THE VANITY SIDE OF POWER.

THE VANITY SIDE OF POWER.

We remembered 1999 vividly, we equally remembered Eagle Square and what happened there on the 29th of May, 1999. 20 years after, so many things have happened.

From Eagle Square where power changed hands in 1999, we have seen many who were present on that day but today, have been forgotten in idle permanent homes of their graves.

Most importantly we remembered how Nelson Mandela walked into the venue and the ovation that followed and with our same eyes we saw him in a casket.

In our very eyes Stella Obasanjo rose to affluence and influence and with our eyes again we saw her being driven out of power in a casket.

In our eyes Desire Kabilla who was also at Eagle Square fell to the bullets of his bodyguard in DR Congo. A former minister of Health, Prof Ransome Kuti was buried.

Equally in our cleared eyes Chuba Okadigbo rose, fell and died. Abubakar Rimi and Alex Ekwueme who contested a Presidential primaries with Obasanjo in 2003 at the same Eagle Square had their funerals organized.

We saw when the, “almighty” Tony Aneni laid in-state helplessly in Benin. Prof Dora Akunyili, the strong woman who was everywhere, fell on a street of India.

In our eyes, “Evil Genius” begin to wear canvass on an agbada on a wheelchair in Minna as he watches life without his once powerful wife, Maryam.

Moreover, in our eyes Edwin Ume Ezeoke was buried, Gen. Victor Malu’s obituary was in the news.

Right in our eyes, a Sultan fell from the sky, the remains of the owner of Bolingo Hotel was seen at Lisa village.

In our eyes Bola Ige fell, Suntai crashed and died, once landlords of Plateau and Taraba, Dariye and Nyame walked into prisons.

Also in our eyes, almighty Olabode George went and came out of prisons. Justice Salami heard the news of the death of Justice Katsina Alu.

In our eyes, a Landlord fell in Kwara, and the Prince of the Niger won election in Kogi but never lived to hear his victory announcement.

In our eyes, Azazi reigned and fell, Yakowa never lived to tell a story. Oronto Douglas who was once a powerful man behind the throne was buried.

In our eyes, Yar’adua came and fizzled out of power like two of his ministers, without the courage to provide answers to numerous questions being asked by Nigerian.

In our eyes, Solomon Lar that sat that day as PDP Chairman, a symbol of power and affluence was buried on a plateau.

Undoubtedly, in our very eyes, we saw strong men rise and fall very cheaply.

If this writeup should teach us anything, let it be known that power is transient. God gives who he wants to give. He says “I will have mercy on who I want to have mercy on”.

To those of you today in power, where would you be in the next twenty years?

In 2039 when names like Buhari, Atiku, Amaechi, Wike, Saraki, Ekweremadu, Tambuwal, Mark, Dave, Onu are mentioned what would that child write about them then?

As we approach life, have it in mind that POLITICAL POWER IS NOT PERMANENT. THIS SAME POWER HAS CONSUMED MEN, DESTROYED MARRIAGES, CUT SHORT DREAMS, ENDED RELATIONSHIPS, BETRAYED TRUSTS AND KILLED FELLOW HUMANS… Is it worth dying for?

May God bless
Edo State
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

ZIBIRI MUHAMMED (MBA) & FELIX IYALOMHE (Ph.D)

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