Babachir Lawal, the author of this piece below, did not send it to Intervention. Someone else did with a request that it be published, not in agreement or disagreement with the author but for the society at large to reflect on the ethical issues raised in the piece: Should Prof Yemi Osinbajo have contested against Asiwaju Tinubu who made him the Vice-President? Is it a purely ethical issue or political or both? Is the author saying all these because Asiwaju made him Secretary to the Government of the Federation before he crashed out? Questions, questions and questions!
By Babachir Lawal
I have tried to resist the temptation of joining in on the VP discourse first because he was one of my only two bosses while I was SGF. Secondly because like me, he is a Christian and a pastor to boot. Thirdly, I had visualized the matter as a Yoruba ethical and moral issue that is best handled by the Yorubas themselves; a sort of “Gambari kill Fulani, No case”.
Let us make no mistake about it: the man has gift of the garb. The man can talk! And he carries along everywhere in his hands, an iPad to convey the impression that he is a modern man, a tech-servy man. And to crown it all he wears an Awo cap. Besides, who on earth does not know that he is an Awo in-law?
The truth is that the man is a cunning pretender with ungodly ambitions. But in deciding to challenge Tinubu in a presidential dwell, the devil has Osinbajo finally trapped. The devil has exposed him to failure, shame and ridicule. The devil is extracting his price. And it is going to be a very high price on him.
The PDP press call him the “the poster boy” of the Buhari government. But they refuse to tell him that posters last only until the next heavy rain.
Let me tell a little-known story that dates back to as far as 2010. As the 2011 election season was approaching, the then CPC reached out to ACN with a view to working out a sort of merger or alliance for the pending 2011 election. After series of meetings between the leadership of the parties, it became apparent that the chemistry was not right at that level because the desired results were not forthcoming. So one of my friends, also a Buhari loyalist and I sat down to review the situation in light of the fact that time was running out. That friend of mine is still alive and serving in the presidency.
To our minds then, the main issue was the challenges of a moslem-moslem ticket especially as Buhari was at the time considered a “no-no” in the Christian communities. In order to address this challenge, my friend and I approached Tinubu with a proposal that he should nominate a “loyal” Christian as running mate to Buhari. We emphasized the word “loyal” because Buhari had earlier indicated that he will only seek for one term and no more.
Therefore, the proposed VP too should be one that would agree to serve for only one term and then clear the way for Tinubu to run for the Presidency in 2015. Tinubu agreed to consider this proposal and gave us a date to return for his decision after consultations.
On our return on the date promised, he gave us the name of Prof. Osinbajo. I was aghast because I had prayed and hoped that he would nominate either his wife or my friend Kayode Fayemi both of whom we knew to be very young, brilliant, hardworking Christians from large church denominations. All through the night we tried to dissuade Tinubu from this choice but he stuck to his guns insisting that he can trust even his own life to this man, Osinbajo. Besides, he consistently argued that it will not be decent and proper to nominate his wife especially if he was to seek to be President immediately after her own tenure.
In the end of course, another person was preferred by Buhari. CPC then went on to contest and lose the 2011 election. But when another opportunity came up in 2015, Tinubu had no hesitation in renominating Osinbajo to the post. Now this is the same Tinubu that Osinbajo’s hatchet men are denigrating with his ardent concurrence. “There is God woh”.
Surely it is the devil that has tricked Osinbajo into doing this most inglorious act of our time that will number him among the most ungrateful betrayers of all time. The consequence of this wicked exposure of his blind ambition will follow him and many generations of his children long after he must of have gone. Such a pity!
Mark my words, Nigerians are yet to know the reasons why the President took away all the Social Investment Programs from his office and handed them over to a little-known woman that had no prior working experience. And we are yet to know the reasons why he is no more assigned serious duties since the president’s recovery from illness. All these and more will begin to come out after 29th May, 2023 and they will not be savoury. Then the true understanding of who this man truly is will come. Then, he will be left standing; alone, a pariah as if naked in a market place (with no more trader moni).
Kai! Satan is wicked. When Judas Iscariot behaved similarly, he went and hanged himself in a gesture of remorse. Still, that extreme act of remorse could not absolve him from history’s most severe judgement. Was Judas also physically challenged height-wise just like my former oga is? But so was Zachaeus and he was no betrayer.
O God, have mercy on my former oga for he does not know what he is doing. It is pride, greed and ingratitude that have overtaken him. Also please, God forgive those who have nudged him on to this evil, ignoble course due to their own self interest. Dear God it is not too late for him to recant. You are a God of second chance.
If he does recant and repent who knows we might be able to persuade the incoming president to send him to the Hague as replacement to his former boss Teslim Elias. Or even to the United Nations as Nigeria’s Permanent Rep. These are the places where his “dogon turanci” might serve him well and where he can enjoy his “trader moni” unmolested instead of wasting it on delegates that will not vote for him anyway.
Kai! I repeat, Satan is truly very wicked and him don trap my boss.
In my perplexity over this matter, I found solace in Jeremiah 17:9-10:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings”.