I have tried to resist the temptation of joining in on the VP discourse first because he was one of my only two bosses while I was SGF, and secondly, because like me, he is a Christian and a pastor to boot. Thirdly, I had visualised the matter as a Yoruba ethical and moral issue that is best handled by the Yorubas themselves; a sort of “Gambari kill Fulani no case”.
Let us make no mistake about it: the man has the gift of the garb. The man can talk! And he carries along everywhere in his hands, an iPad to convey the impression that he is a modern man, a tech-savvy man. And to crown it all he wears an Awo cap. Besides, who on earth does not know that he is an Awo in-law?
The truth is that the man is a cunning pretender with ungodly ambitions.
But in deciding to challenge Tinubu in a presidential dwell, the devil has Osinbajo finally trapped. The devil has exposed him to failure, shame and ridicule. The devil is extracting his price. And it is going to be a very high price on him.
The PDP press calls him the “the poster boy” of the Buhari government. But they refuse to tell him that posters last only until the next heavy rain.
Let me tell a little-known story as far back as 2010. As the 2011 election season was approaching, the then CPC reached out to ACN with a view to working out a sort of merger or alliance for the pending 2011 election. After a series of meetings between the leadership of the parties, it became apparent that the chemistry was not right at that level because the desired results were not forthcoming. So one of my friends, also a Buhari loyalist and I sat down to review the situation in light of the fact that time was running out. That friend of mine is still alive and serving in the presidency.
To our minds then, the main issue was the challenges of a Muslim-Muslim ticket especially as Buhari was at the time considered a “no-no” in the Christian communities. In order to address this challenge, my friend and I approached Tinubu with a proposal that he should nominate a “loyal” Christian as running mate to Buhari. We emphasized the word “loyal” because Buhari had earlier indicated that he will only seek one term and no more. Therefore the proposed VP too should be one that would agree to serve for only one term and then clear the way for Tinubu to run for the Presidency. Tinubu agreed to consider this proposal and gave us a date to return for his decision after consultations.
On our return on the date promised, he gave us the name of Prof Osinbajo. I was aghast because I had prayed and hoped that he would nominate either his wife or my friend Kayode Fayemi, both of whom we know to be very young, brilliant, hardworking Christians from large denominations. All through the night, we tried to dissuade Tinubu from this choice but he stuck to his guns insisting that he can trust even his own life to this man, Osinbajo. Besides, he consistently argued that it will not be decent and proper to nominate his wife especially if he was to seek to be President immediately after her own tenure.
In the end,d of course, another person was preferred by Buhari. CPC then proceeded to lose the 2011 election. But when another opportunity came up in 2015, Tinubu had no hesitation in renominating Osinbajo to the post. Now, this is the same Tinubu that Osinbajo’s hatchet men are denigrating with his ardent concurrence. “There is God woh”.
Surely it is the devil that has tricked Osinbajo into doing this most inglorious act of our time that will number him among the most ungrateful serial betrayers of all time. The consequence of this wicked exposure of his blind ambition will follow him and many generations of his children long after he must have gone. Such a pity!
Mark my words, Nigerians are yet to know the reasons why the President took away all the Social Investment Programs from his office and handed them over to a little known woman that had no prior working experience. And we are yet to know the reasons why he is no longer assigned serious duties since the president’s recovery from illness. All these and more will begin to come out after 29th May, 023. Then the true understanding of who this man truly is will come. Then, he will be left standing; alone, a pariah as if naked in a marketplace with no more Trader Moni.
Kai! Satan is wicked
When Judas Iscariot behaved similarly, he went and hanged himself. Still, that extreme act of remorse could not absolve him from history’s most severe judgement. Was Judas also physically challenged height-wise? But so was Zacchaeus and he was no betrayer.
O God, have mercy on my former oga for he does not know what he is doing. It is pride, greed and ingratitude that have overtaken him. Also please, God forgives those who have nudged him on to this evil, ignoble course due to their self-interest. Dear God it is not too late for him to recant. You are a God of a second chance.
If he does recant and repents, who knows we might be able to persuade the president to send him to the Hague as a replacement to his former Boss Teslim. Or even to the United Nations as Nigeria’s Permanent Rep. These are the places where his “dogon turanci” might serve him well and where he can enjoy his “trader moni” unmolested instead of wasting it on delegates that will not vote for him anyway.
Kai! Satan is truly very wicked and him don trap my boss.
•BD LAWAL served as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)