Friendship is a difficult thing to maintain even among the closest of families. Friends are hard to come by, so hard to keep and at times even so hard to get rid of.
Politics is a dangerous game. Someone can steal from you today, and the person joins your political party and you become the best of friends.
This kind of political friendship does not require any standard of proof or evidence beyond any reasonable doubt.
It does not care what the rest of the family or bereaved think or feel, as long as you both stand to gain from the friendship. That is “permanent interests” for you.
Now this was the case involving the trio of Buhari, Goodluck Jonathan and Turakin Adamawa, Atiku.
What brought them together?
The deaths of Ojo Maduekwe, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Justice Nikki Tobi, retired Supreme Court judge; and Elechi Amadi, a literary icon.
A statement issued in Abuja by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, said the president received the passing of the trio with with profound sadness.
On his part, Jonathan lamented the death of Maduekwe and Amadi, describing their demise as sad losses for the country.
According to Jonathan, Maduekwe was “A nationalist, foremost administrator and intellectual giant who contributed so much to the task of nation building.”
In the same vein, Atiku expressed surprise at the passing on of Maduekwe.
Atiku, in a statement by his media office, described Maduekwe’s sudden death as a rude shock.
According to Atiku, “Ojo and I fortuitously met in November last year at the premiere of the documentary film, ‘Nowhere to Run: Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis’ at the Yar’Adua Centre.
“He had just concluded his duty tour as Nigeria’s high commissioner to Canada. He looked well and engaging.”
Governor Wike lamented the passing away of Ojo, stating that “The statesman was quite painful as he passed on at a time he was playing an active role in the repositioning the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for greater service to the country.”