On July 14, 2014, Insider Weekly published a clownish interview it had with the Abia State Commissioner for Information, Eze Chikamnayo, which focused on the unwarranted denigration of the former governor of the state and transnational entrepreneur, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu (MON). It is appalling the descent that journalism has gone such that any mercantilist distraction or asininity could make the precious cover of a newsmagazine.
The reaction of those around me and my humble self to the diatribe was continuous guffaw at the travesty, immaturity and absurdity of a commissioner for information (of all strategic ministries)!
I will not obfuscate issues in this rebuttal nor unduly descend to the snipe and indecorous level of the boyish rascal in question in his use and abuse of the English language. Neither will I adumbrate the clumsy and offensive publication. When a normal human being pursues an insane man, people in the vicinity will consider the sane man a mad man equally! Eze should busy himself with the management of upscale prostitution in the state occasioned by characters like him who do not understand the ideals of contributory and participatory good governance.
Eze, in the puerile interview with a tinge of commercialism, condescended to quackery of the cheapest and most hackneyed form amid irredeemable depravity. That is the problem when you appoint people who do not have an idea of what scientific information management (especially government public relations) is all about. Instead of addressing issues that are developmental, he unleashed all manner of lexical volleys on a man he is unqualified to lace his shoes. Such sterile scurrility is no longer fashionable. Information management, strategy and even propaganda are all knowledge driven this time round.
To describe Dr. Kalu as “an animal in human skin” is the most vituperative outburst I have ever heard or read. Such illogical and abusive language deployment in public communication diminishes the combative antagonist rather than his innocent victim.
It never occurred to me that a person who parades himself as an opportunistic commissioner could, perhaps because of being offered messengerial soup dumplings, decide to sell his blue ribbon. This is what blissful ignorance could cause a mediocrity. It is only a bloke of bovine intelligence that will not appreciate what is involved in being a national award holder, two-term governor of a sophisticated state, employer of thousands of humanity in Nigeria and other countries, a founding member and an incontrovertible financial backer of the People’s Democratic Party, successor to Alhaji Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola as the Pillar of Sports in Africa and a global businessman respected in leading economies of the world, among other national and supranational economic and political engagements.
For Eze’s edification, Kalu’s robust antecedents and currencies are such that could be unapologetically celebrated without any bent on how fools feel. His story is a celebration of unparalleled doggedness, diligence, entrepreneurial commitment, distinction and blazing crowns of glory. By God’s grace, his modest quintessential contributions and attainments in Nigeria’s politico-economic space are already reference materials in multidisciplinary frontiers.
Infantile outbursts from Eze’s intellectually bankrupt interview confirm his vacuity. Going by Eze’s ranting and public nuisance, the landscape of commissionership in Nigeria should be made inconducive for hacks and Mephistophelean souls like this pedestrian interviewee. Who does not know the history and ecology of government megaphones, especially in backward states? Hacks, which most information commissioners are, should not engage in kamikaze media juvenility. Eze’s piece drips ad nauseam with blatant falsehoods and brazen distortion of facts; very much unbecoming of a public functionary with an unknown pedigree.
If a commissioner must keep his job and be seen to be active, self-deceit and tomfoolery of the executive through emotive interviews are archival ploys to achieve such a goal. A suggestion in this respect: simply do what your counterparts in the progressive states are doing. You can meet the duo of Louis Odion and Yusuf Olaniyonu, information commissioners and strategists in Edo and Ogun states, respectively, for free professional civilization! You need it before you are kicked out, inevitably, on grounds of incompetency and incapacity. Information management transcends the widely-acclaimed notoriety of lecherous engagements and concupiscent revelry with free girls via the instrumentality of official resources.
Eze’s charlatanism in the foolish interview was very manifest even for the blind to see, possibly! Certainly, from his insipid analysis, Eze gave himself away as operating within the same blank horizon as stupid Boxer in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. A pliant errand boy should know the limits of his principal’s brief and comport himself with a modicum of decency, responsibility and sincerity. There is a bigger life after unmerited fleeting commissionership.
With that kind of idiotic interview and distortive choice of words by a pliable commissioner, Eze can only be a commissioner in a place like Abia State. I cannot even imagine a personal assistant to a local government chairman characterizing an interview with so much banality and venom over inanities. Eze is obviously elated at being a commissioner in a place like Abia. My prayer is that the public office be rescued from buccaneers like Eze who, unscrupulously on the mechanistic duplicity of interviews but clearly under the influence of political undertakers, destroy critics opposed to warped leadership at all tiers of government.
The problem with our public office holders is that they have refused to realise that leadership is a social contract between the leaders and the people, and should be used for the benefit of the people who gave them their government in trust. Rather, they see it as a means to play power game and exhibit their bravado by pouring tirades and invectives on their perceived enemies or targets of their ungrateful principals.
Eze, justify your presence in Ochendo’s cabinet by making a difference through developmental strides and erection of directional channels for your employers. Sarcastic, kindergarten and irresponsible interviews pigeon-holed in intemperate templates are antithetical to growth. And also a vitiation of the remaining vestiges of beggarliness for state appointments, usually by lobbyists and survivalists of Eze’s demented clan.
I do not blame rubbishy and anemic publications which give bohemians like Eze invaluable space to ventilate sponsored tantrums because of ravaging media poverty and corruption. It is blindingly obvious that Eze is unfit for the opposition he occupies in Abia State government, which, inexplicably, still tolerates him—perhaps because of the mud-slinging he indulges in!
Enough of this blithering idiocy from Umuahia.
Wabara ([email protected]/08055001948) is the media advisor to Dr. Kalu.