By Jimanze Ego-Alowes
TUE, MARCH 10 2020-theG&BJournal- If another top gun is in the news it is Adams Oshiomhole. What does one make of Oshiomhole? It appears Oshiomhole is the kind of guy who can’t endure peace or stability. It is not that he is vicious. It is just that he is a troubled soul.
A closer look at the man brings us back to the issue of peasants in power. Oshiomhole is an example of a man who is least prepared for the great offices and powers he stumbled into. For those who kept an eye on him the matter started with his labor union days.
Without much qualification, perhaps his case was as bad as not even possessing a NEPA bill in lieu, Oshiomhole emerged a labor leader. And from there he vaulted into being a governor, etc. – only in Nigeria.
Having come from the low end of things, as a leader of coolies, to mighty offices, Oshiomhole as most parvenus, declared himself an all knowing genie. That is he discounted all the luck and chance of a shithole Nigeria that really catapulted him far. Routinely, with his uncontrolled egregiousness he talked down on everybody, including even Buhari, in one public instance.
In all, Oshiomhole has to be understood as a moral of how the rains started to beat Nigeria. It is in the rites of peasants, not necessarily poorly born, but in being unprocessed, coming to great powers and offices. They are wont to cut the empire down to the size of the huts they grew up in. That is the story of how Nigerians, peasants in power, totalized the sub-empire the British bequeathed them into a Bantustan, of bloodletting, darkness and prostitution for power. Ahiazuwa.
Jimanze Ego-Alowes (PhD) is Author and public commentator