My friends all, ordinarily I don’t respond to the tendency of some hired word-for-penny political writers to turn logic on its head for clear pecuniary reasons. But, sincerely, when political chicanery, masquerading as intellectual discourse is carried to the point of stupid absurdity, one must for the sake of decent minds set the record straight. My grouse this time around is with one political jobber, Okanga Agila, who on November 20, 2016 wrote his innuendo-laden article titled, “Tinubu and ambushed political ambitions”. Please refer to http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/11/ tinubu-and-ambushed-political-ambitions/.
From his near two thousand word elevation of absurd journalistic ranting, one thing was obvious: Agila is a warped, money-conditioned mind whose sense of analytical reasoning is squelched by the straitjacket of blind sniveling to the dictates of his pay masters. From the onset, it was obvious that Agila had nothing objective to offer as far as his money-conditioned Tinubu-bashing was concerned. Even his introduction of his subject smacked of the odious matrix from which his anti-Tinubu theories originated.
Let me state categorically here that I have personally never met Tinubu. But I have as a matter of principle admired the man for his political resilience, sagacity ad courage. I have for long been a student of the Tinubu school. Only a man of no mean timbre in politics would stand up against the Federal might as he did in the Obasanjo and Jonathan eras and emerge unscathed, even almost single-handedly dealing the deadly blow on the former ruling party. But even more endearing is his unflinching stand for equity, egalitarianism and human freedom. Tinubu is surely no saint, but, on balance, he has emerged over the years as a man of impeccable character and dignity. It is thus utterly disgusting to see some political nonentities and jobbers casting aspersions with the clear mission of serving the ulterior motives of their pay masters.
In his too obvious mission of malignign Asiwaju Tinubu, Agila ranted about the former Lagos Governor’s alleged efforts to over-assert himself in the APC. To Agila, Tinubu is one over-ambitious godfather who would want to be deferred to and his wishes acquiesced to always. In Agila’s myopic view, Jagaba’s sole purpose in politics is nothing but avarice and self aggrandisement. The question for Agila then is: where were you when Tinubu staked his personal security and also political future to ensuring that though he was the last man standing in the old AD, he stoutly defended the independence of Lagos as a state governed by a party different from the one at the Centre? Against the almighty Federal forces, he stood his ground and ensured that democracy
was not trampled upon.
Now, coming to your main grouse. You, Agila, do not measure up to the kind of mind capable of intelligent analysis and understanding of the Ondo debacle which Tinubu, in his usual circumspect mind tried to prevent. By your myopia, you may see the eventual victory of the President’s loyalists as a possible vindication of Tinubu’s detractors. Contrarywise, if care is not taken and perceived injuries are not assuaged properly, the Ondo victory may soon turn out pyrrhic and the euphoria of victory transmorgrifies into ashes in the mouth of the “victors”. The injustice of Ondo, being glossed over by those who should know better, may be the beginning of the end for the party. Already, the cracks are becoming obvious. There are really weighty stories of new mega alliances and before you know it, the APC superstructure may yet prove to be the proverbial clay-legged bronze statue. Ask the PDP and its minders would tell you, that is the same kind of illusory mindset and myopia, including tendencies to injustice that crumbled a once invincible behemoth. In your toddler’s opinion, and to quote you, “Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu is in the political wilderness,” and he is also a politician “whose passion for power is unsurpassed”.
How wrong! You surely do not know Tinubu. This is a man who had all the opportunity in the world to insist on being Buhari’s VP but decided to sacrifice personal interest for national balance and equity. You ranted about the so-called “kingmaker syndrome” only because of the limited scope of your understanding of the concept in world politics. Every politician is a kingmaker and one example for you is the recent Ondo election where even the President was clearly unequivocal about who he would prefer as Governor. Where Tinubu is different is his more circumspect, democratic and fairto-all-concerned approach to a normal game in politics. Integrity and fairness was murdered during the Ondo APC Governorship Primaries and that is Tinubu’s grouse as a democrat who believes in fairness.
Also, you certainly committed a blasphemy of thought when you so brazenly accused Tinubu of having “gleefully forgotten all about “change” and the betterment of Nigeria.” Suddenly, the man upon whose back your “infallible” hero rose to power after years of incessant failures has become over ambitious. As the Yoruba would say, how can the plantain tree that nurtured the cocoa tree to maturity suddenly be condemned as a bad tree? “Ogede to wo koko (Cocoa) ye se wa di igi buruku?” If you had been clear minded enough and your understanding has not been whittled in the spittle of blind partisanship you would have seen the gist of Tinubu’s ever-present abhorrence of injustice.
How can anyone gloss over the brazen disregards of party statutes that was the hallmark of the flawed primaries that produced Akeredolu? What Tinubu was up against was not any loss of political patronage but the uncouth attempt by the Abuja powers-that-be to install a puppet in their quest to whittle down Tinubu’s influence in Yorubaland. In appalling disregard of all known democratic norms, the level playing ground principles was thrown to the dogs and the power of money, the might of Abuja overwhelmed the rule of law and fairness.
I only hope the wise men of APC, unlike clowns like Agila, would see reason and rectify the huge dent already inflicted on the soul of their party. Only a foolish party will celebrate the brazen resort to the suicidal tactics that not too long ago destroyed the PDP. Nothing destroys more than self delusion and power drunkenness.
Ojewusi wrote via firstname.lastname@example.org
Nice correction, valid points and good riddance to the bad rubbish. Although, some jobless critics were only envying Tinubu’s legendary achievements in politics out of frustration. And because they’re so confused about his rising profile, hence their irrational conspiracy theories that negate commonsense. Anyway, complacency offers people of little ideas happy lifestyle until they find men of valour in a glory that would cast their doldrums. But no matter how hard they may try to play mind game against the already achieved success, this man of destiny called Tinubu has already dared to be there, as the glory laid upon him is far from exaggeration. Meanwhile, let the sarcastic merchants of vilification resume to their reckless slandering job and let’s see if Tinubu’s priceless laurel in the annals of Nigerian politics can stop it’s shine. Well, prophetically, to their chagrin, here’s one politician whose legend have perfectly been inscribed, not only on the sand of time, but equally on the rock of ages, as generations of philosophers will ponder over his wonder.
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