Lawmaker as porn star? By Louis Odion, FNGE

See what Senator Abba Buka Ibrahim sold to his people as Governor of Yobe State
So, a decade after bequeathing Sharia to Yobe and a quarter century political career during which he
served thrice as GovernorBukar Abba Ibrahim would end up the new
face of pornography in Nigeria.
What makes this feat quite
extra-ordinary is not just that it was performed by a presumably vigorous
sexagenarian in a threesome; more startling, if not ominous, is its
timing.

One, at a time when the nation is
convulsing under a separatist storm, when his native Yobe State remains prostrate under the Boko Haram yoke, it is something of a grave concern that
all the senator seemed to care about was arranging downtown motel for his ménage
a trois
.

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Two, with the sex tape leaked
by SaharaReporters barely a week after Sallah, there is bound to be a potentially explosive debate in the
times ahead as to whether the senator succumbed to the temptation during the
holy fasting month when the highest form of piety and chastity is expected of
the faithful. Well, we refuse to be drawn into the other side talk as to
whether buratashi (aphrodisiac) was involved.

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While proclaiming Sharia in August 2000 in Yobe as governor amid solemn songs and
dance after collaring the state assembly to pass the executive bill, Ibrahim rhapsodized that his vision was
to evolve a new society with zero tolerance for vices like
production/consumption of alcohol, gambling and prostitution. 

Before he bowed out of office in
2007, not a few men and women had been mercilessly dealt with for living short
of the new high ethical standards so prescribed under Ibrahim’s watch. It was the season when the contagion of Sharia was spreading in the north. Jangebe, for instance, famously got his
right arm chopped off for petty stealing in Zamfara
State.

Senator Abba Buka Ibrahim’s pretty wife, Khadija who is Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

The puzzle then is where adultery –
the sin under which Ibrahim’s could
be classified – is exempted under Sharia.
In the case of either adultery or fornication, framers of that religious code
of conduct obviously envisaged the iniquity between a sample of male and
female. 
To imagine that Ibrahim this time went extra mile to procure two ladies! Worse
still, it remains for Ibrahim to deny
whether the two ladies recruited for his threesome
were not prostitutes.

Before the great expose of last
weekend, nothing in Ibrahim’s
customarily dour countenance, absolutely nothing in his medium frame, would
have suggested someone that adventurous or prolific. 

Truly, as Shakespeare tells us, there is no art to read a mind’s construct on
the face. Even footages of the 2-minute video now in the public domain are
certainly far less mosaic of physical attributes expected of a stud. Other than
the detumescent look on his face after the act, we only saw Bukka’s saggy belly – instead of the
archetypal six-packs – as he fumbles with his pants.

The Author, Louis Odion (FNGE)…His analysis timely for moral education

Interestingly, no sooner had the
2-minute video gone viral online last weekend than one Ifeanyi Emeka, purporting to be writing from Lokoja, mounted a spirited rejoinder attacking the publisher,
dismissing it as as “a compendium of
lies, hatred,
character assassination
and fraudulent news reportage whose collaborators are sons
and daughters of Satan”. 
He came close to narrowing it down
to the handiwork of political adversaries envious of Ibrahim’s “rising profile” ahead of the 2019 polls.

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But Emeka’s sophistry was soon shredded and exposed as weeping louder
than the bereaved following Ibrahim’s
reported chat with Premium Times. True, caught in similar
circumstance, the average Nigerian adulterer or fornicator would have simply
lied with a straight face. But not a candid Ibrahim.
In a rare show of candour, he chose not deny herding two ladies to the
tryst. 
The senator representing Yobe East defended his action as
something done within his right to privacy: “If
they say I raped
, that’s a different matter
altogether
. Is it because I am a public official then I am
not supposed to be entitled to private life?
This is a personal, private matter”.
He continued: “What does my having been with a girl have to do with the public? You know the normal thing. People ask for
unreasonable things, and if you deny
them,
they try to blackmail you if they have a way”.
All said, what seems to make Ibrahim’s misadventure all the more
abominable is his poor sense of judgment.

What will men of scholastic patience like Wole Soyinka to this Senatorial Porn?

 For a man once
entrusted with people’s fate as governor for a cumulative ten years and would
therefore be expected to take definitive decision in a moment of peril, it is
quite troubling that Ibrahim only
looked on sheepishly while one of the two ladies filmed him naked with a cell
phone. 

Hear his kindergarten
rationale: “They just mentioned
it to me as a joke and I took
it as
nothing really serious
This is
something that happened between two adults”
Or, maybe this should merely be seen
as symptomatic of the virus of impunity now commonly believed to be ravaging
our political class. For, only that could embolden a cheat to be that
nonchalant while being video-taped in a most compromising position. A sensible
man should be able to tell when the proverbial handshake begins to transcend
the elbow.

Wife of Senator Abba Buka Ibrahim, Hajiya Khadija Buka Abba Ibrahim (Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign of Affairs)

  

Added to Ibrahim’s folly is the lack of shame or contrition after being
exposed. Making a bold face when his head ought to be bowed in remorse, he even
had the temerity to add: “I have
commenced investigations to find out why it is
circulating… But from all indications, it is blackmail”
Pray, assuming the senator is able
to establish a case of blackmail, what does he intends to do next? Raise it as
“a matter of urgent national importance” on the senate floor? Or
enjoin the police to press charges?
Perhaps because he inhabits a
dark space devoid of ethical scruple, Ibrahim
could not be bothered about how others feel. With a good number of his
colleagues in the Red Chamber already
neck-deep with their own dingy canoes in the cesspit of murk, we can understand
if he does not show concern how this might further impact the dignity and
integrity of the very institution whose insignia he currently flaunts. 

The (Porn?) Senator doing his job at the Senate

From his haughty tone in the
interview with Premium Times, he seemed to have foreclosed any
possibility of apology of any kind to the Senate Ethics and Privilege
Committee. 
But he should know that the
scandalous story will add to the untold trauma of members of his constituency
savaged beyond words by Boko Haram,
tens of thousands of who are presently marooned in IDP camps across the
North-East. 
Even if he does not appear to care
how the video of shame would affect the self-esteem of his wives, one of whom
is no other than the minister of state for foreign Affairs of Federal Republic of Nigeria. The memory
is certainly not the kind a diplomat would proudly associate with abroad.

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When next he finds himself in the
company of his daughters, will Ibrahim still have the moral courage to demand
of them purity or seek to hold them by the high standards he himself fails
to keep? Will he smile or frown if his sons report being mocked in school as
offspring of a super stud?

When a governor in India found himself in similar moral
puddle in January this year, he did
not wait to be told before tendering his resignation, prefacing it with a
public apology.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara, one of the Stars of the National Assembly

Incidentally, Shanmuganathan is
67-year-old like Ibrahim and was the
chief executive of India’s
north-eastern state of Meghalaya. He
threw in the towel following allegation of sexual misconduct, of turning his
high office into a “young ladies club”.
Estimated 100 members of his staff
wrote in the petition that he had “compromised the dignity” of the
governor’s office by making it a place where “young ladies come and go at
will with direct orders from the Governor’’
.
Note, Shanmuganathan was swept out of office by the wave of mere
allegation/perception. No one caught him red-handed in the act or had a sex
video of him. 
But this is almighty Senator Ibrahim, the prince of impunity.

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