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How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by cyrilamx(m): 11:30am On Apr 20, 2020
BY FEMI FANI-KAYODEAPR 20, 2020


Insults mean nothing to me. They only fuel my resolve and strengthen my determination. They are like water off a duck's back and neither can they deter me from speaking my mind on any pressing or burning issue no matter how unpopular my position may be.

Those that do not have the presence of mind or the discipline to read beyond three lines or that are so filled with hate and blighted by ignorance that it has beclouded their better judgement should not bother attempting to read this contribution.

For those that are interested in knowing the truth and in actually learning something about a man that was as maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood as I have been over the years should please go ahead and do me the honor of reading it. Whichever way it takes absolutely nothing from me.

Yesterday I paid tribute to my friend and brother Mallam Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, who passed on after being diagnosed with Covid-19 on Friday 17th April 2020.

The tweet reads as follows:

"I lost a friend of 40 years. We were at Cambridge together. We worked in my fathers law firm together. We remained close throughout right up until the end even though we disagreed politically. ABBA was a good man. A man of honor and a loyal friend. May his soul rest in peace".

Sadly it appears that some have a problem with my tribute and have lost all sense of decency and humanity.

Someone DIED and you are now suggesting that it is wrong for those of us that knew him better than you to say a good word about him? This is an accomplished man who was a lawyer, a banker, a journalist, a businessman and a loyal friend to many many years before he even joined Government in 2015. This is a man with children, a wife, an extended family and many dependants that he left behind.

This is a man that has been a blessing to his community and that has been housing, feeding and paying for the education of thousands of students at Maiduguri University and offering scholarships to so many young people since 2001.

All this yet you say that those of us that knew him must not mourn him. Some even went as far as to ask how dare I say he was a "good man" forgetting that if he had been anything less I would have been the first to expose and attack him.

I forgive those that have attacked me for their ignorance and I stand by my words. If they do not like those words they can simply go and jump in the lagoon. They like me when I attack Government but they hate me when I say one good thing about a Government official who I have known for over forty years? What a joke!

Yet the truth is that I do not care one way or the other and neither do I seek anyone's approval or validation. I will attack anyone that I believe has done wrong, whether in the ranks of the Government or the opposition, and I will commend those that I believe have done their best in either of the two.

The truth is that when it comes to the gathering of information and acquisition of knowledge and what is really going on behind closed doors in this country I know far more than virtually all of my traducers because I have access to people and places that most of them can only dream about.

Yet even if I didn't, common decency alone should constrain them to at least let those of us that have a certain degree of decency and humanity left in our persona to express our condolences in peace and not choose our words for us or be subjected to vulgar abuse, intolerable rantings and long and uncontrollable diatribes from a clearly diseased mind.

To you I say the following. If you don't like my views about Kyari you can simply go to hell. I do not give a fig. I would however advise you to fear God and know that even He does not take pleasure in the death of those He created and only He can judge each and every one of us.

Yet for the record let us look at a few of the facts.

A former Head of State would have been put under house arrest in 2018, a former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Defence would have been arrested in 2018, a former National Security Advisor and a well known online publisher would have still been in detention today and many MORE people would have been detained and killed had it not been for the efforts and moderating influence of this man whose untimely death some irresponsible people are celebrating today.

I know all this and about each case because I was involved. Once that man gave his word on any issue he always honored it to the point that even the reactionaries and hardliners in the Government he served wanted to discredit him, implicate him, get rid of him and even kill him.

Let me give you two examples. He promised the Governors of the East that he would get adequate funding for Enugu Airport and he did.

He also promised to ensure that good progress would be made on the second Niger bridge and it was. I can tell you that had it not been for his efforts and the efforts of particularly Governor Umahi of Ebonyi and the Governor Ugwanyi of Enugu it would have been next to impossible to get adequate funding for the two.

I can also tell you that when the police, with elements of the military, attacked and killed IPOB youths and literally burnt down half of Orifite in Anambra state, the hometown of my friend and IPOB lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Abba, in collaboration with Umahi and Ugwanyi, was instrumental in putting a stop to it.

I know because I was involved and I asked them all to intervene. On that occasion they saved lives and I can bear witness to that. So can Ejiofor.

