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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Reuben Abati's 'spiritual side of the Villa', Buhari's 'Kitchen wife' and the curse and pain of Power- Femi Fani Kayode

This is an article written by Femi Fani Kayode. Please read on.
I read Reuben Abati's excellent write-up titled "The Spiritual Side Of Aso Villa" and I concur with his submissions. I worked in the Villa for three years as President Olusegun Obasanjo's spokesman on public affairs and a lot of very strange things happened there.
 
Amongst them is the fact that the two people that served as Senior Special Assistant to President Obasanjo on Media and Publicity one after the other, namely the much-loved Mr. Tunji Oseni and then later Mrs. Remi Oyo, both contracted a terrible terminal illness whilst in office and died a few years later. 
Apart from that many other aides that worked in the Villa at that time were also afflicted with strange diseases and a sudden and tragic end. 

Amongst them were Col. Solomon Giwa Amu, Obasanjo's hard-working and good-looking ADC and Mr. Stanely Macebuh, his brilliant and cerebral Senior Special Assistant on Public Communications. 

I was so moved by Abati's piece that I decided to share the following thoughts about the spiritual challenges that those in power have faced. 

When our President can get up and tell the whole world all the way from distant Germany that his wife "belongs to the kitchen, the living room and the other room" simply because she dared to speak her mind to the BBC then you know that he is in the grip of something evil and that demons are speaking through him. 

It is all part of the spiritual dimension of living in the Villa that Abati was referring to in his essay. The President's mind has become twisted and he is now possessed by strange and powerful entities. He needs a lot of prayer. 

Yet the problem is much bigger and wider than that. When one studies the history of our country critically and takes the time to do the appropriate research, one thing becomes very clear- that, in Nigeria, politics and the power game is a dangerous calling and terrible business which, more often than not, comes with a heavy price tag.

That price tag includes pain, anguish, betrayal, humiliation, persecution, misfortune, hardship, loss, death, strange ailments and tragedy for those who reach the top and their loved ones. 

It is rather like playing Russian roulette- there is one live bullet in the six empty chambers of the pistol and one doesn’t quite know when that bullet will go off when the trigger is pulled. 

The gamble and risks taken are not only compulsive but they are also addictive and at the same time utterly deadly.  

Sadly the result is as follows- virtually every single one of our national leaders and those that have ever ruled this country has suffered immeasurably at some point or the other in their lives, whether it be before, during or after they came to power. 

They too have shed tears in the loneliness of their closets and have eaten portions of what the Bible describes as the ”bread of sorrows”. Yes, even the rich and powerful cry and even they suffer loss and tragedy. 

This is the case for leaders all over the world but in Nigeria it is far more pronounced and common than anywhere else. 

Here the angel of death, misfortune and sorrow seem to stalk those that find power and, like an ugly old crow plucks out the pink feathers and precious eyes of a beautiful flamingo, she cuts short and plucks away their lives or the lives of their loved ones. 

Like a light bulb attracts a moth and leads it to a sudden end, so power attracts those who seek it with equally tragic consequences. As painful as it is, let us look at the facts.

In the early  60′s Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the first Premier of the Western Region, lost his first son and years later his second son and second daughter were cut short in the prime of their lives. 

Chief S.L. Akintola, his bitter political rival and the second Premier of the Western Region also lost his first daughter in the early 60′s and a few years later lost his third and youngest son.  His second son was also cut short in his prime a number of years later. 

My father, Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode, the Deputy Premier of the Western Region, who was a close ally and second in command to S.L. Akintola, lost his second son. 

Sir Adesoji Aderemi, who was the Ooni of Ife, a close ally of Awolowo  and the first ceremonial Governor of the old Western Region, lost his first son. Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Premier of the old Eastern Region and Nigeria’s first and only ceremonial President, lost his first wife. 

President Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s second democratically-elected President lost four wives and one son many years ago whilst Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Premier of the Northern Region, lost two sons and one daughter. Awolowo and Obasanjo went to jail for three years each whilst Ahmadu Bello went to jail for three months.

S.L. Akintola was killed in the prime of his life just as were Ahmadu Bello and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first democratically-elected leader and Prime Minister. 

As a matter of fact they were all killed on the same night- the night of January 15th 1966. President Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s second democratically-elected leader and first executive President lost four children whilst he was in power and was locked up for over two years after he was toppled. 

Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12th 1993 Presidential election, lost two wives, was locked up for 4 years and was eventually killed.

Chief Bola Ige, the first democratically-elected Governor of Oyo state and the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federation lost his first son and he himself was later murdered. 

