Like Asiwaju, Daniel Bwala Is Their Medium Of Frustration: Can They Let Bwala Breath? By Omogbolahan

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Who else has noticed that each time the picture of Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR with Hon. Bwala Daniel surfaces online, there is a mob of displeased souls from some our so-called ‘Progressives’, a den of discontented folks (from yesterday’s men), and a cluster of barbarians from opposition that come out, orgasm and dilate their tirade like that of an eunuch as if they had been disemboweled of their kidneys by the erudite and egghead lawyer, public affairs analyst and a former spokesperson to the Presidential Campaign Councilof the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 poll, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar? Meanwhile, the Member, Lincoln Inn, London is not their main target, especially, that of the first category of groups, but Mr. President himself. For these folks, Hon. Bwala’s repeated têtê-a-têtê with President Tinubu is just a means to an end. Each time Bwala meets Mr. President, these folks, as a decoy, particularly those in the first category, most of who feel they have been alienated by the latter capitalise on the former’s visit to vent their anger and displeasure against the person of President Tinubu. 


Like Mr. President himself, a man with sense of humour said in one of his engagements outside the country during the campaign, that some of media house would always want to use him to sell their market, the hypocrisy of these first group and the second group is often shown each time Hon. Bwalameets with the numero uno. Why does anyone think this is so? Hon. Bwala is prominent within the political circle and has become a personality that usually generates media buzz. Is it that there had not been others who met with Mr. President in private? Of course, there were many, but such persons wouldnot and could not drive the narrative or innuendo of their perceived ‘abandonment’ as much as Bwala’swould. So, they always need somebody who can provide an avenue for them to ventilate and expound their exasperation – and in this instance, Hon. Bwalafits in perfectly. They are better described as ‘Association of Displeased Political Wannabes’. Their target has always been the president whom they see as keeping them at a distance. Meanwhile, many of them are transactional. Their support was never because of their belief in Mr. President. Of course, if you believe in somebody, it will be judgemental to call their actions and inaction to question when there are, clearly, no indices to suggest such. It is therefore a judgemental call when you query whoever Mr. President chooses to see. 


Shockingly, some of these folks never supported the then Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu before the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primaries when (now) President Bola Tinubu faced his fiercest political battle since the past 3 decades. Some of them one way or the other worked with the past government, either at the Federal or State level. Yet, they still complain of neglect. What do they expect people who have worked, (and are still working for the party) since 2015, but have not had a single appointment – either in executive positions or as board members do? Hon. Bwala has consistently proven to be a ‘cutlass’, not a ‘sword’ like many of them are. Once Bwala takes up an adventure, he gives it his all, dissipating his energy like neverbefore to deliver on such task. He has never been passive. And if you have him as an ally, you can rest assured you have had an asset, a treasure and a loyal soul in him. He is akin to a cutlass with just one face, not a sword with two faces that cuts from two sides. He displayed this act to President Tinubu’s race to win the party’s ticket with all the required zest and gusto. This I know because I worked closely with him. Ditto when he acted as the spokesperson of the defunct PDP Presidential Campaign Council.


Has politics been fair to Hon. Bwala too? No! Has he been fortuitous politically since committing his all from 2014 till date? Far from it. In fact, rather than been rewarded, at some point, he was treated like an endangered specie, a persona non grata despite all he was doing for the Party and for the presidency then. I recall a period where he was practically speaking for former President Muhammadu Buhari, whether in the conventional media or social media. Yet, he was never ‘rewarded’ with any appointment, and he never abandoned the party. Rather, he was treated like an outcast, especially because of his closeness with the then chairman of the party, former Edo State Governor and Senator representing Edo North at the Red Chamber, Sen. Adams Aliyu Oshiomole. The powers that be then took further pound of flesh of Oshiomole’s plot (whom they saw then as working surreptitiously for a Tinubu presidency) on Hon. Bwala. He suffered for being loyal. His name penned for appointment expunged a couple of times. Had Hon. Bwala backed off Oshiomole, he probably would have been appointed. But he stood to his principle. He remained committed and was made to go down with then National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole.


It is rather ridiculous that today, many folks out there speak from ignorance. And their lack of and/or the no-readiness to read or learn history has further compounded their tomfoolery and tommyrot. Many of them today think Hon. Bwala became prominent only when he pitched his tent with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) shortly after the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries held on June 6, 2022. On the contrary, he had been part of President Bola Tinubu’s political school of thought long before the man cosmopolitan as the JagabanBorgu even declared to run. Hon. Bwala apparently was analogous to a lone voice in the wilderness from the North when many, some of whom are in Tinubu’sgovernment today, did not even support his bid to run for presidency. He was everywhere canvassing for a Tinubu presidency to succeed former President Muhammadu Buhari. Against the run of play if that can be said, he was vociferous against the choice of the former Vice President, Prof. ‘Yemi Osinbajo, SAN when the latter was being packaged as the possible successor to the Daura septuagenarian. He was against the then presidency ‘cabal’ of a Northern choice in Senator Ahmed Lawan. He was against the ‘North’. He was (and still is) such a pertinacious and intransigent believer of Tinubu philosophy.


It is flabbergasting that some persons would display an apogee of ignorance to think somebody would be running after Mr. President for attention. I have read in some quarters where Hon. Bwala was described a turncoat, a double-crosser. I could not but marvel at such persons’ show of acute ignorance. One even said Bwala was running after Mr. President everywhere. Can anyone see Mr. President without being invited? Even if somebody goes without being invited, will the Protocol around Mr. President allow for such? Among Mr. President’s appointees,including ministers, how many of them have had the privilege to sit down with Mr. President on one-on-one? The only time some of them see the president is during Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings. It therefore beggars reasoning to even conceive the idea of a Bwala chasing Mr. President around. But then, it is understandable, their frustration and/or bugbear. They do not know that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR does not condone badmouthing people. He knew the relevance of Bwala to his bid to get the party’s ticket. He also knows what Hon. Bwala can bring to the table if he is part of his government. President Tinubu does not forget favour (s) done to him. He is not our regular politician with vindictive mentality against perceived political foes.  Former President Muhammadu Buhari was in government for 8 years. How many of them did he meet with? A man who did not even care whether or not you existed. Now that they still have not gotten what they covetously desire, their anger against President Tinubu and his Chief of Staff, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is channelled towards Hon. Bwala Daniel. Kò lè werk! 

As I conclude, let me provoke the thought of every discerning mind. Since Hon. Bwala switched his support for President Bola Ahmed TinubuGCFR, how potent has the opposition voice been? How resonating has the opposition voice been in the public? Aside the Agulu man with no signature project in Anambra for 8 years but who has chosen to become a nuisance on Elon Musk’s app (X) with no substance, including his barbarian mob in the words of Professor Wole Soyinka, the wordsmith; Hon. Bwala has practically taken steam off the opposition in the country by analysing, every now and then, the concerted efforts of the Tinubu administration to rework governance architecture of the country, retool her systemic rot and re-engineer her finances for shared prosperity and benefit of all. Let these confused souls go and ‘melembe, melembe’ in the words of HM Nyesom Wike, the workaholic Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. Kí wón lo sinmirascality o.   


Public Affairs Analyst

Convener/Lead Resource Person

The Think-Tinubu Initiative (3TI)

Yakubu Atanda

A graduate of Mass Communication and Digital Multimedia Technologist, An experienced Web/Content Developer, He has served a reputable Media Organization in Nigeria with the use of modern technology gadget to disseminate information to the general public.

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