Willie Obiano And The ‘Sad’ Exit Of Power – Aregbesola

It is worth noting that whenever a big political like  transition occurs in our fragile system, it tends to expose politicians, particularly those in higher positions, to certain life lessons. As many as these life lessons are, most politicians like Willie Obiano dismiss them and let the ephemeral ‘grace and favors’ connected with their various posts to cloud their judgment. Nigeria’s public servants just think that there is always an unanticipated finish to every beginning, but they do not strive towards it.

Nigerian politicians are incapable of learning. They act like demi-gods when in power, fully oblivious to the fact that it has an expiration date. They don’t realize that the same ladder they used to get to the top will be utilized to go down. They behave like prodigal sons, acting rashly and allowing themselves to be surrounded by others who are only concerned in ephemeral favors linked with their positions. At the end of the day, they live alone in their limited window of existence and worth.

There is no sign of a shift in the near future. It is assumed that the new ones will learn from their predecessors’ mistakes, but instead they are worse, and one wonders if our politicians learn at all. Aside from power intoxication, most public officials abuse and steal insane money to maintain their luxurious lifestyles after leaving office and the desires of certain followers. We must fortify our institutions and give adequate resources to rein in the excesses of public officials. I feel that if we don’t let them steal at will, they’ll be able to ponder about life and the office.

Willie Obiano

I’ve seen public officials, particularly councillors and council chairmen, leave positions of authority in their worst forms. Power is not a human’s long-term friend. It abruptly departs, leaving one as an orphan. I’ve seen high government officials become orphans as well. I only bow my head in sadness whenever I observe any public officer recklessly showing temporary favors and grace he or she is enjoying since I know power may be “Aba hotplate” at times and it does not endure.

Power has its own way of leaving those who wield it. When power is kind, it gives its host time to recover, but when power is cruel, it departs its host abruptly. The manner in which Nigerian public officials abscond with power should be examined and recorded. I was recently browsing the internet in order to get some documents and movies for study purposes. I went to the video area at random to view a certain film but ended up spending hours watching additional intriguing videos. I was about to exit the section when a video showed up that piqued my interest. The footage was most likely shot at one of the Afenifere’s sessions.

Power has its own way of leaving those who wield it. When power is kind, it gives its host time to recover, but when power is cruel, it departs its host abruptly. The manner in which Nigerian public officials abscond with power should be examined and recorded. I was recently browsing the internet in order to get some documents and movies for study purposes. I went to the video area at random to view a certain film but ended up spending hours watching additional intriguing videos. I was about to exit the section when a video showed up that piqued my interest. The footage was most likely shot at one of the Afenifere’s sessions.

Yoruba leaders including as past governors, current governors, former National Assembly leaders, community leaders, Afenifere excos, and others are expected to attend this conference. Rauf Aregbesola, the governor of Osun at the time of the tape, took over the microphone and attempted to attack or mock certain politicians who were not progressives, but was reprimanded by the moderator and fellow governors. Former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Bankole later seized the microphone, acknowledged Rauf Aregbesola as his elder brother, and asserted unequivocally, “Power is ephemeral, nobody will keep power for long.”

Many people would have assumed that when Dimeji Bankole informed Aregbesola that power is fleeting, he was referring to the former speaker of the House of Representatives taking a post in the ministry. Dimeji, Bankole’s son, is neither a prophet nor a philosopher. Life after office has happened to him, and he now has a deeper understanding of authority. The doors that people fought to open for him while he was the Speaker of the Green Chamber are no longer open to him. He was well aware of how pitiful it can be when power leaves its host. That is why he was not upset, but instead counseled Aregbesola to relax since power is fleeting.

Rauf Aregbesola’s time as governor of Osun state ended a few years later. Aregbesola became an outcast in the governor’s office where he served as a landlord. In a piece titled ‘Aregbesola and his signals of danger,’ published on June 8, 2021 in WITHIN NIGERIA, I described how Aregbesola openly denounced the desertion that followed his departure from power. “When the league of Imams and Alfas turbanned him as the Amirul Wazirul-Muminina of the state in Osogbo, Aregbesola mounted the podium, felt disappointed with the state’s absence, probably retinue of loyalists who had switched sides, and bitterly made a short but thought-provoking statement, ending it with “Eyin Nu Olohun Nu,” I wrote.

Aregbesola visited Osogbo a few days ago to launch the Federal Housing Estate projects. Hon. Nathaniel Agunbiade, the commissioner for Lands, represented the state government admirably. When Aregbesola spotted Hon. Agunbiade at the occasion, he joked that he hadn’t seen Agunbiade or gotten a call or message from him since he left the halls of power. Remember that from 2011 to 2015, Hon. Nathaniel Agunbiade, a former Rauf Aregbesola supporter, served as a federal legislator representing the wonderful people of Ijesa North Federal Constituency.

True, power has its own method of departing from his host. Willie Obiano, the former governor of Anambra state, resigned in the most unexpected manner I have ever witnessed. Willy, as he was affectionately known, was still a serving governor when his core adherents quit him. Aside from the robed priests, no more than 15 persons may attend the valedictory service. There are no commissioners, special advisers, or personal aides. Only Willy, his wife, and close family attended the valedictory service, but Soludo’s thanksgiving celebration was packed to the brim. That is the nature of humanity, and how power decides to leave Willy. As I viewed the footage, I noticed that Willie Obiano was also dissatisfied.

Bianca, wife of former Biafran leader C. Odumegwu Ojukwu, slapped his lovely wife just 24 hours ago. Willy, who exited the event following the’slapping session,’ ran across Department of State Services personnel (DSS). He was apprehended and turned over to the EFCC, an anti-graft agency. A video showing Willie Obiano sipping bottle water in EFCC custody leaked on the internet a few hours later. He was alone, looking foolish and uneasy. Power may be brutal at times.

These incidents should teach public servants a lesson. Power is genuinely ephemeral. If you know any public official who lets the temporary favors and grace he or she receives to cloud his or her judgment, please email this essay to him or her or just remind him or her that power is fleeting and how we use it counts. You can’t abuse power and expect it to treat you with respect.

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