There is so much more that I could add but I will go no further for now because it was not Abba's desire or intention to be praised or publicly acknowledged for his good deeds. He neither craved public validation or acclaim.

People forget that the buck for the things the Federal Government does not stop at the desk of the President's Chief of Staff but at the desk of the President. He takes full credit for the good things and he must also take the full blame for the bad .

Abba was merely an official albeit a very senior and influential one: he was not the leader of the cabal or the de facto President that many claimed that he was.

Despite that he was quite happy to be labelled as this Government's "Dark Angel" and "fall guy", even though both tags were totally inaccurate and inappropriate 0 He was also quite prepared to take the blame for every evil under the sun simply because he was deeply loyal to the President.

Never mind that much of the time he was fighting off those in the Government who hated his guts and who saw him as a stumbling block to gaining unmerited favour with the President or to their thieving ways.

I know every single one of them and at the appropriate time I will expose them for what they are. Abba was far better than them: far more wholesome and far more decent. He was a gentleman who though, in my view, was on the wrong side of the political divide, remained a gentleman nevertheless.

I found it inexplicable and difficult to accept that a man that was as sophisticated, cosmopolitan, enlightened and intelligent as ABBA was could work for a Government and be Chief of Staff in a Presidency that was the most sectional and religiously biased in the history of Nigeria and I often told him this. We had many heated discussions and lively debates on this and other issues.


His defence was that he believed in Buhari and that he chose to be loyal to him and I respected that. He often reminded me of the days in which I was at the Villa when I stood by President Olusegun Obasanjo no matter what.


He said that even though he was with Buhari throughout that time and was opposed to Obasanjo we still remained friends and that we ought to remain friends now that the tables had turned and that he and his principal were in power.

This was sound logic and it made sense. Only a fool does not appreciate the fact that true friendship transcends politics and that you take your friends warts and all even when, in your view, they may have made the wrong political choices.

He felt I that I made the wrong choice and chose the wrong path just as I felt that he did but we never for one moment felt that our friendship should or would end because of that. After all we were not just friends but we were brothers.

I have been in the front line of the opposition and resistance since 2015 and no one has fought or risked as much against this Government as I have done. I have been detained, maligned, insulted, subjected to psychological torture, misrepresented, falsely and wrongly accused, financially crippled and worse of all I have lost some members of my family and friends because of them.

They have taken literally everything from me and have destroyed the country that I have always loved and seen as my own. All of this I have suffered without ever complaining or lamenting leaving my fate and that of my family and loved ones to God.

I have nothing to gain and no reason to sugar-coat anyone in the Buhari administration but let me tell you loudly and clearly that now that the man you all loved to hate and malign has gone you will see the true meaning of tyranny and a totalitarian government because we will no longer have a moderate to run to when innocent men and women are being incarcerated, killed or tormented.

We will no longer have anyone to complain to about the excesses and sheer brutality of some of the security and intelligence officials. We will no longer have someone to run to when terrible things are being done that even the President is not aware of.

Continue to celebrate his death because you are ignorant and uninformed. When the real monster arrives and rises up that is when your eyes will clear and you will wish that the one you hate was still alive and in power.

Permit me to conclude this contribution with the following. Canelo Gypsy King, one of my numerous young friends on Facebook wrote the following to me after watching my interview on AIT about ABBA.

He was obviously very upset by my generous and charitable words about a man who he perceived as being pure evil and who he believed ought to have been categorised as an enemy of humanity and the tormentor-in chief of the Nigerian people. He wrote,

"When Boko Haram members were killing men and children in thousands, raping women in large proportions. Killing and shooting Biafra citizens, Shiites members and those who oppose his Government, did Abba Kyari speak up?

Did he call for the service chiefs to resign? Did he visit those who died? When Buhari deliberately and intentionally borrowed predatory loans from the Foreign nations to further plunge Nigerian into insurmountable debts? Did Abba speak up? How about the billions of Naira that were allocated to upgrade Aso rock Clinic that went Missing, did he speak up?

When Buhari failed to address the Nation every month for years, Did Abba speak up? Did he ever speak up when the nation was financially pillaged by these evil Government officials?

Do you know how many thousands of Nigerians are dying every month due to the wicked and heartless intentions of these beasts and Frankenstein monsters? Even, if he did not speak up, did he resign? Truth to be told whatever a man sows he shall reap".

