I was confounded, but not entirely surprised when I read the outburst of Festus Keyamo Channels TV.
He accused Buba Galadima of deceiving Nigerians with his criticism of Buhari, while his daughter still works at the Villa. Keyamu was quoted as saying “your daughter works with the president in the Villa, what is she still doing there?”
Perhaps someone needs to remind Keyamo that as a Nigerian, Buba Galadima’s, daughter has the right to seek employment anywhere. The fact that Buba Galadima no longer supports Buhari shouldn’t be a criterion for the retention or disengagement of his daughter from her employment in the Villa. The said daughter is a married adult with a conviction of her own.
For all we know, she may not share Buba Galadima’s, political beliefs. Examples abound where children have a political conviction of their own distinct from those of their parents. While Obasanjo supports Atiku his son is clamouring for Buhari. Same goes for Doyin Okupe and his son.
From Keyamo’s warped logic, Buba Galadima should stop his criticism of Buhari because the president has been gracious enough to retain his daughter in the Villa. Not minding the fact that she might be a civil servant and not a political appointee.
In other words, the parents of everyone who works in the Villa must not criticise Buhari, even when it’s obvious that the president is not mentally and physically equipped for the task of steering the ship of state.
Keyamo needs to be reminded that Galadima’s daughter, just like Buhari, is an employee of the Nigerian nation. Her continued retention of her appointment is a function of her ability to diligently discharge her assigned responsibility.
Where by she fails to do this, she can be kicked out. Just like the President can also be kicked out by we his employers for his failure to live up to expectations .
Tokunbo Peters is a seasoned media practitioner with over 30 years working experience in the public sector.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.