The God of Obasanjo and Fani-Kayode Versus God of Nigeria
Yinka Leo Ogundiran
Just like many Nigeria citizens who have penchant and strong inclinations towards socio-political and topical issues concerning our country, I regularly scan the electronic pages of the periodicals that are abound in Cyberspace for doses of Global events, intellectual stimulation, articles, news about events in Nigeria and Africa when I abruptly veered across a brilliant and stylistic masterpiece titled "Fani-Kayode: Ministerial Rascality taken too far!" authored by Farooq A Kperogi. I was held thrall by the sheer display of literary artistry by this maestro writer. Farooq A Kperogi deployed the usage of his prodigious oratory to robustly describe the Dishonorable Minister of Culture and Tourism of Nigeria called "Femi Fani-Kayode". In the most compendious and readable manner, Farooq Kperogi demonstrated the consummate skills of a journalist, scholar and clearheaded commentator. My concord with his observation, description, commentary and averment about Femi Fani-Kayode is in totality. However, in this article, I shall attempt to add my voice to his patriotic vociferation and make my own dialectic analysis on Femi Fani-Kayode, President Obasanjo and the God both of them claim to serve.
First of all, intellectual integrity demands that I pay deserving tribute to the handsome man called “Femi Fani-Kayode” for his well-heeled academic heritage and erudition. His commanding power of English language is simply scintillating and coruscating. Sometimes, the way he talks makes me jealous. His brilliant and scholarly stint at Cambridge University eloquently demonstrates his cerebral finery. His sophistication in blandishment which makes Information dissemination a viable vocation for him testifies to his profoundness and savvy of communication. He is specially endowed with prodigious gift of oratorical garb which allows him to talk with remarkable glibness laced with furtive eloquence in seductiveness. These are the qualities he possesses in overflow of abundance while casting his stealthy spell on the unsuspecting victims – like he did to the bunch of Nigerian elders who converge in the house called “Senate” during his screening as a Minister.
Lest I forget, Femi Fani-Kayode is also a physically powerful man. No, not because he is a Minister in Nigerian Government and security aides around him; Femi Fani-Kayode is a Professional boxer who has never lost a fight in his boxing career. So, when my brother, Farooq Kperogi, reiterated that Femi Fani-Kayode “led a rebellion of some ministers to kick Vice President Atiku Abubakar out of the last Federal Executive Council meeting”, I boisterously giggled. Thank God that Vice President Atiku Abubakar respected himself by leaving the FEC meeting honorably. Otherwise, Femi Fani-Kayode would have beaten him to pulp for his corrupt practices before handling him to Ribabu like he has done to his many opponents who only recovered at the various ICUs of different Hospitals.
On a more serious note, aside the aforementioned threshold of his ebullience, Femi Fani-Kayode is an embodiment of everything despicable in a man. The avalanche of notoriety which his name has garnered in the eyelid of our participatory politics is weighty and mighty. His gusto to showcase imperviousness to shame and discretion has no example. His excessive impertinence to decorum and civility is simply inconceivable. Just like his late father, who was certified in villainy, abrasiveness, vacuity and peccadillo, Femi Fani-Kayode has also, in Farooq Kperogi’s elegant words, elevated vulgarity, coarseness, and infantilism to an art. But in slight contrast, the opprobrious and contumelious trademarks of his father have been reinforced by the greater muscularity in his beloved son - Femi. In other words, just as Yorubas succinctly put it: “Omo tekun be bi, ekun ni o joo” - Tiger's progeny must bear the semblance of a Tiger. Hence, Femi Fani-Kayode is an eloquent exemplar of what Yorubas refer to as “Omo iran kiran” – an offspring of perverted lineage.
The bout of repulsion that grips my spirit whenever l read and hear his impudent contumely in defense of President Obasanjo is indescribable. These feelings come from Fani-Kayode's audacious and ribald subculture. He depicts the image of a scumbag who places expediency above principle that defies social and moral tenets. Just before his wanton elevation to oversee the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, he, not once or twice, venomously beleaguered many notable Nigerians because of disagreeing with the blind policies of the President. Professor Wole Soyinka, General Yakubu Gowon, Audu Ogbeh, Professor Achebe, United States government, et al, have not been spared in this inane battery by Femi Fani-Kayode. In a civilized clime, such a churlish orchid would have forfeited his appointment but, alas, the reverse is always the case in Federal republic of Nigeria. After dragging Nigerians with nobility of spirit in the mud of vilification and invective for decrying the incompetence, decadence and crudity that have enveloped our Nation, President Olusegun Obasanjo surprisingly and rewardingly accorded Femi Fani-Kayode with the ascendancy and priesthood of overseeing the sanctum sanctorum of Ministry of Culture and Tourism. As defined, aberration is a State or condition markedly different from the norm. The decision of our President to make Femi Fani-Kayode the Minister of Culture and Tourism defies the definition of aberration. The question that pervades my mind is this: “Did President Obasanjo forget his decency and gumption in prison cell in which he was plucked???”
