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“Al-waqia – The inevitable event”

By Kola Animasaun
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (1951 -2010)

83: Then why do ye not (intervene) when (the soul of the dying man) reaches the throat, –
84: And ye the while (sit) looking on, –
85: But We are nearer to him than ye, and yet see not, –
86: Then why do ye not, – if you are exempt from (future)n account, –

87: Call back he soul if ye are true (in your claim independence)?
88: Thus, then, if he be of those Nearest to Allah,
89: (There is for him) Rest and satisfaction, and a Garden of Delights.

90:And if he be of the companions of The Right Hand,
91: (For him is the salutation), “Peace be unto thee,” from the companions of the Right Hand.
92: And if he be of those who deny (then truth) who go wrong,

93: For him is Entertainment with boiling water,
94: And burning in Hell-Fire.
95: Verily, this is the very Truth of assured Certainty.
96: So glorify the name of thy Lord, The Supreme.
-    Surah Al-Waqia.

Umaru Yar’Adua had breathed his last, Wednesday and was buried Thursday.  He had been enjoying his presidency.
He meant well.  You could see that from his eight years governorship in Katsina.  He set out some programmes and the politicians, with a eye on their own advantage, made sure they did not fly.

Umaru set up the record of veracity.  He would say it as it was.  And he meant to right it but he could not now do so.

Umaru got the honesty he displayed from his father who was a minister for Lagos – the first Musa Yar’Adua.  The same forthrightness the father, Umaru Yar’Adua displayed.  Both do not play Do-or-die politics.  Also Umaru’s elder brother, Shehu Yar’Adua, let the Head of State stool pass to Obasanjo and served him without reservation.

Umaru and Shehu Yar’Adua have made supreme sacrifices in the service of the nation.  May Allah rest their souls and repose them in Aljana.

Inna lillahi, wa inna ilaihi rejihuna.

Sikiru Ayodeji Shitta-Bey (1931 – 2010)
And come he slow or come he fast, it is but Death at last.
-    Sir Walter Scott, English Statesman (1771 – 1832.

I had been laid low by the death of a senior friend, Senator Sikiru Ayodeji Shitta-Bey, Seriki Muslumi of Lagos.  Sikiru needs no introduction.  He was lawyer, politician and religionist.  On top of that, he cam from a very pure pedigree as they came.

A great-grandson of Muhammad Shitta-Bey and princess of the House of Kosoko, which he valued in his discussions.  What other things he mentioned with relish, what the fact that he was a double Kings College man: He never forgets that he attended Kings College in Lagos and he was an alumnus of Kings College, London.  He was a proud man – proud of his achievements.

We met the first time at the House of Representatives in Tafawa Balewa Square in 1965.  He was legislator and I was the Press Officer to Okotie-Eboh, (otherwise Festus-Edah), Minister of Finance.

He had, after that, moved on to be a Senator of the Federal Republic and also become the VIth Seriki Muslumi of Lagos.  His grandfather was the First.  His grandfather contributed to the building of the first Lagos Central Mosque and the Shitta-Bey Mosque in 1894.

Sikiru excelled in his law and in his politics and he can be numbered as a founding father of Lagos State.  For that he had a ….. of followers.

You can run…
A se gbe kosi … A se pamo lowa (You can run but you cannot hide).
Lagos Boy, Bode George, a chieftain of the PDP, must have cursed the day he joined the PDP.  He never thinks that a day will come when he will go to prison.  Not even did he go to jail everything possible has been made him to stay there.

In his days, he was as free as the air.  Not only that he moved from State Houses to Aso Rock, he called the shots and he thought his word was law.

He could not believe he could go to jail.  He was so sure that he went to court with all the PDP with aso ebi and the retinue of band.  He as so sure he will be freed.

Not long ago he moaned, he was abandoned by his political friends and associates.  The man he saw every day in Aso Rock did not want to see him.  Now, he thinks it is about time people rally round to give him moral support. So, Obasanjo has appealed to his supporters to visit Bode at the prison.  Such is life.  No one is invincible.

This morning I remember former Council Chairman, Lukman Ajose.  On March 31, this year, he was sent to the stammer for 8 years to run concurrently for  2 years each (on four counts). He was sentenced by the same Judge Oyewole who jailed the Lagos Boy, Bode George.  Ajose was charged with “enriching himself by fraudulently converting the money belonging to the council for seminars and courses which he never attended.”

Lukman claimed to have attended several seminars and training outside Lagos but were found out to be false.  The judge did not ask for option of fines.  Ajose earned jail eight years after laving office.

Ajose must have been especially found out.  Thousands of council workers have used the seminar to fend for themselves without going to seminars.  The government will have to do something about that.


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