So it’s all over the news today that GEJ and his entourage got a snub from Oba Erediuwa when they came to Benin to campaign and mobilize support for the PDP governorship candidate, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (an ex-millitary man?? Ok.).
Errr, actually, Oba Erediuwa only allowed Goodluck into the inner palace chambers while the other members of the entourage (including the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur; Chief Tony Anenih, the governorship candidate, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, and the state chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih) waited outside like small pikins.
If I am to believe the comments on the article(click here) then it seems our traditional rulers have started treating their titles with the dignity it deserves.
And as for people like this commenter, obviously he hasn’t lost a relation to Boko Haram, or in the recent air crash, or in a GEJ campaign scramble, or to Dame Patience’s grammatical bullets; that is why he still has so much love.
“Nothing can be more disgraceful, disrespectful and insulting, when a host or hostess in a planned visit refuses to welcome one, into his or her house, even when he or she is conspicuously in the house. This was exactly, what the Oba of Benin, Omo'Noba Erediauwa did to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan and others, when the Oba refused to welcome him and others in the open of his palace. It is a national disgrace and unfortunate too. Time will tell”.
Oya, let’s go there.
Respect: If I am not mistaken, Oba Erediuwa’s title has a longer history than Nigerian presidency and Goodluck himself. He is also much older than him. So yes, he can treat Goodluck as a son first and foremost before he treats him as President - that is African tradition. It was probably the respect for his status that made him allow him in.
Moreover, Goodluck came on a campaign mission not State Visit. He showed courtesy to the Oba by visiting, the Oba returned the courtesy by favouring him with his presence - 5 full minutes of it. Hehehe
Integrity - I heard the Oba has endorsed Oshiomole. So it is good that he showed clearly where his loyalties lie compared to some others we know (side-eye Ohaneze Ndi Igbo) who would play both sides for favour.
Disgraceful/Insulting- Ha! George Bush, a whole POTUS had a shoe thrown at him by a disgruntled citizen. How about Berlusconi? The US did not destabilise nor did Italy. Nor was the lowly shoe thrower lynched.
Abeg siddon (sit down).
Now for the rest of Nigerians, I wish we could learn from this Elder and not only keep these no-good governors and senators waiting but pelt them with coconuts when they remember their way home cause they want to campaign for re-election.
p.s. I do agree with the commenter that “time will tell”. If I rejoiced for naught. Naija is of course full of surprises. Yea, time will tell.