Governor Wike, The Humorist!

... Governor Wike.

Governor Nyesom Wike is a natural humorist, the sort that amuses in his state of nature. He has been in a state of humour of late. We are all witnesses to his humorous dance of late, or shall we call it gubernatorial kinetics. Those who follow online performances, especially of the VIP types, wouldn’t have missed it.

It was first a solo act before it morphed into dual whirligig, a sort of duet with another past master of natural humour, former Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha. But what became even more interesting was Wike’s public foray into Pidgin English. He sat with a BBC pidgin host to discuss politics in a grassroots language, and he was rather good at it.

 

But what concerns Hardball here is not that he was partisan. No man can be more partisan and even astute at it than Wike, with his scratchy voice. He said he would not support his master, Goodluck Jonathan, if the Otuoke man pivots to APC for his try for a second coming as president. He said it with defiance, and it was clear he was in another mood, if not humour.

This time he wanted to bite the fingers that fed him. He did that in a broadside at Jonathan. So, he could not spare his familiar foe, his predecessor and transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi. The interviewer did not even mention Amaechi’s reference to the fact that Wike was a member of his staff before Wike broached the subject. Wike practically denied he was a member of the former governor’s staff, even if his position was the only one that carried the appellation of “staff.” He was chief of staff. Maybe he imagined that being “chief” of staff made him above the staff. He did not explain that.

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Before then, he was the director general of Amaechi’s campaign to be governor of Rivers State. Ironically, the man who became chief of staff said he chose that position over any other. He implied that he could not be a member of his staff because he chose to be chief of staff. Laugh!

He practically competed with God in asserting who made Amaechi governor. He wondered how he could be a member of his staff if he made him governor. Wike became governor once, and then he is serving his fruits of his second victory in his second term. He needs to learn a little humility. He has a chief of staff today. Tomorrow, when Wike will be somewhere in his village in political retirement or limbo, will his present chief of staff say he was not a member of Wike’s staff?

Wike may be governor today, but before then one Amaechi occupied that chair, and Amaechi was the boss. That is what the hierarchy says. That is what the law commands. That is what history echoes. He cannot deny what was true. The governor signs orders, including the salaries that all members of his staff, including their chief, earn. Wike was at the mercy of Amaechi, who even set the stage for his national spotlight by making him minister and handing him over to the other master, Jonathan, who he banded with to fight his first master, Amaechi. Governor Wike, with all his bluster, can learn a little gubernatorial modesty.

Culled from The Nation. 

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