Chief Bisi Onabanjo, the first democratically-elected Governor of Ogun state lost his first son. Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first democratically elected Governor of Lagos state, lost his first daughter. 

Dr. Omololu Olunloyo, the second democratically-elected Governor of Oyo state lost his son. Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, the first Minister of Finance of Nigeria was killed. 

Chief Alfred Rewane, one of the founding members of the Action Group and a leading figure in NADECO, was killed. The list is endless and I could go on and on.

Alhaji Musa Yar’adua was Minister of Lagos Affairs in the First Republic. He was blessed with a long and peaceful life. However two of his sons were not so lucky. 

His first son, General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, who was number two to General Obasanjo when he was military Head of State and who for many decades was one of the most powerful men in the country, was murdered whilst he was in prison. 

His second son, President Umaru Yar’adua, was cut short in his prime by a strange and inexplicable ailment after he had been President for only three years. 

He was succeeded by his number two, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan lost his brother and his mother-in-law one year after the other after he became President. 

Worse still those that he had been deputy to throughout his political life, either as Deputy Governor or Vice President, always suffered one form of misfortune or the other, whether it be death, shame, incarceration or impeachment, and he would end up stepping into their shoes and taking their place.

When it comes to our military rulers the story of consistent tragedy is no different- General Aguiyi-Ironsi, our first military Head of State was killed. General Yakubu Gowon, our second military Head of State, was toppled from power, exiled and lost his brother. 

General Murtala Mohammed, our third military Head of State, was killed and lost both his son and son-in-law. 

General Olusegun Obasanjo was our fourth military Head of State and we touched on his misfortunes earlier. 

General Muhammadu Buhari, our fifth military Head of State, was toppled from power, locked up for a number of years, lost his mother whilst he was in detention and was not allowed to attend her burial, lost his first wife, lost his daughter and now he has publicly described his second wife as nothing more than a "kitchen, living room and 'other room' wife".  

His number two, General Tunde idiagbon, was cut short under very strange and suspicious cirumstances.   

General Ibrahim Babangida, our sixth military Head of State, was eased out of power and compelled to ”step aside” amidst massive controversy and turmoil and later lost his wife.

His number two, Rear Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, lost his first son, Chief Ernest Shonekan, our first and only Interim Civilian Head of State, was badly humiliated and toppled from power. 

General Sani Abacha, our seventh military Head of State, lost his first son, was removed from power and was killed. 

General Abdulsalami Abubakar, our eight military Head of State, as far as I am aware is the only exception and appears to have escaped any misfortune.

Yet the picture is very depressing. This is indeed a catalogue of tragic events. Sorrow and pain just appears to be following sorrow and pain. It is a vicious circle of misfortune and calamity. 

Yet the most curious phenomenon and bizarre series of events of all is the fact that every single Head of State or President that has ruled our country from the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja for three years or more has either ended up dying whilst there or has lost a spouse before leaving office. 

President Jonathan stayed there as President for four years in a stretch but the travails of his wife and her series of illnesses and medical complications which suddenly and miraculously ceased and abated after he conceeded the 2015 election indicates that had he continued in office after 2015 he may have lost her and the demons of Aso Rock Villa would have come for their prey. Thankfully he left before they could lay claim to it and before the curse was activated. 

Babangida did not stay in the Villa in Abuja for up to three years so he and his wife escaped what has come to be known as the ”Villa curse”. 

It was the same for Chief Ernest Shonekan who, wisely, never stayed at the Villa at all but who chose to preside over the affairs of the nation from Aguda house next door and who remained in power for barely six months. General Abdulsalami Abubakar stayed at the Villa but he remained there for less than a year. 

However Abacha, Obasanjo and Yar’adua were not so lucky- each of them stayed at the Villa for three years or more and before the end of their tenure they either lost their own life or the life of their spouse whilst there. 

The story is that once the three year mark is passed the curse sets in and the clock begins to tick. At the end of the day only one of the two spouses comes out alive. 

When one considers all these facts and series of misfortunes that have trailed our leaders in the last 56 years of our existence as an independent nation one cannot but conclude that there has indeed been a harvest of hardship, pain and death attached to the highest, most powerful and most prominent offices in the land and to those that are close to or have occupied it.

The truth is that power comes at a terrible price and those that wield it have, more often than not, experienced terrible pain and anguish in their lives. 

That is the price that virtually every single one of them has had to pay. What a tragedy. Yet at the end of the day I wonder whether it is all worth it. 

For as the bible says, it is nothing but ”vanity upon vanity- all is vanity”.



55 comments:

vinna saviour said...

Lol this ppl wee not kee me with laffta o

Anonymous said...

