Like Alaa Salah, like Jael
The affairs of men have interesting similarities that one only has to dig a little deeper to really appreciate the fact that the more things change, the more they remain the same.
How come that the seeming impregnable Omar al-Bashir, the near-everlasting ruler of Sudan could fall so easily?
The irony of his fall is that it was not in the thick of battle, nor in any capital of the West where he is wanted for serial crimes against humanity.
Al-Bashir fell like Sisera, captain of the host of Jabin’s army whom the writer of the Book of Judges describes as “…Israel’s cruel oppressor…”
The intriguing outcome of the fall of both strongmen is that they were felled by women!
In Sisera’s case, Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite was his undoing, while for Omar al-Bashir, a 22 year old! How sad.
For those who have followed the uprising in the Sudan against the decades’ long rule of the tyrant, the image, so viscerally, of Alaa Salah will resonate for long.
Vanessa Friedman of IOL, an online newspaper based in South Africa, captures aptly the iconic image of Alaa when she wrote; “In the picture, a woman in a white thoub and gold disc earrings stands on the roof of a car. She is caught in profile, mid-speech, one arm raised to the heavens, finger pointing upward, the other clutching her waist, amid a sea of heads and arms waving phones to record the moment.”
In that instance, a star of freedom, a new enduring human Statue of Liberty was born as the long years of al-Bashir laid to ruins.
When the Calvary came for Kadaria Ahmed
During the 2019 elections, television host and media personality, Kadaria Ahmed, was caught in the cross hairs of Nigerian politics.
The divide in the polity apart from the normal roforofo of politicking was the style of Kadaria’s interview in her programme, The Candidate.
Trouble started when she interviewed President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinabjo first.
Many thought she let the duo run away with blue murder in her ‘soft approach’ to critical questions.
This is in contrast to the acerbic style she adopted for the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his vice, Peter Obi.
For many, Kadaria was too much of a biased interviewer. While the supporters of the PDP and Atiku felt professionalism was thrown to the dogs, those of the APC and Buhari could not but commend her for being ‘tough.’
But in all things fickle and temporary, those who hailed her as a heroine of hard interviewing are now dancing a different song and twist like they have soldier ants in their pants.
For daring to lead a protest against the orgy of violence in Zamfara state, those who had hailed and painted her in painted glowing colours, have suddenly remembered her ‘disgraceful past’ and her ‘junkie lifestyle.’
How come they were unaware of her alleged vices when they were ready, only a few months back, to beatify her?
Has she become so leprous that she is unfit to contribute to national discourse? What her new found traducers fail to grasp is that it is her citizen’s right to bring to question a government she helped bring to power. But come to think of it, Buhari is still doing his first term, so the talk of helped to win a second term does not even arise.
What people like Kadaria ought to know is that evil does not become evil only because it affects you directly. Evil is what it is – EVIL!
One can only hope that given the vile comments against her and dangerous insinuations, she would have learnt that because a cadaver is useful for practicals, it should not be substituted for a living being.