•Wants Nigerians to be sincere in all they do
By Jide Ajani
In this animated interview, we present February 14, 2015, with some tough questions. This was first done sometime in 2013 when we presented 2015 as an angry guest.
Today, with the hoopla generated by the argument on both sides whether or not to kill February 14, we present thoughts that will add a fresh perspective to the entire debate.
You must feel like a star – everyone is talking about you?
Yes o. It’s fun being the centre of attraction. More importantly, I told you I would come and, when I come, it would be with a bang, a big bang. We spoke in 2013 and you raised quite a number of concerns. Some of the concerns were real, some were misplaced.
Misplaced? Which of the fears were misplaced? Can you imagine the overheated polity that we have today?
Yes, the polity may have been overheated but if you remember two years ago, I warned about the attitude of the Nigerian politician. Rather than disappoint the critics, they have even raised the bar to very ridiculous yet dangerous levels that I never even imagined.
Even I, the sole personae, cannot believe what these charlatans and silly people are doing in my name. They predicted doom for your country by 2015 and everything the politicians are doing is to work hard for the actualization of that doomsday. You Nigerians are just a bunch of impossible people.
Okay, now that you’re upon us, you’re here with us, let’s pick the issues one by one. First, the National Council of State said INEC should go and make up its mind about you?
Which National Council of State? Which State? You Nigerians are a very funny bunch. Good thing you asked but let me educate you. Nigeria has 36 states; add the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, to make it 37. Of that 37, 20 are from the North while 17 are from the South. That cannot be described as a fair arrangement.
Secondly, there are past Presidents who are members. Count them: Yakubu Gowon, Shehu Shagari, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Ernest Shonekan, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo. Of these seven, five are northerners and had Abacha been simply overthrown and not died, he would be sitting there with them – mind you, Obasanjo did not attend. Then, add the former Chief Justices who are all from the North.
So, whoever designed the Constitution that allocated the membership of that contraption, called National Council of State, took the people of the South as fools. If anybody was expecting anything meaningful or sensibly unbiased from that body, the person must be a total idiot. Forget that joke. Lest I forget, the APC governors have been boycotting its meetings and Buhari, the presidential candidate of the APC, only attended last Thursday after a very long while.
So, having laid that premise, what were you going to ask about the Council of State?
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