Why Nnamdi Kanu’s latest speech reminds me of Nixon’s ‘Checkers speech’

It is said that man is a political animal. But dogs are increasingly being dragged into the game.

Nnamdi Kanu’s recent speech in which he mentioned his late dog ‘Jack’ is an example. Jack was one of the casualties in the attack on Nnamdi Kanu’s house during Operation Python Dance.

The speech reminded me of ex US President Nixon’s ‘Checkers speech’, which he gave to defend himself from political attacks in the 1950s or so. Checkers was the family pet dog, and got embroiled in a lot of political controversy.

I also remember the man who got involved in controversy after naming his dog after President Buhari. President Bill Clinton wrote in his biography, My Life, about a neighbor who named his pet dog Clinton, and would call it as a way to taunt his (Clinton’s) dad.

It appears that dogs, like mankind, have become political animals.

20 Crime Bosses Raise P1Billion To Kill Incoming Philipines President- Source 

The fundraiser from the drug lords came after incoming President Duterte offered rewards for every drug lord or pusher killed. The President-elect promised P5 million for every dead drug lord, P3 million if arrested alive and P50,000 each from small-time drug pushers.

Source: 20 crime lords give P50M each to kill-Duterte fund—source | Inquirer News And the man is not in power yet. He will be sworn in later this month.

Why Davutoglu shouldn’t have become Turkey’s Prime Minister in the first place

Ahmet Davutoglu has just announced he will be stepping down from the office of Prime Minister of Turkey, following ‘new-found’ doubts over President Erdogan’s plan to democratically strengthen the Turkish presidency.

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped down from the office of Prime Minister and became President of Turkey, he had to appoint someone to take over the post of Prime Minister. As he took up the presidential role which he had secured through a direct mandate from the Turkish people, Erdogan laid bare his plan to democratically change the constitution in order to increase presidential powers .

As he took up the presidential role which he had secured through a direct mandate from the Turkish people, he laid bare his plan to democratically change the constitution in order to make the presidency more powerful.

Erdogan’s party, the AKP was in alignment with this programme. So when Erdogan chose party member Ahmet Davutoglu to become Prime Minister and leader of the AKP, Davutoglu knew that the bid to democratically change the constitution to enhance presidential powers was topmost on Erdogan’s priorities.

Indeed, he saw how Erdogan even dissolved the Turkish Parliament and called new parliamentary elections in other to get a clearer mandate from the Turkish people for the plan.

Davutoglu was indeed Prime Minister when the new parliamentary elections took place. So, why did he suddenly begin to oppose Erdogan’s plan of recent? Is it because he had tasted power as Prime Minister and therefore wanted to preserve the status quo?

Did he suddenly realise that he was in the wrong party? Davutoglu was wrong to have accepted the offer to become Prime Minister of Turkey, if he knew he had misgivings with the President’s political programme in the first place. It is almost like a betrayal.

There are 2 things Erdogan should do to avoid a repeat of this kind of hitch:

  1. He has to do more to assure his contemporaries that his bid for a stronger presidency is not a bid to institute a dictatorship – and such an assurance includes not being seen to persecute Davutoglu (it’s enough to learn the lessons and move on).
  2. He has to extract an initial public declaration of support for his programme from his next Prime Minister.

Failure to do these two things will put the whole project at risk.