If you want to know how the mind of Kaduna’s first son, Bello el-Rufai works, check his Twitter page, @B_EL-RUFAI. He has two images there. His posts go out with a handsome image of his father’s godfather, Muhammadu Buhari, arching his neck like a model at a lavish photo-shoot. It must be a rare exulting moment for the president, who was holding the National Sports Festival’s torch. The game, began in 1973, was part of the pacifying post-civil war 3Rs. It is weird that the same Brigade Major Buhari of Orji River and Abagana tales, is one, having an optic rhapsody with the “symbol of unity.” I digress.
There isn’t much to pictures’ permanence, though their fleeting memories have a way of speaking to the content of our hearts. Martin Luther King Jr is famous for romanticising Character content Vs Skin colour. He was correct. Beasts don’t come in dark skin alone. Candour is of the mind, not skin colour, but the difference is, while Luther’s brethren, consistently frame ways of taming the Godzillas amongst them, we let ours, loose here, not only in the zoo, but many, on luxuriating beds in government houses and power corridors.
Bello says he had a pleasure feeling to recruit fellow beasts to rape someone’s momma and his mother jumped in with the abiyamo paroxysm, telling a gbas-gbos tale of the bestial, being beautiful in war, in cryptic agbero way.
So, what is the difference between Hadiza, Bello’s mom and Aliyu Mohammed Sani, the Bauchi painter who jumped into a stinking gutter and gulped good measure from its tributary to celebrate the re-election of President Buhari, the god, worshipped in the backyard of the el-Rufais? In fact, Sani, would be nobler in the estimation of posterity. He did his, for genuine affection for a man who didn’t know he existed until he took that plunge, all smiles. Well, maybe Hadiza, did her’s too, for love, for an Arole my people will profile as abii pabe, (son of shame), were the family to be of the Oduduwa’s Omoluwabi ancestry.
While it is often said that nothing compares to a mother’s love, a claim which isn’t a truism because God’s love trumps all, such umbilical affection, whatever the weigh, must not protect to perdition. Unfortunately, that is where Hadiza is goading her son, with her fair-is-war guesstimate.
Despite the uproar generated by Bello’s rape post, I don’t think the Twitter carnage should have him incinerated yet. God’s love covers multitude of sin and even with his ijagboro reputation, depicting a pattern to the odious, history is replete with troubled kids who turned heartthrobs as they shed, more milk teeth.
For one, Bello is obviously sweating to be a chip of his restless father who has a vitriol gummed to his mini mouth. To be well-regarded as part of the intelligentsia over there, the rule book seems to compel erratic bravery and reckless emission, especially against the other side, seen to be arrogant in limitless western education acquisition. So, a mindset usually goes into bombing expedition on both sides, whenever twitter war erupts.
No, Bello may not be sick in the phallic region. He may not even be incestuous in his fun ways, though money, fame, power, influence, all added to the special libation Nigerians pour for questionable wealth, which are obviously not in short supply around him and his ilk, could drive any love interest straight into his arm, including gays and available grannies. He is just an akebaje and it should be noted that while Father el-Rufai publicly appeared to have left mother and child to perspire out of the dungeon they flung themselves, it would be foolhardy to think the governor won’t lift a finger carrying this can. Is it not what fathers do and for someone with that unsettling resemblance to him, Bello must be dear to his father. The younger el-R=
ufai is also obviously a power centre in his father’s government and despite all the noise around the family now, who says he can’t become the all-powerful Chief of Staff if father is elected president. And Nigerians would still do nothing beyond the rants. Did Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State not throw a challenge of wetin una go do, over making his son CoS? That water-testing challenge, has drawn the guy closer than ever, to the job, if his father is re-elected and we will still do nothing. Aketi’s hirelings just need to enter town, marketing the son’s “intimidating credentials” and Nigerians would turn on themselves, dragging and shaking tables, while the Akeredolus and El-Rufais continue to hoe the greenest portions to their family, holding the hoes like the proverbial madman.
Bello and misjiving rich kids all over our political, economic, social and academic space, are mere symptoms of the COVID that began eating out the very heart of our existence when all values were thrown to the dogs, in exchange for filthy lucre. Once they show capacity for give-aways, they become kings of the social media space, just like their parents are using politics to steal the future away from cot generations. Even no-namers like Hush-Puppy reigned for some time, before Magu sent them on exile.
As a journalist who scours information highway, I regularly run into expletive-laden expressions of Boys of the Moment like Bello, for whom Twitterati have also developed a pastime of dragging. The systemic malaise producing and sustaining sons like Bello, mothers like Hadiza and fathers like El-Rufai and Rotimi Akeredolu, is deeper than dragging as a prognosis. Even if Hadiza is forced to step down as the head of Kaduna’s anti-rape agency today, which isn’t likely, considering her husband’s unbreakable persona, her grave mindset won’t be reformed overnight. The cesspit is deep and until Nigerians start making the oppressors look foolish with their ill-gotten wealth,by rejecting their Greek gift always packaged as freebies, either on the social media or government houses, nothing will change. With 67,600 followers on twitter alone, Bello can claim some ascendancy to prominence and it won’t be shocking if he’s running for office in 2023. The father will claim as usual, he was forced by political associates to field him. Well,he won’t be committing a sacrilege, only that he should first, check well, what is going on, in the life of his son, because his main twitter profile picture is a demoniac in doctor’s uniform.
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