Usani Uguru Usani is another example of the protean victim Wole Soyinka, and the Pyrates Confraternity create. Again, in the late 1990s, Usani was made a commissioner in the cabinet of three governors from 1995 to 1999 holding various portfolios in Cross Rivers State. He was then seen as a future governor the state and today he is currently Minister of State for Niger Delta in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. However, if the Pyrates Confraternity had their way, his political career would have ended a long time ago.
At the turn of the millennium, Usani being in senior government was approached by the Cross Rivers zone of the Pyrates Confraternity to provide them with funding and possibly a place for their Anchor Point [their official boozer]. The Pyrates Confraternity always publicly boasts of their members who are professors, governors, ministers, senators, top CEOs etc. but such members rarely ever (if at all) participate in their activities and are mainly useful for cash and favours. The good ones oblige, and the meaner ones do not. In this case, Usani was naively obliging. What Usani did not realise was that he was digging a big hole for himself that he would nearly fall into irretrievably.
By 2002 he had won the gubernatorial primaries for the National Democrats party intending to contest the 2003 general elections. Donald Duke of the People’s Democratic Party as is a common practice in Nigeria approached Usani to step down in the polls to ensure his [Duke’s] victory at the polls. Usani bluntly refused and would not entertain further negations to cede his position. That was when some members of the Pyrates Confraternity showed their dirty hand. Eventually, Donald Duke forced Usani into exile in the UK based on intimidation and a false criminal allegation.
The accommodation Usani had paid the rent for years and up till then was for the Anchor Point of the Cross Rivers Chapter of the Prates confraternity. It was the very hub where elections where rigged against him in favour of Duke by his very own “Brothers”. Donald Duke was a lubber [the Pyrates’ term for a male non-member]. Why would Pyrates who are steadily becoming intolerant of other ideologies religious, civic, fraternal or otherwise gang up with a “stinking lubber” [non-member without hopes of joining the Confraternity] against one of their very own? Money and power are more significant than any loyalties Pyrates have towards each other, even their generous benefactors who are also members.
Usani is by no means an ideal victim of the Pyrates Confraternity. Unlike Ben Oguntuase, Usani Uguru Usani has steered very clear of the Pyrates and has long become an evangelical pastor. Since Usani is a cabinet Minister today, Pyrates will flock to him energetically for money and favours pleading they are his “Brothers”. Those who betrayed him in Cross Rivers had to further uncovered each other to get close to him as if such information would persuade him. He is much wiser than that and knows how dangerous such people can be. He has followed the path of Prof Muyiwa in seeing that the Devil (or Devilishness) has taken over the Pyrates Confraternity.
And there are other victims of interest of the Pyrates Confraternity as time will reveal them.