A congratulatory letter to “Honourable” Farouk Lawan, By Nasiru Suwaid

Nasiru Suwaid

An open letter to a “cap-banking” lawmaker

Sir, it is circumstances totally beyond my control that have made me send you a personal letter, albeit openly, because to have done otherwise, would have made the aim of writing this felicitation to be totally defeated.

Indeed, the act of congratulating you in public is to identify with your lucky escape from the evil plot of our detractors. After all, you simply couldn’t belong to the party of a certain Goodluck Jonathan and be afflicted with the misfortune of bad things being your political portion. Honourable Farouk, it was only yesterday, when a monumentally joyous news reached me that the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics, has acquitted you of the unholy charge of the receiving of graft, to temper with the findings of the Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Probe, which you were heading as the chairman, a fact finding mission inaugurated to find ways and means in which the Nigerian state is being serially defrauded in the petroleum sector of the economy.

My distinguished parliamentarian, if other citizens of this great country could find means to forsake you, I would certainly not be one, nor would I even aspire to be among them, simply because of the fact that we share too many things in common, most especially, it is very Un-African for a brother to reject his creed. While my projective suppositions could have been a grand exercise in overreaching facts, the simple truth is that the umbilical cord like linkage between me and you the Honorable has long been cemented by the circumstances of fate.

As had I being a student of the Kano State Polytechnic in the mid 1990’s, then you would have been my registrar, with all those correctional battles fought, to enforce a proper dressing code within your academic environment, in order to guard the moral chastity of the impressionable young minds. Yet, some bunch of cynical Nigerians are now questioning your personal morality, over an unproven charge of corruption, little did they know that it is you who imparted righteousness to students.

Indeed, had fate enabled it and your governorship dream of ruling Kano State actualized in 2011, you would have been my chief executive, guarding over all that unaccountable funds in the security vote, where the sanctity of the immunity clause, would never have allowed a collection of jealous peers to even imagine quizzing you before any interdicting committee, as if the current administration’s operational norm of unveiling committees has ever solved a problem. In fact, in Nigeria the general wisdom is that the reports of such inquisitive panels are only further subjected to the review of other committee in continuum.

Your honor, as if you did not know, we happen to share the same political sect in Kano, as we both belong to that progressive school of Santsi, being disciples of the Abubakar Rimi ideology of progressive dissent, which is a direct off-shoot of Mallam Aminu Kano’s People’s Redemption Party, a movement that truly and fully identified with the cause of the common man. Thus to now come out to accuse you of personal enrichment sounds very foreign to my ears, after all, your current political party is mother of progressive thinking in the whole of Africa, if not the world, as it bears the characteristic hallmark of the communist parties of old, which is basically a single party block that brooks no opposition, except a little rant within the general workers committees. Indeed the People’s Democratic Party has tried by tolerating dissent of the multi-party democratic system, even though, the Prophesy about town is that the party must rule for 60 years, before even entertaining the dangerous thought of ever handing over power to a petulant opposition.

Indeed, it is not mere protocol that your names always bears the tag of honorable, as a representative is that individual who personifies the best of his creed, after all, you do not send your third or even a second eleven to defend your cause, as the Late General Sani Abacha did to the South-West of the 1995 Constituent Assembly.

In fact, just like the other constituency delineations in the country, the people of Bagwai/Shanono federal constituency thought of you as a fit and proper person to represent them, especially in a hallowed chamber like the National Assembly, where it is your onerous duty to make guiding laws for the whole of the society, thus assuming the much venerated function of the lawgivers of old, an aggregation of people composing of the most noblest of men, who because of the functions bestowed unto them by the general community, operate a strict code behavior in life, just like the dictates of the enactments they pass, which is as expectedly always above board.

But sir, should a political system be built on such impunity, where little infractions of the law are harshly treated, while uncommon crimes of grand theft, gargantuan corruption and monumental frauds against the Nigerian state are tolerated with a retinue of fact finding missions.


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