Nobody is all-round bad, there must be places where the person has to be good. People often don’t treat everyone they meet equally, there must be ones they will treat better because of some attachments and sentiments.
Influential people are different things to different people. To some, they are saviour, while to others they are oppressors. Just like very bad politicians are saviours to the people who eat from the same pot with them, while they are evil to the greater masses.
Abacha was a looter to Nigeria masses, but to Buhari, he never stole.
It’s unheard of to see people say bad about the dead In funerals. What is often said is the good the person did when he/she was alive.
From the tributes to the condolence messages, it’s always how good the person was.
A scenario once played out in a certain village in my state Anambra, where a woman which the whole community adjudged to be a very wicked and troublesome woman died.
During the funeral sermon, the pastor was saying how good the woman was and how he impacted the lives of people around her. As he was concluding, he said “ May her gentle soul devoid of trouble Rest In Peace” and instead of people echoing Amen, there was serious laughter and the man got confused, but still he handed over the microphone as he was done.
After the internment, the man had to ask one of the people who invited him the reason for the laughter, and the man was blunt and told him the truth.
Having said this, the death of the former Chief of staff to President Buhari threw up mixed emotions, as Nigerian masses rejoiced at the news of his death, while few elites eulogized him to high heavens.
To Geofrey Onyeama the minister of foreign affairs, Kyari was his friend for 42 years and his best man during his wedding and even a godfather to his son even though they don’t share the same faith. He was the best thing that had ever happened to Nigeria.
To Femi Fani-kayode, he was his friend for 40 years, the best man in the Presidency, and the reason why Nigeria has not been wiped out by Buhari and his Fulani monsters. He was the gap between the extremists and the moderates, and his demise will bring out the evil extremists in full force.
To Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, he was the best Nigeria ever had and will sorely be missed because he spearheaded his 21/21 heist, and would have performed the same magic in installing his successor.
To Hope Uzodimma of Imo state, he singlehandedly made him Governor and he must have to immortalize him by renaming Imo state University after him.
To Reno Omokri, Abba Kyari was a loyal servant to Buhari who served him to the best of his ability. He shouldn’t be criticized because he was not elected.
To Nigerian masses, he was a hydra-headed monster who usurped Buhari’s powers as the president and had ruled Nigeria like a dictator. He was the real president who actually caused a lot of suffering to the masses.
It’s left for you to chose what he was to you, a hero, or a villain. Chose the side of the coin he’s to you. Life it’s different strokes for different folks as we all see things differently.
By Odumodu Gbulagu
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK