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The violence that broke out at the inaugural campaign rally of the APC in Ikeja yesterday needs to be captured in the heart of history while it is still fresh in our memories.

What happened yesterday is a disgrace to the ruling elite, to the APC, but especially Bola Tinubu.
The ruling elite in Nigeria started out with only intellect, charisma and oratory prowess as their armour and weapons, but lesser individuals, unable to contend with them in those areas decided to introduce thuggery and today, it has become normalised.

So we blame them all.
We however must narrow down the blame further to the All Progressives Congress and especially in Lagos State as well as some other states in the Southern parts of Nigeria.

In Lagos, the power elite has maintained its hold on power with thuggery as a major weapon in its arsenal.
In other states across the south outside the SW where the APC has found itself unable to compete in popularity or mass adulation, thuggery has also been the resort.

This is why routine Ward, LGA and State Congresses last year in the APC turned violent with one death too many.
APC must further accept the larger share of the blame for violence in the polity because this is a party that never held back in the use of violent language, confusing might for right and unable to differentiate between violence and intellectual revolution - a party of violence.
But the man whom President Buhari has laughably handed over his campaign to, Bola Tinubu of Lagos must be pinpointed as the greatest enabler of thuggery in politics that has reduced Lagos to nothing more than a “glorified village” as described by his partyman, Rotimi Amaechi.
Bola Tinubu as far back as his first term had used area boys to harass Chief Gani Fawehinmi at the premises of a court in Igbosere because the dogged fighter had sued him to court over his fake certificates from a Chicago university.

Since then, he never looked back.
PDP members in Lagos are routinely harassed by thugs acting on behalf of the APC with the highest echelons of the thugs in the various bus unions being card-carrying members of the APC.

It was perhaps bearable when they were opposition but power has brought out fresh madness.
The thugs in Lagos are empowered directly by the Bourdillon cabal on a “win your street and control the revenue” basis that has seen area boys in recent times become richer than ever before - even to the point of having official police details going about with them.
Bola Tinubu has laid down the most evil values for politics in Yorubaland and I do not mean his tendency towards amassing wealth here but the open use of thugs to the point where they feel confident enough to challenge the Number 4 Man in Nigeria.

This happened in Osun State.
These thugs are exported from Lagos upon request to the man President Buhari has entrusted his campaign to, to operate in other states by unleashing violence.

We saw how they did so against indigenes and residents of Osun State in #OsunDecides2018.

This is condemnable.
To be fair, thuggery in politics sometimes is not only a matter of attacks but defence - Awolowo had Busari “Eruobodo” Adelakun; but they always kept them away from decision-making and they never glorified them.

What Tinubu has done to Yorubas is an erosion of Omoluabi values.
The fellow in the video above also appears here, boasting about the 2019 elections on Lagos, telling his gang to prepare for war.

These are the gangs of Lagos, nurtured by Bola Tinubu for his own selfish political goals.

Ironically, PDP won the HOR seat from this same Oshodi.
That he was attacked yesterday and injured in the APC Rally of Violence in Lagos State is ironic, but worrying.

If an APC Rally of its own members in an APC state could become so bloody and lead to deaths and injuries, what is the fate of ordinary voters who are not APC members?
More worrying is the fact that @MBuhari who has given Tinubu carte blanche powers in a bid to be re-elected is now unable to call Tinubu to order and so we can expect more violence in Lagos and the exportation of violence to other states.

...and Tinubu is Osinbajo’s benefactor.
What we’re witnessing under the APC is the elevation of thuggery into statecraft - and they must accept the large share of the blame for this societal ill of which anyone of us can be caught in it.

But we as a society also have a share in this blame - why are we laughing?
Why do music artistes celebrate these thugs in their art? Why do actresses flaunt relationships with them?

It is ultimately their prerogative to do so but these things add to the power that these thugs have over the society at large as it legitimises their behaviour.
And one final thing: I totally deplore this idea of the security forces classifying any crime as “political” - it is not only wrong but also very foolish and injurious society.

Violence is Violence and should be punished - political violence is never excusable.
So you have cases like “political killing” and such other nonsense - our society is becoming worse and Lagos is far ahead of other states in this regard courtesy Bola Tinubu and the forces that continue to give him cover from Abuja for their own selfish political gain.
Every living thing passes excreta but only a party like APC would package its excreta and put it on display for the entire world to view.

And some of us find it funny: Emmanuel Oladesu, a journalist, is still being treated for gunshot wounds - because he went to an APC Rally.
These things are not normal and we may be powerless to change them now but we mustn’t keep quiet about them.

We must continue to set the standard publicly for future leaders to learn from and perhaps hold up when they come to power.

APC should go and cover its face in shame.
PS: I refused to mention their names in this thread deliberately.

That such names have become ingrained in the memories of even normal humans is a problem - see newspapers putting out the news as though the fellow is a celebrity whom everyone should be familiar with.
There are many things wrong with Nigeria but APC is the embodiment of everything wrong with Nigeria.

APC brings out the worst of Nigeria because it is a party without shame, a party of hypocrisy and a party of thugs - at least in Lagos as the violence yesterday proved to us.
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