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Amaechi and Jonathan: It's about respect

01 July 2013, 10:51 Maobuye Nagi Obu

I blame the President’s security for allowing anyone into the venue when the President is already seated. Perhaps they lacked knowledge of procol? (See the original story here)

The least local Councillor knows what protocol means in leadership and would want to implement it to the fullest when it presents itself. I have been in uncountable forays with Governor CRA when he was Speaker of the State House of Assembly to his present position.

You dare not break into the venue when the Speaker is already seated, especially when he is the special guest of honour on the occasion - the securities wouldn’t let you in. On his arrival, we would all be on our feet in honour of his office or position - not his person.

This is protocol and every sane mind respects it to the core. The gates would be locked and movements of ‘non-authorized’ persons like me would come to a halt when the Governor is seated. Perhaps the exercise of power and fame is sacrosanct in some instances especially when it favours us. It is simple; we love to give other people criticism but we’re intolerant to take it from them. Why always appear to take the mickey out of elders and your superiors? Must you appear to be recalcitrant, always?

President Goodluck Jonathan, who is a ‘demi-god”, thought it not robbery to be equal to a ‘demi-god’ in Nigeria. This is because if President Jonathan says ‘die’, you will die in Nigeria. He has all the apparatus to legally and illegally take any life in this country. He is the “grand-commander” of all the “earthly” forces in Nigeria be it good or evil but he is not GodAlmighty who gives life.

Constitutionally, President Jonathan’s position is likened to a god in Nigeria except the 1999 Politicians Constitution is reviewed to include people-oriented clauses. Until that time, the President and ‘any’ other prospective President is a ‘god’ in Nigeria.

Be that as it may, I think the crux of the matter between the Presidency and my Governor is “sheer pride”, arrogance and power flexing. Otherwise, I see no need for the showmanship. A Governor is a “one percenter” of the whole whilst the President is that “one percent plus the rest ninety nine” which equals to a hundred percent. Can you beat that?

Now, why would a man with one percent opt to fight the man with hundred percent? It is sickening if you ask me. Also, should the man with the hundred percent “intimidate” the man with one percent? This is unacceptable.

There ought to be a level playing ground for all, the President is the father of the nation. First, he deserved the maximum respect and loyalty from all his subjects including the Governors (Governor CRA inclusive). Also, the President must always be ready to absorb the excesses of his subjects; in this case he is trying I’ll say. May be we’re misconstruing his gentility for weakness and cluelessness. This is my candid observation anyway.

Now on the recent occasion where Gov. CRA was barred from meeting the President in the villa, whose fault is it? Sincerely, who should be blamed? Was it not the politicians that said, “All Guests should be seated at a stipulated time before the arrival of the Special Guest of Honour ”?

Did Governor Amaechi arrive at the venue within the time frame for arrival of guests? Did he travel out of the country? Was he invited just 30 minutes to the commencement of the programme? Okay, we hear he called for a meeting of the Governor’s forum; was there an “emergency” that needed their convergence? Would the matter get dirtier than it is should they have called off that meeting in the first instance? Better still, why didn’t he excuse like Tambuwal did?

People, don’t you think this is an affront and highest show of disrespect to the seat of the President? Must we rub the Office of the President in mud before foreigners?

When we talk of respect people often individualised it because they have misconstrued the idea of “respect for constituted authorities”. Respect here means, paying respect to the “Office of the Governor or President” not the occupier as an individual. I do not respect Governor Amaechi because he coerced me to do so.

First, he is older, more experienced, a father, a husband, a leader, and above all; he is my Governor. Why can’t I do it for the President? One thing we also fail to recognize is; we can be as ‘popular’ as anything but, we can’t be more popular than the seat of the President.

The occupier may be unpopular but he is more powerful than anything under the Nigerian Constitution, you can only be relevant. Take that to the bank. No one can fight the Federal Government, you can only blackmail. Governor Amaechi got it wrong again this time. You don’t breach protocol you revere so much, you’ll not take it from any of your Commissioners or Assembly members, why give it to the President? Sir, this paints you in a bad light yet again.

I am one of your most faithful fans but I hate this part of you. Respect begets respect, how do we respect you when you seldom respect elders and constituted superior authorities? This is not the way to go, sir.

For those who know me and care to say the truth about me, I do not pretend and, I’m not a sycophant. I’ll say it again and again, I love my Governor (Gov.CRA) and I’ll keep telling the truth no matter what. Yet Amaechi desecrated and belittled the “Office” of the President before his visitors, this is bad and downright unprincipled.

In fact, I blame the Presidential security team for even allowing anybody into the venue after the President has taken his seat. I think they lacked that common sense too. Otherwise, no one should be allowed into the venue when the President has taken his seat even if that person was “officially” invited to give a talk. Let us learn to respect our leadership mantles. Respect begets respect.

Remember the law of karma, the measure you give that same measure you’ll receive.

I rest my case.

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