It is tge prayers and curses from the impoverished masses that are bringing misfortune to their lives. Nothing more. There is no hiding place for the wickef.

Odibe Blessing said...

Nawa ooo so I shld read this long note,this early morning?mba nu I won't do it,I got ur point 4rm first paragraph sha

Uju Phil said...

Okies... Shall read later!

Anonymous said...

Boss caught having sex in the office with his secretary

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

Thank u FFK for this wonderful write up...u re well grounded
Signed
LibBadBoy

kayode odusanya said...

Hmm! I didn't know Obasonjo has lost 4 wives. I didn't even know he had that any wives.


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iyke igbozendu said...

That aso villa must hv been rooted from the pit if hell nw.it must be the devils parlour.no wonder this country refuse to grow

Bashir Danlami said...

The only sensible piece by this clown so far.

AGB said...

This is where this talkative fool will shoot his life to oblivion and chaos. Most men will take whatever insults and abuses you throw at them personally....but don't make the mistake of bringing their wives or family into your bullshit. This old talkative tranny called Femi Fani-Kayode just called president Buhari's wife "Buhari's kitchen wife".

Only a fool never knows where to draw the lines....and I bet this guy is about to have his cup run over.

"Don't you know never to fuck with a man's family? Especially when the man's more powerful than you are?"

Chi#1 said...

Dats serious... Strange things r happening

Olawole Olatubosun said...

They reaped what they sewed... Corruption

Anonymous said...

these know it all guys are behaving as if they turned 9ja into Dubai when they were in power.

Adeshina Saka said...

Many things happen in this country but we`re naive of it,Many of our leads had turn the country to an empty barren and called the citizens Mumu.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm! I love both REUBEN and FFK write up. All I can say is na wah!

Jamila Shaibu said...

Ok seen

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Ok

Anonymous said...

Good observation, now what next? what is the solution or what do you advice?

Anonymous said...

Psalms 5:12
For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
‎Psalms 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.‎
Psalms 92:12
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Even in Aso rock!‎

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

The bible said our wrestle is against spiritual powers. Spiritual attacks are real, deny it all u want but u r only living in denial!


Long Live LIB

Eleojo Blessing said...

Interesting! Hmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Umaru yardua was president Musa yardua's younger brother and not his second son.i stand to be corrected Mr FFK.

Michael Elechi said...

Femi Fani kayode is seeking for attention. For as much am concern he doesn't hv anything to say cause he was part of the failed Goodluck Jonathan's administration. He has every opportunity to do all he could for this country but he was busy enjoying and flexing. Now he is crying and calling God as if he knows God.

daniel ubong said...

FFK,u hold this history and u bring it down well,u try well done.

Rooks said...

Abati and FFK are seasoned writers and tend to have very clear perspectives on issues in Nigeria. For the spiritually enlightened, these revelations come as no surprise and I can only salute the courage of these two men to point out what many would rather not say for fear of being written off as conspiracy theorists or clueless babblers. Fortunately, they have both been there, done that, so they MUST be taken seriously. Well done guys! May the Almighty God save Nigeria from these evil principalities and powers and may our leaders be armed with the right weapons of spiritual warfare to be able to rule and steer the ship of Nigeria aright.

ifeanyi cool said...

True talk

9ja Parrot said...

4 wive?! I hail o.

Anonymous said...

The spiritual leaders, over to you... #eaadeboye, #dkolukoya, islamic heads, over to you all...

olivia said...

This man is well read & grounded in history. Despite all these,the quest for power blinds many of our so called leaders until they are eventually consumed.

Anonymous said...

Obasanjo four wives.....side eyes to him

Anonymous said...

@olivia this is the same guy who once quoted david.icke as a credible historian.

Anonymous said...

Really! So thats all u saw in the write up. Its a pity

Anonymous said...

This is what is called spiritual chastisement. Nigeria was built on a wrong foundation. Nigeria was built on lies, deceit and wickedness of the highest order. Nigeria was built on the blood of innocent citizens. Politicians engage in horendeous acts of unimaginable proportion to attain power. Many shed blood to attain power. And whenever an innocent blood is shed it cries for vengeance.
The starving to death of over two million innocent children and women during the Nigerian civil war is an abomination of great proportion. To make matters worst it was swept under the carpet. No attonement was done. Throughout Nigerias history blood of helpless citizens have been shed and till date no one has been held to account.

Anonymous said...

OBJ is a Demon. Live Walking Demon. I bet he's one of the cabals holding Nigeria Hostage. We need to start the Eliminating method ASAP in this we country. Physically and Spiritually

KIM Tao said...

It's well

Anonymous said...

What a piece! Fani Kayode & Reuben Abati, well done.