For instance, after his release from the prison at the behest of progressive Nigerians who worked tirelessly for his release, Obasanjo was a broken man, both mentally and materially. Shortly after his rehabilitation, PDP as a political Party was formed. Obasanjo contributed nothing whatsoever in the formation of PDP but became an absentee landlord who reaped where he didn't sow. In order to wield autocratic ascendancy and dominance, he drove out the founding fathers of the Party. President Obasanjo single-handedly destroyed PDP by appointing his unethical cronies with all sorts of criminal records. Today, the criminal godfather of Anambra State, Chris Uba, a man who can hardly read and write his name is a member of PDP Board of Trustees. When Dr Alex Ekwueme was the Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees, all other members of the board were men and women who distinguished themselves in their respective fields of endeavor. Today, Chief Anineh, a dismissed Assistant Police Commissioner is the Chairman Board of Trustees and he has imported all sorts of jiggery-pokery and duplicity into the Party. As if this crassitude was not galling enough, another wretched twirp known as Iyiola Omisore, who blatantly assaulted the then Minister of Justice in Obasanjo’s Government, Chief Bola Ige, at a public function was not only admitted into PDP, but elevated to the hallowed chamber of the highest legislative body in the Country called “Senate” as the Chairman of one of House Committees. This ignoble chutzpah compelled a sound and undefiled mind like Professor Wole Soyinka to objurgate the vacuity of the President and his cursed political party, PDP, of dancing on Ige’s grave. Like we were all aware at that time, this precipitated in a celebrated verbal exchange between Professor Wole Soyinka and the President. But lo and behold, Femi Fani-Kayode’s fatigued existence is disconnected from world of commonsense and reason; he descended into his usual abyss of ballistic bunkum and boorishness by calling Professor Wole Soyinka unprintable names and denigrating epithets. Femi Fani-Kayode, a born-again Christian, together with one New York-based rookie lawyer called “Paul Adujie”, criticized Professor Wole Soyinka of irresponsibility for raising his Voice against the Obasanjo. Most recently, he went to the extent of vowing not to respond to Soyinka again because the old man does not believe in God like him!!! Even though some impeccable sources reveal that Femi Fani-Kayode is a certificated patient of psychiatric treatment at a certain point in time, the question is: what pride and pleasure does he educe from demonstrating his lunatic proclivities to the whole world??? It has never ceased to amaze or stupefy to watch with studied silence, the madness that animates and impels our brother, Femi Fani-Kayode, and its misfit as aberrations to decorum and civility.
Sometimes last year, I watched an interview-programme on AIT called “Zoom Time”. In that particular episode, Femi Fani-Kayode was the featured guest. In the interview proper, the presenter of the programme asked him why he was so pesky and vexing in his contemptible profession of being the unconscionable Rottweiler of the directionless Presidency. Femi Fani-Kayode said it was “GOD”! When the presenter of the programme himself, Charlie Boy, got chagrined with this abysmal profanity, he demanded elucidation from Fani-Kayode. After adumbrating his successful and undefeated boxing career, Femi then embarked on excursion of rhapsodizing how his existence was assailed by “woes” just because he was against President Obasanjo! He narrated how he was personally involved in two separate car accidents in which his two cars somersaulted at different times and he nearly lost his “Life”. He said he then realized that his “woes” and “tribulations” were somehow spiritual. So, he sought spiritual succour and prayers from a certain powerful man of God in Ghana - a man who had previously predicted back in 1998 that Obasanjo was destined to be Nigeria’s next President even though Obasanjo was still in jail and totally unknown to this Ghanaian bishop. Anyway, so, after numerous fasting periods and many rounds of fervent prayers, “GOD” finally spoke through this Bishop to our brother, Femi Fani-Kayode. GOD’s words were that Femi Fani-Kayode should stop criticizing President Obasanjo and he should physically go and make peace with him at Aso-Rock. When they met, “Mr. President” then explained things better to him. It was then that he realized that he was wrong to have gone against the President initially and, therefore, anybody that criticizes the President is wrong and against God!
