And so it had happened that Aunty Stella’s idealistic nature was overpowered by her practical side. Though she was very much another politician on the take, she never allowed the perks of stolen wealth attract her.
From their point of view, the senate might think they are doing us a great favour by opting to investigate the alleged misappropriation of funds by our first-rate aviation minister, Stella Oduah. But of course, we all know where and how their whole charade would turn up. Characteristic of them, they have threatened fire and hailstones when we all know that nothing good would come out of their endless probing. Well, our legislators are always top of the line in their profession. In a seemingly well-practiced act, they have decided to investigate our genteel of an aviation minister. Alas! We are no strangers to their endless comic displays. It’s been long since we last attach any weighted meaning to the scenes being proffered by our comedian-legislators.
The British Statesman, Winston Churchill once declared, “There comes a time in the life of a man (well in this case, a woman) when he would be figuratively tapped on the shoulders (such a time presented itself to our aviation minister) and offered the chance to do a very special thing unique to him and fitted to his talents (considering the Nigerian polity, this rarely classifies as being unique when compared to our fuel subsidy thieves and police pension thief, sorry, boss). What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for that which would have been his finest hour.”
As a well-bred Nigerian politician, Stella quickly rose to the occasion in unfaltering
cadence. Let that senator who is without a private jet cast the first stone.
Well, Aunty Stella, don’t mind them. That’s how they would be poking their pot-bellies into other people’s affairs. The word jealousy certainly would do no justice to describe their actions. I don’t blame their masochist, old-fashioned and palm-wine blurred reasoning. They don’t have the slightest inkling of how much a tube of Mary Kaycosts.
They think the meagre billions being appropriated yearly to your ministry
is enough to buy the soap you bath with. At least, you are being magnanimous
enough by patching our runways with some of your Mary Kay. You’ve always provided us with expired flying coffins while you take pride in flying state-of-the-art
aircrafts, just as the aviation sector is in a total state of upheaval. Indeed, you are not a learner!
Only God knows what position and status they would have bestowed on James Ibori had the British criminal justice not run to our aid. So the senate should stop fooling themselves, for we all are witnesses to how the Tony Anenihs, Farouk Lawans, Patricia Ettehs, Arunma Ottehs and recently, Diepreye Alamieyeseighas are gallivanting within the corridors of power unabashedly leaving us in an utter state of perplexity. Indeed, ours are ministering with a difference.
God bless Nigeria.
Written by Collins Arikor.