PERISCOPE : Oh Idiris Oh
As far back as 1929, Thomas Mann, the German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate, said, “He probably was mediocre after all, though in a very honorable sense of that word.”
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is the man of the moment; the No. 1 trending personality since last week after his infamous speech delivery at the Police College became public.
When Idris was appointed IGP by President Muhammadu Buhari, not a few Nigerians had expressed worry that over 21 senior officers were compulsorily retired just to pave way for him.
They were those who had argued that Idris lacked the mental attitude to man such a top job. But the supporters of the regime shouted them down, that it was the prerogative of the president to so appoint who he believes in.
Years down the line, Idris has continued to give spleen to those who say he is unfit to hold that position.
With his “transmission of the transmission, ehn, transition, apprehension” video, it seems there is no hiding place for the embattled police boss who has been having a run-in with the Senate for a while now.
As if the Kano fiasco was not enough, another video surfaced online of an Armed Forces Remembrance Day where the IGP in company of other Service Chiefs fluffed his moves and left those present befuddled.
With the way things are going, some Nigerians are of the opinion that perhaps Idris is under some spiritual backlash for things he has done improperly.
For now, Mann seems to make sense that the IGP was mediocre, though in an honourable sense to those who appointed him in the first instance.
Adaora test the waters
For Adaora Oncheyere, it has been a journey; long, tough, teary but consistent. As a young woman caught in career choice by family, early pregnancy, she has stayed true to her dream, working hard, and achieving.
Now, she has decided to dare as she has always done by joining the fray of 2019 elections with her eyes set on the Okigwe federal constituency of Imo state under the platform of Action Alliance (AA).
To her credit, she brought something new to the flagship of African Independent Television, AIT, flagship programme, Kaakaki, with her incisive discourse and analysis of issues.
Her choice of the a new platform sources close to her say is to avoid issues of credibility associated with the more established platforms.
But is politics not all about structures and godfathers – local, state and federal? Does she realize that all politics is local? Is ANN well-grounded in Imo state to swing the much needed votes her way? Or is she merely running for running sake?
It is one thing to have admirers and followers because of TV broadcasting, but do the local people buy into the politics of television?
Well, one has to agree with a supporter of hers who said: “You know that Nigerians are clamouring not only for young people to seek political office, but credible, untainted platforms that will not be subjected to influences of moneybags and discredited politicians.”
For someone who has braved the odds with a shaky career start with CCTV Network in Kogi State, and has come this far, there is no telling she could be the dark horse for her federal constituency in 2019.
For Saraki, may this cup pass over
Senate President Bukola Saraki is a game of checkers with multiple players with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, as the Man Friday of those intent on seeing his fall.
As a scion of the Oloye; the late grand old man of Kwara politics and Nigeria in general, Abubakar Olusola Saraki, the Senate President should by now be accustomed to political warfare.
But in a constantly changing topography and vicious adversaries, Saraki is sure on a long thing as Nigerians are wont to say.
The latest in the series of his battles, distractions as 2019 draws closer is his alleged links to some arrested cultists in Kwara state.
Minutes after raising the alarm in plenary, the police came out to say nobody should interfere with its investigation.
With the APC on shaky grounds and possible mass decamping, it is possible that the wedges are meant to keep Saraki and other possible high profile decampees in check.
Now that the gloves of his opponents are out, what the Senate President needs to do is to go back in history and situate how those who found themselves in similar situations fared or sank.
Saraki should ensure he understands how to play the game by thinking about his opponent’s aims, outline what they want, and lay them out against his own and then map out areas of potential agreement.