Jussie Smollet, a legendary song-writer of the EMPIRE FAME once co-joined in a song that ended up confirming that life is like a merry go round. As he rocked the rostrum, his lyrics carried the confirmation that sometimes you go up and down…in circles trying to get to where you are.
I love the part that says “We all make mistakes, you might fall on your face, but you better get up”…..
Well, you better do, because it’s better than living on your knees, Cos a conqueror is one who know he’s one”.
There is nothing as corrosive to the mind of Man like He who thinks his chains are bangles.
I deliberately opted to write-ride this epic with some silent auditory predicate for a reason, and i believe in the course of maintaining the tempo of that note, you will understand why i did that.
Dr. Reuben Abati…!!!
I love this erudite gentleman for so many reasons. His intelligence can be very persuasive, his erudition is very stewy, even his oratorical dexterity, well that’s like another well-cooked Afang-soup.
I agree with Dr. Abati entirely(this is about the first time), in his last but celebrated article “Akwa Ibom Churches as Parastatals”.
Now, my agreement with his thoughts is not borne out of the fact that i believe Dr. Abati is more-Christ-like or speaking from his heart, he’s not even from Akwa Ibom to have had access to the kind of happenings he spewed out just from his finger tips. I’m thrilled by his guts to have unwindowed in a very circumspective manner what even government minders have failed to vent out.
If i’m not wrong in an attempt to read his lips on a particular line “One of the most grievous outcomes of our democratic experience has been the manner in which religious platform have become vehicles for opportunism, alimentary politics and sickening hypocrisy. The consequences could be as bizarre as the Boko Haram posing a threat to national sovereignty and as treachous as the clerics becoming government consultants and the church no better than government parastatals”.
I have had cause to do an article on a similar angle of international concern regarding our class of clergy, especially in this part of our world….Akwa Ibom!
When i did something on “WHEN POLITICS MOUNTS THE PULPIT”, i still recall with nostalgia a particular response from one of the known government minders whom with so much grief abruptly told me straight that i am not educated enough about how government is runned. He even went further to comment that the corridors of Power is not like the corridors in my house.
Like Dr. Abati puzzlely puts it, ” The return of civilian rule has worsened the political exploitation of religion in Nigeria as the lines between religion and politics have become blurred”.
These demonstrators of sheer sycophancy, for the purpose of milking our dear state in an unfulfilled carving attempt for prominence and relevance ended up stirring religion with the spoon of politics.
Dr. Abati, with the outpouring of such linguistic novelty from within his mental nutrient on issues of truth concerning my home state of Akwa Ibom, i believe that we all who love truth should as a matter of necessity and urgency with a standing ovation wherever you are reading this piece from, raise your glass, let doff of your hat as i salute this undeterred repenter, focused and visionary brilliance who is now into the business of uncovering every hidden truth…..though i believe he should also uncover more truth about the economy, as at when he was the national spokesperson of a pilot who stirred our nation to where we are now.
From his suggestions regarding the controversial 1.2billion naira Lagos governor’s lodge, to the Rev. Richard Peter’s self-relevance announcement of the suspension of Barr. Inibehe Effiong from the Anglican Church, through the attitudes of those whom i chose to call, “government ecclesiastical spokespersons”.
I cannot fail to applaud his ink with a literal applause for embracing truth publicly, airing out reality as if he’s befriending what i desired to call ” Political correctness” from an after-villa-syndrome.
This is worth commending(though these truth came a bit late).
My take on Dr. Abati’s conversion to truth is that our state government spokespeople, whether from the religious corners or from the political covens, should not sit on a rope of truth until it bends on them. The worst obligation anyone can mold himself into is to be a cloak on the wheel of truth or to be a pothole on the highway of reality.
If Dr. Abati, a non-indigene of Akwa Abasi Ibom States could have this unfettered access to all this intel from a state which i believe he has not visited since the emergence of this present government, then Akwa Ibom state is not just No.1 in terms of the allocation pouring into it, it can even be said to be No.1 in terms of flashlights happenings in the entire Africa as everything about Akwa Ibom is the best in the continent.
The general idea at the end of the day is that you can create a winning image by a mere mention of your name, even when you are in government by simply allowing your WATER-POT to filter out truth.
Remember, when you show people that you are worthy of the post you hold with truth and transparency, nobody will want to remember how you rose to it.
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