By Ishaq Habeeb
So I made a rather long comment on Prof. Farooq Kperogi’s Facebook post regarding Bola Ahmad Tinubu’s Presidential candidacy and he thought it’s an excellent observation thus should be an independent write-up.
Here is part of what the comment entails: “Tinubu is too old, too inebriated, too corrupt, too unhealthy, too controversial and too unfit to lead a nation that’d just survived a tsunami”. That was my first reaction to the news making the rounds on social media since he officially made his intention public to run for The Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, come 2023.
Now, a week before Tinubu’s announcement, our Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had also declared his intention to run for the same office come 2023 and had officially informed his principal, to seek his blessings as he intends to succeed him. My confusion here is, Mr. Osinbajo’s declaration didn’t generate half the noise, Tinubu’s declaration is generating – although mostly in the negative. It makes me wonder, why are we all too focused solely on Tinubu? Everybody talking about what a terrible choice he’d be for the job, all attentions shifted away from Osibanjo.
Osinbanjo, a man who had been Buhari’s VP since 2015 but never had any (open or serious – if at all any) rift or imbroglio with his principal regarding the state of the nation. Now I put this to sleepy-eyed Nigerians, if Buhari is Pharaoh, doesn’t that make Osinbajo, the Vizier? Pharaoh’s Second-in-Command. That said, Osinbajo’s nonchalance to Buhari’s bad governance can only mean one of three (3) things:
1. That Osinbanjo is 100% with, and actively part and parcel of the Buhari govt hence part to blame for the crass mismanagement of this country since they took over in 2015.
2. That he’s indifferent to the misrule and mismanagement of the country by (him and) his principal, so long as he remain the country’s VP and his family is safe and far away from the horrible effects of the bad governance, the Buhari regime – in which he’s the VP – has unleashed on Nigerians.
3. That he is not happy with the status quo but lack the integrity and moral decency to do the pastoral thing and speak out against the ills or even step down, rather than feign indifference, watching the daily destruction of Nigeria and Nigerians by his principal, with himself, as second in charge.
Osinbajo is just as terrible as Tinubu for the job they’re eyeing and Nigerians shouldn’t reject Taye, but accept Kehinde. They’re two sides of the same coin. However, bad as they both are, if they’re the only two options, between the two, I’d rather go for the at least, healthy, mentally and physically-fit Osinbajo, over a sick, decrepitly-old, shady, and stinkingly-corrupt Tinubu. But thank God for multiple choices.
Ishaq Habeeb writes from Kano and can be reached on his Twitter handle @realishaqhabeeb
January 14, 2022
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