By Yinka Odumakin
WHEN my senior brother and friend,Dr. Femi Aribisala wrote on “APC and the spirit of witchcraft ” in this newspaper on September 6, 2015, the land was still too filled with delusional euphoria to pay him due attention.
He started by calling attention to what happened on November 27, 2014, at the inauguration of Rauf Aregbesola as second-term governor of Osun State, where Senator Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the APC, asked Nigerians to prepare their charms and other juju powers for the 2015 elections with now President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Bisi Akande and APC state governors in attendance. He asked: ‘Why would Tinubu, a practicing Muslim(he has even been nicknamed Abraham by GO Enoch Adeboye)ask people to seek occultic powers in order to prevail in elections? He was also at loss as to how Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, a Christian pastor could associate with a political party whose leadership dabbles in the occult?
He went on to show how the broom symbol of the defunct ACN which was adopted as the logo of the APC is a witchcraft symbol believed by cultists to provide the power to rise above the earthly plane and to soar in the spirit realm.
He also pointed out that when a broom is held over the head the way APC leaders hold it over us,it is no longer about sweeping dirt but spreading evil.
The last poignant point he made which I shall return to is the deeper symbol of the broom when he wrote:”The broom is united at the top and this would seem to signify unity. However, it is scattered at the bottom, which spells disunity. With the scattered end waved in the air, the APC broom portends disunity for Nigeria, both at the party and at the national level.”
It was Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who again brought out the evil significance of the APC’s broom when he spoke from the abundance of the heart at the defection ceremony of Godswill Akpabio in Ikot Epene last Wednesday.
William Shakespeare wrote in The Merchant of Venice about things not being what they appear thus:
“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
Oh, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!”
Quoting what appears to be a passage from the Bible’s Book of Isaiah Chapter 14 verse 23, Tinubu, a Muslim, said “The people in the city shall be swept away with brooms.’’ In what could be a Freudian slip of what they are doing with the broom and that he was holding a “a broom of destruction ” in his hand.
The Bible verse actually reads, “I will make Babylon a desolate place of owls, filled with swamps and marshes. I will sweep the land with the broom of destruction. I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!” (New Living Translation).
He obviously did not read the scripture as what the Lord of hosts promised of the “broom of destruction ” was against the wicked rulers of Babylon.Verses 3-7 of that Scripture was so explicit:
“3-4 When God has given you time to recover from the abuse and trouble and harsh servitude that you had to endure, you can amuse yourselves by taking up this satire, a taunt against the king of Babylon:
Can you believe it? The tyrant is gone!
The tyranny is over!
God has broken the rule of the wicked,
the power of the bully-rulers
That crushed many people.
A relentless rain of cruel outrage
Established a violent rule of anger
rife with torture and persecution.
And “now it’s over, the whole earth quietly at rest.
Burst into song! Make the rafters ring!” (The Message Translation).
The flaunting of the power of the occult over our land in the midst of the “destruction ” that has been visited us in the last three years should be a wake -up call to Nigerians. Our land is desolate,blood is flowing on our streets without a war declared and we have become one big graveyard. The moral fabric of our polity has been put asunder. We are at the edge of a major precipice, as evil strolls on four legs in our country.
The division Aribisala projected about the broom has come to full manifestation with the split in APC and our country fractured badly along ethnic amid religious lines. We are today more separated than we were before amalgamation in 1914 because of the antics of a leadership that thrives in pitching Nigerians against themselves.
My ears have heard so many things in the last few years from those who knew how strong evil powers were tapped into to subjugate this land. I have been told of the devilish package from the marabouts of Gambia and all that were buried across the land with their various spiritual repercussions for the nation. People who have no business in public life have been thrown up in our space only on account of administering evil powers for political purposes.The physical darkness over our land is a reflection of the pitch darkness that controls the soul of this country.
The records of European witches trials from 15th Century showed that one of the witches’ magical power was an upstanding broom. Magically the broom remains a witches’ strong implement and the APC should reconsider flaunting such over our country in order to remove the suspicion that it is tapping into the powers of the occult to manipulate the polity. The spiritual fathers of this country have to rise in the spirit to exorcise the power of evil on our entity.
