Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Viral Audio that Claimed Dasuki was Dead

By Farooq Kperogi

Now that Dasuki is out of jail and we all know for a fact that he is alive, I feel an obligation to share the viral WhatsApp audio that had falsely claimed that Dasuki had died in jail. It was a recorded phone chat between two people in Hausa, which I received from more than 10 people on the eve of the presidential election.

I'd just woken when I heard the audios and was terribly distraught. I Googled it and found that a few fringe websites had stories on it, so I shared the news thinking, as the person who shared the false news in the phone call claimed, the government was really trying to hide the news from the mainstream media because of the upcoming election. It didn't help that one of the people who shared it with me works with the DSS.

It turned out that it was entirely false. Dasuki's family friend and media adviser Yushau Shuaib confirmed that he had met with Dasuki the previous day. So I took down my update within minutes of putting it up and apologized.

I just want to put it out there for the records. If you don't understand Hausa, get someone who understands it to translate it for you.

Sowore: The Disrupter of Nigeria's Political Landscape

By Farooq Kperogi

In 2018, Omoyele Sowore said he got into politics to "disrupt" the Nigerian political landscape like he did the media landscape. Many people thought he was being quixotic and self-aggrandizing when he said that.

But he is turning out to be accurate. Since 1999, no lone individual has disrupted Nigeria's political space with as much consequence as he has done.

In my interview with the Interview Magazine before he was rearrested in the court by Nigeria's lawless DSS, I nominated Sowore as my man of the year.

I said, "He forwent his comfort to confront Buhari’s monster of fascistic executive overreach and is living, at least for now, to tell the story.

"He refused to give in when several interest groups prevailed upon him to compromise. He stuck to his guns, and he has now been released from illegal confinement.

"In this season of mass authoritarian hypnotism in Nigeria, that’s worthy of admiration and praise."

Because of Sowore, Dasuki, who had been in jail since 2015--in spite of several court orders asking that he be released on bail--is now out of illegal detention. Other unjustly detained people such as El-Zakzaky may be next.

Because of Sowore, US senators wrote a strongly worded letter to Nigeria. Lickspittle Femi Adesina who said the US wasn't the world's police and should mind its business didn't get the memo that when America sneezes his puppeteers in Aso Rock quake in their boots.

Because of Sowore, the Punch wrote a trenchant editorial that rattled the addled little brains of the fascists in Aso Rock and their media enablers.

Because of Sowore, our permanently drugged and drunk Attorney General of the Federation suddenly became sober enough to eat his words and do the right thing. Recall that on Dec. 17 Malami had said he couldn't ask the DSS to release Sowore.

That, right there, my friends, is a disrupter.