My response to him was as follows.

"If only you knew how many lives he saved. If only you knew how he at least attempted to build bridges between Christians and Muslims and between northerners and southerners behind closed doors.

If only you knew how hard he fought to ensure that the war against terror was properly waged. If only you knew the forces that opposed his moderate stand from within.

If only you knew how much he was hated by some very key members of the Buhari administration who envied him and who felt that had it not been for him they could have pillaged the treasury far more than they were already doing and created even more enemies for the President than he already had.

If only you knew that most of the rubbish being written in the media about him was being sponsored and spread to a gullible public by key members of the Buhari administrstion who were trying to discredit him and get the Presideht to fire him.

Simply put had it not been for him many more lives would have been lost in the war against terror and many more people would have been killed by Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen.

Some say he was the leader of the cabal. This is a cabal in which seasoned and skillful old war horses and elderly and ancient northern political veterans and warriors like Mamman Daura, Zangon Daura, Mahmoud Tukur, Ismaila Isa Funtua, Lawal Daura, Baba Gana Kingibe and many others that were far older and more experienced than him are members of?

A cabal that has been in existence and in power since the 1980's when he was still at University? This does not make sense. He was a powerful Chief of Staff but he was far from being head of the cabal or being de facto President. That much I can assure you.

If it had been any different many of those that were still in office at the time of his death would not have been there anymore because he would have fired them long ago.

God alone sees the heart and knows who is who. Let Him be the judge and let Him call each and every one of us to account for our deeds and misdeeds.

It is not for me or anyone else to judge Kyari and it is not for anyone else to judge me or to judge you. The only thing that is certain is the following: for our good deeds we shall be rewarded in the afterlife and for our bad ones we shall suffer. That applies to us all and as the Bible says, 'let he that is free of sin throw the first stone' ".

For my friend and adversary Abba I only have this to say,

"Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.....How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perished!" (2 Samuel 1 20:24).

You served your nation and your principal to the best of your ability and I am proud of the dignity and nobility you displayed throughout your life.

Rest in peace my brother and pray for Nigeria and those of us you left behind.


http://saharareporters.com/2020/04/20/how-are-mighty-fallen-femi-fani-kayode

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Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by GamalNasser: 11:33am On Apr 20, 2020
Expect less criticism from FFK at this point because his main protector in the govt was Abba Kyari and he is no more ... The only people that hate Abba Kyari are the Bourdillon cartel

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Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by oluwadabira111(m): 11:38am On Apr 20, 2020
If it is from FFK I will not read! nonsense and ffk are like 5&6

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Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by fulaniHERDSman(m): 11:47am On Apr 20, 2020
Continue to rest in peace my Mentor.
Nice write up ... But when are you returning to Court for your corruption charges?
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Righteousness89(m): 11:53am On Apr 20, 2020
Enough of all these! The Man has Gobe to Face GOD..

The Pmb administration major flaws are These:
Nepotism,
Secrecy
Religion intolerance
Security; The Security of the Nation has been has been on a Free fall..

The Killings and be-headings, taking over of high Ways, burnings and cutting of heads of Nigerians on the highways and the Perceived Privilege given to a certain group of people or persons,etc.

Nigerians have died like chickens! Blood have been Wasted! Lives have been Wasted! Yet those involved are directly and indirectly given a freeway and protected!

The Truth of the Matter is that Anyone that dies in the Presidency today in Nigeria will bring Sigh of Joy to Majority of Nigerians...

The Pmb Headed Government has caused More pains and cries than joy and happiness to Nigeria...

You can't have the Yam and the Knife and yet complain about not cooking the yam..

If the Country has overwhelmed u, then you Resign and Go..
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Simplyleo: 11:54am On Apr 20, 2020
Lol.

How shameless human beings can be. grin grin

Abba Kyari has suddenly become the one protecting FFK in Aso Rock.

Pls, how these people dey take do this thing sef? In public for that matter. grin

My belle o. grin grin grin

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Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by dustmalik: 11:56am On Apr 20, 2020
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by baliyubla: 12:00pm On Apr 20, 2020
The madman FFK has lost one of his major meal and cocaine tickets for the last 5 years, so he’s gone on a shooting spree, not sparing even his support base by telling them to “jump into the lagoon or go to Hell”.

Pity those that take the drug addict serious.

