The way and manner many Nigerians have made the politics of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) to look like and sound might pull Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s kinsmen to leave their Ubima hometown erroneously for Government House Port Harcourt, with the thought that their son had been killed.
The media has been awash, negatively, with Amaechi, in the exhilaration of the NGF’s politics, as if there was a crime tag on his neck. What a heck! Nigerians are making the politics to look as it was something demeaning if Amaechi confiscates to be the NGF’s Czar. However, I think that there is a propaganda war that is orchestrated against Amaechi without him knowing or with him knowing it, but is looking the other way.
It is sad how politicians have contingence into the internal affairs of NGF. The propaganda war that they are citing against Amaechi against the people is that the NGF is domineering and dictatorial. This is what they have been selling as goods against Amaechi without many rebuttals from his side of the media or that of the NGF. They allowed Amaechi to be sinking in the ship of public hate and now, he is breathing fast like a marathoner who does not want to be overtaken.
In spite of that, the struggle and desperation for re-election in 2015 of somebody in Aso Rock has not really proved the method his compass is navigating to, but what I know is that one of the machineries he is using is to cite public hate against anybody perceived to be an obstacle. Although, I don’t think that Amaechi was an obstacle in the NGF. I am not too sure if Amaechi knew this and was scrutinizing the shamefaced characters of some of his counterparts in the NGF.
If not, how could a sitting governor accept to be elected PDP’s governors chairman, parallel to the NGF that Amaechi chairs? And if Amaechi had become very popular through the NGF, what does that mean? So, who wanted him not to grow? They continued to talk about him in the NGF’s bad light, because he’s the chairman of the NGF, as if they were the people who are concentrated on delivering dividends of democracy to majority of Nigerians. Hooey!
Those using hijacked pretentiousness for re-election in 2015 to run Amaechi down as the chairman of the NGF should understand the meaning of shame and eschew such Machiavellian act. Fighting Amaechi because he had always talked about the position of the NGF the way it was, is like fighting an imaginary enemy, because in my estimation, I have not read anything personally from Amaechi that was attacking any group or politicians. How I wish that these politicians fighting Amaechi as the NGF chair are using such accelerando in the fight for the development of the country.
I know that some politicians are feeling guilt and shame already in the quest to submerge Amaechi. They are already feeling shame for what they have become; and guilt, for what they have been doing against Amaechi.
Notwithstanding, in the book "Telling Lies", Paul Ekman advises as if he had Amaechi and those fighting to pull him down at heart when he said that shame is closely related to guilt, but there is a key qualitative difference. No audience is needed for feelings of guilt, no one else need know, for the guilty person is his own judge. Not so for shame. The humiliation of shame requires disapproval or ridicule by others. If no one ever learns of a misdeed there will be no shame, but there still might be guilt. Of course, there may be both. The distinction between shame and guilt is very important, since these two emotions may tear a person in opposite directions. The wish to relieve guilt may motivate a confession, but the wish to avoid the humiliation of shame may prevent it.
Those betraying Amaechi in the NGF for the lucre of politics are both guilty and shameless.
Odimegwu Onwumere is Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV). Tel: +2348032552855