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Of Bola Ige: “His knack for allusions, his grasp of allegory, capacity for captivating comparison and penetrative imagery placed him in the pedestal of Cicero.”
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18 Jun
In trying to cover up or solve a problem, humans inadvertently create a bigger one that eventually ruins everything.

The events that led to the Watergate scandal in the US started in June 1971.

Till date, political scandals are suffixed with ‘-gate’ in allusion to that scandal.
If ever there was one person destined to be US President, it was Richard Nixon who from childhood had a mother who would read the Bible to him and impress it upon him that if he ever found himself in a position to help Israel, he must do it without hesitation.
Nixon rose in politics from being a Senator to being Vice President and then losing a presidential race then losing a gubernatorial one before eventually winning the presidential election in a close race in 1968.

Three years later, a scandal began to happen to his admin.
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8 Jun
The 8th of June, 1997 was a Monday like today and it was on this day 22 years ago that General Sani Abacha died.

The mainstream verdict on Abacha in Nigeria has always been clear but since some people decided to extol Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, let me do same today, for Abacha.
It is perhaps an exercise in foolishness but with small hope that foolishness may cure foolishness in the same way that when one responds to sarcasm with equal sarcasm, the instigator sometimes gets serious - except there's a fixed agenda.

For context, I start with a book I read
I bought a book under Ojuelegba Bridge many years ago and it is one of my most prized today, Gavin De Becker's The Gift of Fear.

In it, he explains that victims are forever imbued with an ability to quickly identify threatening situations and persons and save themselves.
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1 May
Some things are better said on video than with a thread and this ‘rocket science’ is one of them.

So I did a 30 min YouTube video titled “Democracy and the Constitution take the Rocket Science out of Governance” in the link below - do watch and share.

Government is rocket science when political leadership has no idea of what a Win is.

The genius of Democracy is that it ties the Welfare of the People to the Government.

The Nigerian Constitution further reinforces this and all officeholders swore to it but are ignorant.
If officeholders understand Democracy, one,

If officeholders read and understand the Constitution, two,

If officeholders know what a Win is in Government, three;

Then Government will not be rocket science to them.

The sad reality is that they don’t know any of all three.
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30 Apr
Tinubu was one of the funders of TheNews, Osinbajo handled the legals.

Founders were - Femi Ojudu, Bayo Onanuga, Idowu Obasa, Kunle Ajibade, Seye Kehinde, Dapo Olorunyomi.

All in APC or appointees of Govt now except Dapo Olorunyomi of PremiumTimes and Kunle Ajibade.
There was also a Sanni Kabir in the mix somehow.

That PT is exposing this Govt big time is amazing; and to show how closely knit that circle was:

Osinbajo’s spokesperson today,was one of the reporters with the magazine back then, hounded into exile I think by the Abacha regime.
There’s some lesson there anyway in how friendships become cabals or how critics come to embody the regime they once criticised.

But there’s surely a lesson from Dapo Olorunyomi and what PT is doing these days.

May history be kind to him and all journalists of principle.
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23 Apr
On August 11, 1979, Presidential Elections held across the then 19 states of Nigeria with Shehu Shagari and Alex Ekwueme winning the majority votes of 5.7m to Awolowo and Umeadi’s 4.9m votes.

The controversy that followed however almost derailed the transition programme.
The military had by then been in power since 1966 with Aguiyi Ironsi followed by Gowon then Murtala Mohammed who started the transition to civilian rule and Obasanjo was to complete it in 1979.

The constitution however had two major hurdles for a clear winner to emerge:
1. The winner had to win more votes that all the other contestants and
2. The winner had to win at least 25% of the votes cast in at least 2/3 (two-thirds) of the states in the country.

If no clear winner emerged, there would be a re-run by popular vote or electoral college.
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19 Apr
For someone whom the whitewashers are so desperate to immortalise to us as a very private person, Abba Kyari is the most well-known Chief of Staff in any Democracy admin or military regime in Nigeria since 1960.

Tell me Chiefs of Staff in the past you know, so powerful as Kyari.
If you’re an avid political watcher, you might remember a few Chiefs of Staff from the past but none near powerful or influential as Abba Kyari.

That man wrote an open article to foreign countries a week to the last election, using finesse to say what El-Rufai crudely said.
One of my personal values forbids me from speaking ill of the late (and I won’t) but some of those same values insist that we never let history be rewritten in our time, that we hold a standard of public office aloft for future generations and that we put Nigeria first, above all
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17 Apr
APC is the major catalyst of worsening ethnic divisions in Nigeria.

The divisions are naturally there like fault-lines but APC has made it worse since 2015 and this can be proven empirically with factual history points from 1999.

I’ll explain it again so people understand:
Opening caveat: what I’m tweeting is not because I’m a PDP member but what I’m tweeting is a major reason why I became a PDP member and not a member of any of the legacy parties that became APC.

