Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is known in the Nigerian Political community in different ways depending on who you ask. Very few politicians and indeed popular Nigerians can challenge him to an oratory contest – he knows how to captivate people’s attention.
It is not everything that captivates attention that are true, valid or even make sense. As a boy, I was fascinated by the popular Ajantala fable each and every time the story was being told. Ajantala, as the story said, was a baby who on his 8th day, started talking clearly, ate one basket of Eko and also one basket of Akara, beat up the local priest who had come to name him (he named himself Ajantala!) mercilessly before eventually running away into the forest to rule the animals. All on his eighth day!
Like the story of Ajantala, Chief Fani-Kayode’s comments, analysis and public briefings have always received popular attention by both sides of the Nigerian political parties as well as the indifferent. Interestingly, just like the fable, his attention deriving outings have usually failed to make any sense. As a matter of fact, his utterances have demonstrated how emptily loaded his sense of judgment is. Chief Fani-Kayode has made a lot of comments that have been found to be either untrue, inflammatory, unpatriotic or all added together. I do not plan to enlist all of such here as I will be writing for years to fully capture all. The essence of this write up is Fani-Kayode’s recent claim or comment that a pact was signed by Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (APC VP) to hand over to Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu after the former has won the March 28, 2015 election as the Vice President to General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd).
I will like to clear some points here. I am a tenacious and unapologetic Buharist. I also believe in the competence and capability of Prof. Osinbajo. I do not see the APC as a political party of saints or angels. As far as I am concerned, there is no clear separation between it and the PDP. Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu is perhaps Nigerians most maverick political gladiator and I have deep respect for him for the part he played in providing a strong opposition to PDP. However, I do not pray Asiwaju becomes the President or Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to Fani-Kayode “Tinubu, according to our information, has compelled Osinbajo to swear to an oath that after six months in office, he would resign as the vice president, in the unlikely event that their party wins. Credible pieces of information at our disposal indicate that Tinubu has perfected plans to come to power through the back door. The ultimate objective of this plot is to ensure that Tinubu becomes president”
I cannot even begin to imagine that this is a man that once occupied the office of a Minister in this country. Is it that Fani-Kayode is this shallow or is he so desperate to convince his principals? How a supposedly learned, 54 year old conjured such intellectually handicapped statement beats my imagination. It is unfortunate, catastrophic and totally insane that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode can utter such a combination of filthy, fallacious, befuddling and illusory sentence. The constitution of Nigeria section 146 subsection 3 states that;
Where the office of Vice-President becomes vacant:-
by reason of death or resignation, impeachment, permanent incapacity or removal in accordance with section 143 or 144 of this Constitution;
by his assumption of the office of President in accordance with subsection (1) of this section; or
for any other reason
the President shall nominate and, with the approval of each House of the National Assembly, appoint a new Vice-President.
It is safe to conclude that either Fani-Kayode has no knowledge about Nigeria’s constitution or he chose to formulate and communicate an illusion that is not only impossible but also lack the signature of a functional human mind. Neither of these two befits any logical thinking man. Alas! It is now obvious that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode does not read as vast as he always claim he does on national media. With the likes of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode around the corridors of power in Nigeria, it is little wonder that Nigeria, having only gained independence 15 days before Chief Fani-Kayode’s birth, is as confused as this author of “The Bitter Truth About The Igbo”
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