Joe Igbokwe, The ‘abobaku’ Of Lagos On The Loose Again


The Yoruba concept of the _ Abobaku _ is a Yoruba phrase that translates   literally as: One who dies with the King. This is derived from the   culture of burying dead monarchs with trusted and most sycophantic   aide(s). It is therefore save to say that an Abobaku is the one that   though enjoys all the trappings in the king's backyard while it lasts,   but eventually ends up being buried with the king!

The concept of the _ Abobaku _ has come in handy with the behaviour of Mr.   Joe Igbokwe , the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress   (APC) in Lagos State.

Recently, Mr. Joe Igbokwe wrote an op-ed article ti tled – What is on   Senator Saraki’s Mind? In the article, he had wondered what is giving   the Senate President the confidence that he will stand tall after his   trial and wished that friends, family members and associates persuade   the Senate President to resign from office.

The writer is free to continually wish and hallucinate. He is not   standing alone. Recently, other minions have taken to the airwaves to   rant and agonise too. They are all familiar faces and voices that are,   like rabid dogs, always set loose on any real or perceived enemy of the   Lagos Mafia. Nigerians will recall that the mafia once mobilised one of   these groups, it a‎cronym sounds like charcoal, to attack and rubbish   former Governor Raji   Fashola . The sponsored group did a good job at   rubbishing its target by pointing out series of alleged wrongdoings.   However, after the mafia publicly dissociated himself from the media   bashings suffered by his estranged godson and subtly ordered ceasefire,   the group retired into its shell and has since maintained a dead   silence. The question is; has the position of the group changed on the   alleged wrongdoings of its former target? Your guess is as good as mine!

And this why it is necessary to put issues in proper perspectives. For   Igbokwe , ‎he did a poor job. He was so much in hurry to deliver the   hatchet job that he had to lie against President Muhammadu   Buhari . The   writer aked , “Did Saraki get the signal when President Buhari said he   would have left the stage if he is Saraki ?” For the information of   unsuspecting Nigerians who might have been hoodwinked by the lies of the   writer, Mr President made no such admonition. Attributing what the   president never said to him smacks of dishonesty and desperation on the   part of the writer. It was Senator Fatai   Buhari , the senator   representing Oyo North, that made the reckless and unsolicited   admonition not President Muhammadu   Buhari .

There is nothing that can be appropriately referred as overwhelming   weight of evidence ‎when you charge a personality for alleged false   assets declaration and all the prosecutor had done in the court room is   nothing but acting drama and telling folk tales about how the   personality acquired loan from commercial bank or how money was   allegedly deposited into his bank account. ‎Is it not curious that the   same set of people that orchestrated Saraki’s trial with ‘overwhelming   evidence’ are the ones now gording him to resign?

Also, the issue of getting salaries after leaving office as governor   does not arise again. The insinuation is ‎dead on arrival. Attempting   to raise a dead issue is like a physician thinking of injecting life   into a dead body. It is about pensions, not salaries. The Kwara State   Government has confirmed that the pension for ex-governor is N1.2m‎   monthly.  And what the heck is the writer’s headache when ‎his sponsor   gets over N2.5million monthly pension from t‎he state he once   governed. In basic arithmetic, N2.5m is more than twice what Kwara State   Government pays ex-governors. As a matter of truth, the pensions   received by the Senate President was not used for personal needs but   rather disbursed to fund bursaries and scholarships for students.   Nigerians should ask the man who gets N2.5m monthly pension how he   spends his?

In the past, I have had reasons to react to some of the unreasonable   comments and undeserved attacks fired by the writer at the personality   of the Senate President and his office. I reacted because I was   convinced that most comments and insinuations of the writer were   seriously affected by either ignorance or mischief or both. He has   consistently told and repeated the same layers of lies about Dr. Bukola   Saraki . Although a friend and fellow party man, but it seems that he has   lost his soul to the Lagos Mafia and he would write and speak anything   to keep his job. ‎Now that the writer has decided to go dirty, I am   not willing to wrestle with him. The reason is that I am not good in the   gutter. And since Igbokwe seems to have a good expertise in the piggy   games, I can only leave him to his conscience, while also helping to   refresh his memory about who, in fact, is the true convicted criminal.

No matter what the writer is sponsored to write about Saraki , it was not   Saraki who claimed to have attended ‎a primary school that never   existed. It was not Saraki who claimed to have attended a college which   the authority of the said college had denied as false. It was not Saraki   ‎that was dragged to court over certificate forgery. It is not Saraki   that is the well-known biggest landlord in the state he once governed.   ‎It is not Saraki whose paternity is still subject of public   controversies. It was not Saraki who made a plea to forfeit all proceeds   from his drug deals to the government of the United States of America.   It was not Saraki who had to forfeit over $450,000 being proceeds of   drug trafficking to the American government. It was not Saraki who was   tried for drug trafficking in the USA. It was not Saraki who coordinated   the white heroin trafficking ring. It was not Saraki who sold his party   to the presidential candidate of another party in 2011. It was not   Saraki who bargained for softlanding and snatched errorful   judgement   after running foul of the laws of the land. It is not Saraki that is a   drug baron. The list of what can not be said of Saraki is endless.

Igbokwe and his sponsors are victims of acute megalomania and delusional   fantasies. They believe they have the exclusive right to determine who   gets what in this country. They believe they have the exclusive right to   determine who sits as Senate President and how the job is done. They are   utterly stainted and tainted with filth and impurity yet they seek to   portray Saraki as tainted. They epitomise corruption while they deploy   proceeds of corruption to paint perceived political enemies as corrupt.   Anyone who is capable of selling his party to another party, few days to   election, can be said to aptly represent the face of party disloyalty in   Nigeria. ‎The mafia has failed many times, the mafia will fail again.

The lying writer is advised to stop hecking and wailing as the Senate   President is not contemplating resignation. He will not resign. Contrary   to the writer’s advice, the Senate President has the backing of his   ‎friends, family members and associates to soldier on as Senate   President. Nigeria belongs to everyone. So, however they try, Saraki   will exhaust the remedies available to him at law. Quoting him verbatim,   “the underlining philosophy of our legal system is that an accused   person is presumed innocent until ‎found guilty. Those who are   contemplating calls for resignation want to circumvent the judicial   system. They are obviously being sponsored by some politicians.‎ I am   not contemplating any resignation. I will surely have my day in court”.   I cannot but agree with this statement.

Written by Sulyman   Buhari , the Publicity Secretary of All Progressives   Congress in Kwara State.

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