Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

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And Atiku wept!

C.S. Lewis writing in The Silver Chair says that “crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”

Last Friday, August 31, 2018, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wept in no small measure when groups promoting his presidential ambition bought the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential nomination form of N12 million and took it to him.

Not long after Atiku’s public emotional show, some traducers say he took after President Muhammadu Buhari who had previously wept when he announced he was not going to seek for public office again when he lost the presidential poll in 2011, though he was to recant.

What people don’t know or have conveniently forgotten is that even leaders are human though the tendency to box them as stronger and smarter remains strong.

According to a research reported by the American Psychological Association, men cry about once a month and women about five times and that “people cry in response to strong emotions; and leaders often speak publicly when feelings run high. It’s surprising, really, that they don’t cry more often onstage or on-camera. Even if leaders don’t choke up before us, statistics suggest they sob in private.”

It is a given that when leaders weep, sob it can galvanize as tears are not simply primal but are true.

Leigh Buchanan, editor-at-large, Inc. magazine, makes the point that “tears can strengthen rather than dilute forceful calls for action.” Buchanan quoting John Gerzema, CEO of BAV Consulting, a specialist in branding, makes the point that “showing empathy and vulnerability makes a leader seem stronger, not weaker.”

One now understands why leaders like President Barack Obama, the late Nelson Mandela have been seen weeping at auspicious moments.

Now that Atiku has wept, it is about time he keeps his eyes steady on his goal of becoming the PDP flagbearer in a crowded field of similar heavyweights.


Davido, a different type of corper

When music pop star, David Adeleke also known as Davido, showed up at the Ipaja camp for the commencement of three weeks orientation camp for one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Lagos, it was bound to be telling.

At a time that many have questioned the continued relevance of a scheme designed to open up Nigeria to her young people from all parts of the country and forge the bonds of unity in diversity, it became a talking point

More than that, coming when the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, is enmeshed in exemption certificate forgery allegation, Davido has demonstrated that not all with silver spoon could circumvent a process designed by law.

While it is cheery that the ‘30 billion in your account’ crooner made it, it is his electrifying presence and the large security personnel giving him protection that has shown that there are corpers and there are corpers.

Living true to his pop status, Davido performed a day after arriving camp and it was a scene to behold as young people his age were falling over themselves to get close to him.

If that was something, then you may not have followed him closely. Barely 48 hours after settling in, Davido and his crew were airborne and by the time the cock was crowing the next morning, he was in Boston for his sold out 'Locked Up' concert.

Given that he showed is good, acceding him over-privilege as some have said is not good enough. In other climes, stars are either exempted from military service or not allowed to. But once they are in, they follow the regimen of the programme to the later.

It will have made sense for Davido to have been given special consideration and exempted but since that did not happen, he should abide by the rules as every other corper, But again, there are corpers!



Uduaghan, spare us the rhetoric

Politicians, especially the ones in Nigeria, are like Janus, the doubled-faced Roman god; they speak from both sides of their mouths and double deal without gumption.

Last week, Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor of Delta and medical doctor turned politician, joined the league of those who holds a degree in Political Jumpology! They move from one party to the other, especially from the opposition to the ruling party.

As tongues wagged about the possible reason for his defection from the PDP, where he was governor for eight years amongst other positions, to the APC, Uduaghan claimed it was to attract development and bring a permanent solution to the Niger Delta crisis.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, can be farther from the truth. Even if one were to concede without accepting that it is the reason, then he should man up that he failed not only the people of Delta state, but all the people of the region.

How did he live with his conscience knowing that his former party, of which he was a powerbroker, was shortchanging the people of the oil-rich Delta and he felt comfortable?

At what point did his epiphany happen that he now knows that PDP was anti-Niger Delta development?

Sir, you decamped to the APC because you stand little chance of getting the ticket on the platform of the PDP to run for senate.

Sir, no matter how much you wish to colour it, your decamping has to do with the string armed tactics of the APC using the EFCC to hound those who are of the opposition and possibly have dipped their hands into the common patrimony.

All your claims that you are the most investigated governor ‘na wash’ as they say in Warri.

Now that you have joined the saints, remember to remind them that it is nearly three years now and nothing has been done about Ogoni clean up.
















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