PERISCOPE : Joe Igbokwe, thou art a serial falsehood peddler
Looking back now, the Russian chess grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist, and perhaps the greatest chess player of all time, Garry Kasprov, was speaking of Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the Lagos APC publicity secretary, when he said, “The point of modern propaganda isn't only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.”
There has never been a time that Mr. Igbokwe does not lie without let. He relishes his own falsehood and delivers them with some glee and panache that anyone without the knowledge of his history will fall flat face down in belief.
Some have mischievously say he is in competition to outdo the devil, the grandest liar of all times, in the lying department.
For a man with the gift of the garb, Igbokwe rather than deploy his oratory to something edifying, rather prefers walking in the mud, splashing it on all, guilty or not.
Recently, he fingers are getting burnt by the day as he dips into his Spring of Half Truths and Absolute Falsehoods.
First, he was caught with his hand in the till when he posted a fake picture of President Muhammadu Buhari sitting behind a desk and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Obinna Chukwuka, walking past the president.
As a man given to annihilate the truth, Mr Igbokwe posted: “Please meet ACP Obinna Chukwuka, the tear rubber Chief Security Officer to Mr President.”
Minutes after, Premium Times busted him. He apologized after making random excuses.
Not done, he barefacedly lied against justices of the apex court and the Rivers state government that Governor Nyesom Wike procured his governorship in 2015. But this time, he was not to run away so easily as the activist lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa, dragged him to court for abusing his privilege to court.
Like the puny livered liar he is, Igbokwe retracted his statement and apologised profusely for it.
“Please let it be known and it is hereby made known that I have withdrawn the post I did few days ago on Facebook suggesting that The Apex Court compromised on matters concerning 2015 Rivers State Governorship elections.
“It was not a calculated attempt to cast aspersions, demean and disparage the entire Bar and the Bench which I hold to the highest esteem. I am too small and too insignificant to do this,” he begged.
If anything, the Rivers state government will do well by dragging Igbokwe to court despite his apology as it might help him in the long run from further bringing odium to his family if not himself.
What is this transmission of confusion, Ortom?
The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, cuts a pathetic figure each time he speaks. Some of the faults are his, while others are clearly beyond his grasp.
As governor of a state that has witnessed so much carnage orchestrated mainly by herdsmen, it is understandably that given the unending gore and madness, he could have been afflicted by the senselessness of it all.
The worry about Governor Ortom is his indecision as to whether he still belongs to the All Progressives Congress or shopping for a new party other than that which he rode on to become governor.
The governor is so indecisive like Hamlet that it is others that are asking on his behalf, ‘to be, or not to be, that is the question…’
For a man whose name is ‘Samuel’, meaning ‘heard by God,’ and anointer of kings, Ortom has shown that he is not hearing from God, though he claims to hear God.
If he does, he should by now know that like Gandhi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”
Better still, as Saint Seraphim of Sarov said, “Save yourself, and you will save a thousand around you.”
Ortom does not appear as a man willing to save himself talk less of saving others around him. As he keeps prevaricating and acting like a drunk sailor, one only hopes he sinks alone and not with the ship of Benue state in tow.
Sarki, learn from Pharaoh Ramesses' heroic "victory"
Deception is part of society especially in politics. Allies as well adversaries sometimes rely on it to gain advantage for good or bad.
Last Thursday, it emerged that President of the Senate Bukola Saraki, the one they love to hate, but hate to love was locked in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Aso Rock.
According to several media outlets, the meeting was to persuade Saraki not to embark on his imminent decamping from the ruling party.
Since his emergence as senate president three years ago, Saraki has had to contend with all manner of allegations and attacks on his person and office. To have survived the blitzkrieg is no doubt because he is the son of the one true Oloye, the late grandmaster of Kwara politics albeit Nigeria, Olushola Saraki.
Owing to infamous ‘sources’ that Saraki is asking for written guarantees from his familiar foes to stay back in the APC, it is instructive he realizes that these are people given to circumventing the law; they have scant regards for the almighty constitution, so what assurances are there that a worthless agreement on a paper without the consent of millions of Nigerians will amount to anything?
President of the Senate, Sir, it is in the nature of man to write his own history to gain glory and advantage.
Over 3, 300 years ago, Ramesses the Great of the Ancient Egyptian Empire, engaged in a deception that many have taken after him.
At the Battle of Kadesh against the Hittite Empire in 1274 BC, he was roundly defeated and forced to sign the first-ever non-aggression treaty in history rather than having his entire army wiped out.
Do you know what he did? Ramesses to maintain his godhead lie, painted the embarrassing loss at Kadesh as a brilliant victory for the Egyptian Empire.
To this day, Ramesses II lives in the sunken walls of the temple in Abu Simbel as scoring a brilliant victory.
So, if you believe the stone carvings of Ramesses II’s victory, you can as well believe that Buhari will keep to his promise if he manages to win in 2019.