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Commissioner Ini Ememobong Joseph Okon and the rest of us

By Micheal Joseph Okon

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“The Moderator”

Haaaaaah! Hmmmmmm! What a week, what a season. Such an interesting engagement between the Governor’s Special Assistant on Project, Mr Joseph Okon and the Commissioner for Information, Ini Ememobong, his acquaintances cum friends or team members. We’ve heard words like traitor and dumbass, even “point and kill” didn’t miss the show, but what has been the perspective of the public and Village man turned moderator of all politically motivated online squabbles?

When I first read the piece by Joseph Okon; What Manner of Information Manager is Ini Ememobong? I knew heaven had let loose bottled up suspicions of the enemies within Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration, the audacious piece was shocking yet news worthy and yours truly dived into it having a filled day at least in attempt to forget the sufferings we are in this God forsaken Country controlled by herdsmen and bandits. The public have drank enough and the call for cease fire has been timely, the damage control could have been avoided from inception in all quarters yet they threw caution into the wind and acted Cesar’s.

HC Ini Ememobong has always been admired by yours truly, sometimes I have wondered; “how did he make it so fast at his age, where have I been?” My consolation has always been that we are on a different time zone. Why won’t I console my soul with that, after all success is relative?

During the 2019 gubernatorial election, I literally leaked his ass (in tandem with the dumbass season) for his feats and dexterity on the frontline as a media guru. I still reminisce over that period over and over again on my mind and I won’t forget our collective pride in a hurry.

When he was announced as Commissioner for Information and Strategy I believed the media wing of the Governor was watertight and invincible but I have been a bit disappointed, not for his person but his inability to cut loose childhood destructive acquaintances, persons who have become excess baggages on his fulfilment of destiny. I think HC Ini Ememobong is too soft and accommodating to insensitive friendly enemies who are yet to come to terms to the reality of today’s world that they are no more at University of Uyo playing campus politics.

Bishop Oyedepo would often say; “20 Children no dey play for 20 years”. It’s good, in fact a great idea to carry your history along but sometimes it’s better to let go if you really want to fly like the eagle.

I am aware that HC Ini Ememobong has reprimanded his friends and acquaintances against incessantly damaging the image of the government he represents, their stubbornness and his accommodating conscience has led to the recent attack on his competency. Maybe they will learn now openly what he has been telling them in private as friends.

The other day Rt Hon Onofiok Luke openly disowned certain individuals and their opinions, knowing too well the judgment of guilt by association, in this the HC had taken too lightly.

It’s tough for others to be sweating it out, yet the acquaintances of the Team captain keep giving Team mates more work to do. It’s a frustrating experience. I must thank Mr Joseph Okon for his boldness at this point because some of us could have said it but many would have thought I was angry that I lost the election or sorry selection. Be that as it may, HC Ini Ememobong has my personal respect and I see him as an Asset.

 


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