Millicent Enyi said...

Whoa this is such an interesting read,and ffk is so grounded,i hail u sir,and I also respect Mr Reuben Abati,God bless u both and bless Nigeria

Anonymous said...

Mr.Fani Kayode,honestly that was a brilliant one there. I will strongly advice you to spend more time on something similar that some young Nigerians can lay their hands on like this.Re-discover yourself and stop all those propaganda about Buhari and other Government activities.This Government is doing its best to clear the mess the PDP created.Honestly,some of your comments made Dr.Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 election because of your propaganda.No doubt ,you are intelligent ,but use it positively.stop doing something that if God calls you, your children will be causing you for leaving a notorious record.

Juliet Iwuno said...

Can anything good come from dis man with all the bitterness in him??? Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

@ AGB---SOMEBODY EXPLAINED
TO THE WHOLE WORLD THAT THE WIFE BELONGS TO THE KITCHEN,AND YOUR STILL BLAMING FFK...NIGERIANS ARE IN TROUBLE.

ONYI P.K. said...

Bashir, I am on the same page with you. He made some valid points.....at least for once.

doncollyno said...

So u couldn't make any sense out of his essay? u are a fool.

me said...

y did it take u guys dis long to reveal dis?God help us

Anonymous said...

what of Ernest Shonekan.. FFK and others are just crazy people begging for relevance. they are used to eating from free public money and their strategy is to abuse, make noise and eventually get a govt position and the free money continues..Prophet of doom

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Raydiuto said...

It is time we Nigerians start taking our matters seriously. Without this revelations, isn't it clear enough that we are under some sort bondage? But nothing is bigger than prayer, which is all we have got to do in unison. We are a strong people who haven't really tapped the depths of our potentials, and we can only do this by the full support of our leader. Rather than curse them cause they have all failed, let us pray to the Almighty God for them cause there are powers beyond them that wouldn't let them hear our cries.

Anonymous said...

Who let the dogs out so soon? Ruben Abati,Fanikayode, and their disgraced colleagues want to blame their failures, incompetence, greed, avarice, illiteracy, and lack of shame on witchcraft? Wonders shall never end! Why are people getting sick in Aso Villa? Because all the money for hospitals and research centers has been stolen by these people. Road accidents are kling people because they stole money meant for infrastructure. They are so poorly endowed intellectually that in 16years they could not develop mass transit on water and rail. They are so superstitious that they will not go to hospital for medical checkup, and they are so busy sharing money and plotting against their fatherland they do not sleep at night. And they complain of evil spirits? They have sown the wind, they will surely reap the wildwind.

The law of karma is alive and well. It will catch up with all of us and ours. But don't blame it on witchcraft, blame it on the nature of the Nigerian man, who delights in inflicting the most brutal pain on his fellow citizens. I thought one of these men has a Ph.D.? Let him present his datasets, and allow me to subject his findings of witchcraft in Aso Rock to scientific tests, by replication . You want to be relevant in Nigeria again? Sorry. It's not going to happen. Good riddance to tragic rubbish.

Anonymous said...

When a 65 YEAR OLD ISLAMIC CLERIC WILL CROP A YOUNG CHILD OF 14YR OLD INTO MARRIAGE IN THE NAME OF RELIGION AND SO ON WITH ALL OUR LEADERS .... WHY SHOULDN'T ASO ROCK BE INFESTED WITH DEMONS OF DEATH... Ps 91v1.... Unless He that dwells in the secret Place of the Most High Alone shall abide under WINGS of The Almighty God'....

Monemi said...

Seasoned...you can say that again. They enlighten me and help broaden my diction

Anonymous said...

Come on don't even go there. He is only saying what buhari said of his wife in front of the whole world. Don't tell me that is all you got from reading this? I don want to believe you are this daft

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmm
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Smith Anele said...

This article has a message but it startled me that some people here could not make sense out of this. They were making baseless comments and stupid arguments.
May God open our eyes to see beyond.

Anonymous said...

I think you are mixing it all up. Umaru Musa Yaradua was the only president. He was younger brother to Shehu Musa Yaradua who was deputy to president Obasanjo in his first military regime. While their father Alhaji Musa Yaradua was minister of Lagos affairs in the old days. Apparently they are all Musa. So Mr. FFK was accurate in that portion of his write up.

Anonymous said...

FFK, you refer to Obasanjo as the second democratically elected president and 'Azikiwe'as the first. Are you failing to recognise Shehu Shagari then or is it an error? Very insightful article though.

Anonymous said...

FFK don't forget to add please Buhari lost the only son from his first marriage

Teetod said...

Thank you.

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