Give Me ‘Jagaban’ By Leke Adebisi
The upper and lower chambers of the Nigerian parliament is in conflict with the ruling party. Unhindered Conflict is known to readily degenerate into fisticuffs, which later results in a collateral slaughter if uncontrolled. Nigerian are already witnesses to the shameful hen-fight amongst the honourable members of the house of representatives, which was a total disrespect first to the voters who hitherto queued up in the scotching sun to elect them to this glorious house and then to our democracy in the face of the world. Now there is no doubt, we have seen the fisticuffs resulting from unhindered conflict, we must ensure that our feeble democracy is protected from a collateral damage.
The story began with the hijack of power in the Senate by Dr Bukola Saraki, laying a precedent, which is being followed by other Senate celibates. This poses a very dangerous path for our legislators and a damaging condiment in the 2015 election change recipe. Bukola’s abject disregard for the party continued with a refusal of the senate members to follow the party nomination of leaders to key posts in the National Assembly. This is in no small measure another blow to the party, evidencing yet another mark of disrespect, as many of these All People Congress (APC) members forgot that the party birthed them into power in the first place. The leadership of the APC party is now the proverbial doormat trampled upon by all and sundry, including the ill-fated members of the opposition party – the People Democratic Party (PDP).
Heaven forfend that anyone should call anything about this act ‘normal’. The defiance of the party by the Bukola led insurgence is not only a disregard for the party, but also a slap on Mr President. Some analysts portrayed the action as a true change which Nigeria deserves, thereby deferring the attack away from the presidency, while pointing to the need to neutralise some APC super force, such as Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was credited for single-handedly masterminding the strategy, which ousted the PDP, an incumbent government from power. The looming question is why would anyone want to neutralise a major influence behind the success of the APC?
Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu (The Jagaban of Borgu land) has been a phenomenal success in no small measure, pulling and crusting five different parties into a single unit that fought and drowned the PDP’s sixteen years rule, notably, the last six years has been nothing short of torture for all Nigerians. Insecurity was on the increase, with Boko Haram having a filled day, corruption at an all-time high, with Nigeria back in debt and treasury totally empty, public infrastructure totally stunted, queues at petrol stations is another evidence of the untold hardship inflicted on Nigerian by the PDP led government. When Nigeria needed someone to bail her out of the hands of PDP, Bola Tinubu instinctively swung into action, committing his resources, pride and indeed life to a venture, such as never seen before in the history of this great country, a course which some feather weight politicians like Doyin Okupe vowed would fail.
The benefit of experience as a master teacher was always there for Bola Tinubu. It is worth mentioning that he was primarily responsible for crafting the blue print on which Lagos State thrives today, without a need for support from the federal government. A position which the state has maintained for several years and still waxing stronger while starved of federal allocation. With the phenomenal success of Lagos State, governors in the south west region of Nigeria, realised that earth shaking events do not occur at the back of ideologies, principles or messages from God only, neither from mass movements or magnetic fields alone, but also as a result of simple human motivation, this is palpable from Jagaban’s cerebral strength and unequalled motivation. The records bare witness that he holds the key to the success of other states in the south west, a simple replication of the attainment in Lagos State.
With a penchant for master-craftsmanship, he became a household name occupying the penthouse in the Nigeria’s political high-rise. The glamourous celibates and ‘wannabes’ of the Senate, that should have listened and learned from the master, chose to close their eyes and brain to this mastery, rather they cleaved to the path of hijacking power, enthroning themselves in the seat of power, they will soon appreciate their cluelessness, knowing not how to use the power they seized. They are fast becoming misfits on the throne. Common sense posits that self discovery achieved in low places of life does give rise to better positioning, however a realisation of feebleness at the top pedestal, may necessitate a reversal to a lowly place. Some of our men at the senate may have skipped a class or two in the learning of sagacity, they have taken the short, they must go back to class.
The threat posed by the person of Bola Ahmed Tinubu continues to thrive, notwithstanding the calculated steps taken by the Senate President and his cronies, who allegedly swindled the APC party of the right to manage the governance process within the judiciary structure. Their commitment to political suicide remains laughable because they have engaged themselves in building a wobbling parliament. Their defiance of the party, which made them what they are in this present dispensation is synonymous to biting the finger that feeds them. They must have forgotten the maxim that say, ‘if the ground asserts supremacy to the sky, because the sky produces no fruit, in no time the ground would soon realise that it is nothing without the sky, because it would no longer drink of its water’.
The torrent amongst senators in the 8th National Assembly, especially the APC senators breeds a new sense of unease within the house. I smell victory for some and shame for the others, because ‘Jagaban’ has gone into hibernation! Every wise and insightful political analyst would recognise that Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a major strategist whose policy has been to oppose the strongest aggressors by weaving together a combination of other like-minded allies to face the bully. Soon, we all shall be witnesses to a one-time dispel of this political shadow, when ‘Jagaban cast light on it. He remains the illustrious prince of the people, not only of Borgu in Niger State, a political heavy weight whose historical knowledge and understanding of alliances has built several states and overturned tunnel ambition of opportunists within our society.
Nigerians fought for change by electing President Muhammad Buhari. The landing of the victory, though liberating the country from the clutches of the PDP was not sure-footed, it actually landed on its head, but alas! we are yet to see men walking on their heads. The powers that crafted the deliverance of this country from the clasp of PDP will soon flip the victory to its feet. I bid fellow Nigerians to take heart.
That is why I say at this time – ‘Give me Jagaban’.
Dr. Leke Adebisi, a commentator and expert in Accounting, Accountability and Governance in the public sector.