Friday, 8 April 2016

Edo: Democracy & Its Enemies - Louis Odion

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Gov. Adams Oshiomhole

This writer is daily inundated with a deluge of calls and texts from concerned citizens of Edo State expressing either apprehension or anger over what, rightly or wrongly, is perceived as one's silence - if not aloofness - over the momentous developments in one's native state. 
I thought this clarification has become necessary. 
Anyone who has followed The Bottomline for close to two decades might agree that it is not in its character to keep silence in the hour of moral crisis.

With the terminal date of the Oshiomhole administration now within eye-view, the succession battle is getting more intense. The space is getting choked with allegations and counter-allegations of primitive stealing and attempts to shut the democratic space in the ruling party (APC) and the opposition camp (PDP). As the ruling party and one professing change,  APC bears the moral burden to lead by example.
Louis Odion
But clearly, anti-democratic forces are regrouping. The vultures are encircling the Benin air. Predictably, rats, blackmailers, charlatans, name-droppers and mercenaries are on the loose. 
In and out of official circles, so much romanticization and demythologization are ongoing about perceived progress. What progress? Silicon or real? At what costs? Who are the political traders and buyers? Who is the thief? The hypocrite? Who are the prodigals bent on auctioning the family silver?
To be sure, one is as concerned as every true Edo patriot about all the disturbing reports. Left alone, the scorpions and serpents in the basket of treachery will sting each other to death. But it is our moral and historic duty to curb the devil. Enough of the rats fouling up the arena with their acrid body odour. 
In the times ahead, we shall be addressing, without fear or favour, the emergent issues in the shared commitment to defend and consolidate democracy and good governance in Edo.

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