RE: “Only Those Looking for Appointments Want Restructuring”: An Open Letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo
“Those that are calling for restructuring are looking for appointment. When they say they want restructuring what they mean is that they want an appointment… some people told us Nigeria is a “geographical expression” although it was not even original to them.” – Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
I trust that you are well despite the fact that your principal is still at large.
Permit me to take this opportunity to respond to your gratuitous insult and your irresponsible and irrelevant assertion about those of us that have been at the forefront of the fight for restructuring our nation for many years.
However before doing so I shall make a few observations and assertions of my own.
You have constantly condemned and warned against what you call “hate speech” in our nation yet you indulge in it more than anyone else.
I say this because you constantly call others, particularly members of the opposition, “looters” and you take pleasure on demonising them before the world even before a court of law has pronounced them guilty of any wrongdoing.
You also call them “plunderers”, “liars”, “clueless” and “destroyers”. If this is not hate speech then I really don’t know what is!
You have stigmatised and criminalised every single leading member of the opposition PDP, including our leader President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, over the last three years and you have sought to paint us as reprobates and evil souls that are not fit to hold public office and that have destroyed the very foundation of our country.
One of your most prominent and vocal sympathisers, supporters and leaders even called President Jonathan’s wife, our former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, an ugly and illiterate hippopotamus! Are these sentiments not motivated by pure hate?
Yet you know very well that all that you and your associates have said about the PDP and our leaders is not only a lie from the pit of hell but also a carefully crafted, purposely contrived and premeditated false narrative.
Worse still you are fully aware of the fact that over sixty percent of your party elders and APC governors, ministers, legislators and public office holders were, up until three or four years ago, all elders, leaders and members of the PDP, including President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
If the PDP was so bad why did you give those that came from there such prominent positions and key roles to play at both the state and federal level before, during and after the presidential election of 2015?
You claim that those that are calling for restructuring are only doing so in order to get an appointment. You measure others by your own squalid standards and you do nothing but take shameless dictation from a tiny cabal of faceless shape-shifting reptilians, corpsocrats, bloodsucking demons and vampires.
You cover up their atrocities and you endorse their wicked ways and their evil persecution.
You have forgotten who you are and where you are coming from.
From the outset and as far back as the early 1940’s the Yoruba particularly, and indeed the people of the south generally, have wanted and fought for nothing but a restructured Nigeria where power is devolved from the center and now you insult those that support it and pooh pooh the whole idea.
As a Christian you have joined forces with those that hate your faith and that have sought to denigrate it and wipe it off the face of the earth.
Those that are behind this hideous and satanic agenda are not even real or true Muslims but rather they are Islamic fundamentalists and believers in radical and political islam.
They call their fellow Muslims who do not share their radical and bigoted views “infidels” simply because they believe that religion is a personal issue which must never be brought into or used in partisan politics and simply because they are prepared to support a non-Muslim for the Presidency or indeed any other political office.
Your new found friends and those you front for hate Christians and they hate real Muslims. Yet you do not care about this deviant disposition as long as you are given the opportunity by them to remain in office even though they treat you like filth and they regard you as nothing more than a mere quisling, puppet and puffed up, highly celebrated “national co-ordinator”.
What a sorry impasse you have brought us to. We had hoped that you would be a man and stand up like one whilst your “father” was away trying to recover from his ill-health and many afflictions in London but this was not to be.
Nigeria is crumbling right under your feet and falling apart because you have refused to rise up to the occasion, muster the required strength and moral authority to set things right and build bridges of fraternity and friendship and ensure that there is justice and fairness to all in the land.
Under you no Fulani herdsmen have been arrested. Under you Boko Haram has gone from bad to worse. Under you the Arewa Youth threatened a whole ethnic race with eviction and genocide yet none of them were arrested.
Under you the Yoruba youth have said they do not want restructuring anymore but what they want is secession. Under you IPOB brought the whole of the South East to a stand-still and today they reign supreme in that region and zone.
Under you stage-managed pictures of our ailing President were put out with visiting governors which were proof of life but which did not indicate whether he was mentally or physically well enough to come home and rule our nation. 90 days down the line and ww still don’t know what is wrong with him and how much longer he will be away.
Not only has the President gone missing but even the presidential jet that took him to the UK and that was parked at Stansted Airport waiting for him for the last three months has now reportedly also gone missing.
Ours has become an international shame and we are now the laughing stock of the world because you find it very hard to tell us the truth. Even CNN and the Washington Post, your good friends that helped to bring you to power, are now mocking you.
Yet you do not care and you continue to act as if all is well. Are you not provoking the Living God? Did the respected General Overseer of your Church, the Redeemed Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye (a profoundly good man who is undoubtedly one of God’s endtime generals) not teach you that a heavy price will be paid by those who join forces with the Amalekites to hurt, wound, crush and destroy the children of light and the sons and daughters of promise?
What is your fear and what is the source of your cowardice. Can light overcome darkness? Did David not survive the wilderness? Did he not survive the brutal onslaught of Saul, the rebellion of his own son Absalom and the vicious attacks of the Philistines?
