Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

PERISCOPE Is it the hourglass moment for Kyari?






Is it the hourglass moment for Kyari?

Is it the moment for the unravelling of the behemoth that superintends over the administration of Aso Rock?

Have we arrived at the moment of decision when the Big Masquerade will be made to dance naked in the market square?

For the past three years since the ascension of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria’s presidency, one name has stuck out as a sore thumb; Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President.

His ubiquitous presence cannot be missed. He looms larger just as the many tales and stories about him are fit for legends.

For those who do not like him, and there are many, he is the unseen hand in every malfeasance linked to this administration. He is reputed to be the face of the infamous ‘cabal’ in the Presidency.

But for those who side with him, there are few, he is the protective cover for the president against those who seek to take advantage of him.

It must be acknowledge that the corruption allegations against Kyari are as legion as the demons that were cast out of the mad men of Gadarenes by Jesus Christ.

Despite the allegations, Kyari has remained his taciturn self, while the anti-graft agencies that are often in a hurry to clamp down on those in the opposition have looked the other way.

But as they say in life there is that moment in which the tide turns so it seems for the very powerful CoS.

Last week, the EFCC, notorious for media trial of those not in government, said it was investigating claims of corruption levelled against Abba Kyari by his nephew, Bako Waziri Kyari.

What is amusing is that but for the revelation on the popular ‘Brekete Family’ on Human Rights Radio 101.1 Fm, a petition that has been with the EFCC will have been conveniently left in the coolers.

Not that there is any hope that the petition will get the deserved attention, it is however welcoming that the agency has agreed that indeed there is a petition against Kyari before them.

One thing is certain like they say in Warri, ‘one day monkey go go market e no go return again!’


Mallam, is this a new beginning?

The U.K. born writer and actress, Rachel Joyce, writing in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, said; “Beginnings could happen more than once or in different ways. You could think you were starting something afresh, when actually what you were doing was carrying on as before. He had faced his shortcomings and overcome them and so the real business of walking was happening only now.”

It seems Joyce was writing about Nigerian politicians like Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau who are in the habit of new beginnings and fresh starts without necessarily mutating from caterpillars to butterflies.

Last week, Shekarau after disowning his own spokesperson disembarked from the ship of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to climb on the cruise ship of the ruling all Progressives Congress, APC.

In what seems like a Tom N Jerry kind of relationship between Mallam and Senator Musa Kwankwaso, it was only a matter of time thAT both former governors of Kano state part ways.

Like one observer rightly noted, it seems there is something unsettling between both men. It was Shekarau that ended Kwankwaso’s second term ambition, just as it was Kwankwaso that sent Shekarua out of the PDP to the defunct ANPP.

History has come full circle it seems as Kwankwaso has once again drove Shekarua out of the PDP, while from all intent and purposes, Shekarau likely has sounded the death knell for Kwankwaso’s ambition to reclaim Kano and become the presidential candidate of the PDP for 2019.

Whatever the tide turns out to be, one cannot help but agree with the new player of the APC that the PDP lost at the poker table and served him an uppercut which can only be remedied at the surgical ward of the APC.

ai, who Mr Shekarau supported in 2011 and 2015 and about 40 out of the 44 local government chairmen of the PDP in the state were not present during the formal declaration.



From Peter the Rock, to Peter the Chalk

“I am inviting you today, distinguished leaders of our party, is to inform you formally that I will be seeking the ticket of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest the 2019 presidential election.

“My party leaders, standing before you is Peter (The Rock) Ayodele Fayose, the man already destined by God to take Nigeria out of the present political and economic stagnation,” Governor Ayo Fayose told leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party on September 28, 2017.

A year to the date he made the proclamation, Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has recanted that he will no longer contest the 2019 presidential election owing to the claims that his candidate for the Ekiti governorship, Prof. Kolapo Olushola, was rigged out by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last election.

If Fayose who had regaled us with his theatrics and demonstrated a baffling bravado against the machinery of the federal government could so chicken out, then there is more to it than meets the eye.

Well, one cannot grudge the governor for going back on his words for it is a given that politicians in this part of the world renege on their promises just like a new mom changes her baby’s napkin.

Given that Fayose seems to have lost his tigritude, do we now say he is now wearing a “mousetitude?”

Whatever it is that have made a whole Peter the Rock so soft as a chalk must be something worth interrogating.
















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