Buhari, Akwa Ibom And The Rats We Know
By Micheal Joseph Okon
First and most importantly, I must sympathize with Mr President and the occupant of the much hallowed chamber in the Aso Rock Villa. It’s sad to note the rampaging menace a few rats have caused the whole country ,thus necessitating the work-from-home prevailing circumstances of our dear President. I am optimistic that Mr President really wants to hit the rubber on the road but not for this unwelcomed invaders of our number one epitaph of power. I know how scary most rats could be, especially to New Yorkers and Londoners who are yet to have a faceoff with the typical Okon Calabar or those who have stayed too long outside the country to remember the essence of ‘utapiapia’ or the rat bible. Nonetheless, we from Akwa Ibom State are thankful to the Akwa Ibom State government for not giving opportunities for rats to chase them out of the Hill Top Mansion.
Hypocrisy is attempting to blow the dust out of a brother’s eyes when a beam beclouds yours. Imagine if Governor Udom Emmanuel had travelled out on medical leave for 3 weeks and returned to work from home because of rats at the Hill Top Mansion. You can just imagine who would have strayed in Lagos to organize a fake politically motivated protest. Imagine the noise that would have ensued on the internet by paid naysayers and at cheap beer parlours, imagine.
Interestingly, though this proponents of conscience and morality have gone comatose on the embarrassing excuse of rats at Aso Rock. For the mere fact that it’s an APC lie and grand display of ineptitude, our attention seeking protesters have turned a blind eye and deaf ears to the international disgrace and embarrassment. Imagine rats at the white house, imagine Donald Trump working from home because of rats. It’s at seasons like this that I tend to support Trump on the need for recolonization of Africans and probably Nigerians who would rather be slaves on political sentiments than voice out against the madness of a few cabals and incapacitation of a sick President.
No doubt Mr President cannot withstand the pressure and demands of the office because of health challenges, and his inability has affected the smooth running of this great nation. I cannot remember precisely the last time I wrote against President Buhari and I wish not to disparage him nor the office at all, I have watched with keen interest the empathy and cooperation Mr Udom Emmanuel accords Mr President and his team, not minding party differences. This visible bonding has motivated most of us from Akwa Ibom State to sheath our political swords on most demanding national conversation, but this rat thing just does not add up at all. Without reservation, this is not a question to my patriotism, but a direct recourse to our national integrity being sacrificed on the altar of greed and selfishness.
Is it practicable that while Mr President was out on medical leave, his office was never dusted and cleaned, thus permitting rats to infest the number one citizen’s office? Is it also logically acceptable that Mr Presidents personal house or room is better secured from rats than the seat of power- Aso Rock? Hmmmm! What a country,what a people,what a lie.
What nonchalance from those who would spite every lofty ideals of Mr Udom Emmanuel. He builds a ranch,they query the logic of using better breed of cows from Mexico with lesser cholesterols; he builds a pencil and toothpick factory they query when the same APC government they support says it will take 3 years to build a pencil factory; he invests in coconut a plantation and factory whose raw oil is more expensive than crude oil, they cry in protest. He executes rice plantation in Ini local government area and constructs mega road projects, revamped peacock paints, commissioned Akwa Prime Hatchery in Uruan local government area, equips our hospitals, calls for accountability at the Le Meridien Hotel, pays workers’ salaries and pensions as at when due, makes education free and compulsory for every Akwa Ibom child, provides free medical care for pregnant mothers, aged and children between 0-5 years, more local government areas are enjoying up to 18 hours electricity supply that make for a more business friendly environment, yet APC hires pretenders to march in protest on the roads Udom Emmanuel constructed.
Now that rats have chased the lion king out of office,we are not hearing protest from coalition of conscience movements have gone blind, the civil labour organisations are now dumb, all APC internet ramblers have disappeared on the world wide web. Well,the hired rats we know in Akwa Ibom State are politically motivated, they have not succeeded in chasing Mr Udom Emmanuel out of office, we have enough results to tame their insults. We please advise Mr President to kindly return to office and be the President he was voted to be, if for any reason he wishes to do the most honourable thing, let him accept the staggering reality that some things are beyond his control and not allow his aides to embarrass him and the office he occupies by blaming rats for the rats we know are nothing but rats and Nigeria is too big to be stalemated by mere rats.
Micheal Joseph Okon is the International President, Coalition Of Youth Leaders (CYL) in Akwa Ibom State.