The President’s Inadvertent Disclosure By Nasiru Suwaid
One thing you can never take away from the inherent psyche of an average Nigerian is a big dose of cynicism, especially against the those institutions representing the state, be it in form of personnel, agencies or the guiding laws of the republic. A typical example is a radio interview I was once privileged to listen to, conducted by the Late Richard Kotey of Voice of America with the late irrepressible activist and human rights advocate Chief Gani Fawehinmi. As is usual with all communications with the fiery Lagos lawyer, it was more of a spat than a mere cozy exchange of information with a very cynical journalist, openly wondering why the Nigerian activists collective is always highly distrustful of their governments. Indeed, it was at the very moment the legal guru was explaining the characteristic devilish capacity of those in authority to manipulatively control the mindset and outward thinking of the citizens, the telephone simply went dead. It took a couple of minutes before the Voice of America Studio was able to reestablish contact with the interviewee. Though for the rest of the program, tried as anyone could within the studio, the late Chief could only believe that the disruption was engineered by the agents of Nigerian state.