Turai: Don’t leave Aso Rock In Shame
By Ihejirika Peter
It is said that those their gods kneaded Fufu for, should eat it in silence. Such could be
said of the first family of this nation. Hence going by the array of contestants in the 2007
Presidential election Yar' Adua would not have been the best option. But for the entire
wisdom of Obasanjo, PDP and some of their cohorts who made it possible for him to win the
election. Well, everything surrounding the 2007 election is now history though Nigerians can
never forget in a hurry. If not the ruse called 2007 Presidential election we would not have
been in the mess we are today.
President Yar' Adua mounted the saddle of leadership almost three years ago and since
then he has been sick. It would be recalled that mid way into the 2007 Presidential election
he broke down and was flown to Germany for medical attention which prompted the then
President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to humorously ask “…….Umoru are you dead………?”
but in all Yar Adua succeeded and has been piloting the affairs of this great nation as
President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces until 23rd of November, 2009 when
he was hurriedly sneaked out of the country on health grounds. Since then, things have
fallen apart and nobody expected the center to hold.
I am not among those who wish the President dead, nor those who are canvassing for his
removal due to illness hence Yar' Adua is a mortal and every mortal being is prone to one
ailment or the other at any given time. But my point of departure is the way and manner
which the President's ailment has been politicized by individuals or groups for their self-
aggrandizement. Left for me, I would not have wasted an effort to write but for posterity to
vindicate me as it was Wole Soyinka who says “.……..the man died who keeps quiet in the
face of tyranny…….”. So, those of us who do not go by the barrage of gun should muster as
fast as possible all the arsenal in our disposal to condemn in strong terms the near anarchy
the country is drifting into. Sentiment apart, if you do not know for the past three months
now the country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder, you better think twice and pray fervently
for God to bring the final solution to this political logjam. As what is happening in country
today is an ill wind that blows no one good.
This political debacle is now becoming obvious that an overambitious woman has sworn not
to let the country be. A situation whereby our President has been ill and our representatives
have been denied access to him. Even the thoughtful effort of the Federal Executive Council
to swear in Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as an “Acting” President and Commander-in-Chief of the
armed forces has been flagrantly played down. Hence the purported arrival of the president
and subsequent deployment of troops was not known by the acting president who is
supposed to welcome the ill president back home.
Well I am not against the abracadabra but my own concern is this nation. Turai Yar' Adua
and people behind her should know that power belongs only to God and nobody does the
contrary. Even if they have succeeded in deceiving the people for the past three months it
cannot be ad-infinitum. Very soon the cat would be let out of the bag.
I remember when the former President, Chief OBJ advised that Yar' Adua should toe the
path honour and resign if he is incapacitated many agents of destabilization called for his
head but now the truth is playing out and very soon all these agents of darkness who are
bent on fast tracking the United States of American intelligent reports of a possible
disintegration of this country by 2015 will unmask themselves. We will not be surprised that
our tormentors are from our own kitchen. And anybody who thinks that the country belongs
to him or that a section of this country could be seen as second-class citizens is doing so at
his own peril. The first lady of this nation should know that her predecessors have come and
gone and are remembered for one good thing or the other. She should toe that line of
honour and work for the unity and indivisibility of this nation while we pray for the quick
recovery of our President. But if she decides to play the pharaoh our time, she might leave
the Aso Rock in shame or tears. God forbid! Advice they say, no be curse.
Ihejirika Peter writes from Etche, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.