By Eric Elezuo
In what looks like a confirmation of what majority of Nigerians, especially members of the opposition have feared, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, urged members of the opposition party and the general public to join the APC so that their sins could be forgiven.
Oshiomhole spoke at the APC rally in Benin, the Edo State capital, on Thursday while receiving some members of the Peoples Democratic Party into the APC during the rally.
He said, “We have some PDP defectors. They are, Henry Tenebe, Iluobe….Iluobe means I don do bad (I have done something wrong). Yes, once you join the APC, your sins are forgiven.”
In recent times, tongues have wagged on how felons with high profile crimes are made to breathe the air of freedom once they decamp to the ruling APC. An allegation the government has however, vehemently debunked and denied.
There are stories of misdemeanors committed by the members of the ruling party which the government has either refused to attend to or stylishly swept under the carpet. The case of the suspended former Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Babayo Gamawa, who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) readily comes to mind. The embattled politician, who according to the media officer of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has caught the four more years bug, is under probe for alleged N500 million fraud. But Buhari welcomed him with open hands, smiling face to the Aso Rock Villa.
Oshiomhole may have had other intentions when he made the forgiveness of sins comment, but the fact remains that he just allayed the fears of the generality of Nigerians who are of the opinion that the APC government is anything but sincere in its fight against corruption and those who believe that the fight is actually selective.
The case of the former Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. David Babachir, ex-Pension boss, Abdurasheed Maina and many others are still fresh in the minds of Nigerians. Oshiomhole may just have spoken the truth out of the abundance of the heart – join the APC and your past sins are forgiven. Not only that, you may just have been licensed to sin unhindered, in fact with protective covering.