|Gov. Adams Oshiomhole|
attention has just been to drawn to an article posted on the website of Premium
Times, a leading electronic newspaper in Nigeria.
writer, I am, spurred by the mounting exhibits from the ongoing Edo farce,
tempted to conclude there might indeed be a correlation between the physical
ugliness of a visage, crooked reasoning and foul verbiage.
attempt to divert public attention from iron-cast proof of sloppiness and/or
incompetence, Peter Okhiria (Chief Press Secretary to Edo Governor) resorted to
making dangerous innuendoes and retailing falsehood.
the article under reference entitled “Letter To Comrade Oshiomhole”
published last week, Azu Ishiekwene, a senior journalist and respected
columnist, had weighed in on the raging Edo political turbulence and made a
couple of assertions which those paid to mind Oshiomhole’s PR would certainly
not find funny.
not to worsen matters, the least expected of a competent and sensible Press
Secretary in the circumstance is answer the weighty questions raised in a civil
tone that would, at least, disarm foes, if not win over more friends for his
boss. But demonstrating rank incompetence again, Peter, obviously dictated to
by a no less empty superintendent, permitted himself the liberty to malign my
hard-earned reputation in the latest literary misadventure after the recent
with, it bespeaks low moral breeding to assume that everyone who says or writes
anything negative about you is paid to do so. Well, I believe Azu, who had
risen to the zenith of the media ladder through hard-work and professionalism,
is competent enough to defend himself on the farrago of illogic spewed by the company
of kindergarten spin doctors in Benin City.
dwell on the sections pertaining to me. Among other things, Peter claims Azu’s
piece “would be the second in the series of what is now seen as syndicated
attack by A&L.”
he plumbed deeper into the sewer of intellectual fraudulence by not only
attempting to present his boss in borrowed robes but going further to tell Azu
“(Y)our friend who was once his (Oshiomhole’s) appointee can attest to the
fact that Comrade’s eagle-eye editing skills punctured several of your
partner’s drafted speeches.”
you can again see an incompetent media aide in his true colours. In the said
miserable rejoinder, Peter had boasted by reminding us that his boss is
“orator par excellence”. Of course, everyone knows that. He is known
to prefer to speak extempore even at official occasions where many would expect
written speeches. So, is Peter saying Oshiomhole’s speeches were always written
for him? Of course, it is another “iconoclastic” lie. We are talking of
written, not spoken word here. Permit the immodesty, how can anyone say Comrade
Oshiomhole usually edits Louis Odion? Official memo or external communication?
expressing his anger recently over the now controversial Edo Government’s
misstatement on Oba Erediauwa’s transition, Dr. Thomas Omorodion spoke about a
creeping degeneracy. His words: “A situation where illiterates, touts and
criminals make it to top positions and the educated, smart and hardworking are
relegated to the background would definitely limit the interest and motivation
in high achievement among the youths.”
likes of Peter, an unknown quantity extracted from the backwaters of the
Sub-Desk of Vanguard newspaper to the high office of CPS, taking liberty to
issue silly, juvenile statement in the name of Edo State Government, I think
Omorodion could not be more apt.
in all of this, part of the fawning illiteracy is seeking to narrow the error
in the said obituary misstatement to only the repeated misuse of the word
“iconoclastic” instead of “iconic”. The piece is actually
riddled with other shameful lexical errors like using present tense instead of
past tense in the context of the dead.
was Information Commissioner, Comrade Oshiomhole often lamented to me that Peter’s otherwise boundless energy for work is incurably
diminished by a dumbness – being incapable of taking initiative. But I never
reckoned that that dumbness would include a temerity to allow himself to be
further abused in advertising shamelessness. If only Peter knows what his boss
thinks of him.
Peter was still afraid to directly mention my name in the disjointed rejoinder,
everyone knows the innuendoes fit Louis Odion. Everyone knows my affiliation
with Global A&L founded in 2008 (specializing in writing, media advertising
and relations) after I voluntarily resigned as editor of Sunday Sun (then the
highest-selling title within the Sun Group).
is also public knowledge that I took the Edo appointment in 2011 only after the
second offer and was until then Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of a national
daily. I resigned voluntarily from Edo last year when I thought my task was
done. I have a second address in Nigeria. But every discerning follower of the
Edo narrative today knows the hustler and political rodent who viciously gnawed
Comrade Oshiomhole’s feet through a miserable newspaper column, week in week
out, until he was invited to Benin City in 2012 to “come and eat” and
is, without shame, now leading the hallelujah choir around Comrade Oshiomhole.
words, the day the Comrade Governor stops giving them something to eat, they
will resume their attack. Only Oshiomhole’s true friends will tell him the
truth, however bitter.
God knows I have tried to restrain myself as far as the unfolding Edo conundrum
is concerned. I can overlook the bleating of these political he-goats, but
certainly not an “iconoclastic” attempt to cast aspersion on my
professional competence and integrity by kindergarten spin doctors seeking traction.
believe clueless Peter and his “iconoclastic” shepherd fired this
salvo as usual without reference to their boss. It is for this reason I am
using this medium to demand Governor Oshiomhole to direct Peter to retract his
falsehood on me and apologize. Otherwise, he bears liability as I would be left
with no option than to take steps to defend my hard-earned professional honour.