16th September, 2010
After the annulment of June 12 1993 presidential election won by the late Chief MoshoodÂ Abiola, the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) which provided a platform forÂ the resounding victory began to dance naked in the market square.
The Chairman of the Party Chief Tony Anenih, Ojo Maduekwe and other pillars of June 12Â sacrificed the mandate of their party for a mess of porridge. Others like Chief Abiolaâ€™sÂ running mate, Alhaji Babagana Kingide and other promoters of June 12 like Olu Onagoruwa,Â Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Abubakar Rimi, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Dr Iyorchia Ayu and Mr. AlexÂ Ibru joined the cabinet of General Abacha.
When Professor Wole Soyinka saw these names he shed hot tears. Words failed him after theÂ swearing-in ceremony and he could only manage to say a one-line three-word statement in hisÂ native language oro pesi je, meaning the proposition swallows response.
I found myself in the same position as Wole Soyinka when I saw Senator Ken Nnamani theÂ former Senate President beside IBB as the former dictator declared his intention to run forÂ the presidency yesterday in Abuja.
When I saw the photograph on Sahara Reporters, I was stunned into disbelief. I shouted inÂ Igbo language. Efue mu ooo! Meaning I am lost. Many questions came to my mind: what isÂ Senator Ken Nnamani doing with treasury looters in Abuja? What is my hero of the OBJâ€™sÂ â€˜third term agendaâ€™ doing with the man who destroyed our yesterday and took our country backÂ by 40 years?
What business does Nnamani have withÂ IBB? What is the eagle doing with this lily-liveredÂ chicken? Could it be that Nnamani is broke? Ah! Ah!! If gold rusts what will iron do? NwannaÂ a Nnamani biko si ebe IBB no pu a. Ndi di ndu na ndi nwuru anwu enweghi nmeko. Restore yourÂ dignity now Nnamani and run 40-40 away from IBB. Ebe a ina eje uzo adighi ya.
â€¢Joe Igbokwe wrote in from Lagos.