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Friday, 3 November 2017

Death In The Corridors Of Power: Fani Kayode's 'One Child Too Many'




Fani-Kayode, A former Minister Of Aviation, in a post titled 'One Child Too Many', described the mysterious and curious occurence of death that has bedevilled those who have found themselves in the corridors of Power, particularly The Presidency.

This is coming 2 days after the death of a Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He wrote;

In the early 1960′s Chief Obafemi Awolowo,
the first Premier of the Western Region, lost
his first son and years later his second son
and second daughter were cut short in the
prime of their lives.

Chief S.L. Akintola, his bitter political rival
and the second Premier of the Western
Region also lost his first daughter in the early
60′s and a few years later lost his third and
youngest son. His second son was also cut
short in his prime a number of years later.
Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode, the Deputy
Premier of the Western Region, who was a
close ally and second in command to S.L.
Akintola, lost his second son.
Sir Adesoji Aderemi, who was the Ooni of Ife,
a close ally of Awolowo and the first
ceremonial Governor of the old Western
Region, lost his first son.
Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Premier of the old

Eastern Region and Nigeria’s first and only
ceremonial President, lost his first wife.
President Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s second
democratically-elected President lost four
wives and one son many years ago whilst Sir
Ahmadu Bello, the Premier of the Northern
Region, lost two sons and one daughter.
Awolowo and Obasanjo went to jail for three
years each whilst Ahmadu Bello went to jail
for three months.
S.L. Akintola was killed in the prime of his life
just as were Ahmadu Bello and Sir Abubakar
Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first
democratically-elected leader and Prime
Minister. As a matter of fact they were all
killed on the same night- the night of
January 15th 1966.
President Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s second
democratically-elected leader and first
executive President lost four children whilst
he was in power and was locked up for over
two years after he was toppled.
Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June
12th 1993 Presidential election, lost two wives,
was locked up for 4 years and was eventually
killed. Chief Bola Ige, the first
democratically-elected Governor of Oyo state
and the former Attorney-General and
Minister of Justice of the Federation lost his
first son and he himself was later murdered.
Chief Bisi Onabanjo, the first democratically-
elected Governor of Ogun state lost his first
son. Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first
democratically elected Governor of Lagos
state, lost his first daughter. Dr. Omololu
Olunloyo, the second democratically-elected
Governor of Oyo state lost his son.
Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, the first Minister
of Finance of Nigeria was killed. Chief Alfred
Rewane, one of the founding members of the
Action Group and a leading figure in
NADECO, was killed. The list is endless and I
could go on and on.
Alhaji Musa Yar’adua was Minister of Lagos
Affairs in the First Republic. He was blessed
with a long and peaceful life. However two of
his sons were not so lucky.
His first son, General Shehu Musa Yar’adua,
who was number two to General Obasanjo when
he was military Head of State and who for
many decades was one of the most powerful
men in the country, was murdered whilst he
was in prison.
His second son, President Umaru Yar’adua,
was cut short in his prime by a strange and
inexplicable ailment after he had been
President for only three years.
He was succeeded by his number two, Vice
President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan lost
his brother and his mother-in-law one year
after the other after he became President.
Worse still those that he had been deputy to
throughout his political life, either as Deputy
Governor or Vice President, always suffered
one form of misfortune or the other, whether
it be death, shame, incarceration or
impeachment, and he would end up stepping
into their shoes and taking their place.
When it comes to our military rulers the story
of consistent tragedy is no different-
General Aguiyi-Ironsi, our first military Head
of State was killed.
General Yakubu Gowon, our second military
Head of State, was toppled from power,
exiled, lost his brother and his first son was
jailed.
General Murtala Mohammed, our third
military Head of State, was killed and lost
both his son and son-in-law. General Olusegun
Obasanjo was our fourth military Head of
State and we touched on his misfortunes
earlier.
General Muhammadu Buhari, our fifth
military Head of State, was toppled from
power, locked up for three years, lost his
mother whilst he was in detention and was not
allowed to attend her burial, lost his number
two (General Tunde Idiagbon) in very strange
and suspicious circumstances and later lost
two daughters.
General Ibrahim Babangida, our sixth military
Head of State, was eased out of power and
compelled to ”step aside” amidst massive
controversy and turmoil and later lost his
wife.
His number two, Rear Admiral Augustus
Aikhomu, lost his first son, Chief Ernest
Shonekan, our first and only Interim Civilian
Head of State, was badly humiliated and
toppled from power.
General Sani Abacha, our seventh military
Head of State, lost his son, was removed from
power and was killed. General Abdulsalami
Abubakar, our eighth military Head of State,
as far as I am aware is the only exception and
appears to have escaped any misfortune.
Yet the picture is very depressing. This is
indeed a catalogue of tragic events. Sorrow
and pain just appears to be following sorrow
and pain. It is a vicious cycle of misfortune
and calamity.
Yet the most curious phenomenon and bizarre
series of events of all is the fact that every
single Head of State or President that has
ruled our country from the Presidential Villa
in Aso Rock, Abuja for three years or more
has either ended up dying whilst there or has
lost a spouse before leaving office.
Babangida did not stay in the Villa in Abuja
for up to three years so he and his wife
escaped what has come to be known as the
”Villa curse”.
It was the same for Chief Ernest Shonekan
who, wisely
, never stayed at the Villa at all but who
chose to preside over the affairs of the
nation from Aguda house next door and who
remained in power for barely six months.
General Abdulsalami Abubakar stayed at the
Villa but he remained there for less than a
year.
However Abacha, Obasanjo and Yar’adua were
not so lucky- each of them stayed at the
Villa for three years or more and before the
end of their tenure they either lost their own
life or the life of their spouse whilst there.
The story is that once the three year mark is
passed the curse sets in and the clock begins
to tick. At the end of the day only one of
the two spouses comes out alive.
Permit me to conclude with the following
observations which I believe are curious and
relevant.
During the course of the three years before
the 2015 presidential election President
Muhammadu Buhari lost another daughter
whilst Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna
state, who is being groomed as his heir and
successor, lost one daughter, one son and one
nephew.
Finally one year and six months before the
2019 presidential election, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola
Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos state,
the National Leader of the APC, Buhari’s
closest and most powerful ally in southern
Nigeria and a man who, it is rumoured,
himself has presidential ambitions lost his
first son.
The curse of power is frightful and real. May
God deliver us from it and may the souls of
all those that were cut short before their
time rest in peace.

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