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Rotimi Bello: Aisha Bichi’s arrogant display of public power


The reported altercation between Aisha Bichi, the wife of the director-general of the Department of State Security (DSS), Yusuf Bichi and the Kano State governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP), Abba Yusuf which culminated into assault and battery of Garba Kilo a member of Abba Yusuf’s entourage who was attacked for his audacity to record the video of altercation as the evidence for public consumption was unfortunate and condemnable. According to eye witness reports, the video recorded by Kilo further infuriated Mrs. Bichi who gave an order to the DSS officers to shoot him and threatened that ‘kill him, and nothing will happen’. The most ridiculous aspect of the matter was her order and threat that she would not allow Abba Yusuf to be o the same plane with her. When Abba insisted on embarking on his journey, DSS officers effected the arrest of Abba just to satisfy “Madam DSS” arrogant inclination.

This is absurd, demeaning, saber-rattling, bellicose and outright violation of Yusuf Bichi’s fundamental right. How can they (DSS) compel him to postpone his journey just because of a power-hungry woman. Does she have the right to stop Abba Yusuf from entering public transport which he has legitimately booked and made payment for? On whose authority did the DSS men prevent Abba from boarding the plane? The plane is a public air transport meant for everyone who can afford it. It is not exclusively for the rich or the people in government. 

Series of squabbles in which Aisha Bichi showed repressiveness in the past was exhaustively analyzed by the press. From what I read about this woman, it is apparent that she loved power and enjoyed exercising it in massaging her ego. I wonder if she ever realizes that her pomposity (do you know who I am) is an embarrassment to her husband who lives on tax payer’s money? Does she understand that power is like a revolving door, as you are coming in, others are going out? It is like a liquid currency, it cannot be caged and it is transient. Therefore, people who are wielding power should thread softly. I presume she knew that her aggressiveness has made her husband to trend negatively on the internet and social media. This prompted one of the family members (Yusuf Bichi son) to start pleading for leniency.

I am perturbed that the DSS, which should be our protextor, rather as a reputation as an agency that violates rules of engagement required by their profession to carry out many frivolous assignments which often paint the security outfit in bad light. Aisha’s opprobrium displayed and usage of power to subjugate members of the public is atavistic, antiquated and absolutely antithesis to the modern tenets of democracy and freedom of human rights. Her bellicosity and angry disposition of reported blatant order to her security details to kill a fellow human with is nothing but human rights violation which must be adequately addressed.

Since evidence of assault and battery is apparently seen and recorded, Abba Yusuf is advised to constitutionally seek a redress in a competent court of law as a deterrent to similar occurrences from power drunk security officials and politicians’ wives and children who might be caught in the web of arrogance display of public power in the future. She is vicariously liable to be tried with her coterie of securities and aides who battered and assaulted the harmless Garba Kilo publicly leaving him drenched in his own blood.

Rotimi Bello, a social commentator, writes from Canada