ousted from corridors of power, the only thing he merchandises in order
to remain politically relevant is his usual macabre dance of shame that
accompanies his mischievously crafted ethnic and religious war songs.
One was therefore not surprised that Chief Fani-Kayode converted the
story of five Nigerians who were reportedly kidnapped in Ijebu Ode, to a
means of drumming religious and ethnic war.
When Vice President Yemi Osinbajo recently said that stories about
kidnapping in Nigeria are overtly sensationalised and exaggerated, it
appears he had the likes of Fani-Kayode in mind. When one subjects the
introduction of Kayode’s vitriolic aspersions to logic and facts, his
intention and degree of desperation becomes more obvious and glaring.
In his bid to transform the abduction story to a religious affair, Fani
Kayode, without fact-checking, reported that “no less than five pastors
of the Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG) have been abducted in
Ijebu Ode, Ogun State” even when the latter media reports quoted Pastor
Enoch Adegboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christians Church
of God, to have said that only one cleric was actually abducted.
While the identity and status of those kidnapped do not reduce the
weight of the incidence, is it not unfortunate and ridiculous that
Fani-Kayode, a lawyer and a former Minister of Federal Republic of
Nigeria has unjustly hyped the incidence by according it a religious
connotation in order to draw needless attention? Indeed, Fani-Kayode has
gone mad again, for only a mad man goes to the market square with his
hands serving as a cover to his balls without feeling naked!
The killings across the country, either by terrorists, bandits and
herdsmen, is condemnable by every right-thinking Nigerian, but reducing
the crisis to a religious or ethnic war like Fani-Kayode is notorious
for, will do this country no good. Taking the advantage of the security
situation to exalt self by undeserving elements like Fani-Kayode is not
only unpatriotic, it is uncharitable.
Fani Kayode is an expert of tomfoolery; he mobs sentiments to subtly
press and spark ethnic and religious hatred among suspecting Nigerians.
In the article titled “Abduction of RCCG pastors, slaughter of Catholic
priest and a word for Adeboye, Osinbajo.”
Kayode buttressed pointless argument arising from an incident that has
been meticulously orchestrated by the haters of this government to
compel the mentioned man of God to unwillingly react to a circumstance
designed by evil men to give a government that is making frantic efforts
to upturn the security situation in the country.
Insecurity has both local and national dimensions; a threat in any part
of the country is a sure threat to our collective existence. Thus,
fragmenting insecurity to ethnic and religious codes, undermine
government efforts in addressing the situation.
The reckless speed with which Fani-Kayode gives religious colour to
abduction that has nothing to do with religion suggest that he detests
peace and prosperity of this nation. In many of his posts on social
media, he had attributed most of the security challenges to a particular
ethic group, the Fulani. He fails to remember that Fulani, just like
every ethnic group in Nigeria, are not monolithic in composition.
No doubt, there are good and bad Fulani. To achieve peaceful coexistence
among various ethnic and religious groups in the country however,
efforts must be made to exorcise the good ones from the bad ones without
necessarily demonising a particular ethnic group or religion.
The life of every Nigeria counts to the government of President Muhammdu
Buhari and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, have taken an oath to preserve
the sanctity of lives of all Nigerians irrespective of tribe or place of
Furthermore, there is absolutely no doubting the resourcefulness and
reliability of Osinbajo in helping to steer the ship of nation building
under the leadership of President Buhari in times of peace and in times
of turbulence as they often happen.
It’s no exaggeration, too, that Osinbajo remains one of the most
cerebral Nigerians to have occupied the position of Vice President
within the context of the country’s embrace of democracy. Although a
Pastor and a Christian, he has a firm belief of one Nigeria. He stands
for all, despite our diverse religious and ethnic proclivities.
Expecting him to do otherwise through low-priced antics is the highest
level of madness.
Comrade Ben Abdul writes from the Federal University, Lokoja