APC has to die for Nigeria to truly become a nation - the history supports this:
Nigeria’s experiences since before 1960 and especially the experience of the First Republic brought about a major written and unwritten political principle for Nigeria:

That no political party must exist except it has national membership (this was the written part);
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15 Apr
Saw a couple of tweets from someone yesterday and I’ve been wanting to do this thread for a while now to talk about something I rarely talk about publicly and more so on social media Spirituality, Faith, Religion and so on in relation to a generation younger than mine.
I’ll start by saying I believe in the existence of a dimension other than that which we can see.

I believe in the existence of Divinity and I am a Christian, by birth and by choice.

But I believe everyone must chart their own spiritual journey by themselves and for themselves.
So let me say clearly from this point that I have no problem with anyone believing as they would - I respect you as human and affirm you on your journey towards finding your own spiritual beliefs.

But I have a problem with social media culture and your spiritual process.
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7 Apr
There's a proverbial story:

Villagers on their way to the farms one early morning saw the tortoise sat on the back of his in-law pinned to the floor.

They asked him what happened and he said his in-law owed him a huge amount of money for over 15 years and had failed to pay.
“That’s too much and for too long - this one is a terrible in-law!” The villagers concluded, “deal with him very well. This in-law doesn’t wish you well at all, what you’re doing is very much justified.”

And so the tortoise felt vindicated and the villagers left to their farms.
By evening as they returned, they saw the tortoise on the back of his in-law, pinned to the ground.

They asked him what the issue was and he told them the same thing - in-law was owing him a huge amount of money and had failed or refused to pay for such a long time.
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12 Mar
Pastor Poju Oyemade preached a message at the crossover service of 2009/2010 about changing the direction of your life and made a brilliant allusion that has been on my mind in observing the Bernie Sanders campaign flounder.

I think this particular lesson is worth sharing.
Many things went terribly wrong with Sanders campaign but the most astounding for me is the sheer inability of the campaign to change course when problems were sighted and that Poju message dealt with that on a personal level - so this is political but has personal lessons.
Political campaigns generally have two major problems:

1) Campaign is blind to incoming problems, usually because the rank and file are too optimistic or

2) The campaign sights incoming problems but is unable to adapt to them, and this second problem for me is the worst.
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26 Feb
There’s a place every political aspirant wants to get to and in other engagements, it’s mostly described as “The Flow”, in politics it’ll be something like “Untouchable”.

I think Bernie Sanders is just almost there right now, but most definitely also is Trump - Untouchable.
The Flow in any engagement is a state of heightened but enervating intensity in what you’re doing to a point where almost everything is shut out and works just...flows.

The parallel in political aspiration is a point where nothing against the candidate seems to go against them.
Only few politicians ever in history have attained it - off the top of my head, I can only think of Trump, Jawaharlal Nehru, possibly Awolowo, definitely Buhari, Aminu Kano almost, and now Sanders giving us an example of how to get there.

But there’ll be lots of local examples.
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19 Feb
Only few judgements are satisfactory to all parties but eminent jurists know how to deliver judgements with such logic and authorities cited, that even the loser can understand why he lost.

Tanko's Supreme Court makes no attempt at logic, and this is the consequence of that.
The Judiciary has become one of those institutions that will need to be salvaged after the Buhari regime ends.

Some of the judgements from the Supreme Court must be expunged with the logical precision of a Chukwudife Oputa because they are dangerous and spurious authorities.
Imagine a judgement that says the role of the military in compromising elections can only be highlighted if the military is joined as a party to the matter.

Or that a petitioner can only prove electoral irregularities by inviting witnesses from each polling unit.

Crazy.
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18 Feb
The idea of a revolution against an unpopular Govt is always a fascination in the minds of many and Nigeria under Buhari is not an exception.

The process however is a matter precise incidents and individuals, and lessons can be learnt from the Occupy Nigeria of the 2012.
I’ve learnt over time that historical phenomena happen in the view of many but it takes keen perception to understand a moment in history and also factor in the circumstances that birthed it.

“All day’s come from one day” is what Enya said in one of her songs, reverse also true.
“One day comes from all days” and before Occupy Nigeria happened in January of 2012, there was another hugely popular and highly successful revolution of sorts that led to changes in Aso Rock.

The Save Nigeria protests of 2010 which took the Turai Yar’Adua cabal down.
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14 Feb
Did this thread in 2018 on Highlife music and I recall it as I do a thread this morning on the Evil Genius of Highlife music himself, Victor “Papingo Devalaya” Olaiya.

Olaiya was born in Calabar to Yoruba parents and was a very brilliant chap growing up, with a love for music.
He was admitted to study Civil Engineering at Howard University in the US but he came back to Nigeria with music on his mind, much to the distaste of his parents but he quickly joined various music bands, eventually ending up with another old music great, Bobby Benson.
Bobby Benson’s music was quite refined and appealed to the Nigerian elite of that time, more of Jazz and Orchestra - both genres of music which heavily influenced Highlife in its early days.

