“Fuji House of Commotion” was a Nigerian Soap Opera produced and directed by Amaka Igwe; that hilarious Nollywood icon, who died in Enugu [capital of Enugu State] at 2030 hours of April 28, 2014, as a result of asthma exacerbation, at the age of 51 years. May her lovely soul rest in perfect Peace.
Fuji House of Commotion stared Kunle Bamtefa as Chief Fuji, Toun Oni as Mama Moji, Ngosi Nwosu as Peace, Louisa Onu as Ireti, Ireti Doyle as Caro, Jude Orhoha as Gbenro, John Njamah as Rabiu, and Chika Chukwu as Jumoke, among others.
The take-away of that breath-draining drama revolved around a rich man [Chief T.A. Fuji] who married four wives and had numerous children to provide for. There was only one symbol of identity that stood that House out, while the play lasted on the screen of the Nigerian Television Authority, and that was lousy confusion; which was why it was called Fuji House of Commotion.
As expected, the commotion and confusion from that House disturbed the whole of the neighbourhood thoroughly enough. A time came that not too many people in Fuji House of Commotion were able to sleep. Ditto the community. That became the irony of how a single House; not properly controlled by the House’s leadership, transferred agony of confusion and aggression into the larger neighbourhood, so much that peace emitted entirely away from the whole neighbourhood.
We have similar, if not more in operational proportion, in Nigeria today. Most unfortunately, the political Home residence of our elected president, which is called Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, has become a House of Commotion. And the whole country of Nigeria, which is a single constituency of the Nigerian President, is now the disturbed neighbourhood by Buhari’s House of Commotion.
The latest commotion from the Presidential Villa [now known and to be called Buhari House of Commotion] got most neighbours jittery. Some were even put on flight – not a direct normal flight as we all know it, but one terrible terrifying scrabbling into different directions for safety. And l don’t think you may want to blame those that were scrabbling into thin air – all in an efforts to secure absolute safety. Not when guns were booming in a zone, which hitherto had remained peaceable.
The last time gun shots were heard within the presidential residency was not even in Abuja. That was in Lagos, and at Dodan Barrack. That was when coup-de-tat was a pastime of the Nigerian Military. The last one was what sent Ibrahim Babangida moving his properties, in a panicky and most confusing way, from Lagos to Abuja. If the courageously self-pronounced “evil genius” IBB could be so panicked, as much as for him to flee Lagos to the more serene and more secured environment of Abuja, you wouldn’t blame those within the Villa panicking and singing Nunc Dimitris last week when the sound of those guns came alive.
Let us get this Buhari Fuji House of Commotion into perspective, so that readers can flow with the narration. To start with, Nigerians did not elect Muhammadu Buhari as president for the purpose of entertaining in any soap opera or as a Director of any Nollywood composition. We elected him as president to take us to the land of political Eldorado. Nigerians’ expectation remains Regimental on the latter.
It means therefore, in the case that he [the president] fails to deliver on this onerous expectation, it is not permitted, by the contract he had with the Electorate, for him to build a Nollywood-type of a Cast to entertain us like the Fuji House of Commotion. Not even the type that delved from the realm of ordinary entertaining to that of fear factor creation; the type where actual guns and live ammunitions became the instrument of hospitality.
The first time we heard of the Villa Fuji House of Commotion was when the wife of the President; Dr Aisaha Buhari shouted out, loudly for all Nigerians to hear, that about three men had taken over her husband’s office and operation. She begged Nigerian men to arise to the challenge of rescuing Nigeria from the captivity of “two or three men”.
Nigerians thought they knew two of the three men then, namely: Abba Kyari [the president’s CoS, who is now late] and Mamman Daura [the president’s relation, said to be wielding unlimited influence over the President]. The third man of the Tripod remained elusive in the mind of Nigerians till date, except to consider Babagana Kingibe, as the one. That revelation jolted Nigerians and brought them under panic, but not with the intensity and audacity of other subsequent scenes, or episodes coming out of the Drama Troupe casting at the Villa.
The second next attractive episode from Buhari’s Fuji House of Commotion was announced to the whole world by a perfect video recording, professionally done, by Mamman Daura’ daughter. That video brought to our attention, an agitated Aisha Buhari, screaming at the top of her voice on a subject of how secured the Presidential Villa was, and how effectively the DSS and the Police are good in securing it [the Villa], that locking up some doors was not necessary. She ordered breaking down of the locked doors or something like that, as the video that went viral in the social media, made us to hear it.
That episode itself shook most Nigerians as all thought of a scenario that could bring such confusion into the Villa – a place reverend as the citadel of Nigeria’s harmony. What could have gone wrong remained the question until last week when the most panicking episode of this unwanted episode rolled out of the House – Buhari’s Fuji House of Commotion.
Last week episode of the soap opera, came promotionally staged. This was the one that came with booming of the guns. It was the one that made many occupants of the Villa shouting loudly – Oh my God!
The background of the story is almost as nasty as the drama episode itself. Let’s have a tip of the iceberg on it.
Reports of shooting at the Villa occurred in the evening of Thursday, June 11, 2020, by some security officials in pursuit of a presidential aide who had, allegedly refused to self-isolate for 14 days [in accordance with instructions and regulation of COVID-19 management in Nigeria] on his return, after travelling out of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The First Lady was said to have been infuriated by the aide’s action. The aide, according to sources, fled and it was in the process of stopping him that shots were fired.
The aide, a Presidential Assistant; Sabiu Tunde Yusuf, is said to be a relation of President Buhari [probably the son of Mamman Daura’s sister]. The man was said to have rejected self-isolation, quoting that Buhari’s two daughters travelled out of Abuja recently and on their return, they did not go on self-isolation and he was alleged to have also pointed to another very highly placed aide of the President who returned from a “far-away journey” and never went on self-isolation.
If his arguments are true, then it presents a conclusion of the ease of violating Nigeria laws at the Villa, though this not the point of this exercise, but it is worth noting.
What happened thereafter was that a furious Dr Aisha Buhari moved with her own security outfit [provided for her by Nigeria’s tax payer], including her ADC, to force the isolation of the president’s aide. It was on the process of this enforcement that shooting took place, as the story went. What was not too clear about this drama of oddity was the reason and justification of the President’s security troops moving against the security outfit of Madam. And of course, the Presidential security force overwhelmed that of Madam and the former got the latter’s arrested.
As of Saturday, June 13, 2020, when Dr [Mrs} Aisha Buhari came out to talk [or announce] to Nigerians on this ugly display of power – evidence of a House divided against itself, her security outfit, including the ADC, are still being detained by the Inspector General of Police [IGP}. Don’t forget that the IGP is the President’s Head of Security in Nigeria.
The one most important question begging for answer is this: Can a House divided against itself, like all the comic film shows emanating from the Aso Rock Villa, berth a United Nigeria? Will it be possible?
Maybe, you can now understand why this work is captioned Buhari’s Fuji House of Commotion.
Godwin Etakibuebu; a veteran Journalist, wrote from Lagos.
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