It will take a whole life time to understand the political naivety of Nigerians o. Gosh! How can a people be so simple.
In the course of last week, a video showing Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan expressing the hope that former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku will be President in 2019 went viral.
In the video, the minister ever ebullient in her strides, spoke in Hausa introducing political leaders from her state to the former vice president, whom she said remains a benefactor.
And since this video came out, Nigerians have vilified the minister for the audacity she had to endorse Atiku’s candidacy in spite of her membership of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet. She has actually been asked to resign by many people including two top shots of the All Progressives Congress (APC), namely National Vice Chairman (North West), Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir and Ogun State Governor, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun
But I fail to see the point. And I will explain. Some people blame the minister for openly canvassing for Atiku while still in the cabinet of the President but she was not campaigning. What she did was massage the ego of a senior politician the way all of these politicians now criticising her would do were they in her shoes.
Although Alhassan has eventually confirmed her position insisting that she has no regrets about her loyalty to Atiku, playing to the gallery is the stock in trade of politicians. Only God knows how many members of the Buhari cabinet who share the same sentiments as Amina Alhassan even though they will never have the courage to say it in the open.
But even the minister did not say this in the open. I bet that if she had any idea that the comment would ever get out, she possibly would never have said those words.
Even Atiku would have discouraged it.
The truth is that there is no one in government in Nigeria who wants to sacrifice the plate of pottage at hand for the uncertain ambition of a godfather, two years away! And on Atiku’s part, the more the number of people he has in Buhari’s cabinet the better for him because ww have learnt over time that it is always expedient for a politician to have one leg in as many political rooms as possible.
In the confines of that room where Madam Alhassan said what she said, the average Nigerian politicians would have done the same thing. It is unfortunate that a disloyal member of the party in Atiku’s house leaked the video. Without the leakage, the event would have gone without notice. And we would have been spared all of this hypocrisy.
What is, however, more curious is the reaction of the APC and its supporters. As support for Atiku’s has drawn all of this flak to the minister, the question to ask then is in what way has the minister done wrong by supporting another member of the party who’s presidential voyage may not go beyond the 2019 party primaries as in 2015.
And when primaries usually end, don’t party members forget about their personal ambitions and rally round he who has won the primaries. People may argue here that primaries are not here yet and that Alhassan should just have faced governance. But this is the point, what the lady said was not meant for public consumption.
What emerges from all of this, however, is the precarious future of the APC ? The event of this past week, only goes to show that the ruling party is already in a shambles and that all of its problems are nothing but the ambitions of men.
If we have all this hullaballoo over the support of an APC member by another APC member, what would have happened if Alhassan had expressed support for the candidacy of a member of another party?
Rather than pour invectives on the lady who showed us the leaks in APC’s rusty roof, the party needs to introspect, seriously.