Nigeria, A Country Where Honour And Resignation Have No Place In The Books.

Adamu Suleiman will go down in our rough and tumble history as the most revered and upright public office holder, he is the type of public office holder whom I love to speak about with gusto and relish, now, I can read your mind and, I can tell with a certain degree of certitude that I know the question you are enthusiastically craving to ask – who is Adamu Suleiman – this is the question that’s been rallying your mind since your eyes glimpsed the name at the beginning of the article, but that question will be answered in jiffy, Adamu Suleiman was the first Inspector General of Police during the truncated second republic of yore.

Adamu Suleiman had one of the shortest and, perhaps, the most uneventful reign. He took over as the IGP in 1979, taking the force through the early stage of the Second Republic under the NPN-led government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari till 1981 when he resigned is appointment as the IGP. It should be noted that Adamu Suleiman resignation was not on any account of misdemeanour or impropriety, he resigned because of the irreconcilable differences between him and the president – Alhaji Shehu Shagari. In saner climes, decisions and actions like this are seen as norms and conventions, but in a perverted society like ours where corruption is now a way of life, such decisions and actions are a thing of rarity.

The world at large has witnessed shocking and high-profile resignations. Winston Churchhill, two time British prime minister resigned from office on April 5 1955. Pope Benedict XVI resigned his papacy on February 28, 2013, thus, becoming the first pope in 600 years to do so on account of a failing health. Steve Jobs quit his lucrative job at the Apple following deterioration of his health conditions.

Other high-profile resignations include Robin Cook, former British foreign secretary, resigned after his country decided to side America during the golf war. Richard Nixon, the only Commander-in-Chief and president of the US of A who resigned his office on August 9, 1974, over the Watergate scandal that besmirched his administration. Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, resigned his managerial job on May 18, 2013, he had enough, he said.

Now bringing it home to our native Africa, Burkina Faso dictator, Blaise Compaore, was forced to resign his office on October 31st, 2014, following a revolt in the country’s capital, culture and tourism minister in the same country was forced to step down on November 21st, 2014. The list of public office holders who have eaten the humble pie and resigned without furore when the heat is turned on them is a long one.

Our Nigeria federation is a different ball game altogether, honourable Patricia Olubunmi Etteh became speaker of the house of representative without a sweat on June 5, 2007. A controversial 628.000.000 naira contract scandal rocked her speakership and, the integrity group at the house then, led by honourable Farouk Lawan insisted on her quitting her seat. An honourable member lost his life in the process before she reluctantly step aside. Now that’s our testament, where honour and integrity have no place in the book.

I shall not touch the panama leaks – or if you like revelations – lest I will be accused of engaging in media trial, but I shrug off the temptation of not mentioning the first casualty of the leaks, when the news broke in April like a ripple in the pond, Iceland prime minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson stepped aside – while investigations were on going – amid widespread anger over allegations his family attempted to hide millions in offshore account. That’s a country where honour and integrity have a place in the book.

Nigeria Number three man and prospective number one, senate president, Bukola Saraki is in the dock on allegations of irregular asset declaration and other malfeasance, the code of conduct bureau (CCB) insists he has a case to answer, since no court has stopped the trial, one would have thought the reasonable thing to do is to step down and clear is name of any wrong doings, it is not about him but the office.

Lest we forget, Saraki and his deputy, Ekweremadu, and two other persons are recently accused of forging the senate standing rule.

One is not amazed by the puerile and ludicrous sentiments expressed by cross section of the society, some of them border on the absurd, for instance you hear something like “force Saraki out and risk the PDP taking over” and “all this is because Saraki refused to play ball”. To me these are ridiculous and pedestrian logic, if the senate president is not guilty of any wrong doing  – I’m not saying he’s – what can be wrong in him shaming his hordes of antagonists by stepping down and facing trial, this is the time to prove that being distinguished can sometimes be  honourable.

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