The shameless Nigerian political class are at it again. Reputed to derive joy in squandermania the new public office holders have begun the march again towards stunning profligacy. The present set of political office holders are showing the early signs that they are no different from those we have just bade farewell. Or how else does one justify the decision by Mrs Patricia Etteh, the Speaker of the House of Representatives to throw a birthday bash in far away
Madam Etteh is very happy with herself and her exalted office it seems! One doubts if she understands the responsibility and importance attached to that high office. If she does then her actions and carriage since her anointing was achieved through the Obasanjo forces leaves much to be desired.
You see for almost a decade I have been travelling and living abroad those women or girls who work in the hair-dressing salon or restaurants or nite clubs and bars are the cheapest of women, they are seen as women of easy virtues! Mrs Etteh may not be a woman of easy virtue since she is an ‘honourable’ and a Speaker at that but her face somewhat betrays an unserious woman engrossed in moral debauchery.
Mrs Etteh’s antecedents (including been an accomplished hair-dresser!) may well be far from scandals but it is only charitable to say that the way she rose to become the Speaker of the House must have been a reward of hard work traceable to her capacity to ‘play well’ with those who matter in Nigerian political establishment and her seducing features. Her mother had asked critics to ‘leave her daughter alone’. Of course we shall let her be only when she shows empathy with millions of Nigerians who go to bed hungry and those who die daily from the death traps that are the federal roads. Her uprightness will let us leave her alone.
In Nigerian politics godfatherism is a hallmark of a successful politician. Etteh has her own godfather in Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president who is also David Mark’s godfather. The Senate President would not have ascended to that high position that provoked much controversy if not for Obasanjo’s intervention. Ibrahim Babangida holed up in Minna Hill-top mansion commands the godfathership of many retired general-militricians, some as senators and others governors.
Perhaps the greatest godfather operating from the western state is one and only Lamidi Adedibu who boasted the other day that the political power of
Past governors are not left out as they single-handedly installed their favourite successors; we have Rivers’ Peter Odili, Delta’s James Ibori, Goodluck Jonathan’s Bayelsa and Orji Uzor Kalu’s Abia. These ex-governors more than any other altruistic purpose did this for self-preservation; they sought out people who would cover their corrupt tracks as they leave office.
In Anambra and
While both Ohakim and Obi are God-fearing good christians their style of politics is in sharp contrast to the normal politicking in
Governor Obi on the other hand is turning
Ikedi Ohakim was elected governor as a result of the Ifeanyi Araraume/PDP saga in
Governor Obi has become a hero of democracy and the rule of law in
When Governor Obi paid an unscheduled visit to the
For Peter Obi and Ikedi Ohakim, the governors without godfathers, I say may God strenghten you and guide and guard you aright. Long live the dream in Owerri and Awka!