Hearing this hogwash, I was hit with very powerful vertigo which left me fuming in convulsion and seized me in seething revulsion on how Nigerians could easily prostitute themselves when ensnarled with inconsequential twinkling of counterfeited silver and gold – even to the extent of dragging God into their iniquitous and shameless existence. At a time during the airing of this programme, being a Christian myself and believing that nothing is impossible for God to do, I prayed to God to either endow me with power of “ofe” (teleporting magical power) to instantly zap into my Television set and confront his blasphemy live on air, or to extricate him from my Television and give him a ass-whipping he will never forget but I heard an inner Voice (I can’t say whether it is God’s Voice or not because I am not “HOLY and RIGHTEOUS” like Femi) whispering to me that “hey, this man, remember that Femi Fani-Kayode is a great boxer and he could just smack you o”. So, obviously, just like anybody else, I didn’t want to be beaten-up in addition to my frustration of Nigeria’s perdition, so I just keep quiet and continued watching the interview with simmering impuissance until “God” asked NEPA(or PHCN) to lay credence to the ingenuity and brilliance of Obasanjo’s administration by shutting down electricity supply to my neighborhood in Ibadan. (Anyone who wants to verify the veracity of this Interview can call AIT or Charlie Boy and request for Interview with Femi Fani-Kayode).
Transparency has been spurned by President Obasanjo in the management of the nation's oil sector for the past 7 years and he scarcely has moralistic capital left with which to pursue other corrupt culprits. Today, Nigeria Government at all levels is replete with hideous and repulsive collection of some men and women for whom corruption is a hallmark. We are ruled, from top to bottom mostly, by criminals, men and women who, in civilized climes, would have life tenure in jails, rather than occupying splurgy political offices. But by some bizarre, mysterious and uncanny selection, the worst elements in Nigeria elevate themselves, or are catapulted by “devil-fathers”, into exalted offices. And the worse and condemnable their performances, the quicker their promotions to higher offices. By this same strange algorithm, an uncultured and obstreperous dimwit like Femi Fani-Kayode is the Minister of Culture and Tourism; a man who has even being alleged of violently resisting being checked at our local airport. It is analogous to appointing the PIG as the Chief environmentalist of animal habitation or dressing up a MONKEY in suit or both. It usually bemuses me when Femi Fani-Kayode, President Obasanjo and all Nigerian leaders claim to be born-again Christians and are unperturbed to mention God’s name whenever they utter their hollow words of vanity. Reference to God’s name has now become a device designed to disguise their medley of pranks and skullduggery in the strangulation of Nigeria. I am compelled to ask these puzzling questions that rage in my mind about the God they claim to serve:
Is it the same God that destroyed Sodom and Gomorra for their desecration and iniquities that these our thieving leaders claim to serve???
Is it the same God that loathes and abhors sin, debauchery, adultery and corruption that has anointed our old born-again President as an Evangelist who, after his unrivaled and embarrassing record in POLYGAMY, to be having MISTRESSES and hence illicitly instructing his nitwitted lackeys to divert public funds to purchase CARS for these CONCUBINES???
Is it the same “God” that rescued Israelites from the bedevilment and torture of Pharaoh that is allowing impoverishment, degeneracy, despondency, unemployment and corruption to be so rife and secular in Nigeria???
Is it the same God who safely led Israelites through the RED-SEA and Wilderness that supports the DEATHS of innocent Nigerians through road mishaps and air-crashes as a result of dereliction, incompetence and irresponsibility of the Government in the provision of good road networks and well-managed aviation industry???
Is it the same God that specially and supernaturally endowed us with “oil” as one of the largest producers in the world that has warranted us to be importing petroleum products for our local consumption whilst our President has defiantly decided not to open books of petroleum management for auditing???
Is it the same God that supplied
“manner” to Israelites in the Wilderness that gave us “REFORMS”
where a bag of Rice skyrocketed from
Is it the same “JUST” God who instituted JUSTICE and severely punished King Saul and Nebuchadnezzar for defiance and disobedience that mandated President Obasanjo and his PDP side-kicks to superciliously flout the injunctions of court rulings???
Is it the same God of holiness who treasures righteousness, morality and uprightness that has ordained friends for our President in the persons of Lamidi Adedidu, Col.Ahmadu Alli, Tony Anenih, Ojo Madueke and Chris Uba???
Is God of Obasanjo and Femi Fani-Kayode the same God that Nigeria masses claim to serve???