Three years ago, I felt an urge to tell Nigerians that the case against James Ibori in London was a farce. But I couldn't tell Nigerian that truth. They would roast me alive. That is because Nigerians had been sold a dummy and they had been thoroughly brain-washed by a powerful new technology – the internet news manipulation techniques.
Also, I knew that since even before independence, Nigerians have been searching for the single monster they would blame all the Nigerian woes for. Indeed, that search has become a myth in itself. Just as the Jews waited for a Messiah, Nigerians looked for the Monster. And Ibori became that monster.
Ibori was one of the Governors. He abused power and was corrupted, just like all of them. But his took a special turn because he fitted the model of the mythical monster Nigerians have been looking for. So, he became so hated and despised. And any attempt for me to tell Nigerians to wait would have been a suicide for me, at a time that I was also under a heavy assault by the same machine of internet propaganda. So, I kept quite. Rather than speak out about the absurdities surrounding the trial of Ibori in London, I chose to wait until such a time when it would be safe to speak, when the passions of the people would have been a bit doused.
But, really, if Nigerians would recall, the case of Ibori is about to unravel. And it would soon be seen that the systems manipulated the people over the case. The British judge who sentenced Ibori has now admitted that he is confused, and is thinking that he should reopen the trial. How come?
To prove the existence of the manipulation, I have evidence of how the British prosecution authority encouraged by some elements in the EFCC paid $450,000 to Sahara Reporters in order for SR to be used to publish stories about Ibori's cases, which no British media house could publish without violating the law. And SR did the job. It published snippets of trial documents, which were leaked to it by those prosecuting Ibori and some interests at EFCC. (Of course, that was also part of the chain of events that turned SR into an extension of EFCC bulletin).
Anyway, consider the link below. If Ibori's case is reopened, it means that his conviction, which the dramatic propagandists of Nigeria's anti-corruption war have touted as their flagship performance, goes off the window. But what happens to the celebrations and credit they had claimed? And what happens to the passions the have excited in the people?