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Obasanjo Begins Third Term Rule by Pain(m): 7:24am On Jul 03, 2007

Last week, Yar’Adua played the part with ignoble perfection. He let himself be dragged out to a hotel room where Obasanjo hatched and executed an illegal take-over of the ruling party’s Board of Trustees. Yar’Adua’s presence at the "crime" scene lent legitimacy to Obasanjo’s illicit but altogether characteristic manoeuver. It also exposed Yar’Adua as a man with little mind of his own. Nigerians can’t afford to permit such a man to run, and ruin, their lives for four years.

Deaf to the popular sentiment in Nigeria that wants Obasanjo consigned to his farm (or worse), Yar’Adua has stepped out to consort with the nation’s public enemy number one. If there was a public relations disaster for the record books, this was it. Yar’Adua, who already labours under the burden of illegitimacy, exhibited poor political instincts when he chose to advance Obasanjo’s inordinate political ambitions. A friend sent me a doleful e-mail. "Obasanjo’s third term has just begun," he wrote.

In keeping Obasanjo’s perfidious company, Yar’Adua appears curiously intent to authenticate Nigerians’ suspicion that he was smuggled into the Presidency to act as stooge. His "presidency," by the evidence of his own act, seems marked by surrogacy. By helping the former president to hijack the reins of the ruling party, Yar’Adua has accentuated his own political deficits.

Which brings one to Yar’Adua’s fervent political enterprise: The selling of "unity government" as the fix for the crisis of illegitimacy in which his government is trapped. Let’s be clear: A unity government as conceived by Yar’Adua cannot address the nation’s political malaise. Far from acting as a credible instrument of remediation, Yar’Adua’s usurpation of the Presidency means he is part of the problem. As a usurper, he is encumbered by a lack of legitimacy. In that spirit, he lacks the constitutional wherewithal to initiate a unity government. Such a government is deeply pernicious, for its objective is to consolidate an illegality: The widespread disenfranchisement of Nigerians.

It is hardly surprising that some opposition parties are in thrall to the idea of unity government. They are, after all, factions of the usurping class, a collection of men and women who operate in an ethical vacuum and whose only principle is greed. These men (and a smattering of women) are wedded to the notion that Nigeria is theirs to gorge on. That explains their desperation to grasp some quota of ministerial and other political appointments.

"Unity government" is an invitation to the nation’s rapacious elite to congregate around the idea of collective sharing the spoils. It is a seductive idea for career politicians whose lone means of livelihood is lucre, but it represents a toxic prospect for other Nigerians. Predictably, the sponsors of this facile idea have taken to intoning the mantra of "moving the nation forward." The falsity of this creed is self-evident. Nothing founded on impunity and crime can move forward. And the April election was a carefully conceived, coldly executed crime against the sovereign will of Nigerians.

The right response to that crime—the proper way to move the nation forward—is for all sectors of society to repudiate the electoral heist, to expunge it from the national data.

The courts and tribunals should have the courage to lead in this process. Nigerians should encourage members of the Bench to do the right thing, to uphold the integrity of the Constitution and the sovereignty of the people. The judiciary ought to see to it that the impositions that passed for elections at all levels are squelched.
One has nothing against Yar’Adua. In fact, I suspect that if armed with a legitimate mandate, he may prove an astute President. He may be an angel for all we know. But the forces that imposed him on Nigeria are determined to, and will, stifle his angelic intentions.

Witness the alacrity with which Yar’Adua left off other engagements and hastened to Nicon Hotel at Obasanjo’s bequest to enable the old fox to consummate his seizure of party power. Witness Yar’Adua’s inability to reject Obasanjo’s cruel and senseless imposition of higher fuel prices on the eve of his departure from power.

Witness Yar’Adua’s spinelessness to probe, or cancel, the questionable sale of the nation’s refineries to friends of Obasanjo.
One must hope that Yar’Adua, deep down, is a patriot. If so, he must know that Nigerians deserve a legitimate government, not a confected and bastard mutant called "unity government." If he means well, let him rally the political parties, not to consolidate an illegality in the name of a unity of thieves, but to agree on constituting a high-powered, independent panel to investigate the sham elections.

It would fall to the investigation panel to recommend how to conduct credible elections run by trustworthy umpires, not a shameless academic who defends fraud. This is the road to be taken should Yar’Adua aspire to be a patriot and hero. If he wants to cling on to illegitimate power, then stay the odious course of "unity government."

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