First, I must commend Dr. Reuben Abati, former presidential spokesman to former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his classical exhibition and demonstration of skill, act-and-art-of-writing to persuade, and even induce the worst nonbeliever in the work of pen – that Aso Villa, our own White House, is the permanent home address of Demons and evil spirits of all ranks, in his recent article – “the spiritual side of Aso-Rock.”

Abati, whose tenancy at the villa terminated, following the defeat of his principal, President Goodluck Jonathan, during the 20I5 general elections, had previous week written above other things a bizarre kind of story, where he tried to convince Nigerians evil spirits reign supreme at the Villa and around power wilders therein, just as they are the real raison d’être why presidents make wrong policies for the Nigerian populace and the sole reason why there is prevalence of pre-mature deaths there.

While narrating his personal travail in the hands of wicked Spirits hovering and plying their demonic trades at the Presidential Villa, Dr. Abati wrote “I recall the example of one particular man, an asset to the Jonathan presidency who practically ran away from the Villa. He said he needed to save his life. He was quite certain that if he continued to hang around, he would die. I can’t talk about colleagues who lost daughters and sons, brothers and uncles, mothers and fathers, and the many obituaries that we issued.”

Dr. Abati then concluded “when presidents make mistakes, they are probably victims of a higher force than what we can imagine. Since Buhari government assumed office, it has been one mistake after another. Those mistakes don’t look normal, the same way they didn’t look normal under President Jonathan. I am therefore, convinced that there is an evil spell enveloping this country. We need to rescue Nigeria from the forces of darkness. Aso-villa should be converted into spiritual museum, and abandoned.”

While many would not like to join issues with Abati, owing to the fact the former spokesman of the Jonathan administration is entitled to his personal opinion, just as the stories told by the Guardian Newspaper’s Giant, reflected his conviction, ideology and encounter, few of us are still at a lost as to why irrespective of the devilish operation and reign at the villa, Abati, Goodluck, Mama Peace and a host other colleagues of Abati in the Jonathan presidency who worked, and mostly lived at the villa, campaigned vigorously, and then, spent so stupendously to return to the same ‘villa of evil’ on the couch of second tenure.

The Abati account runs afoul of the rationale behind the do-or-die craze by the political parties and politicians across the country to occupy the Nigerian Presidential Villa during elections in the country. It apparently left many questions unanswered as to why the former president Obasanjo who served and completed his second tenures, still went as far as jostling for the then controversial ‘third term bid’ which almost tore the country apart, as the former leader was accused of perpetuating power.

Or would Abati look us in the face and tell Nigerians, had Jonathan won the last elections, he would have probably resigned from his position as a presidential spokesman in order to save his life and that of his family from the prying eyes of destructive spirits domiciled at As-Rock-Villa, Abuja? Even though he would, Abati carefully avoided explanations as to why his efforts and commitment as invested in the all-time-battle to win the 20I5 elections, and probably return his team to the ‘den of Evil’, called Aso-villa.

The former spokesman’s storyline is short on facts regarding why the former Vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who served under president Olusegun Obasanjo and surely lived with the former first family at the Villa throughout the lifespan of that administration still wants to buy more time, to move back to the villa for more business of governance, just as it omitted reasons Namadi Sambo, Jonathan’s VP, who also served and lived at the Villa for eight years still wanted more time at the villa during last election.

The Ogun state born Journalist only took his country men and women on entertaining voyage, aimed at leading us to a destination unknown. His tale in that wonder but less useful piece, only reminds me of his affront, chronicled and christened “the hypocrisy of yesterday men”, written on February 2, 20I3 (while savoring the joy of his appointment at the villa), where he accused Jonathan’s critics of attacking the former leader for not been reconsidered for jobs at the villa.

In that three year old Article, Abati roared from the Villa: “A loosely bound group of yesterday’s men and women seems to be on the offensive against the Jonathan administration. They pick issues with virtually every effort of the administration, pretending to do so in the public interest; posting that they alone, know it all. Arrogantly, they claim to be better and smarter than everyone else in the current government. They are ever so censorious, contrarian and supercilious.”

He then concluded by saying “they have no original claim to their pretention than they were privileged to have been in the corridors of power once upon a time in their lives.” But that was when the going was good and the music entertaining. Then, we hardly knew anything about the present day demons that have lived and are even daring to overwhelm everything at the villa, pending when Reuben will become president of the country and then, turn their residence into a ‘spiritual museum’.

In all these, Mr. Reuben has spoken his mind and emptied his thoughts on us, while we have eaten the part we so desired. He has so lifted the burden threatening to weigh him down since he left the seat of power, Aso Rock Villa, Abuja and so is free of laden of evil spirits that he believably, undid and still do undo every good intentions of presidents and leaders of the country, living at the Villa.

But in the end, it is pertinent to say While Nigerians believe in the existence of witches and even, wizards in Africa in general, it is salient to Remind Dr. Abati people die, and many more others even perish in very many strange and bizarre circumstances across the globe, just as Aso-Rock Villa Abuja. Meanwhile, it is common knowledge the holy book has rightly given us a responsibility to pray for people in authority for reasons only God knows. We should therefore, just do so and avoid defending poor decisions of governments as coming from evil spirits whose tenure at the presidency, never end.

Gwiyi Solomon writes from Abuja.
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