Developments within and around the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as it relates to the defection of the erstwhile PDP stalwart, Femi Fani-Kayode, to its camp and his subsequent reception by President Buhari aptly fits the parable of the prodigal son as recorded in the Christian holy book, the Bible.
The ensuing Igbokwe—Fani-Kayode situation following the latter’s reception by the President reminds one of that Bible story.
In the said parable, a rich man’s second son demanded the inheritance due to him from his father.The father obliged him and promptly gave him his share of the inheritance.
The son then took his inheritance and traveled out to a distant place where he lavished it on wanton living. After he had wasted everything thing that he had, and languished in abject poverty to the point of feeding on the dustbin for some time, he decided to return to his father.
Upon his return, his father graciously received him with overflowing joy. He practically rehabilitated him with the best of clothing and accessories possible. Then, he threw a very big party for his long-lost son with more than enough to eat and drink and be merry.
When the older son, who as usual was returning from the farm after a hard day’s toil, got closer to home and heard the sound of loud music, he enquired and was told what was happening.He became very furious and would not as much as entered the house to take part in the merriment.
He was not happy with his father and his younger brother. He was angry that the father, who had never deemed it fit to throw even a small party for him as a reward for his years of commitment and faithful service, chose to throw a lavish party for his wayward and unprofitable younger brother.
And so he accosted his father to lay what he felt was a legitimate complaint.
But his father’s response to him was as intriguing as it was eye-opening.He said to his sully older son:
“My son, you are always with me. All the things that I have are yours. We thought that your brother was dead. But now he has returned to us alive.
“We thought that he had left us for all time. But now he has come home. So we must all be happy together.”
I think this story is so self-explanatory with regards to the Fani-Kayode—Igbokwe situation that no one needs any further explanation.
But even as the Bible story perfectly describes the latest APC melodrama, I see another perspective to the unfolding situation.
I am sensing that the powers that be in the APC must have decided to pull a leaf out of a book in the Machiavellian school of power to deal with the Femi Fani-Kayode situation. I have this hunch that they decided to bring him closer to themselves to not only mute his destructive criticism, but also keep an eye on him from close range.
That is in line with the Machiavellian principle which says, “Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies even closer.”
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