Shehu Sani is somebody I greatly admire. In addition to his principled stance on national issues and eloquence, he has been tasted charecter wise because he has been detained on several occasions and at one time was jailed because he was always on the same page with the exploited and oppressed masses. In fact he is one of the few Nigerians I will spend my last kobo to support him to be President of my country. A thoroughly detribalized and patriotic Nigeria.
Now Nigerians do you remember Farouk Lawan? If you don’t know, he was a elected three times in House of Representatives from Kano from 1999- 2011. The man was smooth talker, eloquent, ebullient and was always supporting motions and bills that were geared towards improving the economic, social and political well being of the generality of Nigerians. But the bubble got bursts and the real charecter of Lawan was unmasked when he was caught on camera collecting bribe of $620000 from billionaire Femi Odetola, the oil merchant, being part payment of the sum of $3m promised him in order to remove Odetola company (known as Zenon Petroleum and gas Ltd ) from the list of the companies that abused the subsidy regime. He was then the chairman of House of Representatives ad hoc committee probing the abuse of fuel subsidies payments. Farouk was charged at FCT high court since 2012 before Justice Angela Otakula and typical of our hypocrisy of treating corruption cases, it was never been heard again and the ebullient, eloquent legislator rising impressive political profile was permanently eclipsed.
Now what is the comparison with Shehu Sani and Farouk Lawan. Both of them have the same pedigree being fantastic legislators and pro people in their legislative duties. The difference is that while the former went to prisons for his views, the latter has never experienced such. Now both despite their tough stance on infractions in governance, they were accused of collecting bribes. While the that of Farouk was recorded on camera that of Shehu is mere rumour. That the pro president’s senator were alleged to have collected N50m each that of Shehu was N100m. The reasons why his allegation is gaining currency is because recently he was quoted that he had left APC. He also recently made a scathing remarks on the president and was even quoted on television( and I watched it) calling on Mr President not contest for presidency again. The pro Saraki senators are accusing him of being a mole for the government having been attending their meetings and was alleged to have leaked their plan. He was dubbed as a snitch.
I don’t want to believe what I’m hearing about Shehu Sani. Make no mistake that I want him to leave APC because I’m sympathizer of the party. It’s just his principle that I cherish that is being dented with so many coincidences.
Based on these conjectures, I’m tempted to deduce that they have so many things in common ie between Shehu Sani and Farouk Lawan. I pray my favourite legislator Shehu Sani doesn’t go the way of Farouk Lawan because I will be shattered and downcast, confirming the assertion of political pundits that all Nigerian politicians are the same, being spineless, opportunistic and corrupt. Whether Shehu Sani will follow the political trajectory of Farouk will only be answered by time.