The nation was shocked to hear the news of a Nigerian, Dotun Fatilewa, a murder convict, who spent 15 years in the gulag awaiting the hangman for an offence that he never committed. Mr. Dotun Fatilewa was finally set free by The Supreme Court when it became apparent that there was no shred of evidence to establish his alleged complicity in the murder of one Moshudi Atanda Arogundade on April 19, 1990. In 1992, an Abuja High Court had found Fatilewa “guilty of the offence of culpable homicide punishable with death” and accordingly sentenced him to death. He immediately lodged an appeal, which took the Court of Appeal 14 years to decide on. Eventually, it upheld the conviction passed on him by the trial court.
Determined to escape the hangman’s noose, he decided to explore his right to a final appeal. At least Mr. Faleti was lucky to have come out alive after spending 14 years of his youtful life in
The truth is that Dimeji Bankole is a chip off the old block. As we all know, he is the son of an old generation politician who, all along has benefitted from inflated contracts and the crumbs from plates of the North. Dimeji Bankole represents the ‘old establishment or clan’ from the South, who have been conniving with the North to sell our interests. In addition, they have frustrated all our efforts to set ourselves free from the North because of their own selfish political and economic interests. Therefore, we should not be fooled with the fact that since he is a Yoruba man, he is out there to defend and fight for our right. Dimeji Bankole, Iyabo Obasanjo, Patricia Etteh and other Southern legislators are some of the wolves in sheeps’ clothings that the North will definitely use to carry out their plot. Moreover, the fact that he is a graduate of one of the leading western universities does in no way mean that he is morally upright or not corrupt. After all, many cases abound of people with big degrees from reputable western universities who used their knowledge not to uplift their people from poverty, but enrich themselves at the expense of the people they were supposed to serve. In addition, his studies were financed from the ill gotten wealth of his father.
Therefore, needless to say that if we give people like Iyabo Obasanjo, Patriciah Etteh, David Mark, Dimeji Bankole and their incompetent, corrupt, visionless and morally bankrupt colleagues from the North the privilege to enact or amend our constitution, then definitely, we have no dignity or must have lost the remaining left in us. In that case, we don’t deserve any respect from other nations. If I can be permitted to rephrase the English proverb that says, ‘Show me your friend, and I will tell you who you are,’ into ‘Show me who enacted or amended your constitution, and I will tell you what kind of country you are!” We must not debase so low!
Furthermore, it’s of utmost importance for us to understand that the CA is not even about federalism that we have been demanding for long. The North will NEVER go for federalism because the economic implication is that they will no longer have automatic free and unlimited access to the vast resources of the South. Federalism will also limit the amount of money that Northern politicians, most especially, retired, redundant and unproductive military officers can steal from the South. Federalism means that retired Northern criminal officers will not be able to dash out oil wells to themselves as they like. Federalism will make oil bunkering, which is one of the main sources of revenues of the Nigerian army and retired Northern criminal officers, much harder to carry out. Federalism will make contract inflation by retired Northern generals more difficult. Federalism means a much weaker center and president. What the hell do they need that kind of federalism for?! Since the North is very much aware of the fact that the present political structure undoubtedly gives them a an upper hand and a very big advantage in producing Nigeria’s president at least for the next 25 years, which automatically amounts to control over all the resources in the South, they will do everything possible and impossible to kill any proposal to adopt federalism in Nigeria. It will be very naive of us to expect something different from them. In fact, at the time of writing, there is already a serious clash between Northern and Southern legislators from the same and different parties as regards to which areas should be ‘no go areas’ for the CA committee. This development, undoubtedly, compels us to ask ‘If the North is really sincere and determined to correct the economic and political injustice that the whole of the south has been subjected to since independence for good, why make some areas no go areas? Isn’t this hypocrisy and insincerity on the part of the North?
The CA that the North is proposing is not about making public officers accountable to Nigerians. It’s not about Freedom of Information Bill (FOB) that the South has been demanding for all along. It’s not about making any public officer, no matter how highly placed, to be brought to book for embezzlement. It’s not about arresting and putting on trial all past Nigerian leaders, like Gowon, Buhari, Babangida, Obasanjo, who abused their offices and enriched themselves illegally, at the expense of millions of Nigerians. It’s not about forcing the president to spend a certain percentage of the reserve fund on infrastructures that will ease the sufferings of Nigerians and improve their standard of living. It’s not even about making provisions for Nigerians to have the opportunity to vote, wherever they may be outside
The CA is not even about Obasanjo’s illegal handing over of Bakassi, a territory extremely rich in oil and gas, to
They are not even going to discuss about the food crises that warranted Yaradua to release $80 million for the importation of rice. They are not going to waste their time discussing the mysterious and unresolved murder of Chief Bola Ige, who was murdered in cold blood right in his house while still serving the country in the capacity of the Attorney General of the Federation under Obasanjo. They are not going to pass a resolution that will compel the Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, to reopen Bola Ige’s case and find the perpetuators of this heinous crime at any cost. To the legislators, all the above are not important. They would rather spend their time on more profitable things than all the above.
So what is the CA about then? It’s mainly about the creation of new states! They are planning to create new states so that when some of them like Dimeji Bankole are bored with being Senators or members of House of Representatives, they can go and relax as the governors of the newly created states, and of course, steal more money! In addition, as the governors of the newly created states, they will definitely give their former colleagues state contracts to implement at highly inflated prices, which as usual will never be carried out. This bunch of corrupt, incompetent, visionless and morally bankrupt self-imposed legislators believe that the only problem of the South is the creation of new states. Nothing more.
They are convinced that by creating new states for us, all our problems in the South will be solved automatically. Therefore, they didn’t even bother wasting their precious time by enquiring from us what we would have wanted them to do for us. Why should they? After all, they know better than us. They are convinced that by creating more states for us in the South there will be light and water immediately and automatically in our houses. They are convinced that by creating more states, well equipped hospitals will appear automatically from no where. They are convinced that if they create more states for us health care services will be affordable automatically and immediately. They also believe that creation of new states in the South will automatically make Yaradua to stop squandering millions of naira from the oil revenues on endless trips to
They believe that creation of new states in the South will finally prevent Babangida from influencing future presidential elections and destabilizing the country with his ill gotten wealth. They believe that more states in the South will definitely end rigging of elections in