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As PDP Convenes: Let The Decamped And Encamped Give ‘Creek Boys’ Their Basic Human Dignity, Respect

The Oasis Reporters

October 30, 2021

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Femi Fani-Kayode (right).

Just before the much talked about PDP Convention cleared the legal hurdles to convene, news filtered in that a Supreme Court Judge, Justice Mary Odili, wife of senior creek man and former governor of Rivers State has had her home and privacy searched. Currently, it is suspected that she’s in the custody of security operatives.

As it has been usual in the style of current governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, he has admonished the federal government over it’s growing tendency to intimidate Judges. Wike spoke out fearlessly, as a defender of democracy, rule of law and civil liberties.
Nyesom Wike is a Creek man, according to city lawyer and London educated Femi Fani-Kayode.

Femi Fani-Kayode had spoken in denigrations of the Rivers state governor, questioning who his father is, perhaps an unknown man from the Creeks. He added further that Wike was still in the creeks while he was frolicking with President Obasanjo, moving from one position as Minister of Culture, to Aviation and even becoming Obasanjo’s spokesman.

After Obasanjo had left office, Femi Fani – Kayode finally became a campaign spokesman for the reelection campaign of yet another man from the Creeks, President Goodluck Jonathan. Femi Fani – Kayode’s multi million naira role was so grating and jarring to the nerves ( despite being delivered in fine upper class English), yet uncouth in tone that left many Nigerians offended, to the extent that they voted against the creek man. Courageous man that Jonathan is, he graciously announced his loss, even before the final vote tally was counted. He conceded to President Muhammadu Buhari, a move that caught Nigerians in pleasant surprise.

Rivers State Gov. Nyesom Wike (right), welcomes ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to Port Harcourt for the commissionning of some projects initiated by his administration.

The government of the new president as at May 2015, decided to look into elections expenses and hauled in Femi Fani – Kayode to explain how he spent the hundreds of millions of naira on perhaps publicity. This probe made FFK a guest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The charges are still hanging over his head.

On the surface, that halo over his head as a detainee of the EFCC seemed to have made him a defender of the rule of law (or so it seemed), opposition party, PDP stalwart and fierce government critic.

He was applauded as an indefatigable critic, and from one harsh, insulting tweet or write-up to the other, he put the Buhari government on it’s feet. The government itself seemed ready to constantly invite him to substantiate many of his allegations. Each time this happened, FFK would rush to the courts, seeking an injunction against the security forces from inviting him.

People simply assumed that Femi was both smart and courageous. Obviously, that was an overestimation of self. This shall be explained soon.

But first, if Femi Fani – Kayode succeeded in keeping the DSS, police or the EFCC at bay by using the courts as refuge, little did he realize that it was the activities of Creek men and creek boys that made this possible.

The security services have been doing their level best not only to intimidate the judiciary, but the legislature as well. Recall that under one time DSS director, Alhaji Daura, Parliament was invaded.
The judiciary has been under assault. There was a time the homes of Judges were constantly being invaded during midnight hours.

There was one Governor who would come out, no matter how late it was, to attend to a Judge in distress by standing between security forces with arms and harassed Judges, exchanging words and daring them to shoot him, a defenceless governor from the Creeks, who commands no troops and has no guns, except guts.

That is the stuff of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, a man from the Creeks of the Niger Delta.

Perhaps Femi Fani – Kayode ought to know that without the people from the Creeks, there would have been no democracy, no PDP and no liberty for him to enjoy and prosper in today.

Therefore why he won’t show some respect to Creek people, beats the imagination hollow.

If FFK would know, what shook then military President General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida into hastening up towards a transition to civil rule program, was a surprise outburst and protest by University of Benin students who burst out onto the streets of Benin – City, chanting “Babangida, olé”, to the consternation of the government.

From Benin City to other university towns all across the nation (the south mostly), the chants continued and Babangida understood that somehow, and at some point, he had to initiate a process for a military disengagement from politics.

So give the Creek boys some kudos and respect for daring the military for democracy to berth. In other words, it was the courage and guts of Creek people that emboldened the Judiciary to continually grant FFK his reliefs.

It is worth recalling that when General Babangida was forced to step aside after annulling the June 12 election that Chief MKO Abiola won. And Chief Ernest Shonekan was sworn in as interim Head of state.
General Abacha then overthrew Shonekan and became Head of State.

Yes, there was a struggle for the validation of Chief MKO Abiola’s electoral win. Nigerians from diverse regions joined in the fray but it was more personal to the South West. After all it’s been said and done, it was basically between the South West where FFK hails from because Chief Abiola and Chief Shonekan are from the same Yoruba speaking region. The June 12 struggle was much of an academic struggle without much threat to the rule of maximum Dictator, General Sani Abacha.

The only thing that rattled Abacha was the threatened strike and eventual crippling action of Creek people, spearheaded by oil men (NUPENG and PENGASSAN), all Creek people. We all saw how Abacha sent goons after the first Nigerian to propose the motion for Nigeria’s independence, Chief Anthony Enahoro. What saved Enahoro’s life was divine intervention.
We also know how Chief Kokori was smoked out of his hiding place in the Creeks into Abacha’s gulag. Kokori lost all because he led NUPENG into a strike to force General Abacha out and enthrone Abiola.

Chief Kokori is a Creek man who made sacrifices for democracy. When Abacha passed on with another South Westerner, Chief Obasanjo being released from prison to the presidency, Kokori was not made a minister, but FFK was. Today he makes mockery of Creek people !

In conclusion, it is apparent that FFK had his courage to continually attack President Buhari because by a stroke of luck, he had a protector in Aso Rock.
He therefore knew that come rain or high water, Alhaji Abba Kyari who became President Buhari’s Chief of Staff would always pull his chestnuts out of the fire. Two of them formed a deep friendship when he and Abba Kyari cut their teeth in the legal profession under Chief Fani-Kayode’s Chambers. That is FFK’s father’s law firm.

Alhaji Abba Kyari has unfortunately passed on, like every mortal on earth would at each appointed time.

So one man (FFK) who became acutely aware that his presidential umbrella had gone, became the cage bird that has lost the sonorous voice of an angry opposition stalwart.

He has since decamped to the president’s party, the APC. It’s bemusing that he has climbed the stage there to start singing patriotic love songs he doesn’t believe in. Like Wike would say in laughter, even the President “knows as much as you do, that you are lying”.

Therefore, give Creek guys some respect. Cut them some slack, PDP.

Greg Abolo.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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