Former aviation minister and member of the Peoples democratic Party (PDP), Femi Fani–Kayode has reacted to the assassination of former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Alex Badeh last night.
In an essay released on his twitter and facebook pages, he said Mr was a good man who had only suffered persecution in the hands of the Buhari administration.
The former aviation minister said:
“The sad and brutal assassination of the former Chief of Defence Staff and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Alex Badeh, in the dying hours of President Buhari’s birthday, is a despicable and cowardly act.
“Not only was he an officer and a gentleman but he was also a profoundly good man who was criminalized, humiliated and treated in a malicious and unacceptable manner by a vicious, malevolent and evil government that had targeted him for vilification and destruction right from the start.
In his lengthy reaction, Femi Fani-Kayode revealed that the dead service man knew secrets about the current administration. He was a courageous and fearless man in the face of stiff opposition.
“Despite the fact that he was subjected to a well- orchestrated and relentless degree of persecution from the Buhari administration, he remained a believer in Nigeria and a heroic, courageous and unrelenting critic of tyranny, injustice and ethnic and religious subjugation till the end.
“He knew many of the Buhari government’s excesses and secrets, he worked quietly against them from behind the scenes and, by his numerous actions and interventions, he saved the lives of many of his Middle Belt people.
“Those that were behind his assassination know who they are. They shall not escape justice and they will pay a terrible price for their wickedness.
“His assassination is a debt that will be repaid by God and the people no matter how long it takes.
“In the fullness of time the Lord of Hosts and the Ancient of Days, in whose bosom he now resides, will avenge him.These are still early days and the investigation is yet to commence but I do not accept the suggestion that some have already made that his murder was a random and isolated act.
“That is just too convenient a conclusion to come to and it seeks to cover the tracks of the masterminds of this heinous and ungodly crime. In any case many questions need to be answered.
Femi Fani-Kayode continued to ask why the former service man wasn’t provided with adequate security.
“For example how come a former Chief of Defense Staff and a former Chief of Air Staff did not have any military personnel or security details guarding and protecting him?
“This is especially so given the fact that it appears that he was on a long distance drive on a road which has has proved to be dangerous in the early hours of the evening.
“Badeh was entitled to that level of protection by virtue of his position as a former Chief of Defense Staff. How come he was denied it? Who withdrew his men?
“Who wanted him to be alone with just his driver on that journey? Who wanted him dead?
“There are many other questions which we shall ask at the appropriate time. And one day we shall get the answers.
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“Meanwhile I add my voice to those who have called for an independent and public commission of enquiry into this courageous and noble soul’s brutal assassination.
“With his murder it is clear that, under Buhari, ours is a nation of not just ethnic and religious cleansing but also a nation of political cleansing.
“Adamawa state, the Middle Belt, Christendom and indeed the whole of Nigeria has lost a great and compassionate patriot who, though maligned, demonized and misrepresented by his numerous and powerful detractors, still had so much to offer our nation. May his beautiful and precious soul rest in peace.
He said that those responsible shall never escape the hands of justice. The former aviation minister also has his doubts the Buhari’s administration will conduct a free and fair elections next year.
“Permit me to conclude this contribution with the following aside. Given this sad event, if anyone still believes that President Buhari will conduct a free and fair election and, after losing, hand over power quietly and go back to Daura without a fight next year, that person is gravely mistaken and painfully naive.
“Those that believe this have still not fully understood the nature of the beast that we are dealing with. You see it is not about Buhari alone but about who and what he represents.
“And those that he represents are not ready to relinquish power and lose all the ground that they have gained over the last few years.
“Always remember this: it is an ancient agenda and it is as real today as it was 58 years ago when we won our independence from the British.
“The internal colonial masters are very much in control, the game is on and the next few months will be a rough ride. Fasten your seat belts and let us see what will unfold.
Femi Fani-Kayode is one of the most vocal critics of this current administration. He is a fearless young politician that calls evil what it is.