But Benson had a very reputable hotel and night club on Ikorodu Road with top clients.
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12 Feb
Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah’s homily at the funeral mass of Seminarian Michael is one for the ages.

It speaks truth not only to power but also to the powerless, calling for deep and sober reflection by any human capable of rational thought.

May history be kind to him.
He explains the efforts made to secure the release of the deceased from his evil captors, the tortuous process of hope dashed and revived then finally cut off.

Such a tragedy is no worse in pangs of pain than others experienced but this one is symbolic in many ways.
The Catholic Church worldwide is directly bereaved in a way, maybe no more than the deaths of even priest in the past in the same gruesome manner of Boko Haram but there’s a lot about this particular one that shocks even a numb mind awake, with all the senses demanding action.
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23 Jan
Buhari is directly responsible for this idea of "North/South" and I dislike it - there's no South and Nigerians already understood this by differentiating SW from SS from SE.

But to him with his pre-colonial mindset: everything below the figurative River Niger is South.
Regions were broken down into states under previous admins in recognition of ethnic minorities and differences - the Ekiti anthem is a tribute to Freedom from being lumped with Ondo into one state - and they're both Yoruba.

Theres no "South" in the sense of their being a "North"
And even the North has vast minorities but they were mostly conquered by Uthman Dan Fodio and then Ahmadu Bello managed to force a united political bloc many decades after.

That there is NE, NW and NC today happened only as recently as in the build-up to the 1983 NPN elections.
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17 Jan
The judgement removing Gov. Emeka Ihedioha from office as Imo State Governor and installing Hope Uzodinma in his stead is a travesty of justice that defies all judicial logic.

The Supreme Court is final but not because it is always right; it is only right because it is final.
In other words, the Supreme Court as peopled by humans can be wrong, but being the final arbiter in judicial matters, appeal of their decisions can only be made to God, or in a Democracy, to the People as the ultimate power-bloc in any Democracy - we’ve seen this before.
Two major points have been dwelt on publicly - the number of votes cast for each candidate in the Imo gubernatorial election, as well as the total number of duly accredited voters.

That alone is enough to shock anyone as to the spurious outcome from the Supreme Court, but...
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14 Jan
As far as the Law is concerned, Amotekun exists de facto already: all SW Governors have publicly announced it as a joint security effort.

If AGF Malami is unhappy with it, he should sue the Govs to court for interpretation, and not just them but all 36 Govs - he cannot proclaim.
Under Chief Bola Ige as AGF, there was a disagreement on who owned offshore oil wells between the FG and littoral states - he sued the 36 states to the Supreme Court and I can't remember how the matter ended.

Attorneys-General are not final arbiters on constitutional ssues.
De jure, the argument that there exists no laws backing up Amotekun can be made but de facto, pronouncements have been made and publicly too.

If the SW Govs back down now on the altar of political solidarity, it'll be a bigger setback to the principle of federalism.
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31 Dec 19
Every year I commemorate Uncle Bola Ige and I think to myself that I’ve explored all angles and will simply refer to the year’s thread the following year.

But the life of a regular human can rarely be fully explored, how much more the life of Ige.

And I’m happy to do it always.
Wasn’t totally decided on the angle to take it from this year but events conspired that I didn’t do it on Dec. 23rd - exactly the 18th year since he was killed.

In recalling personal 2019 experiences and with the consciousness of Ige’s commemorative thread in mind, I found it.
Bola Ige was one of those rare personalities who cross the political landscape only very rarely and seem almost too pure to be involved with the murkiness oft associated with it.

But Ige was such a man that “traversed the polity with the confidence of a trapeze artist.”
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30 Dec 19
2020 was going to be my year for a smaller circle based on a bitter betrayal from a friend in 2019.

But as I read a piece @eadewunmi wrote about it based on his own experience and I judged his decision to withdraw, I self-reflected and now it's going to be an even wider circle.
The idea is to be engaged with many but attached to very very few; not isolated but insulated.

Dealing with betrayal is something I'd gotten used to but having someone I ate and drank with and even passed nights on the same bed with (no homo), turn into an enemy really shook me.
To have that person practically try to turn people who know me against me, even strangers - assembling them and lying about me, that hurt.

At first I lashed out but I knew by learning that lashing back would hurt me more, so I spoke words to protect myself and return the evil.
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28 Dec 19
There is an active base of core religionists in the North whom office-holders steadily pander to and Kano seems to be their hotbed:

Kwankwaso lost in 2003 by supporting a Christian President for 2nd term, Shekarau pandered to them by burning books, now Ganduje with keke matters.
Ganduje is a disappointment, unsurprisingly as even Buhari allegedly had to wonder why he would collect monies physically and be caught on video - unintelligent.

Twitter outrage can only raise a different generation of leaders but counter-idealists must emerge from their midst.
Those idealists must be well-versed themselves in Islam, with a pedigree of religion.

And their argument is simple: these laws are targeted at making life more difficult for the poor and the rich are never affected.

This is exactly how Aminu Kano did it and successfully.
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