Why would I?
Until you find yourself in someone else's shoe many years later, you may continue to wrongly judge or accuse him of taking matters too far. Especially with a childhood friend and classmate.
On a personal experience, in a space of just between 2014 to date, I have found myself falling out with friends and men I highly revered. I mean friends and men that if a prophet have spoken they won't be in my good book again in five years time, I will ask such prophet to go and pray again.
Time changes men and men change with time.
Two hypothesis I will lay bare on the table.
Weather an evidence is weak or strong, there is of a must of an event relating to the evidence. Failure to now prove it beyond reasonable doubt is what cause cases to be lost in a courts of law. And which lawyers are feasting on daily as defence counsels.
|Why can't he attend public |
functions like his contemporaries?
Your guess is good as mine
The evidence may be quite weak because I did not catch the driver red handed stealing it. But weak as the evidence was, two things established the heartless criminal incident. 1. The driver in his hurry forgot to zip back the bag and left it still unzipped. 2. The wallet was missing and was never found.
That an evidence is weak in a matter does not invalidate it's occurrence.
Was a coup planned? Was General Mamman Vatsa involved? That he had a close call to duty working relationship with one of the plotters, Lt Col Musa Bitiyong may be implicating enough, though weak in circumstantial evidence like the stolen wallet and the driver.
That Babangida refused to spare an old classmate and childhood friend may be bad enough. But like the saying goes, he who feels it knows it. That a trusted childhood friend and classmate is a suspected accomplice in an incendiary against you could be both devastating and very painful. I have been through it myself over the years. Even from blood relations! It stings hard like an adder. Yet you've got to allow wise counsel to prevail and not throw caution to the winds, on how you react. Else.....
|Vatsa: A man of class, taste and creative style |
to match his creative literary skill
Major Al- Mustapha began his relationship with Sani Abacha as an intelligence officer to him, when he was the Chief of Army Staff. Till date, Mustapha is still ready to die for his late boss, if need be! Soldiers just don't swing loyalty like that.
But who knows if the ADC had been bought over? Or did not Judas betrayed his boss -Master Jesus? How much more when what is at stake now is not 30 pieces of silver, but some millions of naira, when money was money in those days, accelerated career advancement and promotions coupled with choice properties in Victoria Island? Plus a plum appointment to match? So again, it still made the evidence weak, in agreement with Retired General Domkat Bali's position.
|General Domkat Bali(left): He still believed the evidence was weak and wished he could do |
something to help out Vatsa(right)
He could still have spared his friend's life, if only for old times sake. What is more? Reason being that Babangida got every reason to rejoice that a coup plot against him by someone he called a friend, did not succeed but was detected early enough and foiled. What more could he have wanted from God again?
Babangida could as well put Vatsa where he belonged, dismiss or retire him from the army and put him under permanent and perpetual surveillance. Then distance himself from him as a traitor and leave him to his conscience.
|Abacha still spared Obasanjo, Fadile & co who werenot even his friends, after several|
pleas and pressure.
1. Babangida as an evil genius is too smart for a man to plot a coup against him in prison or as a civilian, when he is out of military service.
2. How come Idiagbon or Buhari did not plot a coup against him when he slammed them into detention after overthrowing their government? It therefore made his reason and excuse for not sparing Vatsa's life but executing him very weak, just as the evidence of coup plot against him was.
Why would Babangida kill rather than spare a childhood friend and classmate?There are two ways to it.
Either (1). Babangida got overwhelmed with emotions. And therefore over reacted. And may be even regretted it later.
|Jerry Rawlings: Could any have succeeded in|
plotting and executing a coup successfully
in prison against Babangida in Nigeria
like he did in Ghana?
Babangida knew that one of those who will always oppose him on many infamous decisions he took years later in his administration, will be no other than his close friend - Vatsa. A brilliant literary giant in the class of Wole Soyinka, who found himself in the military will always remain a radical critic. So having a brilliant literary icon and critic the likes of Vatsa in government cannot make Babangida feel comfortable. Especially with his plan to perpetuate himself in power. A plan he kept implementing until June 12 ran him out of ideas!
|Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola and June 12 Babangida's|
The June 12 debacle ran the
evil genius out of ideas
An evidence of coup plotting, however weak, is good to go for Vatsa.
The accusation that Vatsa's acclerated approval of C of O in FCT for the military as the minister was a ploy by him to buy loyalty of the men and officers and used as another WEAK evidence against him is the most callous of all the weak evidences.
If Vatsa does not fast track approval of documents for his constituency - the military, who are not only in government but in power, will he not be taking his moral standards too far? And would it not have a boomerang effect of inciting rebellion against the establishment among the ranks and file of the military?
The mission is simply, any perceived potential enemy of Babangida's infamous hidden agenda "get him out of the way!"
|Dele Giwa: |
"Get him out of the way" for
biting more than he can chew?
I rest my case here.