Wings of Faith
This Robin Hood
By Dabby Okorocha
Recently, I had a chat
with Sarah Jibril, Nigeria's first female presidential
candidate and special adviser to former President
Goodluck Jonathan on Ethics and Values. She said to me,
ĎDabby, I actually think the Ibos are the Jews of
Nigeria, they have a divine heritage.í
Iíd like to come out here and tell you that her
statement made me happy because I am Ibo. Iíd like to
tell you that when in that conversation, she concluded
by saying that an Ibo man will emerge as Nigeriaís
president in 2019, that God has arisen to right the
wrongs done to the people of South East, my heart leaped
with joy. Iíd like to tell you all that, but it would be
a big fat blinking lie.
I donít buy into all that balderdash. I believed in the
Ibo race of my fatherís time. A breed that stood up for
their values and principles. I believed in that race
that refused to sell their birthright, not these
political gigolos being tossed up and down by money and
hubris. Tell me how these yeomen who cannot stand on one
foot for sixty seconds can produce Nigeriaís president
in just four months? They should first of all go and
learn at the feet of Bola Tinubu. As much as I don't
believe in some of his methods, he is one of the most
consistent politicians in Nigeria.
What am I saying? Real success takes time, it comes with
consistency, it comes with diligence, it comes with
determination and hard work. That's why even bad people
succeed when they apply these principles. Even a bad man
can get two when he adds one plus one. Our people from
the South East and South South are jokers, I'm sorry to
generalize. I don't subscribe to any political party,
but I think what is happening is worrisome.
I have no problem with the Ibos belonging to APC or PDP?
The issue is that, if you are in PDP, be in PDP. Stay
there and fight.It is Buhari ís consistency of character
that has taken him to the pinnacle of Nigeriaís
leadership. I may not be a fan of his leadership style,
but I love the fact that you can count on him to say no
to anything that debases his values.
Now tell me who to vote for in 2019. Who should
Nigerians go for? I prayed for Buhari to win in 2015. I
want to say that he has not justified the answer to that
prayer. The sad faces of Nigerians tell the story. He is
making more promises to make sure we vote for him again.
A friend of mine is arguing that Atiku Abubakar is
corrupt. Is he? The other day when I saw a young boy
eating bread from a refuse dump, my mind went to some of
the arguments against Atiku.
Has he been convicted for corruption by any court of
law? After watching the way Buhari is fighting
corruption, I want to say that I donít even care what
they say about this man with a legendary heart of gold.
So, Atiku Abubakar took money from the government, and
he is helping the needy, his leadership style works.
Without him, some of the political leaders we have today
would have been languishing in the backyard of nowhere.
Iíve been told that Atiku is detribalized, and has
listening ears. Please, give me this Robin Hood! After
all, the largest poverty-fighting organization in New
York City is called Robin Hood.