For some days now a false flag in a mischievous article titled “Masari/Mangal Political Coup against Buhari” written by one Mohd Galadanchi is making the rounds on dailies/social media.
It is obvious that all the white lies contained in the malicious article were fabricated by hatchet-men of the spin doctors among the few frustrated political jobbers of Katsina State.
It is common knowledge that the relationship between President Buhari and Governor Aminu Bello Masari has remained cordial, more so because Masari is Buhari’s eyes and ears in the President’s immediate constituency -Katsina.
There is clearly a deliberate ploy to systematically spread misinformation as a means of spoiling the scorecard of Governor Masari. The second goal of these cheap propagandists is to set the governor against the rest of the supporters and admirers of the President in Katsina and indeed the North , by creating bad blood through disinformation.
The ultimate aim is to also join innocent Katsina entrepreneurs like Alhaji Dahiru Mangal in the dirty campaign, just to score a political point.
It is strange that these frustrated and idle Katsina politicians assume that the only way they get their political relevance back in 2019 is a dirty campaign of calumny against Masari and the ever-non-partisan business mogul, Alhaji Dahiru Mangal.
By dragging the name of Alhaji Mangal into their political mischief, these dirty campaigners have shot themselves on the foot because no true son of Katsina would believe them. This is because Mangal has been identified with investments that provide job opportunities for the people of Katsina and not partisan politics.
More depressing was how these dirty campaigners concocted fake figures in billions of Naira, in their desperate bid to create the false impression that they are relating their spurious claims with facts and figures. All the monies that they bandied around in that dirty article were the figment of their imaginations and never based on verifiable facts.
While their dirty campaign continues, it should not be difficult for sensible Katsina people to see beyond the veil of white lies and malicious fabrications against a governor they would love to hate and an entrepreneur already well-respected by the entire Katsina people.
The lesson in that article is that there is still a class of politicians who assume that their return to political reckoning is hinged on how dirty their campaigns against perceived enemies could be. It is a sad reminder of some of the vices that work against our collective efforts towards deepening democracy, entrepreneurs’ contribution to economic empowerment and national development.
SANI L.K. a social commentator sent in this piece from Kaduna.
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