|Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo....He might be lucky enough to get a Photo Op with US President Donald Trump|
Of the tones of messages that have been pouring into the iconic Trump Towers since Donald Trump trumped Hillary Clinton last week, that of former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, sounded most ludicrous, if not self-ridiculing. On the heels of President Buhari, OBJ penned his "readiness to work with" the man who takes over from President Barack Obama on January 20, 2017.
While no one can deny the Ota chicken farmer his right to hustle for photo op with Trump, the man of the moment, he however urgently needs to be forewarned on the perils of gatecrashing the procession of genuine statesmen and truly democratic voices. If one may ask: in what capacity was OBJ issuing his sour message - "Co-President" or "emeritus President of Nigeria"? Or, as "President of West Africa or Africa?" Or is he the new "Mandela of Africa"?
There must be a limit to provincial hubris, this shameless groveling before the new man of power in the US.
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Read what Trump once said of African leaders: "It is shameful for African leaders to seek exit from ICC. In my view, these leaders want to have all the freedom to oppress their poor people without anyone asking them a question. I think there is no shortcut to maturity and in my view, Africa should be recolonized because Africans are still under slavery.
"Look at how those African leaders change constitutions in their favour so that they can be life presidents. They are all greedy and do not care about the common people."
Now, before he carries his circus to the United States at the earliest opportunity not minding the risk of getting "deported", OBJ needs be reminded that when Trump railed against "rogue leaders" in Africa who have mismanaged their countries, he could not be referring to anyone outside the circle where the Balogun of Owu is accorded a front-row seat.
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Rather than seeking to rejoice more than the Trump family at this hour, people like OBJ ought to hide their heads in shame that they, despite golden opportunities and abundant resources, had failed over the years to transform Africa to livable place such that their people had to migrate en mass in search of greener pasture, willingly accept enslaving jobs and now risk being deported back home with ignominy.
Trump might look ugly; but the world is now left to live with that monstrosity as a product of the American institutions outlined by the constitution. But in Nigeria, someone attempted to pee on our own constitution between 2005 and 2006 by trying to rig a "third term".
Following that misadventure, he supervised a sham presidential election in 2007, so brazen in breath, so shallow in depth, that the beneficiary, the eventual custodian of the stolen victory, could not but admit later that something was just not right.