Fani-Kayode at war with his conscience – Terver Akase


We read a statement credited to the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode as calling on Benue State Governor Samuel among others “to take charge of security in their states and not just leave the problem to the President alone.”

Fani-Kayode’s case does not only sound like a broken record which repeats a single beat, causing ad nauseam among the audience, but his utterances also smack of an icky and trite song composed by a man who is bereaved of every ounce of shame and now survives on cash-and-carry loyalty.

His attempt to compare other Governors with those who procure his meal ticket regarding the security situation in their states is an open reminder to his benefactors that his wallet needs to be refilled. Fani-Kayode is a merchant of acrimony who often embarks on narratives sterile in substance but laden with emotions and only good enough for the cesspit. An overtly self-seeking politician who keeps no true friends. A loquacious man prompted by a schizophrenic mindset cowed and tortured by a worried conscience which in turn is driven by the zeal to impress those who are willing to foot his bills; the type that produces a duality of irreconcilable visions rendering the man as a soul on a voyage to profit from prodigality, yet fumbling in delusions but insisting on swimming in the pool of perfidious political enterprises.

If any Nigerian fails the qualifying test for counseling a leader on matters of good governance, that Nigerian is Femi Fani-Kayode. This is a man who only a few years ago, took President Muhammadu Buhari to the cleaners on all frontiers, particularly the frightening insecurity in the country. What has changed between the time Fani-Kayode bitterly criticized President Buhari and now?

For genuinely patriotic Nigerians, we must state that Governor Samuel Ortom is one of the most proactive Governors in the area of security. Aside from being the first to enact a law to prohibit open grazing of animals with the introduction of ranches, Governor Ortom also introduced Livestock Guards to enforce the law and recently established Community Volunteer Guards at the state, local government and ward levels to complement conventional security agencies in safeguarding the people. The Governor frequently provides patrol vehicles and other logistic support to the Police, DSS, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the military’s Operation Whirl Stroke. He has received national and international awards for his tireless efforts in security.

The only thing that Governor Samuel Ortom has however refused to do is sponsor the likes of Fani-Kayode to make press statements to commend his efforts in ensuring the security of lives and property of Benue people.

Terver Akase

Special Adviser, Media and Publicity

May 14, 2022.

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