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Wike The Humorist: Another View

Published by The Nation on Sat, 03 Apr 2021


By Freeman DatuboMy attention has been drawn to a write-up titled Wike the Humorist, published in the Hardball column of The Nation Newspaper, April 1st, 2021 and honestly, one is at a loss to fathom what whoever wrote the piece was talking about.The initial inclination which the title provoked, since yesterday April 1st (April fools day), was to dismiss it as one of those practical jokes often posted in the public space, to elicit some smirk or chuckle from an unsuspecting reader, especially when the name of a prime newsmaker who has captured popular imagination like Governor Wike was mentioned.However, the pun (in the spirit of April fools day), which reeks and drips all through the entire write-up invokes an unpleasant, sardonic humour, which not only displays lack of rigour in misrepresenting the entire context and import of the subject Pidgin language interview which Governor Nyesom Wike gave to the BBC, but sadly exposes the mission of the faceless writer. Little wonder the writer derailed into a cesspool of annoying incoherence.I do not intend to join issues with him, but let us, by way of elevating the illogical mishmash of the intended message, humor the article by conceding to a few observations.First, it is glaringly obvious that the writer does not even know the real meaning of Humorist and has typically exposed a pardonable ignorance by giving a street translation of the word. And so by way of educating the columnist: A HUMORIST or HUMOURIST is an intellectual who uses humor, or wit in writing or public speaking, and that exactly is what Governor Nyesom Wike is, especially in the unorthodox context and platform of a pidgin English interview by an international news agency.Read Also:Wike the humoristSecondly, everything Governor Wike said in the BBC interview are not only incontrovertible facts, but are backed by verifiable evidence and instances, which anyone who live in Rivers State would concurinstantly.And, still on the subject and with particular reference to the tasteless insinuation of one biting the fingers that fed him, many Rivers people will quickly tell you that instead of the example of Governor Wike and President Jonathan, both of who quite happily enjoy a very robust, and mutually respectful relationship, politically and otherwise, this analogy rather fits perfectly and is aptly suited to the relationship between the Transportation Minister and the mercurial, ebullient, revered Sir. Dr. Peter Odili, the former Governor of Rivers State. Indeed Rivers people know only too well, those who have viciously bitten the fingers that fed them.Sadly, what faceless writers like this hardball entrant have still failed to understand when they invoke Governor Wikes name, is that the Rivers Governor is one of the very few leaders in this country, who speaks truth to power and calls a spade by its proper name.Another unfortunate observation is that Newspapers like The Nation, which has attracted some modicum of professional acceptance, still allows itself to succumb to the temptations of presenting such illogical tomfoolery that gushes in articles from authors who are granted authorial licence to massage theiregos and promote their failed masters, like this particular hardball installment.As for the snide inuendo which the writer failed so woefully to convey with the Humorist tag, we will forgive the misappropriated allusion and the attempted impression ignorantly evoked by the misplaced metaphor.One can only wonder sadly how a writer, who tries to impress as prose stylist, would refer to a Governor known nationally as: Mr. Quality Projects and who has been showered with encomiums from across all divides and bestowed with a plethora of awards in virtually all sectors of human and leadership excellence, including: The Governor of the Year for Infrastructure Development the Power of Sports, POS in Africa and the Extra Ordinary Man of the Year Awards, as a humorist. The Nation Newspaper can do much better than this, surely.Datubo is a public affairs analyst based in Port Harcourt
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