By Eric Elezuo
Ever since the former Comrade governor, Adams Oshiomhole took over the headship of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), it has been from one fire brand pronouncement to another culminating to an open mouth battering of President Muhammadu Buhari.
While angrily addressing the press over his altercation with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige as regards the minister’s inability to constitute the board of the NSITF, Oshiomhole had brazenly said that if the President was in the habit of tolerating insults to his office, that he (Oshiomhole) will not tolerate insults to the party and his office.
Without consulting a seer to interpret Oshiomhole’s outburst, it is obvious that the comrade former governor did not in anyway meant well for the President, who either by omission or commission gave him a platform to serve at the expense of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who was sacrifice on the altar of political exigency.
As many that know Oshiomhole believes that there is nothing surprising about his speech as he was known for uncouth languages, often said before thinking about the appropriateness or otherwise. His catalogue of thrown invective can be flashed back to his days as Labour Union leader even as a governor where he told a widow madam to ‘go and die’ on camera. Many has wondered how he got to the level he is today – on the back of braggadocio you will say.
The reference to the president is not what should be swept under the carpet, his intentions not withstanding though prolific interpreters have said it portends abuse to the number one citizen, suggesting his weakness and inability to act on issues of abuse of office and hold the country together as he swore to do.
The APC chairman must begin an atonement through apologies to start with. Even if the President should entertain uncouth languages from those who elected him, it should not come from his appointees, and those he somehow negotiated their nominations