By Ndurshembi Thlakorki
The Catholic catechism, categorises all sins into three (3) and defines them as follows:-
‘Original’ sin. The disobedience committed by our first parents Adam and Eve. (Or is it Eve and Adam as it was Eve who first ate the forbidden fruit before giving it to Adam in the Garden of Eden?)
Mortal sin. ‘A serious violation of God’s Law’, and
Venial sin. ‘A less serious violation of God’s Law, an offence not serious enough to break off friendship with God’.
Since the commission of the Original sin, all manner of deviances from God’s perfectly created man have come into existence and are still with us and will continue to be untill Jesus’ return.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal did not need an Eve’s prodding to commit his Original sin. He committed it voluntarilly and of his own volition. In fact it was an unforced error committed in the house of God and on His Holy altar before a cloud of witnesses.
SGF, Engr B. D. Lawal (as he is mostly called) had invited friends and well wishers to the Wuse II ECWA Church on Blantyre on street in Abuja on Saturday October 17, 2015 to thank God for his appointment as the secretary to the government (SGF) of the President Mohammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
When it was time for him to give his testimony during the thanksgiving service, SGF Engr B.D. Lawal said among other things that his south-western Nigerian muslim friends and associates of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Jagaban Borgu), Baba Bisi Akande (former governor of the state of Osun and pioneer & interim national chairman of the APC, and the sitting governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, (whom by BD’s admission is the only person dead or alive to have sealed the bond of friendship between them (Ogbeni & BD) with a certificate), had variously put in words on his (BD’s) behalf to Presiden Buhari, that facilitated his appointment as SGF. He said further albiet in a lighter mood, that left to his (BD’s) northern Nigerian brothers, a northern Nigerian Christian minority Kilba man from Kwambla in Adamawa State like him would never be in contention for the exalted office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
This is the statetmrnt especially the latter part of it is SGF BD’s original sin for which some have sworn not to rest untill he is either crucified, tied to the stake and shot, hung by the neck untill pronounced dead, strapped to an electric chair and electrocuted, beheaded or put in a steel cage and set ablaze ISIS style, given a lethal injection or all of them administered in series or parallel.
However if we cast our minds back to the speeches and remarks made and goodwill messages given both during the church service and at the reception that followed in the International Conference Center same day, almost all the speakers were unanimous that BD is not a conventional politician. Everyone who has interacted with him attests to the fact that BD speaks his mind straight and says things the way they are at least from his persepective.
I fail to see why BD’s ‘original sin’ is eliciting so much venom from those asking for his head. It is an open secret that the northern minority Christians are only equal partners and relevant on the hunting expedition while the game is still in the wild. As soon as it is felled most times by ordinances fired by the northern Christian minorities, like the votes of battle ground states of Benue, Plateau, southern parts of Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Bauchi, Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Niger and Kebbi states in the 2015 presidential elections, and the game brought home on their patient and obedient shoulders, the hunting dogs and guns and at times hidden bigger arsenals are turned on them and they are chased away to watch from a far distance the carving and devouring of the collectively hunted game. Northern christian minorities have always been treated as ‘yan dako’ or wheel barrow boys who carry merchandise for shoppers in markets, but unlike the barrow boys who get paid for their sevices the northern christian minorities most times get nothing. It should not for instance be taken for granted that but for the killer votes brought in by the Northern Christian minorities battle ground States, the 2015 presidential elections would probably have gone into a run-off, after GMB and GEJ would have neutralized each other with mega votes from the ancestral areas. GMB’s million plus votes from his home State of Katsina, its neighbour Kano etc and GEJ replying with his own a million plus votes from his Bayelsa home state’s neighbours Rivers and Delta, as all the registered voters in his Bayelsa did not put it in million plus class.
A cursory look at those who have had the privilege of leading Nigeria and are of Northern Nigerian ancestry from independence to date both civilian and military will Reveal that only the late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (from the Christian dominated ayawa district of present Bauchi State) and General Yakubu Gowon (retd) from Tuwan near Kabwir in Pankshin LGA of Plateau State) have ancestry outside the North west geopolitical zone as constituted. The rest namely General Murtala Ramat Muhhammad, Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Usman Shagari, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yaradu’a and now President Muhammadu Buhari are from the North west geopolitical zone. Therefore as it stands six out of the eight persons of Northern Nigerian origin who have had the honour and previlege of leading Nigeria either as civilian or military presidents or heads of state are from the North West geopolitical zone, with two of them, Umaru Musa Yaradu’a and Mohammadu Buhari actually coming in quick succession from the same Katsina State, their tenures only intersparsed by the 5 year reign of Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan.
It is this notion that the northern minority must never benefit from a colectively executed enterprise, fueled further by a superiority complex and premitive greed that keeps pushing it’s proponents to asking for even ‘the crumps that fallen from the masters’ table’ such as the post of Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF) position, akin to the hunter carrying an elephant stopping and bending down to pick a dead rat by the road side.
PMB and BD have come along way. BD had sponsored the election of his uncle late Honourable Maxwell Bulama to represent Hong-Gombi constituency in the House of representatives on the tickect of the defunct APP in 1999, when it was fashionable for most people to pitch their tents with the PDP. PMB sucummed to pressures to join partisan politics and came on board the APP train in 2002 and met BD already a card carrying member. They latched unto each other and have never serarated. They fought the electoral battles together both at the polling booths and in the courts in the same trenches. BD never left PMB even after the retired General out of frustration from beeing serially rubbed of his electoral victories both at the polls and before the tribunals, tearfully told the Nation that he had had enough and was not offering himself for election anymore. Those asking for BD’s head today were the ones that frustrated the General to shedding tears on National Television and rubbed it in by declaring to high heavens that “Buhari is unelectable”. Unknown to them, there is very little if any at all they can say to PMB about BD that he does not already know. Becouse while they propergating the PDP culture of round-tripping stolen money from the PDP led executive to the PDP dominated Senate for ministerial comfirmation, BD and PMD were spending time together licking their wounds, getting to know each other better and bonding. PMB and BD stuck together when APP metamophosed to ANPP. They were founded CPC together. BD was the arrow head of the CPC team to the talks and negotiations that led to the Merger of the defunct ACN, a faction of APGA and CPC to form the APC. It is little wonder therefore that PMB needed just a second opinion from the Bd’s south western Nigerian muslim friends to appoint him to head the secretariat of his administration. Because he knows that with BD all official secrets will resmain just that and he will keep an eye and filter inputs from latter day APC converts coming from PDP and elsewhere who have no shed their ‘thiefing’ tendences. Those asking for BD’s head should very advisedly look for a new vocation becouse from all indications this Northen Nigerian minority Pastor’s head is not likely to roll anytime soon.
Ndurshembi Thlakorki wrote in from Abuja