Obanikoro: After the Reggae Play the Blues by Amako Nneji

By Ikenga Chronicles October 23, 2016

Obanikoro: After the Reggae Play the Blues by Amako Nneji

The dramatic comeback of the most wanted man who was the Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro was a poor script, designed to be acted by Mr Ibu, Aki and Paw Paw of the Nollywood and to be solely dedicated to Tom and Jerry.

It was really a comic relief orchestrated by the Economic And Financial Commission (EFCC) to relax the nerves of President Muhamamdu Buhari who according to his Senior Special Assistant on media and Publicity, Garba Shehu loves banter.

At the beginning, my friend Olisa Metuh, Fani-Kayode and the fiery critic Ayo Fayose all formed the bulwark of the opposition. Their noise was clear and defining. They severally taunted and shouted danger in every step Buhari’s took when majority of Nigerians were shouting Hosanna. The fact that this Government came in on a strong wave of public acceptance and adulation did not affect their noise. They screamed at every given opportunity to the high heavens, their undying opposition to this ‘apparition’ that had beset us as a nation.

Some of us were watching the grandstanding knowing full well the end game which was to attempt to turn public opinion against the anti-corruption stance and to give them a strong public backing in case the government suddenly decided to move against them.

Today, Ayo Fayose buoyed by his immunity as a sitting governor and Fani-Kayode whose courage in the face of overwhelming power continues to surprise me, are the only ones left standing. Metuh has since backed down, preferring to cut a deal for his freedom after suffering health challenges.

Obanikoro is today the most recent ‘turncoat’. Not to judge but for those of us who watched that video, it was always apparent that his was a real bad case. He was always going to cut a deal although one suspected that his dual citizenship just might play a role in whatever decision he was going to take.From the news spewing out of his current place of abode, it is becoming very clear that we are headed towards a plea bargain. He has been singing like a canary in EFCC’s custody since he turned in himself.

Obanikoro would have weighed all his options and seeing nothing but a dark tunnel would have decided to ‘cut a deal’ and come back to the county to ‘try his luck’. Apart from the recovery of some of the funds he has been accused of salting away (still an accusation though), he could provide answers to some of the national questions as a major participant in the last era.

During Former President Jonathan’s era, all sorts of appointments from Ambassadorial to the Defence portfolio were thrown at him. In fact, the last one came just after he lost the gubernatorial primaries and it did not matter that the administration had just three months to go. He was given the Defence portfolio with the mandate to recover Ekiti from Fayemi.

From the Ekiti saga video clip, if that was him though, his lack of respect for the traditions of the Army and total disregard of the authority of an Army general was worrying. He was allegedly seen in the movie unilaterally promising the General speedy promotion if he was ‘obedient’.

Obanikoro’s return and immediate metamorphosis into a major singer to me is a good development. Already we are beginning to hear of how wads of cash were ferried in fire trucks across the tarmac and deposited in the back bushes of Ekiti.

But just how long this drama of songs will last nd how many more co-actors will be implicated is something we are yet to determine.

In the meantime, Obanikoro, do not stop the songs, keep them coming. After the Reggae Play the Blues

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