It is an interesting period in the history of
It is tempting to view the term “Mullah” as an adaptation of the corrupted Yoruba expression for Mallam, which is “Mola”. But this is not the case as there is no relationship between the two. The term Mullah is a reflection of the excessiveness and atrocities associated with fanatics in the likes of Osama Bin Laden and his cohorts, the Ayatollahs of Iran, and the Talibans of the recently deposed Neolithic regime of
Men who collectively or individually have antagonised the secular fabrics of the federation (remember OIC debacle?). Men who have abandoned their pretence to national leadership on the platform of parochial ethnic sentiments (remember Buhari arguing the case of the violent Fulani cattle rearers in front of late Bola Ige at
Psychosocial analysis of power emphasises the connection between power and disinhibition. Disinhibition is that selfish state of heightened sensitivity to one’s internal desires with little care for others interests and experiences. In short, it is acting on one’s desires in a social context without considering the resultant effects. It is a serious symptom, being present in most acute and chronic mental illnesses. Relating this to power, it is known that excessive power provokes disinhibition. This often happens when there are no curtailments for power. Currently, the lopsided power equation in
So much has been written, so much has been said about this latest stunt from the triangle of evil comprising of the three generals. It is not the purpose of this discourse to analyse the correctness or otherwise of the infamous statements accredited to the ex-generals. However, my concerns stems from trying to understand the rationale for this sudden new-found unity amongst erstwhile sworn enemies. The animosity between Buhari and Babangida is an open secret. We are all living witnesses to numerous attempts made at reconciling these sworn enemies. Then all of a sudden, they are now the best of team mates, in pursuit of a common cause, trying to justify the unjustifiable. Abubakar Abdusalam has for one, never hidden the fact that his brief reign was to complete an assignment in ensuring the continuity of the hegemony. That of handing over power to a suitable Yoruba man, one that would be complacent and malleable to Northern interest. His role in the scheme of things leaves no doubt. It is the sudden re-approachment between the other two that probably signifies the sudden turn of things and the dangers inherent in not challenging the unfettered Northern domination of
Collectively, these men of yester – years threw us back as a nation by several decades. In their submission to warped ethnic agenda and contempt for the wishes and desires of the masses, they assiduously worked for the retrogression and economic impoverishment of our dear nation. One burning question is why the sudden gang-up of the trio of the Mad Mullahs? Could it be that a threat to their common interest was perceived? Thinking along this line, answers are not far-fetched. Never in the history of
The folly of the criminal revisionism on the part of the Mad Mullahs has been dealt with extensively by various writers. And I am quite sure that the last has not been heard of this sanity on the part of our ex-Heads of State. In an ideal state, a suggestion would have been made on the need for a form of psychological and mental evaluation for our would-be leaders. But
It is relevant that this discourse ends with a little look at the recent statement credited to the bearded Mullah – Abdusalam Abubakar. To him, June 12 remains like an ogbanje who refused to desist from his earthly parents. Having completed the assigned task of killing Abiola in the hope of consigning June 12 to history, it remains a wonder to him that Nigerians refused to forget. And because political madness entails a high degree of disinhibition, Abubakar decided to shoot filth from both sides of his mouth. He even went a step further than the other two mad Mullahs!