Did he not defeat and destroy Goliath and redeem the honor of the children of Israel and the Living God? Is that God dead to you now?
Whose report do you believe? Do you believe the report of the Lord or the report of man?
He who created the eyes and the ears, can He no longer see and hear? Is the arm of the Lord too short to defend and deliver?
Is there anything too big or too difficult for our GOD? Is He that created the universe and who chose to make the earth His footstool so weak that He cannot honor His word and deliver His people?
The truth is that if you fail to do the right thing and you turn your back on Him and His purpose, He will spew you out and find another that will effect His purpose and will in our country. We are not in your hands but in His.
Mordecai told Esther this over three thousand years ago and I am telling you the same thing today.
If you need to be reminded about the veracity and efficacy of the Holy scriptures when it comes to the truisms and strictures of leadership and governance and you are reluctant to hear them from your spiritual father because you are ashamed of the fact that you have gone astray then please do the following.
Ask for a secret audience with either Bishop David Oyedepo, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Prophet T.B. Joshua, Dr. Daniel Olukoya, Apostle Suleman, Bishop Danson, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, Bishop B.O. Ezekiel or any of the other great men of God in our nation who will undoubtedly have the courage and the conviction to tell you what the Lord is saying and the bitter truth.
You need help and you need it fast. The politicians cannot help you now and neither can your new-found friends on the corridors of power or your beleaguered, divided and dying party the APC. Only the Living God can help you.
It is so bad that you did and said nothing when your fellow Redeemed Pastor (who happened to be a woman) was slaughtered right under your nose in Abuja recently. You did not even attend her burial.
Instead of doing the right thing and soothing frayed nerves you are encouraging division in our nation and you are consolidating and perpetuating a ruthless and heartless quasi-apartheid system of government which has no basis in decency, rationality, justice or fairness.
It is a cruel and barbaric system which sees a few as the master race and the rest as slaves. Given all this how can you possibly live with yourself and how can you hold your head up high?
You join common slaves and ride on horseback whilst you condemn and confine the princes of the realm and the sons and daughters of the Most High God to walk around barefooted.
This is not only sacrilege but it is indeed a great evil under the sun. May god forgive you and may He deliver you before it is too late.
All those that said that we should have faith in the APC and the Acting President should carefully meditate on and consider his words and categorisation of those who believe in restructuring and self-determination.
He says that they are just looking for an appointment. Permit me to ask the following questions.
Is it the leaders of the south, Afenifere, Ohanaeze and the Niger Delta that are looking for appointments? Or is it the leaders of the Middle Belt?
Is it Baba Fasoranti, Baba Ayo Adebanjo, General Alani Akinrinade, Chief Amos Akingba, Bishop Gbonigi, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi or Chief Olu Falae?
Is it Chief John Nwodo, Governor Victor Ezeife or Chief Arthur Nwankwo? Is it Chief E.K. Clark, Chief Solomon Asemota SAN or Chief Albert Horsefall?
Is it General TY Danjuma, General Dogonyaro or General Zamani Lekwot? Is it Atiku Abubakar who was the Vice President that you are today 18 years ago?
Is it the respected Baba Bisi Akande who has been calling for us to go back to the 1963 regional structure and form of government? Is it General Ibrahim Babangida who was Head of State 32 years ago?
What appointment can you or Buhari possibly offer any of them at their age and with their wealth of knowledge and experience? Why should you measure these distinguished and respected people, most of whom are old enough to he your father, by your own sordid standards?
The other day you stood at a public function and clapped heartily when our father and leader President Olusegun Obasanjo said that the way to stop the Biafran agitation was to offer the Igbo people a slice of cake?
Does that make sense to you? Is this whole thing about cake and appointments as far as people like you are concerned?
Why do you seen to take pleasure in denigrating those that do not believe in a nation that has all the powers of government concentrated at the center and that has dashed the hopes and dreams of millions?
Nigeria was meant to be a federation and not a unitary state with a federal facade! Have you forgotten that today simply because you are Vice President to Buhari?
Does Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the man that brought you into politics and that single-handedly made you Vice President, agree with you on this? Does he also believe that everyone that believes in restructuring is just looking for an appointment?
If so that would be very curious because he once believed in it and we used to discuss it extensively when we were closer. I am sure that at some point he would have lectured you on its merits and rudiments.
Honestly you have lost it completely. You have betrayed your people and jettisoned their cause. You have ignored their call for justice and equity and you have turned a deaf ear to their cry for deliverance.
Some will call you a shameless coward but I will not go that far out of respect for your office. I am however constrained to say that I have lost the great respect that I once had for you.
Like the biblical Demas you have turned your back on your primary calling and you have gone the other way.
You have been seduced and overwhelmed by a Demastic anointing. You have fallen in love with the awesome power of governance at the Villa and all worldly things.
In short you are a self-serving modern-day Afonja who will eventually be consumed by those who he has joined forces with to destroy his own people and the children of the Living God. Thus sayest the Lord.
My regards to your family Your Excellency and kindly convey my warmest greetings and special felicitations to your brother “Jebi” who I am very fond of and was very friendly with whilst at London University in the early 1980’s. Shalom.
Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets from@realFFK.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.