By: Femi Fani-Kayode
“You remain the father of the nation, our father and political father to
all. Just like i told Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President
Osinbanjo yesterday in Nigeria… Those who think that they have
politically grown to insult you will all regret it before month end sir. I
am here (London) to register my undiluted love and unalloyed support to
you. I was involved in all their meetings and I know what their plans are.
The long recess of NASS is going to be your advantage and not theirs like
they thought and planned”- Senator Godswill Akpabio to President Muhammadu
Those that do not have the courage of their convictions and that do not
have the guts to stand against tyranny when under fire are not worthy of
being called men: they are little better than beasts.
The fact that the former Governor of Akwa Ibom, Senator Godswill Akpabio,
is a coward and a traitor is no longer in dispute. The fact that his
brazen treachery knows no bounds is what can best be described as “settled
A leader must be ready to sacrifice his liberty and life in defence of
truth, justice and righteousness and he must be prepared to defend his
nation, faith, people and loved ones no matter the price he may have to
Sadly such noble virtues and high standards are lost on men like Akpabio.
To them such matters and sentiments are like Greek or Latin: they can
neither understand their meaning or grasp their import.
They fail to appreciate the fact that fear is not a virtue but a vice.
They refuse to acknowledge the fact that to blink the eye, bat the eyelid,
surrender, compromise, buckle, capitulate and bend the knee to the tyrant
and his minions in a futile and last minute attempt to preserve your life
and liberty is utterly shameful.
Akpabio’s desire to decamp to the APC due to his trepidation and fear of
the EFCC and Buhari’s regime is pitiful. If he has done nothing wrong then
why the fear and why the trepidation? Where is his faith in God?
And if he has done something wrong, given the fact that he has opposed
them virulently for the last three years, does he honestly believe that
the Buhari regime will not punish him by using it against him if they
manage to get back to power next year, no matter how much he helps them
If he believes that then he is not half as intelligent as I once thought.
Buhari is not a man of honor, he is not a worthy ally, he does not keep to
his pronlmises and he does not have friends. The only friend he has is his
insatiable lust for power which he feeds on a daily basis.
Aside from that the following questions come to mind. Does Akpabio
honestly see any good in Buhari and his goverrnment? Is that what he
thinks that Nigerians deserve to suffer for the next few years and if so
what is their crime?
Has he forgotten the gratuitous insults that Buhari dishes out so lavishly
on the Nigerian people whenever he travels abroad and speaks to foreign
leaders and the foreign press?
Has he forgotten about all those that the Buhari government have killed
and all those that have died and suffered in the struggle against them?
Does the shedding of innocent blood by a desperate government mean nothing
Has he forgotten the tears of the tormented and persecuted and the cries
of the widows, orphans and the bereaved whose loved ones have been
butchered by jihadists, religious fanatics, cow-lovers and ethnic
supremacists that Buhari has protected and encouraged over the last three
Has he forgotten the anguish of those whose loved ones have been locked up
indefinately and those who have been demonised and subjected to the most
barbaric and insidious media witchunts in the history of our nation?
Has he forgotten the practice of double standards in the application of
our laws? Has he forgotten how the rogues in Buhari’s cabinet and
government and the governors in his party are above the law and get away
with blue murder?
Has he forgotten about the slaughter of northern Christians, IPOB youths
and Shiite Muslims?
Has he forgotten about the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Fulani
terrorists and herdsmen? Has he forgotten about the attack against the
Church and the attempt to undermine and ridicule Christendom?
Has he forgotten about the censorship of the media and how newspapers
houses and radio and television stations are warned against airing or
publishing anti-government material?
Has he forgotten about Buhari’s insidious secret romance with Boko Haram
and how he has strengthened them in the last two years by freeing their
commanders and paying them huge and unprecedented ransoms?
