On Saturday 19, 2017, Femi Adesina, The Special Adviser on media and publicity to the President of the nation wrote: ”Yes, I’ve been to London to see the king. The Lion King. But unlike the pussycat in the nursery rhyme. I did not frighten any mouse under the chair.” Two days later, we were dismayed as another media aid, Garba Shehu told the world that rodents have sent the newly returned Lion King out of his pride rock. Anyway, this is not our concern, it is just the normal comedy of the moment, Lol.
For those who don’t know, Pride Rock (not Aso Rock) is an ancient and massive rock formation located in the vast Pride Lands, made famous by The Lion King franchise. The Lion King is a 1994 American animated film produced by Walt Disney. It is the home to Simba, the heir of Mufasa. It houses the Lion King and his lionesses; tiger and tigress; including cubs and other aids. It functions as his throne and palace. Since we have descended to the point of relating political events to the animal kingdom, and in animalism, all animals are equal, therefore, this piece will adopt same analogy.
In an article titled: Our Lamb President and the Blood of The Innocents, by Femi Fani Kayode whose last known job was a spokesperson for a failed presidential campaign (for GEJ) once referred to President Goodluck Jonathan as lamb. While another writer, Jide Ajayi commended him (Jonathan) to be the sacrificial lamb saving us from post-election violence by conceding defeat. Since the election took place during the lenten period, he went further to explain that unlike Jesus Christ, Jonathan did not put his life down, the sacrifice of swallowing his pride and accepted defeat in a season of Easter-made him to be praised- home and broad for that singular act of heroism. Weldon sir!
Let us dig in into the struggle to Aso Rock. Before the reign of the lamb king, was a king whose government took over from the military kangaroo rule. While everyone was happy that we have entered a new phase of enlightenment, a rule by a civilian, only to turned out to be a two-faceted government-having face of human and beast. The government he led was autocratic; an opposer to the rule of law. He (I mean Ebora Owu) wasn’t one to hearken to the prerogative of the constitution. His demystification of the sacred rules was second to none by refusing to obey the court order to release the statutory allocation belonging to Lagos State. In his reign, like the animal kingdom, we had many high wired political killings; settling political acrimonies and on the other hand were execution of high profile criminal cases. On the later, he was a Head of State indeed! The necessary evil. Corruption was tackled up to the high places. However, he did us a disservice by endorsing and handing over to a feeble King; whose reign did not pass the test of time-death. Paving way for vacancy in Aso-Rock.
Then comes the Lamb, fresh air! By the judgement of the providence, the creator of the fowls of the air, fishes of the sea and beasts of the field, in his infinite mercy as cited in 1 Cor. 1:27…chooses what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chooses what is weak in the world to shame the strong. The lamb became the King, a commoner from a minority tribe. Alas, we have failed again! The ‘shoeless’ family soon became the defender of ‘hard earned’, hobnobbing with hawks- like thieves, liars and sycophants.
In a short period of time, mene, mene, tekel and upharsin, he was relinquished of power and the kingdom was bestowed to an ex-ruler-The lion King, who was enthroned by the people (majority). Thereupon, due to poor health- relating to old age, the Lion King went on medical vacation. While away, the lioness confessed on how hyenas and jackals have/wanted to high-jack(ed) the government of her husband and will soon be sent out of the kingdom. On the other side are wolves, nay sayer and prophet of Baal who wanted the newly installed king dead. I could hear God forbid!
I begin to ponder and ask, who did this to us? How did we get here? When do we want to get it right? Nigerians! Nigeria, a great kingdom, a land flowing with milk and honey, her destiny now lies on the shoulder of an aged King, President Muhammudu Buhari, who seem better than a weaker lamb whose reign was accomplished with looting spree without caution.
Well, Like Simba in Lion King who returns from his self-exile from the Prides Lands, The Lion king is back. Let us see what he has to offer in less than two years to the expiration of his term…and I can boldly say, many still have hope in this reign and together we can achieve a lot by giving it support devoid of tribal hatred and ethnic agitation- these are unnecessary distractions.
On a parting note, with all social and economic unrest facing the nation, the President should hearken to the warning of an ancient writer, Niccolo Machiavelli that there are two ways of fighting: by law or by force. The first way is natural to men, and the second to beasts. Bus as first often proves inadequate- especially in this time of our redundant judicial system where the poor get jailed while the rich get bailed together with enemies within – one must needs have recourse to the second. So a King must understand how to make a nice use of the beast and the man.
Adopting the strategy of the beast, to survive, you must learn from fox and the lion; because the lion is defenseless against traps and a fox is defenseless against wolves. Therefore one must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Praemonitus, praemunitus: to be forewarned, as they say, is to be forearmed!
Remi Otuneye is Political Analyst, writes from Lagos.
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