The Lamentations of a “Patriotic Nigerian”
By: IDEDE Oseyande
I used to be patriotic shouting on top of my voices for justice to prevail in matters of national interest. But with the way Buhari is running Nigeria, justice is long forgotten. We have to play by his rules, and these include nepotism, cronyism, tribalism, and religiosity.
We wanted justice and so raised our voices against Babachir or the “Grasscutter”and it took almost forever before a permissive action was taken. And when he was removed, his cousin replaced him. (Same geopolitical region, same state, same family)
We cried for justice and questioned the rationale behind allowing Adeosun Kemi to remain in office after she was alleged of certificate forgery. When our voice refused to be drown by the deafening silence from the presidency, she left and someone else replaced her. (Same sex-gender, different geopolitical region, different state, different religion)
We cried for justice, questioning why service chiefs that have completed their tenure were still aloowed to stay in office without retiring them. He gave us excuses, “they don’t change service chiefs during crisis”, he said. We acquiesce sheepishly, forming rational and logical southerners. But we were here when Ariase, the then Inspector General of police was retired during Boko Haram crisis and replaced with someone far down the ladder, an Assistant Inspector General with no experience, retiring experienced and far more competent DIG’s . Then the law of changing service chiefs during crisis did not arise.
Fayemi became the governor of Ekiti state, he resigned as minister, and till date no person from his state has replaced him based on our quota system. Ekiti and Ogun states as it stands don’t have ministerial slots. We are rational about it, as long as they shout and hail Tinubu as National Leader, we are satisfied with that.
We shouted for justice in the case of Ganduje, (or Gandollar if you prefer that), the Kano state governor that was caught in the very act, till date, the President is still fixing his hearing aids, so he can hear us. Or perhaps the accusers have been asked, “He that is without sin, should cast the first stone”.
My dear, I don’t want to be rational again, as long as Buhari is still in charge of this country. Even if the Chief Justice of Nigeria, in person of His Lordship Onnoghen (SAN) emptied the national treasury, you people should leave him there!
There can be no offense when there is no law. The presidency as currently led by Muhammadu Buhari cannot continue to pick the part of the law to obey. The selective amnesia that he suffers when his cronies break the law can no longer be tolerated. The president has shown once again that we are in existential times, and has awakened the regional preservation and consciousness in the heart of the citizenry. It is now a matter of ‘we’ against ‘them’.
They have the Armed forces; they have INEC, now they are targeting the Judiciary, the last straw that will break the camel’s back!
For those of you claiming defender of the truth, carry on! Bear in mind that truth in this current day Nigeria, is dependent on ones’ sitting position in the political round table of Nigeria. And if it is favouring you today because you are sitting close to the cookie jar, just know that the table is not static, it is rotating!
Justice ONNOGHEN should remain as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, come what may!
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.