Remi Tinubu’s reflexive hostility
When Jonathan Swift, the Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric, wrote that “it is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into,” Senator Oluremi Tinubu was nowhere near his thought.
The senator, who is wife of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, forgot her high office last Saturday when the governorship and House of Assembly election was on in Lagos to pillory the Igbo.
Remi, as fondly called by her admirers, allegedly asked voters to show their hands and get money after she was besieged by a crowd after casting her vote at Polling Unit 034, Falomo Police Barracks IV, Ikoyi, Lagos.
What has irked many a Nigerian is not her ‘show your hand’ command, rather the aspersion on the Igbo.
Mrs Tinubu, who is Itsekiri by birth, had chided one Charles Nnamani, an Igbo man that the Igbo in Lagos did not vote for President Muhammadu Buhari. Nnamani, therefore not entitled to be helped.
She was quoted as telling the disabled Nnamani that, “How will I know? You Igbo, we don’t trust you anymore.”
How does one begin to tell a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the right to democratic choice is an inalienable right that should not be abrogated and used as a tool of blackmail?
Who will inform the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that her position is what may have weaponised those that have gone on rampage against the Igbo in the exercise of their civic duty as they deem fit?
Who will query the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that she can’t not begin to profile fellow Nigerians over their choice of they voted for or not?
What Senator Tinubu has confirmed is that those who attacked Igbo living in Lagos and destroyed their places of trade and business were mere foot soldiers of the powers-that-be no wonder that no arrests have been effected.
It is important that Senator Remi, who they say is a pastor, is guided that in Christ, there is neither Jew, Roman nor Greek!
For Akpabio, everything but nothing
“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”
― Napoleon Hill,
In less than three years, Senator Godswill Akpabio has come to the realization that he is everything in name, but nothing in reality.
The man who became known as the ‘uncommon governor’ over his exploits in Akwa Ibom state, has moved from the poster child of Akwa Ibom politics and philanthropy to an outcast even amongst his own people.
When the ‘uncommon governor’ switched party allegiance from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, he seemed not to have read the auguries well.
For the former governor, his voice was the will of the will of the people rather than the other way round.
So, when the National Assembly election held on February 23, Akpabio, the master of the grandiloquent was left prostrate and sweating.
Like Ezeulu in one of Chinua Achebe’s trilogy, Arrow of God, he found himself alone as he was abandoned by the people to follow a new Lord.
Is it a sad end for the prince of Akwa Ibom who is viewed as false and crafty? Or can he reinvent himself and spring an uncommon comeback to national reckoning?
Some have asked, is it the fall of Humpty Dumpty? Well, as the days count, time will tell.
El-Rufa’I and the arrogance of power
Beth Revis in Across the Universe argues that “Power isn’t control at all — power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.”
Well, she could say that because she was yet to meet Nasir El-Rufa’I, the petit governor of Kaduna state.
What el-Rufa’I lacks in physical stature, he has in abundance in gait and guts. He brokers no prisoners and moved only by his own conviction and his near-infallibility.
Last week as the governorship election got underway in Kaduna state, the fox of a governor was at his immaculate egoistic self.
For him, the lure of power is so potent that he is ready genuflect before any altar to pave his way.
This is a man a few years back that derided President Muhammadu Buhari as being too old and unfit for the presidency.
Hear him now, “I have no fears if I win or not because the president has already won his re-election . The worse thing that could happen is for me to lose the election. But since the president has already won his reelection bid, it means I already have a job in Abuja.
“Only my staff are jittery if I win or not and I usually share this joke with them. But the security in the state has improved because everything has been orderly and from the information I am getting, polling units opened early.”
If anything, the governor knows he need not fret as the forces are aligned in his favour to return him to power even if the votes went otherwise.
But like in all things, nothing lasts forever.