I want to ignore, for now, the unprecedented embarrassment Nigeria suffered on its 50th anniversary in the hands of some sons of a dog, and hail Olusola Saraki
, the strongman of Kwara politics.
Saraki is a medical doctor.
But it is doubtful if he
had ever taken the practice of medicine seriously.
I don't remember any hospital where he
had been a proprietor.
I don't remember him talking medicine.
put away his
stesthocope, and embraced politics.
talks politics, eats politics, and breathes politics.
And what a lucrative career he
has made of it.
In the Second Republic, Saraki was the Senate Leader.
And if the military had not struck, he
probably would have risen to become the Senate President.
Once, he had toyed with the idea of becoming the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
But the cards didn't add up.
Using politics, he
became an emperor in Kwara.
All elected politicians in Kwara, almost, and even political appointees, owe their positions to Saraki
How did a man, who some months ago, in an interview, traced his
ancestry to outside Nigeria
, acquire so much power?
How come he
holds the knife, and the yam, politically, in Kwara state?
How did he
build such a formidable political empire that nobody dares challenge him?
Really, not a few people had challenged him.
At no other time did Olusola Saraki
prove to Kwarans that they don't matter, that Kwara is his
father's farmland, his
inheritance, than in 2003 when he
son,Bukola as governor of the state.
Now in his second term as governor, Bukola Saraki is aspiring to be the President of Nigeria, come 2011.
Until recently, he was chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum, a body which influence exposed him to so much power and contacts that he is banking on it to propel him to the presidency.
father, Bukola is a medical doctor.
And like his
didn't make any headway in medicine.
He got involved in the family business, rising to the position of Executive Director of the family's bank, Societe Generale.
The strong allegation is that even though he was not the Managing Director of the bank, he was the one who called the shots.