Who Is After Her Life? The Wazobia Conversation On Stella Oduah By Odusote Oluwakayode
News Flash!! Since Sahara Reporters reported that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) bought two BMW bullet-proof cars worth $1.6m (N255m) for the minister of Aviation, Nigerians had patiently waited for the aviation ministry to come out clean of perceived corrupt practices but…
Segun: (Cuts in) Guys, are you following what’s going on in this our aviation industry o?
Dozie: Of course! What else do you expect in this democratic dispensation of corruption? Is this the first story we’ve heard? What has the Niger Delta man done?
Sandra: I understand that you guys don’t really like Jonathan because hes a minority from the Niger Delta. I do not often get why such a sincere, simple and generous man will always get whipped for errors committed by someone else. Shey na Jonathan encourage her to be involved in corrupt practices?
Dan Kano: Kai! Walahi, I’m not disappointed with your opinion Sandra…
Segun: (cuts in) what! You are not disappointed?
Dan Kano: Please let me die before you bury me now. Haba! You this Yoruba people think you have the best brain. (Facing Sandra), you see, if you had supported those criticizing the president, I would have labeled you an outcast, what my Igbo brother will call “osu”.
Sandra: (Getting nervous) why?
Dan Kano: I do not expect more than what you’ve said. You Niger Delta people believe the presidency is your birthright at least for a two term and therefore any action or in action of the President or his chosen cabinet should be over looked. Is that not so?
Sandra: now I see you are really self-centered like your fellow northern leaders. Do you want to tell me that the problems of this country started with Jonathan? Please scroll the roll of our leaders and tell me the brains behind our numerous problems that Jonathan inherited…
Segun: (Cuts in) before you turn this discussion into North vs Niger Delta, don’t let us lose focus of the basis of our discussion. Dozie is just mute because the benefactor of a N225m armored vehicle is from his state.
Dozie: Nna, I’ll prefer not to be dragged into this discussion at all, my container is all that’s in my head. Let’s talk of how to make money instead of just sitting complaining all the time. You think these leaders are fools. They are making the money while people like you are left to do the complaining.
Segun: so the quest to make money translates to keeping mute in the face of all these corrupt practices?
Dozie: Are you God? Leave the woman alone jare! See, you are here now shouting, Jonathan is in Israel with his usual large entourage to seek for forgiveness. That trip na another money o.
Sandra: How do you know the trip is to make money? Stop insinuating what is not I beggy!
Dozie: (Laughs) have you forgotten I’m an Igbo man. We understand the dynamics of finance. Your kinsman will be entitled to travel allowance now. No be small money we dey yarn about here o. These are people who understand the language of dollar and how to attract its attention!!
Sandra: From your selfish opinion, I can imagine the mentality your madam Oduah attached to her office. As a minister, I wonder who is after her life to warrant the purchase of armored vehicles at such amount.
Dan Kano: shege! I love your statement Dozie “people who understand the language of dollar and how to attract its attention”. You know Delta people no dey carry last…
Dozie: (cuts in), o boy at all at all na draw o.
Segun: (Laughs) I also wonder if the need to protect her life is to guard her ears from the crying spirits of crash victims or from the laws of karma.
Dan Kano: I think its Karma. The souls of the victims are resting; it’s her soul that is being troubled. Unfortunately for her, you can’t negotiate with Karma.
Sandra: (laughs) unfortunately, unlike the EFCC and ICPC, you cannot have a plea bargain with Karma.
Segun: Karma does not recognize bullet proof or armoured vehicles o my brothers and sister. You see, it will interest you to know that the great law of kamar tell us that as you sow, so shall you reap”. This is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect”. Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us. If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, and Friendship…Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend.
Dozie: So the minister is possibly getting herself protected from the laws of karma?
Dan Kano: This is totally not possible and I guess she should know that.
Sandra: Going by your logic Segun, the minister’s aim of protecting herself from perceived assassins by purchasing armored vehicles is a mere waste of efforts and public funds.
Dan Kano: Definitely. There are no assassins after her life now. Her deeds are the shadows hunting her mind.
Segun: The curse of our growth is that, we give too much room to selective considerations.
Sandra: and is Jonathan to be blamed for Oduah’s excesses?
