By Isaac Uzaan
Being a politician in Nigeria is, in fact, a voyage of discovery. One of the hardest things to do is how to navigate your way into politics still being honest and having strong moral principles. sometimes we feel no urge to react to paranormal influences, but every now and again, we keep being touched negatively by insincere and decorative politicians who, in real sense, have nothing to become practical and functional about.
It’s a bare fact that the obsence of expected required action from the incumbent has wreaked reasoning deficiency for many of their faithfuls. Although some synics in the media might jibe but some snide remarks are totally irritative and out of tune with issues of the moment.
Just yesterday, Mchia village in Logo local government woke up to gory horror scenes as gunmen suspected to be herders slaughtered innocent Benue citizens in their very homes and displaced many more. Again, there was heavy gridlock at the Makurdi-Gboko way for a reason not unconnected to kidnapping and loss of lives, yet our government is practically inconsiderate.
Any responsible leader who cares for his people will spare some time to mourn and pay tribute to those who lost their lives and also comfort their relatives, but here in our state, our leaders have lost touch with anything that would make them reason aright.
Maybe because Benue people are used to being killed, our leaders feel we are no more sensitive to issues of governance. Our people are dying and our lands are being taken over by external forces, yet all that our government cares for is to ride on propaganda and engage its perceived opponent in war of words. This is very sad.
We know that Terver Akase is in a grip of an obsession he is so powerless to resist hence he chose to play to the gallery by always coming hard and dirty on the person of Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia. In his characteristic insensitivity, the advisor to the Benue governor on media and publicity has come out again to rain insults on the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia who has been giving the Benue PDP sleepless nights from all indications.
Their pack of lies and unsubstantial claims against the priest of God is a prove of emptiness and inability to be logical and issue-driven in their search to continue helming the affairs of the state. I want to agree with Terver Akase that Fr. Alia lacks understanding of issues of bad governance.
Fr. Alia cannot understand why there is high level of poverty in a state that is richly blessed with abundant natural and human resources. He cannot understand why there is a steep rise in public debt, crime, and unemployment. He doesn’t understand why our people are being killed everyday and our leader continues to blame the federal government.
Fr. Alia cannot understand why our public schools and health facilities are poorly staffed and structurally defaced. He does not understand how to possibly govern a state for years without tapping into its economic potentials and transforming the standards of living of its peoples.
Again, Fr. Alia cannot understand how to use the monies meant for pensions and salaries of the citizens for personal interest. Sadly, pensioners are dying everyday and civil servants are not given their entitlements, yet their protest is shamelessly regarded as a sponsored act from another party. It is only the PDP in Benue State that will mercilessly beat a common man and still warn him not to cry.
Instead of addressing the angry men and women of our state who have taken to the streets to peacefully press home their demands, Terver Akase is busy attacking Fr. Alia. When will the present government take responsibility for their woeful performance? When will they stop blaming their failure on others?
Is it not a shame that a government which is left with some six months to go is still taking measures to address the welfare of workers and retirees. How do you expect Fr. Alia to understand that you’re taking some measures to that effect when you colossally wasted seven good years still leaving the good people of our state in the middle of nothing?
The question of proffering solutions to the challenges of development in Benue State still lies with us. Fr. Alia has the requisite knowledge and experience to do that. Unlike your paymaster, Fr. Alia will not use his precious duration of leadership apportioning blames for some lack of performance.
I advise Terver Akase and other social media handlers in PDP to stop voyaging on the cold coast of propaganda, but concentrate on how best they can market their candidate amidst labyrinth of confusion and internal crisis within their party.
Advise governor Ortom to pay retirees and workers their entitlements. He is owing them between 36 and 74 months of pension and salary arrears. This is just too much. Advise Ortom to live up to his obligation as governor of the state and leave Fr. Alia alone. The priest of God is widely loved and accepted. He cannot sponsor any protest in the state to gain relevance as you claimed. It’s quite pathetic for one to think that way. Even before politics, Fr. Alia has been a man of the people. He has been with the people in their trenches. He perfectly lived up to his priestly obligations is poised to doing a lot more for the people. Know this and have peace.