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Between columnist and calumny – The Nation Nigeria

By Segun Ibidapo

In logic, “argumentum advert ignorantiam” describes a deficit in reasoning whereby an argument is predicated on sheer ignorance. It’s the most hilarious slip to make in a debate. To now add this to the error of “precipio principii” (winding, meaningless argument) dedicated blissfully by Ms. Abimbola Adelakun is an enormous tragedy certainly.

Writing in her column in The Punch of Thursday, July 16, Adelakun threw warning to the winds in what appeared a premeditated mission of malice, to malign the character and sully the extensively acknowledged integrity of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The piece at challenge was entitled “Osinbajo: Past the nostrum”.

Studying by her mosaic of contradictions, conjectures, innuendoes and foolish lies, one could be exceedingly charitable to summarize her exertion as an train in self-ridicule.

To make certain, let me declare my curiosity. I’m not Professor Osinbajo’s publicist or APC partisan. As a proud logician, my motive is the constancy to information and the sanctity of educational inquiry, significantly if one has greater than an informal understanding of the problems at stake prior to now 4 years.

As we are saying in logic, a sound argument is made solely when the premises add as much as the conclusion. However in Adelakun’s article, it was fairly evident that she resorted to fishing for planks, nonetheless wonky or rickety, to prop her hatchet job towards Osinbajo with a lot virulence that, had been she a male, some might need even been tempted to wonder if the professor of legislation had in some unspecified time in the future snatched his spouse.

Towards the backdrop of the current slanderous report by a self-styled blogger that Ibrahim Magu, the embattled chairman of Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), gave a N4bn bribe to the vice chairman from what he was accused of “chopping”, Adelakun was at her equivocatory finest.

Hear her: “That story about Magu allegedly giving Osinbajo N4bn out of N39bn doesn’t appear credible; its lack of substance made it appear to be gossip.”

For readability, data present that the accuser has an extended historical past of blackmail and utter fabrications. A mercenary with out scruple, he as soon as tried to extort a senior member of the identical PDP administration that employed him for soiled on-line jobs. When the blackmail scheme towards the then sitting Finance Minister, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, failed and a court docket judgement was secured towards him in 2014, he fled the nation to a protected haven in america.

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However a decided hatchet author wouldn’t be deterred by such track-record as trace of one other sinister agenda towards Professor Osinbajo. Regardless of establishing the talebearer’s dirty credential as an unlikely witness of reality, Adelakun’s subsequent submissions solely depart the impression that, regardless, she derives an nearly sick pleasure from seeing that an harmless man she doesn’t like is lied towards and embarrassed.

After all, solely an unstable thoughts argues that means.

In her desperation to execute her hatchet job towards the vice chairman, Adelakun would even search to inflict a wound deeper than what the fugitive liar did. When information are insufficient, fiction turns into helpful. So, she dredged up previous studies lengthy discredited as nothing greater than “tales by moonlight”.  She alluded to the phantom N90bn from Tunde Fowler to the vice chairman on the eve of the 2019 polls. However word, whereas that apocryphal story trended in beer parlors final 12 months, the purveyors failed to elucidate how such large sum was delivered – in Naira or {dollars}?

Not carried out, she dug up the opposite fairy story of NEMA N5.8bn towards the vice chairman – an allegation the Home of Reps had already seemed into and dismissed categorically as baseless. You’d have thought {that a} honest inquirer would have, at the very least, carried out some unbiased investigation of those issues. That’s not one of the enterprise of this literary “unfastened canon”. The target is to subtly paint everybody with the identical brush and canopy actual corruption.

In any other case, how can anybody nonetheless be elevating the difficulty of NEMA the place the one remark in the entire report referencing the VP was that he, as performing president, accredited fee with out Nationwide Meeting appropriation. In different phrases, Osinbajo’s sin was no more than granting approval, as performing president, whereas President Muhammadu Buhari was overseas for medical therapy, for emergency reduction to the needy in rehabilitation camps within the north-east. The vice chairman was actually indirectly concerned within the disbursement of the stated reduction supplies or money for matter. In any case, proof in written and digital varieties had already been tendered publicly by the related businesses to elucidate how the reduction supplies had been shared to the displaced Nigerians of their hour of want.

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But, these are the types of cadavers Adelakun selected to exhume so meticulously to help her obsessive thesis towards Osinbajo’s integrity!

Worse nonetheless, in Adelakun’s personal odd ethical universe, victims of media slander like Osinbajo shouldn’t have the suitable to both weep or search redress. Which explains why the author, in one other breadth, queried why the vice chairman requested the Inspector Common of Police to research the most recent N4bn allegation towards his individual. Pray, what else ought to the person whose hard-earned fame had been known as to query, carried out underneath the circumstance? Resort to self-help?

Effectively, it’s true that Professor Osinbajo was vocal in condemning the grand corruption of the previous. However that these accused of pocketing billions of {dollars} meant to purchase arms to struggle Boko Haram haven’t but discovered themselves in jail for betraying public belief shouldn’t be blamed on the whistleblowers. The blame lies largely with the justice system which regularly finds itself held captive by the identical huge thieves utilizing their loot.

So, that Adelakun might now flip round to lampoon and mock those that discovered braveness to boost the pink flag tells us how low we have now sunk by way of our conscience. It demonstrates so very clearly why preventing corruption in Nigeria will at all times be a troublesome endeavor. Her writing was actually a victory lap for many who are upset that the previous corruption was unearthed and the struggle continues right now.

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Studying between the traces, she appears to brag just like the criminals who we are attempting to disgrace. When man’s identify is attacked, ought to all of us maintain quiet? You appear to have forgotten that the identical Osinbajo, when requested to research the previous DG-NIA and SGF, did so painstakingly and the federal government acted on the report. At the very least, each males have since been charged to court docket. It seems that there isn’t any quantity of blood that may fulfill Adelakun as soon as for one purpose or the opposite she had her sights set on undermining a selected individual.

Once more, in talking in regards to the so-called $three billion scheme (for which one of many culprits is on trial and the opposite two who’re at massive have had native and worldwide property seized and an extradition processes are in place), Adelakun’s conclusion remains to be the identical – coated because it had been in all pseudo considerate language. It’s Karma for the person who dared communicate up towards corruption! How else are you able to confirm the $15 billion defence rip-off apart from following a authorities report by which two service chiefs have had property seized and a former safety chief is on trial?

The columnist’s low-cost sloganeering and persecution of the actually dedicated will solely cheer hypocrites pretending to be taken with a cleaner society however, in actuality, are toiling tooth and nail to undermine the integrity of true champions of the anti-corruption battle. They achieve this by their thinly veiled celebration of rogues and scoundrels. They know the right way to sound philosophical of their crass help for brigandage and corruption.

However I like to finish with a phrase of encouragement for the likes of Osinbajo nonetheless conserving the religion: don’t be discouraged or distracted by the ranting of the naysayers.

  • Dr. Ibidapo wrote from College of Ibadan, Oyo State. 


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