By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju
Aside my column, I have largely refrained from writing about politics in this space. I have my reasons. One, I am sick and tired of the Eminence Grise. Two, I found out that politicians monitor this wall for political insight which they lift and use. I will rather profit from my political insight than put it out here for them for free. Those who appreciate the worth of my insight should pay me for it 😁.
The past few days has fed me with amusement after the Fowler outster. I still don’t know what to think about the opinion of the Nation Newspapers powerful columnists. Tatalo Àlàmú and Uncle Orebe Femi are both well known to me. They are people I can call in the twinkle of an eye. I know they are sufficiently independent to write whatever they want. I want to think it is all a coincidence. These are people who will want to be on the right side of history. I read Ademola H Adigun update and the comment of my Ẹ̀gbọ́n Oluseyi Faseyiku. That update and comment inspired me to write this. Aside from History, I think whoever aspires to lead, even at community level should know economic history.
Asiwaju is finding out that the twists and turns of Nigeria’s political labyrinth is a different ball game from Lagos state Tammany Hall politics (Google Tammany Hall). Asiwaju’s political fortunes is NOT the Yoruba political fortune. Has he really protected the Yoruba interest or advance the Yoruba cause?
When we were getting slaughtered earlier in the year in the Southwest, what did he say? He kept quiet and unperturbed for a long time. When circumstance forced him to speak, he said; “where are the cows”? That for me was it! We will never forget those words. I am particularly offended by that. He has solidified the impression that he cashed in, on a vacuum. Will Yoruba avatars like Sir Adeyemo Alakija, Bode Thomas, Awolowo, Adelabu, Akintola, have said that?
“Nothing happens by accident in politics”. Most leaders who represent Western Nigeria have subordinated an entire nationality to their obsession with money. In clear contrast, Chief Obafemi Awolowo created the Cooperative Bank in 1953 and induced into being, a petite bourgeoisie, a lower middle class, the first in colonial black Africa. What have they contributed to us?
Asiwaju should carry his cross. He blundered himself into this situation and walked into a political nightmare. It is an indictment of his style that Lagos with its teeming population cannot produce 5 million votes for a party that has had an unbroken run since 1999. That should tell him that it is a wholesale rejection of his politics by graft style.
We need to look him in the eye and tell him the truth. His role in the creation of crypto-fascists in Western Nigeria contributed to the implosion of standards in Yorubaland. His politics is a grotesque parody of what chief Obafemi Awolowo did. Let us tell him to change. Who knows he might want to learn new tricks.