Dan Kano: Don’t be outrageous! Who is the head of government? Do we have a system of due process at all?
Segun: That’s the point. We need a system that will help curb the excesses of public officials. I concur to the opinion that public officials deserve to be protected, but it should not be to the detriment of the masses. Nigerians groan to the lack of adequate and effective security. It is a national concern and the government is responsible for providing effective security measures for her citizens. If the NCAA deems it fit to protect, it should be the sector that should be protected by making sure adequate measures are put in place to secure the aviation sector
Dan Kano: Who is even after her life? If your deeds are good, do you need extra measures to protect your life? Don’t let us even limit this discourse to her; there are many other public officials who had done similar things with public funds under one pretext or the other. EFCC was effective under Obasanjo, be it selective punishments or otherwise.
Sandra: like many other that had been swept under the carpet, this is one other expenditure by a public agency that calls to question the process under which items are bought by the agencies.
Segun: In the midst of all the scandal, she took time out to the holy land. Don’t you all think the journey is a ploy to negotiate a possible way out with our oga Jona?
Dan Kano: well, we are used to the usual bureaucracy involved when it comes to treating matters of corruption in this country. A committee has been set up to investigate, let’s see what report they come out with
Segun: what outcome do you expect? The highest that would happen is to indict some sacrificial lambs in NCAA and let go off the minister. Even if she’s culpable of wrong doing, the worst that would happen will be her removal as a minister without prosecution. You guys should understand the dynamics of cases of corruption in this country by now.
Dan Kano: hmmm. With all these mindless and wasteful spending, our aviation sector has remained troubled over the years. Under the minister’s watch alone, at least two major air crashes had occurred; one on June3, 2012 in Lagos involving Dana Air plane in which 163 people died; and the Associated Airlines crash of October 3, 2013.
Sandra: I bet we are yet to see the last of all these crashes.
Segun: I think for effectiveness, it is ideal that the aviation ministry is allowed to be occupied by aviation experts and not those whose field of study is at par with aviation. Just as the ministry of justice is not subjected to ridicule of novice, strategic ministries are supposed to be the exclusive responsibilities of professionals.
Dozie: just like the ministers before her, the agitation will be that the aviation minister be removed and after that, the nation goes back to sleep. Our seriousness and determination to halt the crashes in the aviation sector should go beyond shouting when lives are lost.
Dan Kano: That is why I believe that all other parties involved in the shady deal be investigated, if found guilty of fraud, they should be prosecuted.
Segun: You are right; the corrupt deal involves some private organizations too. In this case, Coscharis and First bank of Nigeria PLC. Don’t forget that this is the same Coscharis whose CEO Mr. Cosmas Maduka was accused by Ifeayin Ubah of using his assets as collateral in a tripartite mortgage for N20 billion with Access Bank Plc.
Dozie: now that the minister and her lobbyist have turned Israel to a ground for permutations to ensure her stay in office, what do we say?
Segun: according to reports, Israel is not even a safe haven for her. You can imagine the drama that ensued at River Jordan where prayers offered by the private jet pastor and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ayo Oritsejafor specifically for Mrs. Oduah did not get the people’s response of “Amen”.
Dan Kano: (Laughs) that shows heaven is even against her!
Sandra: Haba! Are you God?
Segun: Have you forgotten that the voice of the people is the voice of God? I think Pastor Oritsejafor should have been appointed Senior Special Assistant to the president on Christian affairs. He is more of a political pastor in recent time..
Dan Kano: (Laughs) Maybe he had a calling to be specifically responsible for Jonathan’s spirituality. At least he has a private jet to his credit for such role.
Sandra: Guys, I think you are all getting too serious on this issue for my liking.
Dan Kano: Delta people don come o! What do you expect us to do, celebrate the launch of Oduahgate?
Sandra: Maybe I should jolt you all with this question. With all these arguments, observations and criticism, what’s still the safest way to travel…?
Dan Kano: (cuts in) in Nigeria, it’s certainly not the air
Segun: I concur, at least not for now! We still have a lot to do in order to make our aviation sector safe as to guarantee such global assertion. Be that as it may I do not think this scandal will be different from the other cases involving highly placed personalities. The nation is used to shouting for weeks at cases like this only to go back snoring.
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