It is good that at long last, Sergeant Rogers, the dreaded hitman for the late demented despot, Sani Abacha, is confirming our worst fears that nothing was spared by the locusts that ravaged this land in extending their suzerain hold on all of us. It is heartening that
But we should not loose sight of the greater import of the
However, as we savour the morbid details of
Is there any chance that one day we would have somebody come forward and tell us how Bola Ige, a sitting Attorney General, was killed on the eve of retreating to his original political nest and the case of his killing turned into another laughable parody by the principality he staked everything to help? Would this nation get to know how Harry Marshal was killed when he was revving the antes of opposition politics in the South South? Shall this nation be availed of how A. K. Dokkibo was murdered for being too close to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar? Is there any possibility that someday this nation will hear from the horse’s mouth how Sunday Ugwu was killed in
Shall this country get to know how Ogbonnaya Uche, a notable opposition politician in Imo was killed? Shall we know how Funsho Williams was killed and amidst crocodile presidential tears and oaths, and the invitation of foreign investigators, his killers remain as elusive as they were the morning after his killings while his wife has been publicly ridiculed by those that pretended they were more pained by his death? Shall we get to know who Ayodele Daramola and who eventually benefited from his removal from the Ekiti governorship contest? Shall we get the confessionals of those that planned and killed Ahmed Pategi, Barnabas and Abigail Igwe? Perhaps, one day, the iron cast walls of secrecy will rent asunder and we shall who planned and carried out the killing of Jerry Agbeyegbe, brother to fiery
In the cases mentioned above, I tried limiting myself to political killings and never tried delving into the highly liberalized crime culture that wrote the Obasanjo years in blood-felt pens and made that unfortunate period the bloodiest, the most lawless and the most precarious regime in the nation’s history. Make no mistake about it. That Rogers and his fellow partners in crime during the Abacha years are talking is by no means removing the fact that the Obasanjo years remains the period most Nigerians were felled in cold blood for political reasons and their killers were either shielded from the law, sometimes from the highest quarters, as in the Ige case or they morphed into the burgeoning cult of hideous killers, aided by the law and stalking the next victim. As in every vice, the Obasanjo era was a topping of all that is wrong with the Nigerian state and the guarding of this negative record was the reason why everything was put on the line to either force an extension of that regime or select for the rest of Nigerians a successor that would not open the vaults of misdemeanors that thrived under Obasanjo.
So when Obasanjo was swearing of making a democratic election a do-or-die affair for himself and his PDP, many were led to erroneously believe he was much more concerned about perpetuating the interest of his PDP than keeping his sins perpetually under the carpet, which is the reason why the mountains of corruption that defaced governance under his reign are still left untouched by a feckless successor that is still deigning himself grateful to the corrupt source that threw him up. This is the principal reason why Iwu, Ribadu, Bayo Ojo, Sunday Ehindero were recruited and placed at the head of the strategic institutions that were handy in the concocting of the fraudulent process that tailspinned into the charade of April 2007. This remains the reason for the yeomen job such people like El-Rufai, Akin Osuntokun, Femi Fani Kayode, Andy Uba, Uba Sani, and such other mealy-mouthed apostles of fraud were recruited and unleashed as hatchet men to ensure that either prosecute the perpetuation of the principality the serve or ensure that the process was treated to wholesome fraud to produce the kind of results that emerged in the April sham. This was the reason why monumental cover-up was carries out and still being carried out by agents of that regime to ensure that forever, this nation would not be availed of how and why the siege of the last eight years happened.
As we relish the scary details of the