Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Like Sani, Like Dino







Like Sani, Like Din

In the theatrics of Nigerian politics, the plot seems consistent though some characters may change. The latest flick is featuring one of the gadflies of the Nigerian Senate, Shehu Sani.

The usual suspects are the police and state government – Kaduna. Last Thursday, the Kaduna State Police Command sensationally said Senator Sani, a known critic of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufa’I, was a person of interest in a murder case.

According to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Austin Iwar, Senator Sani is expected to appear before the police on April 30 in a letter to the Clerk of the National Assembly, and the Senate President Bukola Saraki copied.

“This is in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide transferred to this office by 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, alongside with exhibit audio CD, in which your name was mentioned by the principal suspect,” Iwar said in the letter .

It is alleged that a murder suspect, Isa Garba, who was arrested by the military, had implicated the federal lawmaker after he was transferred to the police.

Why is it that the script writer in the police never varies his plot? Is it for lack of expertise or simple foolishness? It was not too long ago that the police were up with the same antics concerning Senator Dino Melaye who is up in arms against his state governor, Yahya Bello and has severally criticized President Buhari.

Are the police suggesting that our lawmakers are common murderers and only after people of little value to murder?

Many a Nigerian are befuddled at the ignominy in which the Ibrahim Idris-led police is drawing to itself by the day and it will not be long before Senator Abaribe is accused of having murdered the yet-to-be-found Biafra secessionist leader, Nnamdi Kanu since has shown the audacity to call President Buhari incompetent.

What a country, what a police force!



Omo-Agege are you a learner?

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was last Thursday given a 90-day suspension on the back of his comment that the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 to reorder the sequence of polls in a general election was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

As a first time senator, Omo-Agege showed he was a learner in power politics owing to his alignment.

Knowing that he is politically naïve, the proponents of the pro-Buhari group led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, put him in front to cast aspersion on the collective decision of the Senate.

If he had heard of Danny Castillones Silada, The Postmodern Filipino Prince, he should have learnt of ‘The Moral Hazard of Political Indecision,’ as well as learnt that “There is no middle ground for moral choice and political decision because by being on a safe side, any indecisive act poses a moral hazard to the individual freedom and integrity of a democratic society.”

But given that he made a moral choice, he is now a victim of the moral hazard of that choice. One has to give it to him that he was not indecisive, rather, his political alignment was not properly thought out, therefore, he has faced the misfortune of being on the sidelines of power.

With elections about 300 days away and he on suspension for 180 days, his financial solidity will be sorely tested and one can only imagine what will be left of his electoral fortune by the time the polls hold.




El-Zakzaky, your disciples are true

Nothing best illustrates Margaret Atwood’s postulation in Cat’s Eye than the daily march of Shiites – Islamic Movement in Nigeria- for their detained leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

Atwood had argued: “They are boiling with the pressured energy of explosive forces confined in a small space, and with the fervor of all religious movements in their early, purist stages. It is not enough to give lip service and to believe in equal pay: there has to be a conversion, from the heart.”

Since the Nigerian military went on a killing expedition of Shiites in 2016 and the subsequent detention of El-Zakzaky and the court ruling in his favour but ignored by the Nigerian regime of President Muhammadu Buhari, his followers have remained relentless.

For a people that have witnessed State terror, the Shiites have stayed dogged, abiding and consistent in their agitation.

For the past few weeks now, they have turned Abuja into a protest ground. None have been left out in their protests; the aged and young, male and female, children and youths educated or not, they are united in their demand for justice.

In an uncommon spirit seen in most Nigerians, without any reward for material gain or pecks of office, the Shiites are teaching other Nigerians what fidelity and sacrifice means to a cause.

While one may not wholly agree with their philosophy, there is no denying the demands of justice has set them apart from those who are indecisive and are open to being run over for sitting on the fence.















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