Efio-Ita Nyok|20 April 2017
Sequel to Special Assistant Michael Nku Abuo's Monday 17th April censor against his principal the Executive Governor of Cross River State on the trend of appointing aides by the governor as a means of rewarding political loyalty and alleviating poverty, Governor Benedict Ayade has described the open criticism by his aide on Youth Mobilisation and Students Affairs basically a product of 'fear and Delirium Tremens'. Delirium Tremens is according to Merriam Websters Dictionary is 'a mental state in which you are confused and not able to think or speak clearly usually because of fever or some other illness.'
The Governor aired his mind through his Special Assistant on Research, Mr Inok Solomon yesterday via a thread titled, 'When fear speaks appointees becomes Tom, Dick and Harry'. For Ayade, Abuo was having some illusions especially where he couldn't understand that the appointment of 1,500 persons out of a population of 3.5 million Cross Riverians was preeminently wise as compared to Liyel Imoke's appointment of just 98 individuals out of 3.5 million. For him, the left over of 1402 were under the whims and caprices of the former 98.
He slammed Abuo for being that fearful having failed to understand that life was all about struggles. He assured Abuo that there was nothing to get afraid of. What follows is an excerpt of his rebuttal:
'When one had delirium tremens, and thought He saw pink Elephants and green alligators and yellow dogs all about him, it will be a foolish physician that will try to cure him of dogs.
'Yet still, it will be useless to prescribe glasses to improve his eyesight, when we know animals around about him were merely distorted visions of his mind.
'The Bible contains one continuous entreaty to cast out fear. From beginning to end, the admonition “Fear not” is insistent; Fear is the primary cause of all bodily impairment. Jesus also frequently admonishes, “Fear not, be not afraid.”
'Struggle there is, and struggle there will always be. But struggling is merely wrestling with trials. We need difficulties to overcome, but there is nothing to be afraid of.
'That 98 state appointees in a state with a population of about 3.5million is far better and preferable to the present 1,500 appointees is a complete state of delirium. Because the true fact is that these 98 appointees had the remaining 1402 as their peanuts eaters who do their bids and gain nothing than to wait for oga to grow and make them counsellors.
'Let the 1402 appointees with no alliance to the 98 state appointees under Liyel take a stand. And those with alliance say if their earnings or rights to their income was better than they have today.
'The assertion that Ayade’s Political Appointment, is a selection of every Tom, Dick and Harry, clearly bring to the know that the experience of most of the youths in climbing to political relevance is devoid of the people and
society. And with that, lacks the communicating skills needed to champion a people oriented government. Where then is the future for all, if those called the future are holding to the old ways?
'The wise old psalmist might have been writing for us today. For there is no sure way of doing the wrong thing in business or in social life than to fret yourself, to worry, to fume, to want action of some kind, regardless of what it may be.
'I want all appointees to remember the Lord’s admonition to the Israelists, “Be still and know that I am God.” Be still and know that Ayade is not blind to the pains and sufferings in tasking our brains by day to see a new Cross River come to reality.
'We have stood on shore of a calm, peaceful lake and watched the reflections in it, the trees, the mountains, the clouds, the sky, all were mirrored there, just as perfectly, beautifully, as the objects themselves. But try to get such a reflection from the ocean, it cannot be done because the ocean is always restless, always stirred up by winds or waves or tides.
'So are some persons who feel they must be in control of events, be the ones to dish out rules and sit on every table of plans, yet are restless, always stirred up, running away with little things put in their hands like winds and waves of insatiability'.
Ayade via SA Inok Solomon just demonstrated how this present state government appointments is that of what we popularly call in Nigeria —'politics of stomach infrastructure', methinks.
Between a courageous Abuo and a stomach-full Solomon who is fearful and drunk? Is it Abuo who is glaringly neither drunk nor afraid of losing his 'bread and water' or Solomon who is obviously full, drunk (Delirium Tremens) and afraid of losing his 'bread and water'? Has the definition of fear and debauchery changed, please?
Abuo has said he is openly criticising his boss out of love and I think he does. For a majority of the rest, sycophancy less describes their depravity!
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