Nigeria News: Politicians And Their Unguarded Statements

Nigeria News takes a look at politicians and their unguarded statements.

I had the privilege of reporting Lagos State House some years back. I covered the activities of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his successor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and could easily discern their qualities.

Both have come at different times with different challenges and of course different approaches to solving those problems.

Tinubu’s logic is unequal. He is a master player and strategist of the highest order. He understands the language and movement of politics and has dexterously used these gimmicks to create a space for himself in the political circle of Nigeria.

He is sophisticated and connected with the power brokers that now see him as a sacred cow when there is a need to address some salient dirty issues. This piece is not about laundering Tinubu’s image anyway but one needs to do some preambles to bring address the dearth of diplomacy among many of our politicians.

For Fashola, there is a little he knows about strategy in politics but this is a former governor that is better than many politicians when it comes to addressing issues. He is versed, learned, young but much matured.

Having developed contents for Fashola’s website for about four years, I discovered that I have read many books even though I never opened the books. Fashola exhibits what he read and if one listens to Fashola regularly, one may be sharing from his intellect. He solves practical problems, using theoretical analysis.

And when he speaks in the public, he sounds like reading a book to one’s ears. Fashola brings back the eloquence of late Chief Bola Ige but with less caustic tongue and banters.

However, these leaders goofed sometimes by their words. When Fashola said that a serious government would fix Nigeria power problems within six months, his words had continued to reverberate almost four years after that he had failed to fix the problem as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

Tinubu said that the only thing that could solve many of Nigeria problems was to vote out former President Goodluck Jonathan. Almost four years, Nigeria is yet to come out of the doldrums. Again, as the wave of defections continues to blow, politicians have been uttering unguarded statements.

Just when he was planning to defect from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party, the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said that the APC had shown him a red card and that he would have to leave.

But in a single meeting with the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the governor was described as a star and respected member of the party that would never defect. Oshiomhole painted Samuel as a saint but within a week that Samuel defected, the same Oshiomhole said that APC would have lost if it fielded Ortom for the second term.

He called Ortom names and eventually sent the Economic and Financial Crime Commission after him over alleged financial misconduct.

The most unguarded statement so far must have come from Tinubu at the Ikot Ekpene township stadium during a mega rally where Senator Godswill Akpabio officially defected to APC.

Akpabio was a PDP Governor for eight years in Akwa Ibom and the electorate voted for him to represent them at the Senate. He eventually defected to APC. While speaking at the rally, Tinubu condemned the rulings of PDP in Akwa Ibom but welcomed, Akpabio, the former PDP governor to APC. What a contradiction?

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