In parts 1 to 3 of these series, I had recapitulated my 2015 correct predictions, like Nostradamus,as to how the polity will play out under the APC and Buhari-led government. I had dwelt on the politics of the NASS, the emergence of Saraki and Dogara against the wishes of the president and top shots of APC hierarchy, the likely consequences and impact on the nation at large.Today, we conclude this discuss. Evgeny Morozov rightly opined that a vibrant civil society can challenge those in power by documenting corruption or uncovering activities like the murder of political enemies. In democracies, this function is mostly performed by the media, NGOs or opposition parties. On this note, we continue and conclude our discourse on the above topic. Thereafter, we shall beam our searchlight on the shrieks of our founding fathers on this un-working Nigerian project: the satires of the sacked DSS Boss, Duara.
THE DEADLY SPILL-OVER EFFECTS
The APC letter announcing its own set of imposed candidates –Lawan (NE), George Akume (NC), Olusola Adeyeye (SW) and Abu Ibrahim (NW) – as Senate Leader, Deputy Senate Leader, Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip, respectively, was kept by Saraki under lock and key.
Those expecting him to enthrone his bitterest enemies into pre-eminent positions which they could use later to torpedo him, do not understand much about the acquisition and use of power. Do you arm your enemy? I laugh at their political naivety and puerility
What did the “Like Minds” do? They simply asserted their legislative independence, free from the asphyxiating and over bearing party supremacist grip, by following Senate Rules, which allow zonal caucuses of the states to throw up their own leaders. This done, the following leaders emerged: Ali Ndume (North East) who had been defeated by 57-20 votes by Ike Ekweremadu to emerge Senate Deputy President (Senate Leader); BalaIbu Na’Allah (North West) (Deputy majority Leader); and Senator Francis Alimikhena (Edo, and South South, indeed the only APC Senator from South South and South East), as Deputy Chief Whip. The post of Chief Whip earlier -marked for Sola Adeyeye (South West), was kept in abeyance, as his name was not put forward by the pro-party protagonists.
Thus, for the second time in as many weeks, the APC suffered a second internal rebellion by its own legislators, a pointer to the inchoateness (like clay waiting to be molded in to any shape), of the fledgling party.
The APC party had probably not reckoned with the fact that PMB was dead serious when he reeled out the quotable quote of “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”, an apt cliché that made him to distance himself from the murky politics of who assumed leadership of both Houses. There is therefore no need for the present recriminations, or lachrymal effusion, embarked upon by APC leadership like spoilt and over pampered little brats.
My final take on this is that the election of Saraki and Dogara and other principal officers by the Senate and House, was constitutional, legal, moral, democratic, and indeed, serves as an invigorating elixir to deepen, strengthen and widen the democratic space. It also oils the moving wheels of our nascent democratic experimentation.
It appears that the APC party promoters had merely come together to uproot a common enemy (PDP), from power, without actually preparing for power itself. It is akin to board room gurus with the same mission to remove some board members and having succeeded, turn the heat on each other as regards sharing of positions. Sure, my enemy’s enemy is my friend, and my enemy’s friend is my enemy. Sikena. Opoo!
Are these political gladiators, party and legislative supremacists, politricians and the hoi polloi of the Nigerian Frantz Fanon’s “wretched of the earth” reading, digesting and imbibing this last tranch of the political rumble in the legislative jungle of the 8th National Assembly, anchored in the Sunday sermon on the Mount of the Nigerian Project by Chief Mike A. A. Ozekhome, SAN, OFR?”
I wrote all these more than three years ago. Events have since proved me right. I was, indeed, a Nostradamus, the man who saw tomorrow. The End.
THE SHRIEKS OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ON THIS UN-WORKING NIGERIAN PROJECT:
THE SATIRES OF THE SACKED DSS BOSS, DUARA
The chickens have finally come home to roost. How fast the cookies crumble! The hitherto veiled crude assault on Nigeria’s democracy and democratic ethos has finally been lifted by a desperate, clueless, rudderless and non performing APC government that has been nothing short of a “one- chance” vehicle of fake and failed promises of “change”. Yes, “change” there has been, but one of the negative, retrogressive and anti-people “change” that has not only impoverished and degraded Nigerians, but has actually endangered and imperiled our hard tatty democracy, and enthroned incredible mediocrity, nepotism, cronyism, clannishness and corruption in government and governance .
Nigerians had woken up on 7th August, 2018, to behold the ugly spectra of a menacing armada of a siege laid on the NASS by mask-wearing DSS operatives. It was an undoubted failed attempt to overthrow the 3rd arm of the legitimate government of Nigeria. Both in law and fact, de facto and de jure, it is a case of pure treason or treasonable felony that is punishable with either death or life imprisonment.
The crude invasion and condoning off of the NASS, wherein Senators, members of the House of Representatives, clerks and staff of the NASS, were violently prevented by hooded operatives, was hatched by top APC echelon and the presidency to illegally and unconstitutionally overthrow the leadership of the Senate, the red chamber of the bicameral legislature, yet harm by force of arms, through the vile use of weaponry. Thank God for social media.
The spine-chilling live videos mercilessly assailed us in our various homes. As is to be expected, the APC has disingenuously denied it. But no one believes it; not even its slavish, fawning, bootlicking, and die-hard supporters, cheerleaders and chorus masters. The president is alleged to have cleverly travelled abroad to the UK, on a “working visit”, to provide a ready-made alibi of not being party to the ugly and odious developments back home. As our hard fought democracy totters towards total annihilation by this desperate government’s dastardly and unspeakable acts of impunity, totalitarianism, absolutism and fascism, Nigerians and the international community should brace up for tougher times ahead, in the fight for the control of the heart and soul of this beleaguered nation. I see Mr Lawal Daura, the now sacked DG, DSS, as a mere unfortunate fall guy, who has been made the victim and guinea pig of our blood-spattered political chess board.
I say this because, there is no way that Daura, not being the president and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic, even with the intoxicating and inebriating effect of power liquor, can unilaterally, whimsically, capriciously and arbitrarily lay siege on the NASS without presidential directive, or at least approval, whether tacit or overt, of the “ogas at the top”.
This is a very sad day for democracy in Nigeria, I am convinced that past heroes, heroines and founding fathers and mothers of this unworking Nigerian project must by now, be weeping in their graves. But, make no mistake about it: it is simply not enough for this pretentious and janus-faced government to simply sack Daura, an action that was forced on it anyway, by the spontaneous national uproar and unanimous outcry and condemnation of this barbaric and unconscionable act of attempted treason.
The full weight of the law must be visited on Daura and all those usurpers who believe that Nigeria is nothing but their footstool of hegemonic self- aggrandizement and ego satiation. Sections 37 to 43 of the Criminal Code and sections 410 and 415 of the Penal Code, which operate in the southern and northern parts of Nigeria respectively, deal with the offences of treason and treasonable felonies. (To be continued).
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“There are checks and balances and broad separation of powers under the Constitution. Each organ of the State, i.e. the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, must have respect for the others and not encroach into each other’s domain”. (P. Sathasivam).
Nigerians, please continue to engage me in the national conversation, whilst awaiting explosive topic of Sunday Sermon on the Mount of the Nigerian Project by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, OFR, FCIArb., Ph.D, LL.D.
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