Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

PERISCOPE : Jang’s prison epiphany


Jang’s prison epiphan

There is something about prison that is illuminating and revealing. Imagine the number of politicians that went to prison and became humane in their attitudes in Nigeria.

Just like in the case of the jailer in Acts 16:25-40 who had a life-changing encounter while Paul and Silas prayed, former governor of Plateau state, Senator Jonah Jang, who is accused of stealing N6.3 billion had his own transforming epiphany.

Jang, who was released on Thursday from prison custody after a week, revealed how he became a pastor behind bars ministering to the inmates.

“As a believer in Jesus Christ, I count it all joy to be found worthy of these trials and tribulations. I am aware of my fallibility as a mortal, but it has been a rare privilege by all standards of estimation, to be granted the opportunity to share the gospel of our Lord and Saviour to many souls I met in captivity. It was a remarkable experience to fellowship with brethren in that kind of condition,” the former governor said in a statement upon being granted bail by the High Court.

It is something of a wonder that Jang realizes that the inmates are brethren’s and is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that he failed to know that Jesus will not have stolen from the people.

Also, the senator could not be more humorous to talk about rights and privileges when these are values he forgot while in office. But for standing these same ethos on their heads, it was unlikely that Governor Simon Lalong will have been governor.

It is about time that people like Jang are reminded that it is still a long road to restitution for them.


Olisah Metuh, may God help you

The former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisah Metuh, is a man at a difficult place at the moment, therefore requires the help of the Divine.

If anything, Metuh needs to take this saying by famed martial arts exponent, Bruce Lee, to heart. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one,”  Lee counseled.

As things are, Metuh, if before now does not believe in the potency of prayers, and perchance he did but was praying for an easy life, needs to change the manner of his invocation to God.

Last Tuesday, May 22, 2018 was the beginning of another round of ordeal for the one-time publicist that is facing corruption allegations for receiving N400 million for an equally embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Metuh in trying to make his way to the dock at the resumed hearing entangled himself with his walking aid and tumbled to the rugged floor of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

According to the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, Metuh had ignored the directive of the court to stay seated but ignored the directive.

Since the fall, the embattled accused has not been in court but Justice Abang has insisted that the case will go on, while refusing the request of defence lawyer, Emeka Etiaba, to excuse himself from the case.

Without a doubt, it is obvious that Metuh is on a long thing and must brace up for the choreographed end in Abang’s court.


Fayose, are you still the rock?

The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Peter Fayose, has always boasted of being the ‘Rock.’ This is perhaps in reference to the meaning of ‘Peter’ on which Jesus Christ has said he will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

In the course of his political journey, Fayose has lived true to his name, defying incumbency and federal might to emerge victorious.

His seeming invincibility has seen him at loggerheads with President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime.

One can only guess that a must be a student of the Chinese philosopher and general, Sun Tzu, who wrote the timeless classic, The Art of War.

One instructive quote from Tzu’s is: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

It seems Fayose no longer knows he could be his own enemy owing to the number of people that are deserting his cabinet.

In the last one year, prominent allies have parted ways with the governor and they include, former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Ekiti State University, Prince Dayo Adeyeye; former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi.

Others are former Director General/Special Adviser Bureau of Public Procurement, Chief Segun Akinwumi; former Commissioner for Public Utilities, Mr. Deji Adesua; former Board Member representing Ekiti at Odua Investment, Dr. Sikiru Lawal, Kayode Osho, a former Commissioner for Works and the latest being Assistant on Transportation, Odunayo Ehinafe.

Fayose, don’t let overconfidence rob you of your mystique for is it not said, stoop to conquer?










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12 November 2019