Of Badoos and Political Fraternities
The siege on Ikorodu by Badoo Boys has run into several weeks. The airwaves and newspapers are filled with reports of orgy of killings and gruesome murder of the people. The offence of their victims was that the hapless citizens could not afford to fortify their residence with electric fence, security guards and alsatian dogs. Their assailant, the Badoo boys did not see anything wrong in doing the wrong things. Who will cage them and call them to order in a country where lawlessness is the order of the day? How can these small fries see anything wrong in their actions when our leaders also act with wanton impunity? In a country where “Evans” was arrested in 2006 for armed robbery but was magically released by the police without a judicial trial how can Badoo boys be punished? Impunity! In a country where Senators are expected to know that when the provision of an act is inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution, the provision of the act is null and void to the extent of its inconsistency, but elect, not to know, who will cage the Badoo Boys? Immunity is power, impunity is absolute power! After all Magu Must Go, the Almighty Senate has decreed, and the Nigerian Constitution must bow and tremble before them. The Senate by its current posturing is the alternate Presidency.
There is always a strong fraternity among cultists – injury to one is injury to all. That is why not only are they dreaded as a group but as individuals, too. Other cult members do not consider the infractions or wrongness of their members’ activities before they defend, and, avenge them. In other words, their members can do no wrong. This is why cult members are untouchable. You touch one, you touch all, it does not matter that you are right, and their member is wrong. It is called class protection!
Unfortunately, similar scenarios are emerging on the political horizon. The Senate that, ordinarily, has nothing to do with a Senator’s recall process has come to announce to Nigerians through the Senate President Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy Ike Ekweremadu, that the attempt to recall Senator Daniel (Dino) Melaye of Kogi West Senatorial District by his constituents (who elected him in the first instance) would be resisted. The Senate did not even give INEC the dignity of concluding the process. After all, they must have reasoned quietly that if Melaye is successfully recalled anyone of them can also be successfully recalled. Ma ja du e, ma ja du ra mi! – Fighting for you is fighting for myself!
Before anyone could say “What?”, another political fraternity rose in defence of its member. This time it is the club of Governors, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) rising in defence of Governor Yari. Lest we forget, EFCC had announced a couple of days before that it would commence investigation against Dr Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar of Zamfara State on the disbursement of the refund $3m London-Paris Club fund. Is Governor Yari incapable of defending himself before EFCC? Are his Commissioner for Finance, Accountant General, Auditor General and his Attorney General so incompetent to present, analyze and defend the expenditure of Zamfara State that Nigeria Governors’ Forum felt it would do a better job by lambasting and blackmailing EFCC? The Governors also must have reasoned like their politician-Senator counterparts -if, Yari, a sitting Governor (in spite of his immunity) is grabbed by EFCC successfully, then they are all in trouble. To the clarion call: Ma ja du e, ma ja du ra mi!
The emergence of political fraternities will weaken our institutions and rubbish democracy the more. When the citizenry discover that our correctional institutions and provisions are ineffective, prostrate and in limbo the people will take the law into their own hands. The greatest disservice to this nation is for political leaders to assist in circumventing the law and castrating our institutions from achieving set objectives. Let every man carry his own can and face the law. Our languages may differ, our social status may vary but our laws must be one, and binding on all. That is how great nations emerge: supremacy of the rule of law.
But much more unfortunate, the only body that is expected to act as a whole, the Executive, is moving in opposite directions. While the proceedings of the Legislature can be covered by the media, not so with the Executives. No one is interested in the individual opinions of members, but the collective decisions. No one knows how it transpired at their meeting but what transpired. For the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to tell Nigerians that the view of the Acting President Yemi Osibajo on the proprietary of Senate to confirm certain nominees was his personal view is a brazen display of a split in the presidency. Even if he personally disagrees with the Acting President should he have made it so public except he is politically naive. If he wants to project himself as a powerhouse in the presidency, his steps are counterproductive. He has presented himself as disdainful and contemptuous of the Acting President. Even that does not build his own image. Is it not impolitic to present a divided presidency when their Government is buffetted on all fronts by separatist agitation, ethnic landlord quit notice, a sluggish economy, an implacable National Assembly and an ailing President? By the way, would Malami have said the same thing about President Buhari if he (President) has said a similar thing?
Lest we forget, it was President Buhari that chose Osinbajo as his running mate, and, therefore his Vice. If he would not respect the person his principal has chosen to act on his behalf then his respect for President Buhari, his principal, is not absolute. May God save Nigeria!
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