First it was 16 years of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rule that destroyed Nigeria. That argument was always a shaky one for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to make, considering the number of former PDP bigwigs now wearing APC agbadas, switching from umbrellas to brooms.
Now the APC Chairman John Oyegun has sold a new dummy claiming the “Hand of God” is involved in Nigeria’s problems. “I think God has a hand in the current economic predicament of the country. Imagine the sudden fall in the price of crude oil, the mainstay of the Nigerian economy, from its heights in 2014, averaging $112 per barrel down to the current price of $28 per barrel — lower than the $38 per barrel which the proposed 2016 budget is predicated on.”
30 years ago, at the Mexico World Cup, Diego Maradona claimed his handball goal against England in the quarterfinals was the “Hand of God”. A year before that in 1985, Ibrahim Babangida had overthrown Muhammadu Buhari in a palace coup to become Nigeria’s ruler. He became known as “Maradona” for his political dribbling of Nigerians.
The fouling, flouting of the rules, cheating, blame everyone else, and brazen hypocrisy of the game has continued 30 years later, involving some of the same players that have refused to do the game a favour and retire.
The APC have been passed the ball and it is increasingly becoming clear that they don’t know what to do with it. Rather than take care of the ball and have a strategy, involving capable teammates, that would move the ball to the desired goal of success, like the real Maradona did with World Cup victory in 1986, they have decided to treat the ball like a hot potato.
They pass it to opponents, they kick it around aimlessly, the ball is full of holes and they have no idea how to patch it up. They even neglect the pitch and fail to maintain a level playing field.
They know they’ve dropped the ball and are running out of who to blame. Very soon they will blame it on the alcohol, blame it on the sunshine, blame it on the moonlight, blame it on the good times had by the PDP, and then blame it on the boogie.