Hon. Bosun Oladele, a member of the House of Representatives representing Olorunsogo/Oorelope/Irepo Federal Constituency of Oyo State through the All Progressives Congress (APC). The former Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Oyo State was a guest to some journalists in Ibadan, including OLADELE OGUNSOLA and bares his mind on some salient issues bothering the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Excerpts…
The wrangling that trailed the election of National Assembly leadership was the least expectation of Nigerians. How do you feel as person who belongs to elected representatives that have let the people down, so to say?
I won’t agree with the notion that we have let the people down. What happened was just a phase, a passing one for that matter which at the end may not necessarily affect our performance in the two chambers. Don’t forget that the purpose we were elected was to go and make law for the betterment of our people and it is only when we fail in that direction that we would have let the people down and I can assure you that we will not fail. The exercise you referred to was just an election to put some people forward as leaders for the sole purpose of coordination and it is when whoever is pushed forward fails to coordinate well to the extent that our activities as lawmakers are hampered or that we fail to give the necessary and expected support to Mr. President that we would have become a let down, as you put it. I insist, that will not be our portion. Be that as it may, one will not say he’s proud of what happened, but, it has happened and there is nothing we can do to erase the fact that there was a wrangling in the hallowed chamber. What is important is how to take off from that point point and move forward, realising the purpose of our election first and foremost, that’s all and Nigerians can rest assured that the 8th Assembly will live up to expectations.
Suddenly, Nigerians are seeing different security agencies becoming active and shedding the hitherto toga of docility; yet, nobody can say for now what the policy thrust of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is; so, where did the impetus come from?
That’s a very valid observation and I will describe what I also have seen as the current wake-up of security agencies to their constitutional responsibilities of law enforcement to the body language of the no-nonsense President Buhari. The President has not said a word before the security agencies started doing their work. He is yet to speak and he doesn’t need to speak. When he speaks, those people that are saddled with the responsibilities will no longer be there because that will mean they have failed in their responsibilities. So, President Muhammadu Buhari needs not speak, all he needs is just monitor what is going on and ensure fairness. Definitely we will get there.
But, to the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the cry has been that of witch-hunt by the APC-led administration, how do you react to this?
What do you expect from them other than that? Do you expect them to praise the new administration for exposing the wreck inflicted on Nigerians in the last 16 years? Definitely, no. If it is possible for them, they will want to frustrate the process so that they can continue to enjoy their loot, the commonwealth they self-appropriated to themselves. But, thank God, the man at the helm of affairs is not a lily-livered person that can be rattled by some rabble rousers, whose main preoccupation in public office is how milk the nation dry. One cannot but blame them, I mean the opposition, the PDP members for their lack of patriotism which, to me informed their accusing the APC-led government’s clampdown on corrupt people in the country of witch-hunting, because it is only a mad man that would continue to do the same thing the same way all the times and would expect different result. The press is awash with the hues and cries about the probes, police investigations, and everything built under that caption. And who is crying blue murder? They are the PDP and their paid hirelings. And if you look at it, it is not about the government witch-hunting anybody. Remember APC government, starting from the party to the President himself, to all of us on the platform of the APC, we promised change. It was the change that we promised that endeared us to the people. It is only a mad man that can be doing the same thing the same way over and over and be expecting different result. It is only a mad man and Nigerians are not mad people and so they wanted a departure from the past. If you remember, the former Speaker of the 7th Assembly said the body language of immediate past President encouraged corruption. He was a PDP member then and he was referring to a President who was also a PDP member. That means when they saw themselves, they were able to recognize their individual body languages. But right now, everybody out there recognizes the body language of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Invariably, what you are saying is that the looters of the treasury will not go away with their loot?
Exactly! We want to do away with impunity. We want to do away with corruption. We want to do away with all sorts of criminality, and the President has made it clear that there will be consequences for every action.
How then do you react to the reported aspersions being cast on the efforts of the new administration in that direction by the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose?
The persistent and unfortunate comments against President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption programme by the governor of Ekiti State ordinarily should not attract reaction because, I see him as a rabble-rouser, but he’s been persistent in his attack because sane people have chosen to ignore him. But, in this instance, he deserves reaction because the long arm of the law will soon be stretched to him. I will say his uncensored comments, reducing Buhari’s anti-corruption war to probing on the pages of the newspapers is the height of insensitivity. The Ekiti State governor should wait for the president, Abuja would get to him soonest. Fayose is just a meddlesome interloper. the way I would describe him. He is a rabble rouser. It is only him that sees ghosts where everybody sees lives. And he should not start talking about Buhari probing on the pages of the newspapers. He should wait for him because, he is coming to him. Fayose will get his own bit of it. I think from all indications of what he has been seeing, he has started developing butterfly in his stomach, but he shouldn’t wait for too long, he will start feeling the heat and that is exactly why he is talking when everybody is supposed to keep quiet.