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Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by ERockson: 12:00pm On Apr 20, 2020
There is no logic in praising Kyari because he was the most influential person of Buhari government that is known for poor governance. I know for sure if FFK doesn't know Kyari in person he would crucified him before and after his death. Where is the logic, Buhari government is bad but the most influential man in Buhari government is good. That is very illogical from FFK.

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Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by OpinionPoll: 12:01pm On Apr 20, 2020
Take politicians serious at your own peril
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Corrinthians(m): 12:07pm On Apr 20, 2020
oluwadabira111:
If it is from FFK I will not read! nonsense and ffk are like 5&6
Simple as that. Beat not to pollute the mind with his thoughtless load of unadulterated rubbish.
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Corrinthians(m): 12:09pm On Apr 20, 2020
Simplyleo:
Lol.

How shameless human beings can be. grin grin

Abba Kyari has suddenly become the one protecting FFK in Aso Rock.

Pls, how these people dey take do this thing sef? In public for that matter. grin

My belle o. grin grin grin
Once he sniffs his lines, he takes to his mobile device and discharge the imaginary realities his compromised brain conjures up.

Only fools take him seriously.
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by helinues: 12:40pm On Apr 20, 2020
Oya,Ipobs and Pdp miscreants button presser has spoken
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Yankee101: 1:19pm On Apr 20, 2020
If he was the good guy and had so much power, then he should have done more. Simple

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Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Nuzo1(m): 1:32pm On Apr 20, 2020
Some say he was the leader of the cabal. This is a cabal in which seasoned and skillful old war horses and elderly and ancient northern political veterans and warriors like Mamman Daura, Zangon Daura, Mahmoud Tukur, Ismaila Isa Funtua, Lawal Daura, Baba Gana Kingibe and many others that were far older and more experienced than him are members of?

A cabal that has been in existence and in power since the 1980's when he was still at University? This does not make sense. He was a powerful Chief of Staff but he was far from being head of the cabal or being de facto President. That much I can assure you.

I told people that Abba kyari was just an errand boy, a hard core Buhari loyalist (not APC), face of the cabal and the fall guy.

He was only allowed to take decisions on issues that the cabal has no interest in. And this made it look as if he was that powerful.

And for this reason, he was more disliked and maligned in the media by a faction of APC members who felt he usurped their role in this government. Eg going to broker an energy agreement with the Germans instead of the minister of power.

The same media owned by this faction of APC is trying to shift the narrative that Igbos are the people who hate Abba before now. We all know who some Igbos dislike before now.

Truth is always turned upside down in Nigeria against the Igbos. And that's because they've not learned how to play cunning politics like others do.

That doesn't mean that some Igbos doesn't hate Abba before now, but we have always known the groups of people who hated and fought him in and outside aso rock and in the media.

What a people.

Below is the categories of the so called haters i listed earlier...


The hate (i would like to use dislike) cuts across all regions of Nigeria.

1. Some politicians and governors disliked him because he denied them access to the president. Eg Muoguno, Aisha, Ganduje etc.

2. Some disliked him because they felt he usurped the VP's job descriptions. And by extension keeping Tinubu at arms length from Buhari.

3. Some disliked him because they felt was the one giving the final shooting order of IPOB during operation python dance in the south east.

4. Some disliked him because they felt he was misrepresenting Buhari in so many occasions.

5. Some disliked him because they felt he was intelligent, well read and enlightenmented enough but couldn't use these characteristics to give Buhari's administration a focus. Eg beremex.

6. Some disliked him because they felt he was very corrupt.

All these categories of people may be right to assume he didn't do his job well, but one thing they seem not to know is that Abba kyari was just an errand boy, a workaholic, an unflinching loyalist and a willing fall guy. His job was to discuss and collect information from all concerned sectors and relay it to the cabal. The cabal deliberates on the information, hints a little to Buhari (who obviously is not interested) and send back the final decision to kyari for onward execution.

Abba kyari did exactly his job. But unfortunately, Nigerians like to blame the wrong people for their failure.

In the coming months, people will get to find out that as bad and corrupt as Abba kyari was, he was never the problem with Buhari's administration. The cabal are also not the problem. Nobody elected these people and they are not holding the president hostage with a gun to make decisions against his wish.

