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Fani Kayode and his friend Yahaya Bello of the North Central

I read Fani Kayode’s piece on a narrative that PDP betrayed some ethnic groups in the country as well as portraying a live televised presidential primary as a corrupted one. This was all in an attempt to give Atiku a bad name so people should hang him, I pitied the citizenry if indeed Fani and others think such lowly of the readers of their pieces.

The number one question is: does Fani think Nigerians don’t know all the candidates in all the parties share money to delegates? How could Fani stare us in the face and insinuate that only the delegates of the APC are critical and objective enough to vote based on conscience or whatever he was trying to portray. He even punctured the same narrative of his by finally going totally undemocratic by insisting Buhari must whimsically produce the next candidate of the APC, this murdered his initial advise to the Afenifere regarding that politics was all about intrigues and maneuvers as well as been a game of numbers.

How could Fani Kayode annex Asiwaju Tinubu when the pulse in the land says only him stands a chance to defeat Atiku. How could Fani Kayode condemn Atiku and then go down to insist the Northeast deserved presidency, has he forgotten where Atiku comes from or it’s all in attempt to showcase to us that he’s indeed tying to cash in on our vulnerability to hoodwink us with grammar. I simply refused to be hoodwinked not because I support any particular candidate but because we must encourage the need for a more robust engagement in our system.

The article displayed lot of hypocrisy and double standards lookout considering how former friends and allies were painted black just because he needed to advance his points. How could Fani Kayode feel entitled to define corruption in Nigeria, ‘wonders shall never end’ they say. How could he equally qualify himself to speak about bigotry or less of it. He also insisted to make a point as to why everyone must support APC without giving them the appropriate variables to convince them, infact I can’t even understand why he would feel denigrating his own region to advance some other narrative suggesting power shift to some other region makes him appear objective enough in Nigeria. I thought one could advance his points without necessarily denigrating another.

I do acknowledge Fani Kayode’s lyrical prowess and his freedom to advance same for his progression and that was why I wrote an article to defend his moving to APC which I titled ‘Fani Kayode and the import of developing selling points’ and can be read here: https://witnessngr.com/fani-kayode-and-the-import-of-developing-selling-points-by-hashim-suleiman/. However, he shouldn’t be carried away into thinking he can dump just anything on us. This article is meant to call him to order so he can appropriate his strategies to utilize his skills better.

Hashim Suleiman


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FFK and Mai Buni when the visited the President to present the former as a new APC member.

Apparently, tongues have been wagging since the controversial Femi Fani Kayode, FFK as he is fondly called moved to the APC after his previous track of being a serial opposing attack dog to the Buhari administration but let me burst your bubble, FFK is one of the most smartest and properly educated Nigerians ever, take this to the bank.

The reason why Nigerians have developed a mentality that would see the action of FFK as unusual is the fact that most see being dedicated to work, duty or causes as absurd. The only acceptable standard in the society now is hypocrisy where you must appear to be comfortable with a venture even when your heart says no or that the price to move to the next is right. There can never be a more retrogressive mentality than this in a lifetime and that is why there is so much poverty and hopelessness in the society because people are scared to try certain things for the fear of stereotypes and discriminations which is so prevalent in the current FFK defection matter, unfortunately for some of them, the guy had long grown a thick skin for it and he had got enough answers for them, they can’t even stand him on a public debate podium.

When did it become a norm to begin to hold us accountable for all of the things we’ve said in a lifetime? Seriously? People don’t have a right to have change of mind. Every decision of a lifetime is made based on prevailing circumstances and once those conditions are no longer existent, one would be a fool to continue to harbor initial positions. Some other people say he swore and I’ve always wondered in my life how people must insist to have assumed godly status to the point of determining the status of a swear or sins per time, God himself whom we swear about forgives. Let me refer you to my article of 16 June 2020 titled ‘Pantami and His Citizen Right to Political Opinion’ and which can be found here https://dailytrust.com/pantami-and-his-citizen-right-to-political-opinion. In the article I had called the attention of the critics of the Prof’s past political commentaries to the fact that all of them were made at a time when certain conditions were prevalent and once those conditions have changed, the reaction and opinions must also change.

Some other people including some media personalities have also spoken about FFK’s bigoted posturing and I wondered who is really a saint regarding bigotry issues in this country. I have written articles which certain media men and houses will refuse to publish clearly because it didn’t sit well with their bigoted tendencies but then I understood because I’ve been well grounded in the Nigerian issues and I know how it could go per time and circumstance. The question is ultimately if anyone of us is sincerely qualified to crucify anyone in terms of bigotry.

Then let me simply tell you why politicians like FFK, he is very intelligent and never a hypocrite. He has come a long way of building critical knowledge and a beautiful selling point of eloquence that’s good enough to bully off detractors and opposing views. Who wouldn’t want to recruit such a figure. So many other people who had different opinions in the past like Godswill Akpabio and who have defected to the APC did not generate the sort of furor that FFK’s has generated, this says much about how much swag he carries. Hate him or loath him, you’ll always give it to him for his eloquence. Furthermore, we must not forget the sacrosanct fact of politics being just a game and nothing more, recruitment of players to further boost chances is absolutely allowed and only those who have showcased capacity and critical skills needed per time will be approached and of-course once the fees are right, deal is sealed.

All of these are why we have always clamored for citizens to imbibe critical skills and develop them

Into selling points to the extent that one becomes a walking commodity that could be priced at any instance and of-course once the condition and price are right, working together becomes imminent and it’s incumbent on the employee to ensure a near perfect delivery of what’s expected of them. So before we all crucify FFK and Buhari (APC), let’s ponder on these thoughts.

Hashim Suleiman