PMB and the Language they Understand
The early morning rains in Abuja today, woke me up to the song of a Nigerian musician, Timi Dakolo, titled, Amen, and a particular stanza was repeatedly playing in my mind, viz:
One day you go sign the cheque (amen)
You sef go drive that Benz oh (amen)
This life go still make sense oh
(Amen, amen, amen)
Your children go make you proud (amen)
Bad people no go pull you down (amen)
One day you go run this town oh
(Amen, amen, amen).
In all, my mind kept moving back and forth between President Muhammadu Buhari and a segment of Nigerians, in particular the wailers, who have taken it upon themselves to be unduly critical, or look at everything he does in the opposite.
Incidentally, and recently, I stumbled on one, who although critical, but objective and open minded, with the will to change, if convinced with evidence that the government is as humane as it’s promoters are saying.
I told this wailer to expect being turned into a hailer soon, and the wailer responded with a cynical, but waggish Amen. Again, my mind went to Timi Dakolo’s Amen and I said, PMB, Bad people no go pull you down (amen).
Since last month, when in an interview with Arise TV, and pursuant to the misbehavior of some miscreants in Nigeria, PMB reiterated his threat that he will treat those misbehaving in “the language they understand”, things have been happening with surprise, but palatable manners, amen.
First was the dis-ease and discomfort of Twitter, the microblogging platform that blocked and deleted a tweet where the president stated, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.
Second came the mid year gift of the re-arrest and subsequent repatriation of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. The good news was broken by Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who said the arrest was effected through the collaborative efforts of the international agencies, with particular reference to the Interpol.
“Nnamdi Kanu has been intercepted. He has been brought back to Nigeria in order to continue facing trial after disappearing”-Abubakar Malami, mimister of Jistice.
Yes, like Timi said, Your children go make you proud (amen). The Interpol has made Nigeria and PMB proud by speaking his language, Amen.
The third played out when, based on intelligence reports it received on stockpiling of arm, in the early hours of Thursday, 01/07/2021, operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, raided Sunday Igboho’s residence in Soka, Oyo State, where a bloody gun battle ensued, leading to the death of two guards and injuries on both sides, with 12 individuals whisked away from the house to Abuja.
The DSS had since then declared Igboho wanted, advising the separatist activist to turn himself in.
Yes, in speaking their language, and with a little bias to Timi Dakolo’s song, PMB can count on his boys that, bad people no go pull you down (amen).
Sunday Igboho is a Yoruba nation secessionists, that is agitating for the establishment of an Oduduwa Republic from Nigeria. Although the police had warned him and his followers against a planned rally in Lagos today, Igboho was adamant and extremely emphatic that there won’t be election in the Southwest in 2023, saying the Yoruba race was already weary of the Fulani alleged feudal and political dominance in the country.
All the security operatives in Lagos are on full gear, waiting for the arrival of the wackadoodles. And I believe, they would speak to them in the language they understand.
Since March this year, when, during a meeting with the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, co-chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, PMB reiterated that the nation’s Security Chiefs have received marching orders to go harder on criminals, including to shoot anyone found illegally with AK-47, methinks the President has woken up to smell the coffee.
And in consonance with Timi Dakolo’s song, he want’s to tell Nigerians that, This life go still make sense oh (Amen, amen, amen).
Unconfirmed reports have it that Sunday Igboho was trailed and arrested at the shrine of a popular Nigerian spiritual leader, but the official statement from the DSS spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya stands at, “He is advised to turn himself in to the nearest security agency. Those cheering and eulogizing him may appeal to, or advise him to do the needful. He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law”.
Thank you Mr. President, for bringing them to terms with the language they understand.
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