CHRIS NEHIKHARE AND THE BURDEN OF CONSCIENCE.

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CHRIS NEHIKHARE AND THE BURDEN OF CONSCIENCE.

Tony Okonigene writes from Usugbenu

“Conscience is an open wound, only the truth can heal it”.
When a man with Conscience is forced out circumstances surrounding him to lie to the public, his body language and mode of writing will betray his inner struggles with the truth. Only a man who has sold his soul to the devil can look straight into the eyes of the public and lie without blinking. Even when he is caught in the lie, he shows no sign of shame.

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I have come to the conclusion long ago that the Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Strategy, Hon. Chris Nehikhare is a man whose conscience is alive. Any one who has followed Chris right from when he was the Edo State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, till date, will notice the difference in the write ups and press briefings then and now. Chris is a man who likes punishing his opponents with the truth. He will not let go until the opponent is subdued by the truth. Now he just issues his statements once and hops off.

Of recent his body language and style of writing have changed. The Hon. Commissioner now engages in long statements with no bearing, in trying to defend the indefensible. For the third time in a week, he had been called upon to perform the inglorious duty of trying to paint the unpopular actions of the Edo State Government in acceptable light. First was the denial of the use of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium to the Labour party for their rally to receive Mr. Peter Obi. Then the unjustified arrest of innocent protesters whose lands were forcefully grabbed by the state government and then lately, the exposed plan to demolish and take over the NUJ complex.

I read the seemingly defence Chris tried to put up for his Government in respect of the NUJ Complex. It was a long rigmarole that did not match the headline of the statement. The conclusion is that Chris tried justifying why the Edo State Government has to demolish the NUJ Complex and at the same time putting up a headline that there is no plan to do so. When did the government go into this supposed plan with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments? No one, not even Chris is convinced about these tales by moonlight.

Right now, the exposure by Governor Wike of the 13% Derivative Funds collected in full by the Niger Delta States is on the front burner. All eyes are on Chris to come up with something, no matter how shallow, to tell the public how Edo State Government, under the present administration has utilized the funds to the benefit of the people even if it is by MOUs.

Our Chris, oh our Chris, may God grant you the wisdom and strength to go through this valley.

Tony Okonigene writes from Usugbenu

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