Okay. So who is Dr Cairo Ojougboh, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Vice Chairman South-South trying to fool? Nigerians are serious about the anti-corruption crusade and they scant tolerance for anyone trying to turn it into a charade. How else can one describe the ongoing spat between Ojougboh and former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Pius Anyim?
Ojougboh accused the former SGF of unilaterally acquiring the multi-billion-dollar Centenary City on the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road, Abuja. Under a government that has openly committed to ridding the nation of corruption, the logical thing for the PDP chieftain to do about his new found passion of tackling graft is to collect more evidence and submit same to the anti-graft agencies to take it up from there. Instead, he resorted to made-for-television theatrics that have been the bane of previous efforts at combating sleaze.
Wikipedia entry narrates that “Thrasybulus was an ally of Periander, the tyrant of Corinth. He features in a famous anecdote from Herodotus’s Histories, in which a messenger from Periander asks Thrasybulus for advice on ruling. Thrasybulus, instead of responding, takes the messenger for a walk in a field of wheat, where he proceeds to cut off all of the best and tallest ears of wheat. The message, correctly interpreted by Periander, was that a wise ruler would preempt challenges to his rule by “removing” those prominent men who might be powerful enough to challenge him…”
But that is where the similarity ends. Only a wise ruler would be able to pull off the coup suggested in the anecdote and get away with it. Trying to truncate a widely desired anti corruption crusade with distractions scarcely qualifies as a smart thing so one will not even try to describe it as wise. Same goes for keeping up a ruckus over a case for which one has already been dragged before a court.
He is obviously inured to such perils since the anticipation of the prize has somehow incapacitated him from being able to correctly predict that there are too many leaders in his party to mow down. Assuming he successfully removes Anyim from the equation, how long will it take him to eliminate the many other sincere and capable hands that are poised to re-positioning the one time ruling party? He certainly cannot be done by 2023 by which time he would have sent his party out of relevance. He must thus appreciate that using the desire for a corruption free Nigeria as the cover to decimate those he perceive as being on his ascension path is scarcely the way to go.