in all sec­tors, in­clud­ing the econ­omy and se­cu­rity and if he should be al­lowed to con­tinue in of­fice, this coun­try is head­ing for se­ri­ous dis­as­ter and it will be calami­tous. Nigeria is more di­vided now than any time in our his­tory. We are faced with a govern­ment that only be­lieves in Ijaw val­ues......”

Liver­pool striker and Pre­mier League top scorer Luis Suarez has been named the PFA Player of the Year. The Uruguay in­ter­na­tional has net­ted 30 league goals this sea­son to lead the di­vi­sion’s scor­ing charts and fire Liver­pool to­wards what could be a first league ti­tle in 24 years.

With two games re­main­ing this term, Suarez still has the chance to equal or even bet­ter, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Alan Shearer’s joint record of 31 goals in a 38-game sea­son.

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