By Kolawole Anthony
I may not be the biggest fan of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Malami Abubakar SAN but I cannot but observe that those presently trying to smear him are doing a desperate job of it.
But the allegations against Mr Abubakar are as long as the 210 count charges that frustrated prosecution counsels will bring against an upright person just to increase the possibility of securing a guilty verdict. These numerous accusations – repeating them here would eventually amount to be slandering the gentleman – give me the sense that whoever the AGF’s enemies are must be very powerful. There is also no point in trying to make a list of the things the AGF got right for which he should be commended. That would amount to image laundering.
This write up is not about image laundering for anyone. For me, it is my contribution by giving an early warning on what I see as a potentially dangerous situation that is unfolding. Since the funny stories about the AGF increased in frequency, which I find hard to believe is a coincidence, I have taken time to observe that there are some other pivotal members of the current government that are not being spared. The minister of justice, in this piece, is therefore symbolic of all other members of the present government that are facing the onslaught from a group, individuals or both that are yet to marshal the courage to show their faces or reveal their identities.
Far from targeting Mr Abubakar, the target of those after him will appear to be his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, whose relationship with the minister dates back some years.
According to Wikipedia, the cultural phenomenon known as “tall poppy syndrome,” is one in which persons of unusual merit are attacked or resented because of their achievements.
The President would therefore be helping to weaken his own government if he buys into the barrage of supposedly “damaging stories” about a very strategic minister in his government.
The other facet to the prism is the cultural side of the “tall poppy syndrome,” we all certainly enjoy it when persons in position of authority face the prospect of taking a big tumble. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on what side one views it from, President Buhari is the nation’s tallest poppy.
I have a sense that one dangerous thing that can happen the way things are currently going is for Mr Abubakar to be petrified by these allegations to the point of becoming ineffective in office.
In the meantime, I am waiting to see the next story to added to the overfilled cart containing the AGF’s supposed misdeeds or who next would be added to President Buhari’s “to axe” list from among his cabinet.
Kolawole PHD is a University lecturer and contributed this article from Keffi, Nasarawa State.