The show of shame going on in the House of Representatives took a tragic turn this afternoon as one of the members of the House lost his life. The member, Aminu Safana (PDP Katsina), chairman of the House Committee on Health, collapsed on the floor of the House during another rowdy session. He was rushed to the
They say that we should not speak ill of the deads. And rightly so too; let the deads bury themselves. However, if we can condemn the excesses of late General Sani Abacha, if we can give a face to the corrupt period of Ohi Chuba Okadigbo as Senate president, then I think I have a legitimate right to imagine; what befitting epitaph we should give to the late Dr. Aminu Safana, a man who died in the process of denying Nigeria the right to sanity and a new beginning
I had tried very hard to stay off the discussions on the obscene development going on at the National Assembly and particularly the one concerning the allegation of corruption rocking the lower house. I thought it was best to stay off following it and or commenting about it. However when things started getting difficult to swallow, the wise thing is to spill such thing out before suffocation.
I recalled how hard I had wept when Obasanjo gave
Last Wednesday 17th October 2007, I heard the horrifying news that as consequence of the chaos at the lower house of assembly, a member slummed and died. There was no autopsy performed on him to search for the possible cause of death; he was buried the next day according to Islamic rites. This member of the legislative branch had been a medical doctor, one of the best trained doctors in
The death on its own does not call for special dedication from me. I am too occupied in several other things to worry my head about someone who was a sworn defender of Madam Speaker, the “proven” thief of the highest order. Ordinarily, the doctor knew what he was into and for which he paid an ultimate price. And records of history will be there to remind his children, our children and generations of Nigerian on the ridicule of the circumstances that prompted the death of the doctor. But my concern is to regurgitate and ruminate over those things that do not make sense to me before they suffocate me.
It was only some hours ago it occurred to me the illogicality of this dramatic- (not tragic) death. Dr. Safana had been trained in some of the best universities of the world, and by implication, he must have been someone of impeccable intelligence. He studied in the prestigious
Dr. Safana was born in April 1961 and attended the following excellent academic institutions;
I am still having enormous troubles understanding whatever logics that must be involved in this medical doctor-hair dresser affairs that led to his death. I am not only trying to put the puzzle together, I am also wondering about the shame that this honorable must have brought upon his own family, his own associates and most of all his own legacy. Henceforth what shall the intelligentsia write as an epitaph to remember Hon. Dr. Aminu Safana? “Here lies Honorable Safana…. A medical man of honor who died defending the financial scandals of a hairdresser from
I recall the period of certificate forgery scandals against ex-Governor Tinubu of
Here lies the remains of Hon. Dr. Aminu Safana; member National Assembly (PDP Katsina), Chairman of the House Committee on Health…the strong pillar and “supporter of Madam Speaker- a hairdresser- in the on-going struggle between her critics and her opponents regarding the N628 million house refurbishing contract scandal”