October 18, 2018

Hawks And Falcons Again On The Loose

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”No , but you shall give it to me now , and if not, I will take it by force’ is a hackneyed scriptural verse often credited to the sons of Eli who treated the Lord’s offering with contempt. This again comes  into play  as we see   a tribe of  tiny minority  transmute  into a masked terror machine cutting down  lives  they aspire  to rule  over  in  Africa’s biggest democracy and largest economy.  The people have at different times voiced discontent with  their style of leadership in the past   , at present and also express fear for the future as they gather again to hoodwink us  in a bid to clinch victory  and establish control of political power at the centre – this of course remains a towering  ambition under the existing circumstances calling to mind the  twenty months of  repressive rule under which Nigerians groaned.
This , however , could never be forgotten in a hurry.  Every bit of their action in the past qualifies for bullying and this was painfully  recorded.  Many who spoke against the ills of the day at the period under review   were cowed into silence, detained without trial,  killed by retroactive laws  and today we see their desire to stage a comeback rearing  its ugly head on the ascending order of magnitude. Their story is one of desperation typical of a group of people who do nothing but fanning the embers of discord and beating the drums of war which speak volumes for the destruction of lives and property somewhere in the desert cotton fields of  northern Nigeria all in a senseless bid to bring President Jonathan down from atop his pedestal.
In the face of every agony being suffered in this embattled region by families from  whom  loved ones have been estranged these political gladiators employ  many forms including threats, violence, intimidation,  destruction of property to rule  Nigerians not  by law but  by  diabolic whims and caprices and these  constitute  nothing but a grave  danger.  Essentially they could be compared with  hawks together with  falcons on the loose  out to pounce on its prey and we all have been  victims of their consuming   ambitions  that have caused us sorrow, tears and blood.
These close-knit cliques have failed us miserably and woefully  over the years bringing  us all to the edges of the abyss thus paving the way for a bloody revenge via  impending revolution if adequate precaution is not taken. Hence the evolution of civilisation and social organisation that checks and regulates the lust for revenge and other such instincts compel one to answer in the affirmative as they continue to play god with our lives by unleashing  terror on defenceless Nigerians. Their satanic ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian, if they all need reminding.
Buhari unlike President Jonathan does not know how to get attention in positive and acceptable ways , that is why he often resorts to force calling to mind his infuriating remark  ”the dogs and baboons will be soaked in blood”. He is anti-social, rude and hostile ,feel justified in  picking on others and probably has a high opinion of himself,  uses force or aggression to intimidate political rivals and opponents and these have incurred him none other than negative consequences for his harmful anti-social behaviour. What one sows , they often say , one shall reap; this is one incontrovertible fact.
In advanced societies with particular reference to   the Old World where I have sojourned  for nearly  two decades now  politics is played without rancour and bitterness. Everyone puts in one’s best like such President Jonathan is doing  to reposition one’s country on the path of economic prosperity and development  and this has been yielding amazing results as Nigeria came recently  from behind in the first quarter of this year after a re-basing calculation of our GDP  to become  Africa’s biggest economy –  a feat which we  did not dream of under his predecessors among whom is  the perpetually unelectable General who again aspires to be the most powerful man in Nigeria. His previous regime  you know as well as I know  was characterised by gross human right  abuses and violations all in a futile bid to cover up his crying  corrupt practices.
Democracy is all about the control of an organization by the majority of its members and this is an essentially  missing link in the All Progressives Congress, APC,  Nigeria’s main opposition party. Many of the party bigwigs  had to defect as it became obvious that  the party has been  hijacked by certain overlords, grandees and high-ups and what we here  in the Diaspora often hear is that the ”Messianic  party” lacks internal democracy. Ay , this is not in dispute because the party chieftains that we all know  only strive  to aggrandize themselves and in fact bestride the Nigerian political world like a colossus.  Candidates for elective offices are not  elected ; their selection  always carries the trademarks of the great  Asiwaju proclamations and pronouncements. This is bushman politics at play on our part of the globe.
Could these type of men be entrusted with power? You would be better advised to be on the alert; in fact do not be caught off guard because  power , it is said ,  corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Just as  it is not surprising that the term “Machiavellian” has come to describe the astute and immoral execution of power, having these men vested with power is tantamount to raising Niccolo Machiavelli from the dead, who shall  have us all subdued  and kept under permanent subjugation. We really do not need to be told that these tribes  of men are hawks and falcons again on the loose.
Iyoha John Darlington, aka Lington Donovan, a political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues  writes from Turin , Italy.

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