THE TRAVAILS OF IBE KACHIKWU
I have little doubt that Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Energy, regrets the day that he left the relative comfort of the private sector and entered the stormy waters of Nigerian politics.
I am sure that he curses the day that he opted to join the APC and that he accepted the long-awaited and much sought after invitation to be a member of this government
Today Kachikwu has finally come to understand and hopefully accept the fact that no matter how much he tried to be a loyal and true member of Buhari’s kitchen cabinet and inner circle and no matter how much he considered himself to be a key and indispensible member of the feared and dreaded cabal, he is at best tolerated by his boss
And that is the story of Nigeria. That is why a fine and upstanding Governor like Willie Obiano of Anambra state will sit before President Muhammadu Buhari, remove his beautiful fedora hat and place it on his lap like a pliant puppy and obedient little schoolboy .
It is in this context that one must ask why Kachikwu should be in the least bit surprised that he has not been granted access to President Buhari and that the northern Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has completely usurped his functions and undermined his authority?
Did he really expect things to be any different in a Buhari administration? Has he forgotten that he is Igbo? Has he forgotten that his people are part of those that the President once disdainfully referred to as the “5 per cent”?
When I said that Buhari hated the Igbo some time back many were shocked, many disputed my assertion, many were in disbelief and many were in denial even when the evidence to prove and substantiate my assertion was incontrivertible and compelling.
Today a good number of hitherto and erstwhile doubting Thomas’, cynics and skeptics have seen the light, finally agreed with me and voiced their observations and concerns loudly and publicly.
The President himself affirmed our grave allegations and confirmed our worst fears in his Independence Day speech in which he insulted the Igbo elders and leaders and basicallly told them to go and control their children and wards.
This is bad enough but permit me to share something with you today that is even more disconcerting and troubling: the truth is that deep down Buhari has nothing but contempt for southerners, Middle Belters and Christians.
As painful as it is for some to hear and as difficult as it is for others to accept, there it is. That is the BITTER TRUTH!
Sadly Ibe Kachikwu jumped in the sack with the wrong set of peopleand now the chickens have come home to roost.
He chose to forget that he is regarded as a second class citizen and his mouthwatering and earth-shaking revelations about abuse the sordid events that are going on under his watch at the Petroleum Resources Ministry in any way help or protect him.
As a matter of fact his singing and spilling the beans will rather make things worse for him because sooner or later those he has courageously chosen to expose will hit back with all the force and fury of a wounded lion and with the venom and spite of a cuckolded husband and a cheated wife.
From what I have seen and heard the truth is that the EFCC are already in the process of a detailed investigation and are closing in on him.
To them siphoning 24 billion USD from the coffers of the National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by awarding questionable contracts outside of due process means absolutely nothing. As a matter of fact that is what is expected of their cronies and agents.
Where else will they get the money for Buhari’s 2019 presidential campaign from?
My friend and brother Reno Omokri captured the situation rather well when he wrote the following:
“the first time Muhammadu Buhari was Petroleum Minister in the 1970s, Fela sang ‘2.8 billion Naira missing’. Now he is Petroleum Minister again and Kachikwu is singing $26 billion missing! Why is it that huge billions tend to go missing or spent without due process whenever Buhari is Minister of Petroleum? However, Kachikwu was naive for writing that letter to Buhari!
Omokri is absolutely right. What a messy and stinking cesspool and pit of poisonous snakes Ibe Kachikwu has found himself in.
And quite apart from all that it must be a living nightmare and pure hell for an intelligent, well-educated, enlightened, cosmopolitan, Harvard-trained former Shell executive and Federal Minister to have his powers curtailed and usurped and to be treated with contempt and disdain by the Chief Executive Officer of a corporation that is under his own Ministry!
This is made even worse by the fact that that Chief Executive Officer probably, if at all, went to some fourth-rate rodent-infested “school” or “university” near the borders of Chad or Niger Republic or some other dubious institution of “higher learning” not too far from the dusty, dry and barren sand slopes of the Sahara desert.
Poor Ibe Kachikwu! I guess that he has to live with the consequences of the choices that he has made. His situation reminds me of the verse in the Holy scriptures that says it is “a great evil under the sun when the sons of slaves ride around on horseback whilst the sons of the King are walk around on bare feet”.
This goes against the natura order of things and something ought to be done about it. My first prayer for him is that he does a thorough spiritual search and attempts to discover who and what his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, really is and what he seeks to achieve in our country.
My second prayer is that he finds the decency and courage to resign from the government that he serves before it is too late, before they turn on him and before he is thoroughly discredited and rubbished out of office
And finally my third prayer is that he restores his confidence, his self-respect and his dignity, that he stops walking around barefoot, that he finds and puts on his royal shoes and that he mounts and rides his horse.
Gone are the days that he should be running behind the carriages and working for those that do not have ten percent of his wisdom and knowledge. He is far better than that.
Yet whatever he chooses to say or do one thing is clear: in Nigeria the keepers of wealth are not the keepers of life
Yet they shall fail because, like the brilliant, beautiful, dazziling and passionate American Amazon, Dana Loesch, recently said, “we will shatter their violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth”.
The notion of a united Nigeria after the 2017 genocide against the Igbo and state-sponsored terrorism coupled with the wholesale rejection of the idea of restructuring by the core north is absurd and far-fetched.
There cannot be peace where there is no justice. There cannot be tranquility and harmony where there is inequality. There cannot be love and peaceful co-existence where there is hate, condescension and fascistic philosophies. There cannot be camaraderie and fellowship where the tyrant unleashes the full force of his tyranny against the people.
Many may suffer. Many may be killed. Many may be detained and incarcerated. Many may be wrongly accused, villified and in bondage. Many may be dispossesed, humiliated and scattered.
Many may be tortured, brutalised, maimed and scarred and many may suffer all shades and manners of indignity, shame, poverty, lack, deprivation and hunger.
Yet despite all these deep, harrowing and seemingly endless travails, one thing is sure: our liberation shall eventually come because no matter how dark the night, joy comes in the morning. The Bible says “many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him of them all”.
In the end deliverance, freedom, joy, peace, justice, abundance, vindication and the victorious lamp of liberty shall rise from Zion as the freedom bell rings and our nation is healed and restored.
In the end the Lord’s will shall be done, His counsel shall stand, His pupose shall be established, His name shall be glorified and we shall prevail.
By Femi Fani-Kayode