At every point in our nation’s electoral preparation, my ‘towns man’, former president Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, turns up with what he believes to be pertinent interventions, on the incumbent.
Did that to his own anointed successor, Umaru Musa Yar’adua; did it to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who he had ‘anointed’ a few years earlier; and now to incumbent president Muhammad Buhari. And the narrative is usually the same – “he was not who I thought he was”, or “he is not as good as I thought” etc.
And how the media laps it up! Many who need little encouragement, who seek for justification for their views that nation really is bad, and irredeemable, wallow in it, and trumpet it abroad.
Well, not this fellow Egba man. Not just an Egba man, but from the same section as him (Owu)! Our villages are a in fact a few kilometres apart (he claims Ibogun Olaogun. Yours truly is from Abalabi). So, permit an ‘Insider’ to put across his humble take on this latest intervention.
Unlike most Nigerians and I daresay foreigners, some of us from the same neck of wood as OBJ know him wella! (permit my Nigerianese for “very well”). Which is what? If it is not of him, by him and for him, then it is not good enough. Anyone honest enough from the area I referenced above will tell you the same thing. Ask Owu people about what went down in the appointment and enthronement of the current Olowu of Owu. Ask the Awori people of Otta about some large tracts of land etc.
My take is this, OBJ has a messianic complex, which circumstance has ‘used to confuse’ him that he has a big say in all things Nigeria. But he is wrong. He is a mere mortal, with failings as or more than most! Yet, we continue to humour him prescience that no human being has. He is living long, yes. So do many other Nigerians. He has been thrust in leadership positions, yes. So have many other Nigerians, in other fields of endeavour. When was the last time you heard the doyen of Accountancy, Akintola Williams, pass caustic comments about the leaders of his profession after him, for example?
If Obasanjo, who has led Nigeria for almost 12 years – as Head of State for 3 years, 11 months and as civilian president for 8 years (the latter at an advanced old age! Note, he himself really does not know his age. He claims to be 80, whilst his surviving class and play mates as a kid are well into their 90s, some of who used to call him ‘egbon’ in primary school!!!), could not solve Nigeria’s multifarious problems, it is hypocritical of him to vilify those who have had less time in running the affairs of this nation!
Yar’dua had all of 2 years+, Jonathan almost 6 years. Both were his choice (directly and indirectly) PMB had had just over 3 years in total managing the affairs of Nigeria – 8 months as military Head of State, 2 years+ as civilian leader. Yet, OBJ, our OBJ, wants all to believe these leaders failed, while he succeeded? Okay o. Me, I get my thinking faculties intact!
Abegi, ebora Owu, pack common for road! Allow Nigeria some peace. Last time I checked you cannot be confused with being the God over Nigeria. Why not counsel privately? Why must it always be your voice heard on the roof top?
With respect from your “towns man”.
I WANNA WAGER A BET. IF OBJ REALISES THE RESPONSE TO HIS LATEST INTERVENTION IS NEGATIVE, EXPECT A DISCLAIMER! No, you people did not read the thing correctly; or (I love this one), it was sent out without my approval! Or, Trump-like, it is fake news!
© Adewale Adeniji. 23rd January 2018.