Atiku’s Endorsement: The young rival, the Unusual President and the Spokesman’s Daughter

We should be concerned about the young rival who can’t see well despite perching on top of a tree

Festus Keyamo and Buba Galadima
Festus Keyamo and Buba Galadima

It is always entertaining to watch political spokesmen engage one another on live interviews. The bile, verbosity and deliberate sarcasms, are hilarious and legendary. The kind of stuff that should be archived for posterity.

I won’t even talk about the showdown between Festus Keyamo and Buba Galadima during their Sunday interview on Channels Television, following the event that saw the  endorsement of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by Afenifere, Ohanaeze and other socio-cultural groups.

Maybe I should talk about that interview just a little bit.

Nothing can be quite interesting than watching a spokesman marshal his points passionately when he is up against a young rival, who derives pleasure in insulting elders—people of ninety years and above. His passionate rants are justified: the young must never attack the elders even if they are wrong because the young can never tell how much the elders are seeing from where they are seated since he is preoccupied with the mundane despite the advantage of seeing from the top.

The young are always preoccupied with the mundane: unapologetically supportive of the glorious achievements of an unusual president, unintimidated by the age of the elders, and curious about the employ of a rival’s daughter. There are no loftier ideals to ponder on. They don’t matter. After all, in a matter of days, he will be wearing a priestly garment that imposes on him the authority to listen to the confession of the true intentions of the wrong and cruel elders.

Maybe the spokesman needs to be more passionate to drive home his ambiguous argument. Or maybe he needs to be clearer on why his daughter is actively in the employ of the unusual president he loathes. Can a lamb dance with wolves? Maybe we shouldn’t even care about what side the daughter chooses to be on—an adult, married with children, can choose an opposing value from her father’s.

We should be concerned about the young rival who can’t see well despite perching on top of a tree. And it is worrisome that the elders, despite being wrong, can still see right even while seated.


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