Eaves­drop­per

The Punch - - WEEKEND STARTER -

Ida Harry

A house of com­mo­tion

It ap­pears the cri­sis rock­ing the party at the cen­tre in Naija is far from over. Since the get-to­gether they or­gan­ised re­cently to se­lect can­di­dates for var­i­ous po­si­tions ahead of next year’s gen­eral elec­tions, which re­sulted in sev­eral dis­putes, all has not been the same with the fold. Apart from hav­ing se­nior men walk­ing out of the group, the pop­u­lar­ity of the squad among Nige­ri­ans has dropped sig­nif­i­cantly.

The crack and signs of com­mo­tion be­came very vis­i­ble a few days ago when stal­warts en­gaged them­selves in war of words. The cur­rent driver of the party’s Danfo bus, I mean that for­mer pres­i­dent of one work­ers’ group, who later be­came ‘gu­vnor’ in one of the South-south states, has been tak­ing any­body on, in­clud­ing those who are much big­ger than him in size.

This past week, he took on three heavy­weights at a time – the top strik­ers in Ogun and Imo states, along with a for­mer mil­i­tary gen­eral from Owu. In one of his many out­bursts, the Edo man said that their broom-wield­ing party would smoothly con­quer all op­po­nents dur­ing next year’s gen­eral elec­tions without the in­puts of the men from Ogun and Imo, who ac­cord­ing to him, have no real elec­toral value.

He did not stop there. He went on to de­scribe both men as li­a­bil­i­ties to the fold, say­ing that their de­ci­sion not to work for the in­ter­est of the party in cer­tain in­stances would not count for much.

The ‘short’ man, while turn­ing the heat on the re­tired mil­i­tary gen­eral, said that the Almighty God would not for­give the ex-head of State if he did not with­draw his sup­port for his for­mer as­sis­tant now vy­ing for Sai Baba’s job.

In a swift re­ac­tion, the men from Ogun and Imo whose pre­ferred can­di­dates for the gov­er­nor­ship po­si­tions of their re­spec­tive states have since moved to other groups to ac­tu­alise their goals, de­scribed their at­tacker as the main li­a­bil­ity to the broom gang. This was in ad­di­tion to sev­eral other ‘pow­er­ful’ words they used against him.

The sit­u­a­tion has raised the level of ten­sion within the rul­ing party, es­pe­cially with both men openly say­ing that they would work for the suc­cess of their can­di­dates other than what the broom gang wants. Ob­servers say this katakata could greatly hin­der the suc­cess of the party dur­ing next year’s con­test.

No longer in the ‘other room’

Whichever way you de­cide to look at it from, Mrs. Sai Baba would go down in his­tory as one of Nige­ria’s fear­less women. Apart from telling things as they ap­pear re­gard­less of whose ox is gored, she has no time for hide and seek when there are se­ri­ous is­sues to be ad­dressed.

Like she has done sev­eral times in the past, the soft-spo­ken and beau­ti­ful woman, who has ex­per­tise in cos­me­tol­ogy, showed once again some days ago that her place is not in the kitchen or ‘the other room’ as pre­vi­ously sug­gested by her hus­band but out in the open where se­ri­ous-minded peo­ple an­a­lyse real so­ci­etal is­sues.

While at­tend­ing an event ear­lier in the week, the woman re­vealed that there were two peo­ple in and around Aso Villa slow­ing down the pace and regime of her hubby. Ac­cord­ing to her, these two hawks or hye­nas if you like, have ar­ro­gated so much power to them­selves that even ‘King Pharaoh’ is some­times weary of them.

Mrs. Sai Baba, while call­ing on Naija men to rise up and fight these two Bar­bar­ians, said that they must exit the pic­ture be­fore things could move on as planned at the top level. Though she was care­ful not to men­tion any names, her out­burst has left eyes flash­ing in a par­tic­u­lar di­rec­tion.

Only God knows how her oga would feel about this. Maybe this time, he would not only dis­pel her to the kitchen and ‘the other room’ but maybe to a bot­tom­less pit. Who knows?

Joke gone too far

When you think that the coun­try’s im­age in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is grad­u­ally im­prov­ing, an­other stain comes up and ev­ery­thing is messed up again. While Eaves­drop­per thinks that it is sick­en­ing for any ed­u­cated mind to be­lieve the Jubril from Su­dan story be­ing ped­dled around, the mock­ery it has earned Naija on the in­ter­na­tional stage in­deed calls for some con­cern. Some for­eign tele­vi­sion shows have been latch­ing on to the sit­u­a­tion to not just ridicule Aso Rock but the en­tire Nige­rian state as well. The de­ci­sion by Sai Baba to wait and get to Poland be­fore dis­miss­ing the talk rather than do­ing it in his home coun­try, has fur­ther fu­elled the al­ready rag­ing fire. Our coun­try has be­come a laugh­ing stock in the world.

While the en­tire story does not make any sense, Eaves­drop­per thinks that con­certed ef­forts must be made to dis­abuse the minds of or­di­nary cit­i­zens, who have since swal­lowed the pill that sep­a­ratist cru­sader from across the Niger Bridge served the pub­lic some months ago. The em­bar­rass­ment is get­ting too much.

As an­other week­end presents it­self, Eaves­drop­per wishes all you es­teemed read­ers a great time of rest. Un­til next week, re­main blessed.

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