Friday, July 19, 2013
"TINUBUOCRACY", AN ABT BRAND OF DEMOCRACY?
Icheoku says what is happening in Nigeria in general and in its political arena in particular, never ceases to amaze people with still some modicum of decency left in them. That a single man would corner and allocate to himself all the goodies of the state, just because he can, is very tragic indeed and especially in a polity with so many poor, under-served and under-privileged class in abject and hopeless destitution as Nigeria.
This banditry is also so widely spread that one is wont to think and believe that the biblical city of Sodom and Gomorrah, where no honest people could be found, has reincarnated as modern day Nigeria? This elite-class commit the thievery with such affront blatancy that one begins to wonder what manner of humanity inhabit the entity called Nigeria. Added to this brigandage is a very docile and long-intimidated populace that have since resigned their fate to their "God" instead of proactively holding this elite-class accountable.
Take the case of Lagos State and the entire Yoruba Southwest Nigeria for an example where one man, Ahmed Bola Tinubu (ABT), has captured the political landscape and with it, the spoils of office. This man, admitted very powerful in Yoruba Southwest Nigeria, has stunned many watchers of his politics by the manner he has succeeded in coveting offices and purse of Yorubaland to himself and family. His success is such that he is now reportedly among, if not, the richest Yoruba man alive and politically, he is so accomplished that even people like Olusegun Obasanjo do not cough audibly any longer in Yorubaland politics because of ABT. While Icheoku acknowledges Ahmed Bola Tinubu's ability to mesmerize the Yorubas into a stupor-like followership, kow-towing his political initiative and answering 'YES SIR' to whatever Bola, the Leader, says or desires in order to find accommodation in Yorubaland politics, Icheoku says democracy is made of a sterner stuff and no one man should be allowed to hold it in such a vice-hold.
However that this man should unperturbed(ly), personally, covet treasures and offices of the Yoruba people and assigning persons that meet his fancy respective offices, while retaining the power to make it difficult for them should they later "grow smart" including power of removal from office, still befuddles Icheoku. Ahmed Bola Tinubu's impetus is so brazen that he personally appropriated five offices to his Tinubu family:- his wife Oluremi Tinubu is an ACN Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, his daughter Sade Tinubu is an ACN State Assembly member representing Agege Constituency in Lagos State House of Assembly, his son in-law Oyetunde Ojo is an ACN Congressman at Federal House of Representative, his wife's sister Lola Akande is also an ACN Lagos State House of Assembly member. To add insult to this injury and peradventure another feather to this greedy power-grab plumage, the same Ahmed Bola Tinubu very recently imposed yet another daughter of his on Nigerian Market Women Association as their leader, thus succeeding his late mother with his daughter; and acting as if cronyism was not previously well defined before and should have been defined as TINUBU instead?
Icheoku says needless to add that all these positions were with a fiat of the Lord of ACN manor, and without any internal ACN party election or contest. Implicitly the political "GOD" (godfather) of Yoruba Southwest that must be obeyed; what Bola Tinubu wants in Yoruba Southwest politics, Bola Tinubu gets, no questions asked. Icheoku says what manner of a man or type of country would allow or continue to tolerate this travesty in the name of democracy; except however that ABT has his own idea of what a real working democracy should and ought to be and unfortunately, many Nigerian politicians agree with him? According to Bola Tinubu's school of political thought, any democracy must and should have an overall de-facto henchman (CEO) with power to select, appoint and remove "elected" officials including the governor, senators, congressmen/women, state assembly members etc; and irrespective of the process that brought them to power which in Yoruba land is usually Ahmed Bola Tinubu. Bola Tinubu have successfully imposed himself as the CEO of ACN and in Yoruba Southwest politics, has dutifully stamped his authority running that part of Nigeria as he deems fit.
Icheoku says since what is going on politically in Bola Tinubu controlled Yoruba Southwest of Nigeria does not fit the Greek definition of democracy, we are forced to look inwards to see if we could come up with an appropriate and more apposite name for it. After an extensive, exhaustive research, Icheoku has arrived at a name to properly define and put in context, the audacious overrun of Yoruba-land politics by just one single man, Ahmed Bola Tinubu. Icheoku says "TINUBU-OCRACY - a government of Bola Tinubu and the people, for Bola Tinubu and the people and by persons single-handedly selected and tele-guided by Ahmed Bola Tinubu", is rather a perfect name for the travesty masquerading as democracy in Yorubaland. Unfortunately too, people like Wole Soyinka and other otherwise loquacious and boisterous claimants of the Yoruba pedigree have remained quiet and taciturn, having been completely intimidated by ABT, while ABT runs amok with Yoruba land politics. Icheoku says not a whiff of condemnation or call of Bola Tinubu to order or at least cautioning of Bola Tinubu to minimize his greedy appetite for power and penchant for coveting resources which belong to the entire general populace of Yoruba land. But hey, it is their shit, so let them lie in it as they see and deem fit.