…Nigeria Power Elite always go for the underdog

By Karounwi Oladapo

In the First Republic, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello made all the Political noise to lead Nigeria, but it was a calm and cool Sir Tafawa Balewa that was recruited and crowned by the Nigeria Power elite as the Prime Minister of Nigeria.

In the Second Republic, 1979, it was Awo, Zik and Mallam Maitama Sule that made the loudest Political noise but it was a shadowy and hiding Alhaji Shehu Shagari that was recruited and crowned as the Nigeria President by the Nigeria Power elite.

In the aborted Third Republic, 1993, it was Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Mallam Adamu Ciroma and Chief MKO Abiola that made the loudest Political noise but it was a very Politically colourless Chief Earnest Shonekan that was recruited and crowned the Interim Head of State by the Nigeria Power elite.

At the start of the Fourth Republic in 1999, it was Chief Olu Falae and Dr.Alex Ekwueme that made the most audible Political noise but it was Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was cooling off in the prison that was recruited and crowned the President by the Nigeria Power elite.

In 2007, after the Constitutional eight years of Obasanjo, it was Chief James Ibori and Dr .Peter Odili that made the loudest noise Politically but it was a very obscured Umaru Musa Yar’Adua that was recruited and crowned President by the Nigeria Power elite.

Umaru was succeeded, after his demise, by a Politically absent Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

In 2015, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Alhaji Musa Kwankwaso and Chief Rochas Okorocha made the loudest Political noise but it was a very retiring and taciturn Gen. Muhammadu Buhari that was recruited and crowned President by the Nigeria Power elite.

Going by what has become the convention, norms and tradition of enthroning Nigeria leadership, the Nigeria President will not go to those that make the loudest Political noise. The Nigeria Power elite will, as usual, look out for the underdog. They will recruit and crown a very modest and self-effacing personality as a President. Nigerians should watch out for any of Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

As an Ekiti man, I pray and trust in God that Dr Kayode Fayemi from Ekiti State will be decorated Nigeria President in 2023!

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