Thursday Column with Mohammed Adamu
By Mohammed Adau
SEEK YE THE FIRST KINGDOM…
“…..to what avail is any democracy –no matter how diligently it has acquitted itself as a ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people’- if it is incapable of guaranteeing a ‘secure and peaceful’ society? In truth a ‘secure and peaceful’ society, even if it is not a democratic one, should be the first kingdom that a wise people naturally should seek, even if they have to tarry forever in the anticipation that all other things may be added onto it. I am for the people securing themselves –whether in the North or in the South or by whatever means necessary- if the laws and the institutions established to secure them fail or neglect to do so. It is to that extent that I see nothing wrong with the South-West’s ‘Amotekun’ initiative as a regional …security outfit created to complement a wobbly Federal Police that is obviously incapable of securing all.” – ‘Much Ado About Amotekun’ (23/01/20)
THERE MUST BE AN END TO LITIGATION
“….the ‘finality’ ascribed to the decisions of the Supreme Court is not necessarily from the fact that no ‘legal reasoning’ can possibly take place beyond the Rubicon of its ruling. Rather it is the elastic point of the judges’ forbearance on any matter before them. Plus, the ‘infallibility’ attributed to it is not from any inherent angelic in-ability of its judges to make mistakes; but from the fact that being the last judicial bus stop, any judgment of this Court whether ‘sound’ by law or even if ‘sullied’ by illogic, has to represent the ‘final’ position of the law on any given matter… It is from this settled attribute that the judicial adage is to be appreciated which says that: “the Supreme Court is not ‘final’ because it is infallible, but that it is ‘infallible’ only because it is ‘final’…. the Supreme Court alone may rule with the overarching objective of either achieving justice, or at the very least, of ending litigation”. -‘Imo And The Apex Court’s Power Of Review’ (30/01/20)
THE ‘BALLOT’, NOT THE ‘DOCK’, SHOULD DECIDE
“…a ruling on electoral dispute cannot be said to be fundamentally just if (in deference either to the letter or spirit of the law), it ignores the electoral will of the people to impose on them one that they did not elect to govern their affairs. This will be a travesty as well of the electoral process as of the judicial process….If democracy… is a system of ‘majority rule’, no ruling of court will be substantially just unless it respects the clear electoral will of the majority….This can only have the unintended consequence of defeating the very essence of ‘democracy’ as a system of ‘majority rule’. It makes neither democratic nor judicial sense that unelected judges, rather than the people, should be the ones to install governments -or that they should possess the meddlesome duty to rule to dethrone governments elected by the people”. – ‘Apex Court As The Electoral College’ (20/20/20)
WHENa WILL BLOODLETTING BE GORY ENOUGH?
“…what else will shock or outrage a nation that has seen bandits, outlaws, marauders, gangsters and brigands at their beastliest, invading defenseless village communities setting on fire huts and barns, farms and farmlands and killing one and all –men and women, young and old, -including ripping the stomachs of pregnant women… If these are not horrendous enough to unite our disparately selective consciences into one common hub of united outrage, one wonders, what else can? In fact how we are able to carry on as if nothing is amiss while such gory, barbaric acts take place almost every minute, speaks volume about our incapacity to nurse a collective conscience in Nigeria”. – ‘Conscience Of A Lawless Nation’ (27/02/20)
THE KING IS NO COURT JESTER
“…Emir Sanusi was the quintessential antithesis of every royal conduct; except that he was a connoisseur of royal regalia and the habiliments of royal outings. In this you must admit he was more peacock than the peacock itself. But in the commonization of his royal appearances and in the banality of his royal interlocution, Emir Sanusi had taken the ‘majesty’… out of the character of kings. Royals deliver not their words by ‘numbers’; but they are known in every clime to do so by ‘weight’. They seldom talk; and even when they do, royals speak only with measured tongues. So that even the little that they vouchsafe come down with the weight of the Ten Commandments, descending as if from Mount Sinai unto the Rock of Gibraltar. The words of kings should bear both the stealthy and the sober imprimatur of a code of law, and not fly weightlessly like the words of a court jester. Sanusi had done great disservice to the institution, especially of Northern royalty”. –‘Now A King, Now A Commoner’ (03/12/20)
A WORD FOR WADATA PLAZA
The APC conservative-reactionaries… had feared that it would be counter-productive for a radical-progressive in the mold of a combative labor activist, Oshiomhol to take charge of the affairs of their political party. And the opposition PDP, owing to its prodigious partisan foresightedness, saw the plan…as APC’s resolve to trade with the PDP every ‘Roland for an Oliver’. Unleashing its effusively garrulous and egregiously cantankerous ‘junkyard dog’, –and especially one as ravenous in caustic and acerbic language as in venomous bite- was APC’s way of telling the PDP to ‘bring it on!’… It was a way of telling Wadata Plaza that no political party has the monopoly of offensive language –nor any, the monopoly of venomous bite. It was thus preposterous and ironic that the PDP would accuse the newly installed APC Chairman of ‘playing the role of an attack dog’, rather than that of a ‘decent’ party helmsman; because –in actual fact- ‘playing the role of an attack dog’ was the intention of, and not a deviation from, the APC’s original plan”. – ‘Oshiomhole’s Pleasant Heresies’ (07/31/20)
A THREAT SO GREAT, A VIRUS SO MINUSCLE
“What then, henceforth, should humanity keenly take cover from, -for self-preservation? Is it to prepare always, to dodge some mis-orbited, smoldering, loose asteroid several times the size of the Earth, from a cosmic distance some light years away, traveling at the speed of light and threatening to knock us out of existence, or is it to take cover from the creepy, morbidly pathological grip of an invincibly invisible viral enemy, called the Corona virus, threatening to wipe us all out of existence? Between the threat of falling objects from a continuously expanding cosmos and that from the most innocuous of ‘smallest indivisible’ biological particles, humanity, it seems, has no hiding place”. – ‘Between The Cosmic And The Viral Void’ (26/03/20)
MAN, SO GREAT YET SO VULERABLE
“…isolation as we now know it, once a remedy of bygone medieval times, is still about the only preventive measure to man against the Corona virus. Meaning that contemporary scientific-man for all his arrogant claim to technological advancement has still not gone ahead of the medievals in positive endeavors that should benefit humanity as a whole. He has advanced only in sectors beneficial to ‘special interests’. Man, for all his genius, in the development of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, has still not been able to apply that knowledge beneficially in the province of medical science, to safeguard humanity from bacterial, viral and fungal plagues such as Covid-19, without putting humanity through this dehumanizing experience!” – ‘One Winter At A Time’ (02/04/20)
IS CHINA DARWIN’S ‘FITTEST’ SPECIES?
A liberal, rights-respecting Europe and America are paying the price for democratic complacency. And a pragmatically communist, rights-appropriating China, even in Wuhan where the viral genie allegedly first bolted out of the bottle, is back on its feet.
China had locked down comprehensively with palliatives when it needed to. It had clamped down with state power where it should; hell it had clobbered with excessive force where it must. And now even in the scheme of evolutionary order of natural selection, you cannot deny that China has proved itself Charles Darwin’s top species on the evolutionary pecking order and on the chain of survival which is reserved for the fittest. A communist China is teaching the democratic world that survival is the first rule of nature; and that for the collective survival of a people, any means, like Malcolm X would say, is necessary”. – ‘The Race, Not To The Swift’ –(16/04/20)
To be continued