The Peoples’ House
By Emeka Ukpabi
First Published June 29, 2011
THE last leadership election of the Seventh Nigerian House of Representatives completes a revolutionary cycle started weeks earlier, by the presidential poll. The linchpin of the latter competition, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, said as much when he declared, in a recent interview, that he and his deputy, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, were inspired by President Goodluck Jonathan to contest, despite the apparent constraints. To the casual observer, the deeper significance of Speaker Aminu Tambuwal’s advent is lost, and inadvertently so is the weight of history upon the 7th Assembly.
However, history will not be denied and insists we remember the two leading lights of the Seventh Legislative Assemblies and Senate of ancient Rome, Lucius Junius Brutus and Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus, who started the revolution that toppled the Roman Monarchy, which had lasted an approximate unbroken 245 years, in 509 BC. Titus Livy, the ancient Roman historian (59 BC – AD 17), records in the ‘History of Rome’ that it was the unbridled misuse of absolute monarchial powers, by the Seventh and final king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, which presaged the end of the ‘Roman Kingdom’ and the beginning of the ‘Roman Republic’. According to Livy, the crimes of the King included; “summary judgment and sentence, the use of intimidation and violence, arrogance, disrespect for Roman customs and contempt for the Roman Legislative Assemblies and Senate”.
Arnold J. Toynbee, the British Comparative historian, in ‘An Historian’s Approach to Religion’, posits that when a movement faces a crisis, it can take one of four routes. First, it can dwell on the past and glory in what it once was. Toynbee calls that ‘Archaism’. Second, it can forecast into the future and build castles in the air, dreaming of what it would like to be. That he calls ‘Futurism’. Third, it can retreat into its shell, and give itself up to mystical and psychedelic experiences. This he calls ‘Mysticism’. Fourth, it can take a hold of the crisis, transform it into something positive and make a new beginning. Toynbee calls this ‘Reformation’. Toynbee says that only the last solution settles the crisis; the rest, he claims, are short-lived.
Consequently, as ancient Rome stood at the precipice, Lucius Junius Brutus, elected ‘Tribune’ at the time, whose powers included the authority to convene the Legislative Assemblies and act as its president, took a hold of the crisis, overturning the old order, and introducing the ‘Roman Republic’, which Livy says “flourished for the next 500 years until the rise of Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus”, and covered a period during which Rome’s sphere of influence and area of control extended to cover huge parts of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Brutus was a leader who wrought transformation in the name of the people of ancient Rome, and one of his first actions, as Consul, was to make the people swear an oath, which according to Livy “compelled the populace, eager for its new found freedom, with the oath that it should never again allow itself be swayed by royal entreaties or bribes, and shall allow no single man to rule over Rome”.
Sound familiar? Yes; because comparable words were used by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, in the recent interview mentioned earlier, published in The Nation newspaper edition of Friday, June 24, viz: “I will not be a tool, stooge, or agent of intimidation…”, and “this House (House of Representatives) will acquire the image of the ‘Peoples House’ because it is representative of all Nigerians”.
Chikwendu Christian Ukaegbu, Professor of Sociology Development, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in a recent essay, ‘What Next for Nigeria’s development’, highlights the responsibility borne by the new governing class elected in the 2011 elections, as the vanguard of the urgent national development aspirations of the populace, in this second 50 year chapter of Nigeria’s independence. In describing these leaders as an epochal class, he declares that they should be “proactive, interventionist, ambitious, autonomous, and energetic in the implementation and supervision of policies. That they should have a vision of where they want to lead the country, and situate development policies within their unique history, borrowing relevant models from outsiders rather than depending on them. That they should use national revenue to solve the people’s problems and invoke integrity and honesty in the allocation of public resources, and trust the ability of citizens to build the foundations of national development if given proper leadership”.
This is what Lucius Junius Brutus and Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus were and did, and we are confident that Aminu Tambuwal and Emeka Ihedioha stand at the right place on the crossroads of history, to be and do exactly the same.
DEAR Yinka Odumakin,
My name is Emeka Ukpabi and I am an ardent reader
of your column in Vanguard Newspaper. Recent events, relating to the leadership of the National Assembly, has proved prescient, an article I wrote in 2011, titled ‘The Peoples House’. That History has already repeated itself, but Buhari and his APC are in danger of repeating not only the recent history, but the ancient history as well. I will be honored if you would share this article with your readers, on your column.
Prince Emeka Ukpabi