History was made two days ago when a British Boxer with Nigerian roots, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua emerged as the new Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the world after achieving success in a highly contested and anticipated event that had drawn millions of fans and spectators from all corners of the world.
With this breakthrough, Joshua has now proved to be a fully accomplished and highly consolidated Heavyweight Champion, having combined all the Championship medals from the three major sanctioning bodies in the Boxing sport, namely the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).
This achievement has effectively put him in the league of the foremost and distinguished Heavyweight Boxing Champions of the world such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, Hashim Rahman, Vitali Klitchko, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, etc !
My only reservation, here, is the painful manner in which Nigeria became completely detached from Joshua’s success story due to the poor initiative or recklessness of our sporting officials who denied him the privilege of carrying the country’s banner when he purposely came around in 2009, with a mission to represent Nigeria in the 2010 Olympic Games.
Feeling so disappointed, Joshua went away never to come back, again ! On his return to Britain, he got the much needed chance he was looking for, and succeeded in winning a gold medal for that country ! From then on, Joshua continued to soar from one great height to another till this moment !
This story bears a striking resemblance to the political situation in Nigeria and Taraba state ! In a similar manner as Anthony Joshua, Muhammadu Buhari tried hard to become the President of Nigeria, several times, but always met a brick wall due to the negative manipulations of the dubious political marauders in the country! Fortunately, his effort paid off recently despite all the odds and hostilities lined up against him !
Now that he has made it, many of his political adversaries, detractors and antagonists who have worked tirelessly against his success have turned round to start angling or projecting themselves and their people for some fantastic privileges in his administration, without feeling any shame !
Among them is one small tribe of people in Taraba state who had visited so much opposition, hostility, aggression, bitterness, animosity, viciousness, enmity, hatred and antagonism on Buhari during his hour of need or trying times, but are now angling for a topmost position in his administration !
What they need to understand is that Buhari had rather offer that position to a person from any other tribe or section of the country, instead of conceding it to someone from their stock ! If their tremendous show of love, support and solidarity for Goodluck Jonathan did not fetch that kind of position for them, during his tenure, then, I don’t see why they should even start eyeing or gunning for that exalted position in Buhari’s administration, despite their extreme display of hatred, enmity and rejection for him as a person !
The second lesson in this story is in tandem with the axiom which said that ” a rejected stone somewhere often becomes the cornerstone elsewhere” ! Due to the manner of bitter, fanatical, selective, vindictive, hateful and segregational politics being practiced in Taraba State, many people where rejected, marginalized, sidelined, incapacitated, humiliated, antagonized and denied political appointments or other entitlements for no any genuine reason other than their own backgrounds !
But as the Almighty God has started granting them succor in other places, some of the beneficiaries of the flawed or misguided system in Taraba State have started crying foul and accusing the Federal Government of selective appointments in Taraba State ! Clever people ! So, after monopolizing and commandeering everything in the state Government administration, they want to also grab the few opportunities coming from the Federal Government, too !
May be they believe they are the only “Tarabans” worth anything ! Or they are still living in the past when everything under the sun is added up for them and them, alone ! At this point, my humble advice for them is to approach their hero, Knight, mentor, benefactor and Guardian Angel, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for their own share of political appointments ! Or wait until Buhari is done with his own supporters before he could reach out to them with the remainders, out of personal magnanimity and sense of Brotherhood or sportsmanship !
WRITTEN BY : Ahmed Lawan