Has he forgotten the appauling way that members of our Armed Forces are
being treated by the government and how they are massacred on the front
lines and given secret mass burials in secret graves with no honor or
Has he forgotten about the brutal assault on the judiciary and judges and
the undermining of the rule of law? Has he forgotten about the relentless
attacks on the legislature and the humiliation of his colleagues at the
Has he forgotten about the horrors and wickedness that members and leaders
of the opposition PDP were subjected to over the last 3 years? Has he
forgotten about what the Govermment did to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Sheik El Zak
Zaky and Col. Ibrahim Dasuki?
Has he forgotten the vitriolic terms and words that they used to describe
President Goodluck Jonathan, President Olusegun Obasanjo and every single
PDP leader and government that held power between 1999 and 2015?
Has he forgotten that Buhari considers himself to be the third and final
Mahdi of the north and that he has nothing but contempt and disdain for
those that come from the Middle Belt and the south and those that do not
share his religious faith?
Has he forgotten the insults the Buhari government heaped on southerners,
Middle Belters, Afenifere, Ohaeneze, the Niger Delta Elders, the Middle
Belt Forum and every single elderstatesman and leader that has called for
the restructuring of our country.
Has he forgotten about the division, strife, disgrace, penury, corruption,
poverty and despair that they have subjected the Nigerian people to over
the last three years.
Has he forgotten what Christians have been subjected to by these demons
from hell? Has he forgotten their hatred for the Church? Has he forgotten
the division, strife, turmoil, bloodshed, torment and havoc that they have
inflicted on our nation?
Has Akpabio forgotten about all these things or is that he is so tormented
by the fear of his own shadow, the EFCC and Buhari’s ghost that he has
capitulated like a fatherless peasant that lacks nobility, class, dignity,
self-respect, good-breeding and honor?
On a general note one is constrained to ask: why are most Nigerian leaders
plagued with such a cowardly disposition and servile spirit? Why do they
compromise so often and why do they tremble before power?
If Akpabio had issues with PDP that is fair enough. We all have issues
with the party in varying degrees.
Yet if he felt constrained to leave why can’t he join any of the other
numerous opposition parties? Why does he have to sell his soul to the
devil and enter a Faustian pact with Buhari and the APC.
Why should he join the birds of prey to feed on the blood, flesh and guts
of the Nigerian people?
The truth is that he has betrayed his people and joined forces with those
that seek to enslave them simply in an attempt to secure freedom and
goodwill for himself.
Is that what leaders are meant to do? Are they meant to give in to their
most morbid and irrational fears and collaborate with those that seek to
destroy their nation, their people and their future?
Akpabio reminds me of the old African chiefs and traditional rulers that
sold their own people into slavery to the white slave dealers in return
for tiny crumbs and protection.
He reminds me of the black slaves that fought on the side of the southern
secessionist forces in the American civil war who attempted to preserve
the institution of slavery.
He reminds me of the inglorious Scottish clans that turned their backs on
Scotland’s heroic Bonny Prince Charlie and instead betrayed their people
and fought on the side of the English oppressors to oppose Scottish
emancipation and liberation.
He reminds me of everything that is unpleasant, servile, weak, ugly,
uncouth, cowardly and dishonorable.
The fact of the mattee is that Akpabio deserves to be pitied. He is more
worthy of pathos than wrath because, like Judas Iscariot and those that
betrayed and crucified Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, he “knows not
what he does”.
Shakespeare wrote that “a coward dies a thousand times before his death,
but the valiant taste of death but once.”
Soyinka wrote that “the man died in him who remained silent before tyranny”.
Akpabio has died a thousand deaths and the man has died in him.
Courage, risk and sacrifice are the fuel and engine room of the struggle
for liberation. I would rather live as a free man for one day than live a
thousand years as a coward and a slave.
May God guide my friend and brother Godswill Akpabio and may He open his
eyes and cause him to appreciate the folly of his own actions and the very
grave consequences of the monumental mistake he is about to make.
May He remind him that the forces of darkness have nothing to offer but
death, sorrow, shame and destruction.
May He remind him that no matter how dark the night, joy comes in the
morning for those who have faith, who trust in the Lord and who stand firm
till the end.
May He remind him that those that joined Adolf Hitler, even in his last
days, ended up dying with him.