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Ivie Omoregie: People of Edo State, Let’s Not Air Our Dirty Laundry In Public

It is a shame to see our elders squabble in front of the entire world when the matter could have been settled peacefully and privately. The fundamental truth is that all parties involved want to see the progress of their home state. All parties involved want to preserve, protect and defend the great people of Edo state. All parties involved are great citizens of the state who are tremendously successful in their own right and are driven by the desire to give back, thus empowering the masses.

Ivie Omoregie

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On behalf of the women and the youths of Edo State, I hereby plead that the open exchange we have witnessed over the last few weeks between respected and revered elders of our great Edo State stops.

On one side, we have one of the most highly rated and respected Benin business moguls the 21st century has seen thus far. On the other side, we have the current Governor of the state, a private sector guru who came into service with the mantle of transformational leadership and is meeting all expectations. We also have a sitting Governor who has done great things and is considered by many as having the most positive impact in the advancement of his official oath of office since the inception of the state.

Earlier this year, I visited my mother’s paternal village of Ehor, Edo State. As I engaged with the villagers and spoke with the youths of the village, it broke my heart to accept the reality that many of these children have a bleak future because their government has consistently failed them. We had a family function in honor of my late grandfather, and I saw the eagerness, blurred with frustration, in the eyes of the masses as we shared food, drinks, and plastic gift items.

As with many Nigerian citizens around the world, I have witnessed decades of bad leadership and people who have personal gain as their sole motivation for contemplating positions of authority. I have seen private sector leaders seemingly competing with public officials in the contest of ‘who will be the most disruptive to the average Nigerian’.

It is unfortunate that all Nigerian citizens have witnessed government parastatals playing tricks with billions of dollars meant for the development of the nation whilst the masses languish in poverty.

We have seen government officials pretending to faint when being asked to appear before a disciplinary panel (usually a charade because we all know absolutely nothing would have changed if he had not ‘fainted’).

The icing on this bitter cake has been the governmental parastatal, responsible for the investigation and prosecution of corrupt government officials, losing sight of their original mandate and being indicted in possibly the largest and most horrifying misappropriation of public funds.

We live in a country where whistle-blowers are encouraged to speak out and report anomalies, only for the stolen funds to be re-stolen by the same people encouraging the layman to speak up, thus putting the layman’s personal safety in jeopardy.

It is heartbreaking to see good elders and leaders, who have greatly impacted the day-to-day lives of their kinsmen, allow their legacies to be negatively impacted by what seems to be a war of egos.

It is a shame to see our elders squabble in front of the entire world when the matter could have been settled peacefully and privately. The fundamental truth is that all parties involved want to see the progress of their home state. All parties involved want to preserve, protect and defend the great people of Edo state. All parties involved are great citizens of the state who are tremendously successful in their own right and are driven by the desire to give back, thus empowering the masses.

Respectfully, sirs, I would like to beg that the matter be resolved internally as one family should. The harsh truth is that when one airs their dirty laundry in public, amongst people who have no real involvement, everything said and done will be used against the perpetrators. Members of the audience will share the information mostly in jest, without having any true conviction for the parties involved. As kinsmen, we are one family, we will always be the Heartbeat of The Nation. United, we can accomplish great things.

Ivie Omoregie is the Founding Consultant at Skye Advisory. Skye Advisory is a boutique business advisory firm with locations in London, England, as well as Lagos, Nigeria. Skye Advisory offers bespoke Legal, Financial and General Business advisory services to small and micro businesses.  Ivie is a duly qualified lawyer with years of cross border experience in the areas of Corporate Advisory, Energy and Projects, Finance and Litigation.  Ivie is also an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association as well as an avid Business Advisor, Political Analyst and Human Rights promoter.  View more details about her at www.IvieOmoregie.com. Follow her on Twitter @Ivie_Omoregie and Instagram @Skye.Advisory "

9 Comments

  1. Billy

    August 4, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Absolutely fantastic write up. Soo eloquent. So apt.

  2. Jeffrey ajayi ojo

    August 4, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Good write up and wisdom,I admire your work, but please don’t allow any of the warring parties to invite you for an award as your conscience my be bought, I’m happy to know I’m not alone in the this unity fight.

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  3. Linda

    August 4, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Ivie don’t worry about their washing dirty laundry in the public. It is very necessary for a developing democracy such as our’s. There’s a period called the McCathyism period in America, the clash of socialism and capitalism. The only problem is our own is fighting with no ideology and change.

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  4. Barth Udechukwu

    August 4, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Well said. A word is enough for the wise,they say. Great job, Ivie. More grace and more wisdom to you.

  5. Osariemen Enobakhare

    August 4, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Unity is strength. Well said my gorgeous Miss Ivie Omoregie

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  6. June

    August 4, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I love the way this has been addressed. Soo respectful yet straight to the point.

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  7. Oluwatope

    August 5, 2020 at 7:21 am

    God will continue to protect & give you more wisdom

  8. Adaora Okpalugo

    August 6, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Love it Ivie !Weldone .#FactsOnly

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  9. Orighoye Obelikpeyah

    August 7, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for the time taken to express yourself in a lucid manner.

    Regrettably, the crux of the issues thrown out in the governorship election in the Edo State are beyond the appeal for reconciliation canvassed in your write up.

    Each of the two major frontline candidates are in the race to get hold of power, which is up for grabs, after each four years of misrule by the elite.

    Again, the votes of the people won’t matter in this election, seeing the Courts would look at the law squarely and upturn the results of the election on the ground that the political parties failed to follow their own rules at the primaries.

    In the near future, these vicious candidates would realign forces whenever the opportunity avails itself for our common patrimony to be looted.

    Mark my words!

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