On Oshiomhole and Obseki Faceoff: The Devil Deserves Justice
“When the devil is involved, we tend to get carried away by bias because we hate the devil. But the truth is, the devil also deserves justice and fairness”
A woman that was called barren needed a child badly to prove to the world that she was not barren. She went to the water goddess called ‘olokun’ in Benin parlance, to seek for a child. The goddess promised to give her a child based on certain conditions. Whether out of desperation or because she has never known how it feels like to have a child, she agreed. The water goddess kept to her word, and in nine months time, the woman gave birth to a beautiful daughter.
Now that she was a mother, all those that have hitherto laughed and mocked her, calling her barren started coming around and eating back their words. “We’ve always known you will give birth to someone spectacular”, some said to her. The beauty of the baby made the mother overjoyed. As she was preparing for the naming ceremony, the goddess came and requested that she will be the one to give the baby a name. “But I am the mother and the baby has a father” she protested. “Ok, no problem. By the time the baby dies before that day, we will know who owns the baby”, the goddess said and left. With fear and trepidation, she acquiesced to the decision of the goddess.
The goddess kept dictating everything the woman must do concerning the child, making it look as if she was just a mother in name only. She became livid and started looking for other options to get another child. The goddess got wind of it and attacked the daughter with a terrible sickness. She was now confused, as she had two battles to fight; survive this child and remain a mother, or go to the other goddess that once helped her neighbour with childbearing years back?
All this while, she had been covering up the agreement she had with the goddess to herself. But when the dilemma of losing her only daughter, and not having another child gave her sleepless nights, she opened up to her neighbours. And now everyone is castigating the goddess for being wicked. In all of this, no one seems to ask, “but you had an agreement with the goddess?” “What were you thinking when you agreed to the terms?”
With the build-up to 2016 elections in the state, so many names came up as the possible replacement of Adams Oshiomhole. While political pundits were still second-guessing, Obaseki was endorsed by Adams Oshiomhole. To many, it was political suicide for the outgoing Governor, for glaring reasons.
Firstly, he had to sponsor the campaign of Obaseki as he was not having the financial war chest to prosecute that political war.
Secondly, the outgoing Governor had to rely on his personal strength as those aggrieved with his decisions would likely work against him.
Thirdly, Obaseki was not known in the political scheme of things in the state. So selling his brand would again rely solely on the popularity of the outgoing Governor.
Despite all that, Adams weathered the storm and delivered on his promise to make Obaseki his successor. Obviously, it was not because he (Adams) liked the state so much, and wanted the best for the state; neither was it because Obaseki was the best hand for the job. They both must have agreed on terms they believed were just and fair for the deal, and the deal was sealed! With the interest of both parties adequately protected.
What do they say about testing a man with power?
Three years down the line, the Governor seems to be reneging on the agreement. He had consistently accused his predecessor though vaguely, for demanding that he released the funds meant for the state to him and his cronies. Is it not funny to note that the Governor that never bothered to find out how his election was won, and how those aggrieved with his victory at the party primaries were compensated, suddenly cares so much about the resources of the people?
Is it not enough to instigate one’s curiosity seeing a man that Adams dared everyone in the party for, to turn around to call him the enemy of the state? Joining those Adams declared enemies for his course, to now mock at him, calling him (Adams) unprintable names?
While I am being careful not to be seen as holding a brief for Adams Oshiomhole, as I am neither his spokesperson, nor any of his aides, but in fairness, the devil too deserves justice. I think the deal that was signed in the dark should be kept in the dark. Governor Obaseki should stop playing the ‘Honourable man’ game when he is not ‘honourable’ enough to keep his part of the bargain. If he really believes his predecessor cum godfather is an enemy of the state, he should follow the Chris Ngige approach, release the terms and conditions he gave you for us to see, and leave the office in good conscience! You cannot be accusing your predecessor of being evil when you’re currently following his ‘evil’ footsteps causing division and restiveness in the state.
When the said ‘godfather’ was taking you around to see his contact, introducing you into his connection of political businessmen within and outside the state, mobilising both financial, moral, and spiritual support from all corners, he was not a godfather then? When other aspirants were crying over the unfair advantage you had due to Adams endorsement, you did not play the ‘honourable man’ card, by rejecting his godfather role. Do you think you can hoodwink right thinking Edolites with the warped narrative of someone trying to revive ‘godfatherism’ in the state?
Return the gifts of the devil and quit in peace, or keep the pungent narrative of ‘painting the devil bad’ to yourself. We already know the traits of the devil and absolutely don’t need a reminder from you.
And to those social media ‘belle hunters’, taking sides in a matter that they know nothing about, I have nothing to say to you. The book of Proverbs clearly explains how otiose it is to counsel fools.
Edo is in God’s Hands
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.