…Cross River Residents Criticize Public Disclosure of Assistance, Call for Discretion
A recent social media post by Philip Obin, a notable figure in Cross River state, has sparked controversy and criticism after he openly expressed feeling ashamed for assisting an old acquaintance who approached him for help NEGROIDHAVEN has confirmed.
In a Facebook post, Philip Obin shared the encounter with an individual he hadn’t seen or spoken to in over 15 years. After exchanging pleasantries, the acquaintance reportedly requested financial assistance, to which Obin obliged. However, instead of keeping the act of kindness private, Obin publicly expressed shame for the individual’s request.
The post drew immediate responses from the online community, with users expressing a mix of disappointment and disagreement with Obin’s decision to publicly shame the person he assisted.
Christian Andrew, Nyamse Paul, and Uno Uno Inyang were among those who criticized the public disclosure, emphasizing the importance of helping others without expecting recognition or making such acts public. Nyamse Paul particularly highlighted the sensitivity of the situation, suggesting that Obin’s privileged position today is a result of providence and God’s grace, not necessarily superiority.
Other comments echoed the sentiment that no condition is permanent, and giving should be done sincerely without exposing the recipient to public scrutiny. Users such as Archibong Ekeng and Grace Bassey urged for discretion in handling such matters.
The conversation took an unexpected turn when one user, Agba Jalingo, called for Obin to provide the contact details of the person he assisted so that another individual, not on social media, could extend further help privately. This proposal received support from Francis Ekpo, who emphasized reaching out in silence without seeking public acknowledgment.
In the midst of the criticism, Philip Obin defended his post, stating that he was not obligated to help and that he felt ashamed due to what he perceived as the individual’s lack of effort.
The online discourse continues as the community debates the ethics of publicizing acts of charity and the responsibility that comes with the privilege of helping others.