Buhari himself is the problem.
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Grayoso: 1:35pm On Apr 20, 2020
FFK just lost his Igbo and IPOB fanbase with this defense of his friendship with Abba Kyari. A man IPOBians hate as much if not more than PMB.
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Oluneutral: 1:48pm On Apr 20, 2020
But why has FFK not written all these about Abba Kyari when he was alive?

Why did FFK decide to write these beautiful lines after the demise of the man.


With the way FFK was and is attacking this administration, one would think he has never crossed any path with every one of them in power, including Abba Kyari himself.

Politicians Sha!
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by prinsam30(m): 1:50pm On Apr 20, 2020
well only God can judge, person wey don die don die, u guys should take a chill pill abeg
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Oluneutral: 1:50pm On Apr 20, 2020
GamalNasser:
Expect less criticism from FFK at this point because his main protector in the govt was Abba Kyari and he is no more ... The only people that hate Abba Kyari are the Bourdillon cartel


You're very right!

Truth is coming out small small.
Abba Kyari has been the one protecting/shielding this double-mouthed man!

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Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Oluneutral: 1:55pm On Apr 20, 2020
ERockson:
There is no logic in praising Kyari because he was the most influential person of Buhari government that is known for poor governance. I know for sure if FFK doesn't know Kyari in person he would crucified him before and after his death. Where is the logic, Buhari government is bad but the most influential man in Buhari government is good. That is very illogical from FFK.



You dey mind him?

An administration is terribly bad and corrupt but the most influential person in the administration is a good person


How reasonable is that, Biko?
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by jlinkd78(m): 2:03pm On Apr 20, 2020
FFK s a good writer
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by KnowAll(m): 2:12pm On Apr 20, 2020
No wonder FFK was never arrested with all the nonsense he kept on saying about Buhari. So he had a God father in Aso Rock.
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by leosahm(m): 3:18pm On Apr 20, 2020
Its only foolish people that rejoice whe sb dies....... I wonder if those mocking the late COS are saints.... I'm nt a muslim, I'm a christian, and am from calabar, cross river state.... That guy was just a chief of staff to president buhari, n nt the president, he was loyal to his boss which through he had food on his table..... Anybody, celebrating his dead is a fool.... N secondly if FFK is sayin this about the late COS.... There could be some elements of truth in it...
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by manuelreports: 3:23pm On Apr 20, 2020
Trust FFK, Dele at your own risk
I just dey observation Reno with one eyes
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by manuelreports: 3:25pm On Apr 20, 2020
Oluneutral:
But why has FFK not written all these about Abba Kyari when he was alive?

Why did FFK decide to write these beautiful lines after the demise of the man.


With the way FFK was and is attacking this administration, one would think he has never crossed any path with every one of them in power, including Abba Kyari himself.

Politicians Sha!
He had said it several time that him and Abba are good friends but have opposite political views.
Just that FFK na where belle face gang. When they are out of Government they start making noise when you give them apointment they close mouth.
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by Aufbauh(m): 3:30pm On Apr 20, 2020
Indeed those who knows him will not begrudge him, and those who resented him never know him. I
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by busco59: 6:57pm On Apr 20, 2020
Mr Fani I doubt if it the Abba I know, this guy case has been in Brekete Family (a radio programme aimed at fighting for justice and equity for the masses) here in Abuja since 2018 if I am not mistaken. Those who listened to the program knew how Abba duped his relative Mr Waziri Kyari, visited those who tried to take up the case with hell. We listeners of Brekete Family doubt your claims, how all of a sudden did he became a saint. It a norm to write good about the dead even if it the devil himself, but going beyond that as you did is absurd knowing fully well he doesn't deserve that. I wonder how a saint will choose to work with demons as you want us to believe, the Bible says "light and darkness has nothing in common". I don't hate Abba kyari and I hardly do know him, neither do I want to be a judge here but just as I earlier stated, with the little I know, Abba kyari is not the saint you want to portray him to be. Here is the link to the case with his relative https://www.nairaland.com/4715878/abba-kyari-defrauded-village-man
Re: How Are The Mighty Fallen By Femi Fani-kayode by whitemand4(m): 2:15am On Apr 21, 2020
Yankee101:
If he was the good guy and had so much power, then he should have done more. Simple

Leave ffk with his sentimental sympathy and empathy

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