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A desire that nothing can satisfy

04 June 2013, 12:55 Ade omo West

When I was growing up, there was a common folktale told in my community about a wretched man in  a certain village, who was a stranger, a labourer. Suddenly he became the king by providence.

He had all that a man may desire at his disposal. The people were willing to satisfy his ego as long as it is within their natural and spiritual ability. God who graciously led him to the throne was also benevolent enough to grant him all his cravings. He could sleep and wake up at the time appropriate to him.

Suddenly, a seed of pride germinated in him, and he felt he had to satisfy the demand of it.

Pride in all its forms, devolves from self-esteem, which is in reality "ego-worship." It stems, so they say, from greed, the first of the Roots of evil”  trouble arises when we begin to make comparisons — "X. couldn't have done it half as well." That may be quite true, but it is dangerous to think that because one's skill is superior in a single instance that one is therefore a better person. Success has a way of trapping the successful, if they are not sensitive to its temptations and deceits.

To cut the story short, the king demanded to have control over the sun, the moon and the stars so that he can decide when they are to shine and upon whom. In other word, he requested that the almighty step aside for him - A desire that cannot be satisfied! Finally he returned to where he started because of a desire that could not be satisfied.

Amaechi’s controversial journey began in 2007 through the decision of the Supreme Court which substituted him in place of Celestine Omehia. Few days after he successfully won re-election as governor of Rivers State on 26 April 2011, he became the proteome chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum. A position that has made a monster of the occupier in recent time.

By the articles of association, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) is a coalition of elected governors of the Nigeria’s 36 States. It posts the semblance of a non-partisan association which seeks to promote unity, good governance, better understanding and co-operation among the states and ensure a healthy and beneficial relationship between the states and other tiers of government.

Also, it ought to serve as a platform for the governors’ to compare note and healthy competition to the advantage of the populace in their various states irrespective of their political affinity.

Lately, the forum has assumed a dangerous dimension especially with the way and manner the leadership of the association is going about its business. It has suddenly becomes a monster, a threat, and a clog in the wheel of national interest and development.

We need to ask, but you are not the pioneer NGF Chair, definitely this is a bad precedent. This cannot continue.

Recently, a member of the association wondered why the forum has become a violent trade union and the coercive machine to intimidate, threaten, harass and force the government at the centre to bow to its whim and caprices.

Oga at the top of the NGF took undue advantage of the disjointed forum with the backing of some feeble members to prosecute the hidden agenda.

Since the expression of the desire for which nothing can satisfy, the entire machinery of governance in Rivers state has collapsed. From the state to the local administrations, from the executive to the legislature even to the state judiciary the centre can no longer hold.

It is rather unfortunate that why the forest tree is falling it is affecting every other thing around it. The undue desire for which nothing can satisfy is definitely falling the iroko tree of Ubima, in Ikwere local government area of Rivers state. Who can satisfy this desire that does not exist? Definitely he must have been made for another world.


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