(ON)GOING CONCERNS: When two elephants fight…

Posted: December 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Tolu Ogunlesi

By Tolu Ogunlesi

First published in NEXT (February 2011)

The debate started on a peaceful, rather cerebral note. Former presidential aide and two-time minister, Femi Fani-Kayode put up a short Facebook “note” titled: “Is Hosni Mubarak’s Time Up?” and comments were pouring in.

Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, governor of Jigawa State between 1999 and 2007, and currently a member of the Nigerian Senate, was an active contributor to the debate. All went well until the spotlight shifted, to the Nigerian situation and the country’s trademark leadership crisis. Turaki brought the late President Yar’Adua into the picture by saying that Yar’Adua was “the best [of the] class of 1999.” (It’s hard to tell if this was said in sarcasm or not) Fani-Kayode described Yar’Adua’ as “a disgraceful choice.”

Then both men started to argue over who was in the know regarding the circumstances surrounding Yar’Adua’s emergence as president. Turaki, describing himself as…

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