OSIBANJO AND HIS QUICK FIX THEORY
When I hear that the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, is a Professor of Law, I always get confused. Also, when they say that Osibanjo is a Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, I usually ask: what type of Pastor?
It is possible that one could be well educated, be a Professor, without being true to his calling, that is to say, without being honest or courageous enough to apply such acquired knowledge to meet the challenges of life.
In the same vein, there is a big difference between one being a Christian and one being a Church goer. A Christian is Christ-like, an embodiment of Christ Himself, while a Church goer is a fake Christian who uses the name of Christ to commit crimes.
Those Pastors who exploit their flocks, feeding on them like vultures with their tithes and the heavy tolls they pay for them to receive miracles, may not be Christ-like or true Christians. This is because Christ Himself never asked for tithes, nor given any dime in all the miracles he performed. Same with those who claim to be Christians without being bold enough to speak truth to power. They are fake Christians.
It beats the imagination of any right thinking Nigerian that a Professor of Law and Minister of God in the person of Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, could open his mouth so wide to say that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari “can seize the property of any Nigerian without going to court”.
This is unheard of in a democracy. As the saying goes, if the egg could crack palm nuts, what would the stone do? In other words, since Osibanjo as a Professor of Law and a Pastor has decreed that government has the right to seize people’s property without recourse to court of law, what else would one expect from Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army general, known for little regard for the rule of law?
Osibanjo has thereby given the Buhari administration, the licence, the unfettered powers to begin to pound on the property of any citizen not in the good books of the regime, on the pretext that such property were illegally acquired.
I find it difficult to blame President Muhammadu Buhari alone for the ills and deficiencies of the present administration, but more on all those around him, those who out of parochial or narrow interest and myopia, give him wrong advice, even though Buhari himself has his own many problems.
It was Yakubu Gowon who once said that no leader is bad, but is made bad by those around him, that is, by his aides, through the advice they give him.
We are seeing many of these people around Buhari. They will not give the man the correct advice, but continue to goad him on the path of darkness. Tomorrow, if through their bad advice, something untoward happens, everybody will wash off his hands and heap all the blames on the man at the helm of affairs.