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Sudanese PM Hamdok Prays Nigeria’s First Bank MD’s Prayer, Gets Reinstated Following Military Coup

The Oasis Reporters

November 23, 2021


Abdalla Hamdok, beside Military strongman, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

From General Gafar El Numeiri to General Omar Hassan Al Bashir in over five decades of Sudanese life, the military had bestrode the political space like the colossus, not wanting to go.

Then ordinary people got fed up.

When the singing of a defiant female university student roused the populace to pour out onto the streets, the military regime became toast. The regime of Al Bashir collapsed and he was headed to prison under people’s power that defied the brutality of the military.

People wanted democracy but the military tried it’s best to frustrate it, while at the same time seemed to agree to it.

Finally, Abdalla Hamdok was chosen as prime minister, but military leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan tried to loom large, and finally, he overthrew Prime Minister Hamdok.

While Hamdok was chilling in detention, a similar experience of palace boardroom coup was occurring in Nigeria’s commercial capital city of Lagos.

First Bank MD, Adesola Adeduntan

First Bank Managing Director, Dr Adesola Adeduntan got a shock as he waited to be reappointed to his position, having taken the bank to higher heights. The Bank Chairman, Hassan Odukale however would have none of it. He handed the MD a termination letter.

Immediately, an angry Adeduntan took his case to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN governor, Mr. Emefiele who then swiftly overruled Odukale, and in turn sacked the First Bank board from office. And guess who came back to office within 24 hours of a sack ?

Debonair banker Dr Adesola Adeduntan, and his appointment was renewed as Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria PLC.

That included Mr Gbenga Shobo as Deputy Managing Director.

That was the inspiration that buoyed the spirit of Hamdok up.

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been reinstated and thousands of political detainees are set to be released as Sudan’s military leaders attempt to present a more palatable image following an October coup which dissolved the previous power-sharing agreement.

Hamdok, who had been immediately detained and then put under house arrest in the aftermath of the Oct. 25 coup, said he made the decision to prevent further violence. He said he had been given free rein by the military to form a technocratic transitional government and that elections would still be held “before July 2023.” Hamdok has been criticized by pro-democracy groups for agreeing to return to office.

The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), a political group instrumental in deposing former dictator Omar al-Bashir, rejected the move. “We affirm our clear and previously declared position that there is no negotiation, no partnership, no legitimacy for the coup,” the group said in a statement. “We are not concerned with any agreements with this brute junta and we are employing all peaceful and creative methods to bring it down”.

Coup leader Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had sought to ease international pressure in recent weeks by naming a new transitional council. The new body’s makeup, with Burhan as the chair, retained military leadership among its 14 members but excluded members of the FFC.

Alden Young, a Sudan expert at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the return of Hamdok is a welcome sign that U.S. diplomatic efforts are paying dividends, but is unlikely to satisfy wider calls for civilian rule. “It’s not a complete victory for the Sudanese street,” Young said. “I think it’s a realistic representation of the balance of force, particularly with the military showing it could make alliances with most of the major rebel groups.”

With thousands taking to the streets of Sudan on Sunday in protest at Hamdok’s decision to work with Burhan, Sudan’s tensions are unlikely to ease soon. In the meantime, U.S. diplomatic efforts should expand, Young advises, targeting the civilian grass roots groups that helped oust Bashir in the first place.

“The U.S. has to find ways to diplomatically deal with the resistance committees and talk to them directly,” Young said. “They’re the real advocates of democracy, and it requires new types of diplomacy to reach out to people in local organizing that we normally wouldn’t talk to”.

Greg Abolo with
Additional reporting by Foreign Policy.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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