By Ishaq AbdulSalam.
It was a long day yesterday in my home state Kwara, as a purported audio of a self-acclaimed aláàánú Mẹkunu, a frontier in the ouster of the agelong Saraki dynasty, and a once-respected member of the Ó Tó Gẹ̀ crusade, Comrade Musbau Esinrogunjo made its way to the social media.
At first, I doubted the authenticity of the audio, as it may have been sponsored by his enemies; both within and outside his circle/party, not to talk of his political rivals at the other end of the divide. I shrugged it off while expecting a disclaimer from his end that would warn his enemies and friends of the impending dangers of blackmail and blackmailers to our ‘hard-earned freedom’ – as it was regarded that Kwara just got its freedom after the banishment of the most hated dynasty.
I couldn’t contain the spread of the news on social media and I couldn’t ascertain the fact of the matter. It was the most curious thirty minutes of my life yesterday before Fresh Insight, a local and well-defined online news platform in the state uploaded the audio on its page. I went straight for it, put on hold all that I had at hand because I couldn’t have forgiven myself if I had missed out on any detail in the audio.
Well, I learned new things yesterday. Truly, every day comes with its own lessons.
After they checkmated Saraki through name-calling and propaganda, the chief propagandist and his paymaster are back at each other’s necks salivating for the blood of innocent Kwarans to pay off their bad deeds. An expected subvention not coming to reality, a planned council chairmanship seat coming to an abrupt end and a show of how ambitious without the love of masses our Ó Tó Gẹ̀ crusaders are.
A house built with saliva would be destroyed by early morning dew the Yorùbá people say, and Kwarans can see this playing out in their eyes. Just a year, I mean 365 days and inter/intra party crisis are sinking the efforts of the state government.
While forming his teammates, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq forgot the danger that comes with nurturing a pigeon while as a corn planter. It is dangerous, disastrous and full of hassles as the pigeon would not stop jeopardising the efforts of its master. The pigeon is only concerned with providing for its hungry stomach.
Without doubt, Kwarans owe Saraki apologies for betraying his trust, for paying him back in holed coins and for jeopardising his efforts in giving us a modern Kwara especially during his reign as governor of the state.
Even him, Esinrogunjo commended the efforts of Saraki in alleviating the masses from impoverished conditions, a clear pointer that they are just a bunch of haters, propagandists and enemies of Kwara’s development. They should seek God’s forgiveness for bringing down Saraki even with his good intentions for the state.
Kwarans should be on the lookout as the offender is playing to the script, running from pillar to pole disclaiming the leaked audio as the work of his enemies or hirelings of his haters. We should all watch out if the governor will take his plea, pat his back and grant him subvention of N2m or contract of N100m as the over-ambitious face demanded.
Ishaq AbdulSalam writes from Ilorin, Kwara State.
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