The latest saga in the never-ending drama personified by President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Dino Melaye and other actors in the Nigerian political tragicomedy brings to mind what a person said during a radio phone-in programme a few weeks ago.
According to this person, Nigerian politicians have become so effective in using their drama to distract Nigerians from the real issues that it only takes one of them a week to bear the heat of a new controversy before the rage moves on to another controversy from the following week.
For instance, Nigerians have been amused by news of Dino Melaye avoiding arrest, then getting arrested at the airport, then denials of him being arrested, only for him to be in SARS custody, and eventually reportedly landing in hospital after jumping out of a police vehicle.
All of that coming in a matter of days, just like Daddy BuBu’s latest set of controversies which started over last week after he implied to a gathering of Commonwealth leaders in London that most of the Nigerian youth are lazy.
The backlash from that raged and raged until Chimamanda Adichie got upset over Hillary Clinton’s Twitter bio starting with “wife” rather than another word which would better convey the 2016 U.S. presidential candidate’s accomplishments.
But Buhari couldn’t stay away from controversy for long, bringing us to his authorisation for the release of nearly half a billion dollars for the purchase of 12 Super Tucano warplanes from the U.S. without the National Assembly’s blessings.
Buhari, in a letter to the House of Representatives defending his action, described the move for the purchase of those aircrafts as “anticipatory approval” in the belief that the NASS would approve of it when brought before them eventually.
First of first, what in the six geopolitical zones is “anticipatory approval”? And, assuming this is even a thing in Abuja’s Three Arms Zone, why couldn’t Daddy BuBu do similar for the 2018 budget which still hasn’t been passed (and April ends in days)?
All these only further prove what a joke the Nigerian polity has become, and that’s without even mentioning the N10 billion controversy involving Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, and others.
Let’s not forget Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and the Mace – which was returned just before the 24-hour deadline given by the NASS to the security agencies for the return of the Mace elapsed. Curious stuff.
It’s like along the corridors of power, the occupants converge during lunch hour and brag about who’s controversy will outdo every other official’s controversy next.