That Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, the Executive Assistant on Communication to the Delta State Governor, has little sympathy with parochial mentality of the concept of “Hate Speech” is not only regrettable, but also excessively mournful. And I am afraid, if such a loose cannon like Fred Latimore, is not chained with padlocks to a baobab tree for regular psychiatric medical check-ups now, the resultant effects on the Executive Governor and the entire State would not be easy to contain. Indeed, the image of our dear State would have been dragged into the mud. I write not to file a rejoinder, but as a point of duty to provide an exposition to what Latimore may be referring to as hate speech. This becomes necessary because of the ineptness in his article poised to mislead the public and to incite individuals and the good people of Delta State against one another. It is obvious that Latimore is a frowning he-goat and it would not prevent him from being priced.
A few weeks ago, the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo declared that hate speech will be classified as a specie of Terrorism. Recently also, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa opined that Nigerians make hate speech because of recession, during the occasion of a visit of Mathias Eto and other members of the Public Complaints Commission in Asaba, the Delta State capital. You will agree with me that both authorities dwelt on issues that border on religion and ethnic groups. Of course, the last six months have witnessed an unusual increase in the number of provocative statements emanating from different sections of the country. There are incendiary songs against the Igbo in circulation on Social Media. We all saw the Arewa Youths issued an ultimatum to Igbo resident in the Northern region by October 1. Nnamdi Kanu on his part, has been making some inflammatory speeches about the Nigerian State. In the same vein, the Niger Delta group has threatened non-indigenes living in the region to evacuate before October too. Nevertheless, Fred Latimore in his daftness has continued to brandish the All Progressive Congress (APC) Delta Media Team as been the drivers of hate speeches. He has always refer to them as quack and moribund. In another instance, he alleged that they were responsible for the supposedly hacking of the Facebook account of PSG Hilary Ibegbulem. Yet he is defending and trying to mitigate on the effect of the “f..ck” word made by Hillary in that statement. Can you see the irony in Latimore’s work? He claims Hillary’s Facebook account was hacked, to make that speech, yet the same Latimore is defending a phrase in the speech and trying to convince the public that the perception is not really the intent of the phrase. What an irony! Harry Ibegbulem is now a baby and in a bid to clean up Hillary’s mess, Latimore is now a Baby seater. Ironically, the accused has turned to be the innocent, while the accuser becomes the guilty of the crime he has allegedly charged the former of. He has resulted to inciting unhealthy political propagandas, both in print and the social media to hurt and to truncate the peace agenda of Mr President in Delta State.
Everybody is aware that the Okowa-led government is a bunch of failure. Since its inception at the Government House, no meaningful impact of governance has been created on the minds of the people. And when one speaks up, especially of the ills of the government, Latimore and his crew would come out with shiny armour of words to defend the Governor and brandish the critics as pursuers of hate speeches. The government that takes delight in the suffering of its citizens! Primary school teachers’ slaries have not been paid for months as well as local government workers, not to talk of the pensioners. The news of the recent ten billion naira Paris Club Refunds that was magnanimously dished out to the State government by the Federal, urshered in a huge sigh of relief with high hopes by workers in the State. Unfortunately, the workers’ hopes got deflated and frustrations set in. To this moment, those mentioned have not been paid their salaries. That apart, eighty percent of the roads in the State both linking and internal ones, are death traps for both travellers and motorists. You could imagine how roads were pulled off and washed away by flood in the State, having expended billions of naira to construct. We saw how this flood visited government offices in the State capital, including the Governor’s office. This is simply because either drainages were not constructed or haphazardly done when huge money had been allocated for such projects. Instead of “Little” Latimore and his cohorts to be on the begging side to quell the fury in the minds of Deltans and be unfolding the plans of government on how to alleviate the sufferings of the people, they instead take to social media to incite and create disunity among Deltans.
The good people of Delta State have got the saturation of the inefficiencies of the People Democratic Party’s led government and are all yearning for a change. The ‘Okowa Must Go’ slogan has in a resounding crescendo drowned all the different parts that make the State and nobody can shut the people up! Enough of the siphoning and deceit from the ‘Papa Deceive Pikin’ that is appendaged to the People Democratic Party! Delta State needs a credible hands to steer the wheels of development that would be felt by all.
OKOWA MUST GO HOME COME 2019!
Divramredje Lawrence Efeturi
For The Directorate of Media and Communication
Light of APC, Delta.