By John Osagie
Politically and naturally, as the axiom says, “he who is good at home would also be good in public”.
The crafty who aspires for the position of authority, to achieve their goals, are deceitfully humble at the beginning. In allusion to the great sages of the 15th Century epoch it is said: “Lowliness is young ambition’s ladder whereto the climber upward turns his face but when he attains the utmost round, he then unto the ladder turns his back, looks in the clouds scorning the base degrees”. Sadly, no sooner deceptive persons get what they want they aggressively push or throw the ladder down against those that held it firm under the sun or in the rain for them to attain the height they reached.
We have seen in the past and now this treacherous trait in some persons who climbed to the political apogee and then pushed the ladder with which they climbed against the electorate who helped them up. While at the top they fling down their democratic garments which they had worn in pretense to get assistance to the zenith. And then they put on tyrannical garments of oppression in spite of the electorate. They proceed to milking the electorate to the marrows by horrible tax drives for outrageous revenue at the expense of suffering traders, shop owners and long established private businesses.
Many a market woman would tell of tales about wares confiscated, which result in indebtedness and of the hapless thrown in jails for failure to pay huge fines imposed on them.
Once again, as said by the 15th Century sages, “They will rather hurt themselves and remain who they are than to wring from the hands of the peasants their vile by any indirection”.
The bus drivers and taxi drivers still are daily oppressed by the aggressive revenue collectors despite the deceitful narrative of sanity. Still, the transporters suffer barbaric beatings from the dark clothed “Volunteers” who act like herdsmen descending on cattle with strong sticks to force compliance upon their whims. This is the chaotic situation we have found ourselves.
Against the background of unfulfilled electoral promises of job opportunities in hundreds of thousands, frustrations have accumulated. After the endless search for non available jobs many are thrown in a state of pitiable soliloquies resulting from mental depression. And many the hope of a better future remain trapped in tattered penury.
At any rate, it stands true to say that behind every cloud is a silver lining. And the manifestation of this in our political state of depression in Edo State at the moment, is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a man from a renowned family in Benin Kingdom. He is a man of a reassuring meek mien, humble, loving, kind and accessible to all and sundry. He is s political adept who has vast experience of politics and public service in Edo State and Nigeria at large. And many attest to the fact of his readiness and willingness to position Edo people for reaping the dividends of democracy like never before. He is a man whose commitment to the uplift of the grassroots is not in doubt.
There is no better evidence we can get of his understanding of the undesirable state of things in Edo than his written manifesto called the SIMPLE AGENDA. The articulate document gives an idea of what Ize-Iyamu hopes to do as Governor and how he intends to do them. This SIMPLE document we can trust, is really an acronym for: Security and Social Welfare, Infrastructure Development and Urban Renewal, Manpower Development and Training, Public Private Partnership, Leadership by Example and Employment Creation and Social Empowerment.
I cannot end this write-up without averting our minds to the fact of Ize-Iyamu’s spiritual development as a pastor. He represents the quality we have and will always yearn for in governance – the righteous. A vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC on September 19, is a vote for your brighter future and limitless rejoicing. As the Bible tells us: when the righteous rule the people rejoice.