It is very painful to write this because CNN, Washington Post, BBC, etc are baptizing Nigeria with “super cop” and “fraud”. But at least, the Ramon Abbas (aka Hushpuppi), Abba Kyari (Nigerian Deputy Commissioner of Police), and Chibuzo Vincent case is a testament of our federal character: all core tribes are represented.
If Abba Kyari is extradited to America and convicted, he does not represent the fullness of Nigerian Police just as Abbas and Vincent do not represent the young men and women of our nation.
I am from Ovim and we have Ovim Police Station. Throughout the time I lived in the village before going to FUTO, we knew the police as the people that would always come to break up fights. People truly admired them. In short, my mother who sold garri in the Oriendu market would always add extra cups for them. Their children were our classmates and they served.
This is not to say there were not bad officers but I recalled a debate in our Igbo class when some students challenged what Obodo wrote in the Igbo novel – Uwadiegwu. In that book, the author admonished people not to make friends with the police. I think the book was retired by WAEC, possibly due to the same reason.
So, as always, Nigeria needs to build the infrastructure of the minds. If we cannot make that work, all the railways, waterways, airports, etc will fade. Things have fallen apart and many are saying that the beautiful ones are not yet born. But as James Ngugi reminded us to weep not, even when seeing the burning grass of a nation, Francis Selormey gave us the only path, and Achebe sees that arrow of God as we remain William Conto’s Africa but without T.M. Aluko’ one man, one matchet because girls at war will fight for our minds.
It is a trial of a country, and the Oginga Odinga maintained it was not yet uhuru. Yes, let this American case be on Hushpuppi, Kyari, Chibuzo, etc. It must NOT be on Nigeria and the Nigerian people! We need to make that clear to FBI, DOJ and American press.