I am more comfortable writing on issues than personalities but it is almost impossible to talk about the evil spirits in the presidential villa that is behind all our problems without saying anything about the person who told us about them.
Just a month after a tailor in Lagos blamed the devil for making him rape a 3 year old girl, Dr Reuben Abati is also blaming the devil for all the wrong decisions they made in the villa. I don’t know why Dr Abati will be reasoning like that roadside tailor but his excuse for failure is the most ridiculous I have heard recently.
At moments like this it is normal to curse and ridicule him but it is also an opportunity for us to reflect on how a man can transform into the same thing he has been preaching against all his life. Perhaps he didn’t believe in what he always preached and needed power to reveal his true self or he meant every word but at a point lost hope and joined the thieving gang. His utterances recently make me believe the former and the ridiculous excuse of blaming evil spirits for his shameful performance as President’s spokesman only reveal how desperate he is to fraudulently find a way back into the the hearts of his long lost audience.
No President in our history went to the Holy Land(Jerusalem) or bowed on alters of the Almighty more that President Jonathan but his spokesman remains the first to blame evil spirits for their failure. Is it that the Almighty refused to listen or he was not praying at all? If the juju was making everybody sick or killing people or attempting to kill like Mr Abati want us to believe then why did he do everything including putting his conscience to sleep and locking his brilliant brain in God-knows-where to remain there? Or na de juju been de worry am? I know Aso Villa is the peak of power and money in Nigeria and people will go there with all kind of fetish things but blaming how Nigerians reacted to their government, all deaths, accidents, malfunctions and the insults he showered on his friends and former colleagues on evil spirits is ridiculous and to an extent fraudulent.
What happened to Abati in Aso villa is what happens to our quiet, humble and morally upright friend who gets a good paying job and transforms to a pompous extrovert and womanizer or what happens to a course mate who becomes the Student Union leader and thinks it is an abomination for him to be the first to greet any time you come across each other. It is not about demons. It is what has been revealed throughout the ages by great leaders that power does not change people but only reveal who they truly are.
For Dr Abati, power has revealed his true identity. He was not possessed by any evil spirit in Aso villa or controlled in the supernatural by people bathing with blood. He was just like the thieving gang he preached against all his life and needed power to expose what was buried in his heart. In the end it is safe to agree that he was possessed by a desire lying deep down in his heart, the desire to be like the very thieving gang he claimed to dislike.
The story of Abati and his ridiculous excuse should remind us all that it is not enough to know what is right. We have to know what is right and believe in it or sooner than later we may find ourselves doing the wrong thing. For most of us it is our upbringing, religion and experiences that form our beliefs and values. these will be tested over and again in our lifetime. Sometimes we may falter because we are human but it is when you accept that you have fallen short and vow to stand more firm that people will know what you truly stand for. Ridiculous excuses will only expose you as a fraud and that is exactly the way I see Dr Reuben Abati. His strange excuse either confirms that he was possessed before he went to the villa or the evil spirits in the presidential villa followed him home.
Bemdoo Hulugh is an active citizen and he writes from Makurdi
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