Did you ever hear about some study which reportedly concluded that Nigerians were the happiest people on earth? Sorry, if you didn’t but this is neither the time nor place to elaborate or quote citations about issues not fundamental to this discourse.
I only made that reference to explain that when people say that about you where I come from, it could mean either of two things.
They can mean that you have such an extensive moment in the sun that you have reasons to be happy without break. On the flip side, and this is most often the case, it could mean that you are so lost in living for the moment that you spare no time for deep reflection, you are what Yoruba people call alainironu-the unthinking, unreflective person.
This is the way I see the recent public spat between Senator representing Kogi South, Dino Menaye and his Comrade Brother and “Uncle” Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State.
What happened? Here is the gist.
During a debate on the expediency of encouraging the patronage of made- in Nigeria products, Melaye had last Wednesday said on the floor of the Senate inter alia:. “It’s beyond having one made-in-Nigeria attire and you have over 70 Tom Fords and Louis Vuittons in your wardrobe. We must reduce the allocation for made-in-Nigeria goods and services to the basics…We must also begin to look at our legislation then we will begin to talk about made-in-Nigeria goods…We will also move in order to encourage the made-in-Nigeria products in Nigeria, begin to talk about made-in-Nigeria women. Apologies to my uncle, the governor of Edo state, we must, as a people, stop paying dowry in dollars and pounds. It is time for my colleagues here to become born again.”
I know how angry even you may at this stage be, at the verbal masturbation and vainglorious display of our ebullient Senator, but you need not bother say a word as Oshiomole has answered for himself, for you and then some.
Read excerpts from the governor’s response as released by his chief press secretary, Peter Okhiria on Friday : “…It is an open secret that Senator Melaye cannot maintain a decent matrimonial home hence he could descend to this pedestrian level of using the hallowed chambers to ‘categorise’ women as if they were pieces of items for purchase. Any responsible individual that is truly worth to be called a Senator, a position that convokes respect, decorum and decent public conduct, should know the limits of his verbal diarrhoea. “The liberty of free speech guaranteed in the hallowed chambers does not impose lunacy…” My God!
Oshiomole then told us that were it not for the fact that he wanted to fight the cause of women and put misogynists like Melaye in their low place eternally, he would have ignored the vituperation of the Kogi man. Hear him: “We had intended to ignore this uncomplimentary comment as one of the several empty displays of the Senator, but the fact that it tends to reduce women to pieces of tissue calls for this response. “
As we probed into Dino Melaye’s humanity, we were reminded that he is a man known for his vainglorious ‘rodomontade and the childish display of his ostentatious lifestyle complements his love for foreign items”
Let me spare you the remaining part of Oshiomole’s invective. I imagine that the governor sought the expertise of his chief of staff, the one and only Patrick Obahiagbon on this one and you may not get way without a headache at the end of the venture.
My first take-away when I read Oshiomole’s response was to wonder if the world has gone as bad as for dogs to eat dogs. Has Oshiomole, one time number comrade in Nigeria forgotten that Dino was also a comrade? The one who called and led many anti-corruption protests just a few days back. Didn’t these two men work together to send the last administration out in the name of providing change for Nigeria? How much of that change has anyone seen in Edo where Oshiomole has been governor for just days short of eight years and the administration that these two men helped into government at the federal level, which is almost one year in office?
Are there some beneath –the- surface issues that could have warranted the venom with which the governor came back at his “nephew” other than speaking up for womenfolk? Does his response reflect his age, experience and current post in life? Oshiomole claims to be conversant with the senator’s shenanigans, yet he went on to match and surpass the younger man in the war of words ultimately slamming the ant with a sledgehammer? It is like when a mad man slaps you and you take off your shirt to slap him back, people will soon begin to wonder who the nutcase is.
More importantly, these men should get serious and work for the people who elected them. There is too much suffering in the land, too many children out of school, too many hospitals without doctors and too many roads to be tarred than for two elected officials to engage themselves in a disgusting war, which does the public no good.