Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

PERISCOPE Ambode on the cross

In the hope that I’m not committing heresy, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s take in the Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community, is very telling in the Catch 22 situation that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has found himself.

It emerged last week that the governor’s bid to return to Alausa House is in great jeopardy following unexplained reasons that the Jagaban, the owner of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, BAT, had deserted him.

To confirm that all along Ambode has been dining with Judas, another godson of the famed APC National Leader, Jide Sanwoolu, picked the APC governorship form and was pronto endorsed by all the local government chairmen in the Centre of Excellence.

Though the governor, as expected, has denied any rift between him and his oga, the social media has remained active and divided with some people egging the governor to brave the odds and challenge the man that has become his Chi to a fight.

If anything, the latest roforofo brings to mind the travails of his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, who fell out with BAT during his ministerial screening so much said that he gave us the cryptic but enduring epigram: may your loyalty not be tested.

Now that Ambode’s loyalty is on the cross, will he heed the words of Bonhoeffer, who noted: “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. 'The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared' (Luther).”


El-Rufa’I, give us another spin

In a season of doublespeak and banal political chicanery, there is the compelling need to illuminate and shed a light on hypocrisy of our politicians.

Last week was a season of political farce as Nigerians were treated to poor theater by some politicians and their hirelings.

One of such dramatist personae is the diminutive governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufa’I. The governor on receipt of a controversially purchased N22 million expression of interest and nomination forms from some groups in Kaduna, said but for the magnanimous gesture, he was in a quandary as to how he was going to buy the form since he doesn’t have N20 million other than to sell his house.

How convenient!

It is a little over three years now when el-Rufa’I told Nigerians that he became a ‘dollar millionaire’ in his early 20s.

Speaking on July 6, 2015 through his media aide, Samuel Aruwan, the governor stated that he is a qualified chartered surveyor and started making money early in life.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai is a privileged Nigerian. He qualified as a chartered Quantity Surveyor early in life and became a dollar millionaire in his twenties,” Aruwan said.

So if three years down the line the governor who boasted of being a ‘dollar millionaire” is unable to raise about $55,000, then it is proper for us to question his ability to manage the affairs of Kaduna state when his personal wealth can’t be secured by him.

Or as some persons have queried, is it why he is so bitter that the National Assembly blocked his unusual zeal to borrow over $300 million from the World Bank so that he could dip his hands and buy the governorship form?

Well, for now, the governor should see his spin doctors for a more convincing yarn.












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