Festus Keyamo Has A Reason For Accepting Buhari's Job Offer
Festus Keyamo is one unlikely person that some Nigerians will expect to see in the campaign train of President Muhammadu Buhari, but he has been chosen, may be by destiny or by his diligence in following the footprint of his mentor, late Gani Fawehinmi.
Or is it a way to reward him for losing out in an earlier primary election of the All progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State?
He has been appointed the Director, Strategic Communications of President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation and eyebrows rose.
The lawyer, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and known for his radical statements and articles targeted at the government, has accepted the offer.
He gave his reasons for accepting to be the official spokesman for President Buhari’s camping team between now and 2019’s general election.
“I was indeed consulted before the announcement. Upon the offer, I wholeheartedly and proudly accepted the challenge to do this for the good of my country and for posterity.
“For in President Buhari I have found an approximation of the lofty values I cherish and have fought for all my life.
“I know millions of Nigerians have never seen me in the
mould of partisan politics. This is because for the past two and half decades,
I have been under intense public scrutiny while engaging successive governments
(military and civilian) in the most critical way possible.
“The public has also watched me grow steadily all the way from that young, restless lawyer to the exalted position of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN),” he said.
Apparently aware that Nigerians wanted a flawless system that they would be proud of, Mr Keyamo noted that the ultimate aim of every struggle was not really to enthrone a perfect, flawless system.
“Only the starry-eyed, younger ones think such is possible. That is Utopia.
“Rather, the ultimate aim of the struggle is to enthrone a government (yes, even with the normal human flaws) that is focused, determined and fiercely opposed to the unscrupulous wheeler-dealers in the society, committed to protecting the interests of the down-trodden, the weak and vulnerable.
“One of the obvious ways to do this is to ensure that what belongs to all is not cornered by a few; and if they do so, to ensure that they are made to account and brought to justice. I can boldly say that no Government in the history of Nigeria has recovered so much looted funds as that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The fact that this Government has clearly chosen this path in protecting the masses of our country (as unpleasant as it has been to some) is one of the many reasons why I am so proud and bold about my support for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari,” he stressed.
The lawyer also gave a hint that he was walking the path of his mentor.
“Gani’s love for Buhari In doing this, I take a cue from my revered late boss, Chief Gina Fawehinmi, SAN, who mentored me.
“Throughout his career, he also consistently and fiercely
engaged every government in Nigeria and suffered as a result. Guess what?
“The only government he fully supported throughout his
lifetime was that led by General Muhammadu Buhari in 1984 – 1985; and that was
to the chagrin of some of his professional colleagues and fellow “radicals”,”
he further stated.
Mr Keyamo became a known card-carrying member of the All Progressives
Congress in 2013 when he lost a bid to clinch a senatorial seat ticket in a primary election
of the APC in Delta State in that year.
After he lost that primary election, which he described as stage-managed, he withdrew from politics until his appointment few days ago.