Ige's death, security and Nigeria's 2001 Lie of The Year

By Ugo Anakwenze

 Special to USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston

The assassination of Nigeria's Attorney-General Bola Ige should be another opportunity for the peoples of Nigeria (especially the current leadership) to honestly re-examine the future of conditions that bind them. Retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo's increasingly violent government needs to seriously allow Nigeria's nationalities to find a new, better formula for co-existing without the current obsession to control the central government by any means possible including the killing of opponents and destruction of whole communities.

In my view, the Obasanjo government's attempt to market the joke about Bola Ige's security detail/staff ALL going to dinner at the same time is simply incredible and ridiculous.

The Obasanjo spin masters should be able to do much better than that. A person in the position of former Governor Ige and an AD chieftain usually has several (at least 10) federal mobile police officers, a couple of SSS agents, regular Ibadan based police and soldiers protecting him. Combine that with the hangers-on and party thugs, OPC hoodlums, praise singers and others around his castle. At 8:30 pm, he certainly still has a large number of political allies seeking advice, goodwill, support, protection, contracts and new ways to please Ige for future appointments. That all these people decided to go out for food at the same time, in my view, is Nigeria's 2001 Lie of The Year.

Obasanjo's PR folks can certainly do much better than this story. Anybody who is able to penetrate that personal shield and kill him in his bedroom must have an inside knowledge.

Meanwhile, as we await what could be the new rounds of Ibadan-Yoruba riots (previous 1960s conflicts in the same area destroyed Nigeria's first effort at democratic rule), Obasanjo can only diffuse the conflict by convening a National Conference to restructure and reduce the overbearing power of the central government. Otherwise, I feel extremely sad for the Igbo population in the Yoruba southwest of Nigeria because they are likely to bear the brunt of the next round of brutal conflict. Somehow, some people will float the the news in the Lagos/Nigerian media about the so-called sky rocketing prices of goods. It's the prologue. Then, they begin the basic attempt and process of establishing the "right environment" to take out the Yoruba frustrations on their unfortunate Igbo tenants, and sometime benefactors.

I believe that if nothing happens to occupy the energy of the Yoruba leadership soon, their attempt to brutalize each other will most certainly open up the Igbo business community to paying the "big price." I doubt the Igbos will tolerate or stomach any more of such hostilities, as they showed during the tit for tat Sharia-related events of early 2001

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