48 Laws Of Power…Law 2

Law 2: Never Put Too Much Trust In Friends, learn How To Use Enemies.

Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has revealed he felt betrayed by Tambuwal after the former speaker snubbed him to back Dogara to emerge speaker.He also expressed his daisappointment at his actions as he (Tambuwal) used ‘proven competence’ to rationalise his decision to support Dogara.

The majority leader said this on Wednesday, while speaking on Straight Talk with Kadaria Ahmed, which aired on Channels Television.

“I feel disappointed in that statement (proven competence). Looking at that statement, there are many things wrong with that statement, which I don’t want to join issues with. But let me just say this since this is ‘straight talk’.

I feel disappointed that a speaker to whom much had been given would chop down the issue of leadership and competence to the issue of procurement. That is the last thing I would expect him to say.

To seat here and say there is no sense of betrayal would be lying. Of course, there is a sense of betrayal, but it’s not something I dwell on. Betrayal unfortunately happens to be the order of the day in politics – particularly in Nigeria. So do I feel betrayed? Yes.

Tambuwal was one of my closest friends when he ran for speaker; I think I single-handedly pushed his speakership bid. But again, he must have reasons why he did what he did. That must be respected; I just wished he had made that known.”

Asked if he had spoken with Tambuwal since the election, he said: “No I have not, I am not crossing paths with him, he is in Sokoto, I’m in Abuja; you might want to direct that question to him. Who do you think should be reaching out to who?

“When it was clear we were going to win, the other side walked out. Tambuwal, who is my friend, did not call once to congratulate me, he never sent a message, and I haven’t spoken to him since then.”

Speaking on allegations levelled against Babtunde Fashola on budgetary allocations and contract, Gbajabiamila said “I am not holding brief for him, he may be guilty. But as of today he has not been proven guilty.”

Focus: Law 2: Never Put Too Much Trust In Friends, learn How To Use Enemies

Be wary of friends – they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.


Source: Nigerian Monitor


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