Tuesday, November 17, 2015
JOE IGBOKWE, WHERE IS HE NOW?
Icheoku says where is that piece of excrement who sold out on his umunna (kindred) for a plate of porridge? Whether his name is Igbo-kwe or Igbo-ekweghi or even Yoruba-kwe or Yoruba-ekweghi, Icheoku does not really know; but that APC son of a gun worked his behind off for nothing during the last Nigeria presidential democracy election. At least for his effort, Lai Mohammed was rewarded with a ministerial appointment as Minister of Information; but Joe Igbokwe was not considered good enough for any position, not even for an "ordinary" commissionership portfolio in Lagos State?
Their thinking possibly, Joey is "dem people" who are to be drowned in the Lagos lagoon had Ambode not won; and therefore not being a "shon of the shoil", has no business being appointed Commissioner of Information in their Lagos State government? Probably too their Oba Akiolu who threatened the lagoon drowning equally decreed the entire exclusion of Igbo people from the Lagos State cabinet, leading to the ouster of the only Igbo person to ever serve as commissioner in Lagos State, Ben Akabueze. Yet some people are chastising President Muhammad Buhari for appointing only Northerners as his trusted advisers and overseers of all government key positions; while overlooking the fact of Governor Ambode's Yorubas-only appointments in Lagos State.
A state as cosmopolitan as Lagos State with a very multi-cultural mix of people, who own properties and pay their taxes therein, with many of them born in Lagos and see Lagos as their home, yet they were considered outsiders not deserving of appointment as commissioners therein. Query:- where then lies the unity of Nigeria when people who call Lagos home, own properties therein and paying their taxes too, are excluded from appointments and kept out of governance simply for having "other peoples' sounding names? Needless to add that Governor Ambode himself was not born in Lagos but in Ondo State; likewise his godfather Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu who was born in Osun State.
Icheoku asks if Joe Igbokwe, instead of answering his father's tribal name, had a name like Joe Ogunowe, would his fate have been any different? If an Adebayo Ogunsawe had put in as much effort as Joe Igbokwe did, selling the propaganda of the APC leading to the last election, to the extent of even denigrating his father's people, would he not have been considered worthy and rewarded with a commissioner appointment as a deserving stake holder in the APC Lagos State government? But hell no, Joe Igbokwe, no matter how he tries to Yoruba-nize himself or lapdog Bola Tinubu and crew, he is still seen and treated as an Igbo-outsider never to be trusted with a key commissioner position.
Icheoku does not know what moves other people or what stirs their inner being; but an Icheoku who dutifully carried the waters of the APC as Joe Igbokwe did during the last election and was not rewarded with a commissioner appointment would have gone publicly rogue on Bola Tinubu and his APC. But hey, to each his own and possibly Joey Igbo-ekweghi is content with being seen as in the good books of Bola TInubu or rather the perception of being seen as within the corridors of power, no matter how peripheral? Icheoku asks has anybody seen the Lagos State APC Publicity Secretary lately and if yes, what is he doing now and how is he sulking his 'used and dumped' treatment by Bola Tinubu and crew. Too bad, some people allow themselves to be so lowly treated and still bow and salute with inner painful disgust but outwardly smile. Icheoku says when next you see him, please say hello to Joe!