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I DARE TO CALL HIM FATHER

April 5, 2015 - Author: Omonioboli - 19 Comments

I am Omoni Oboli and I represent Naija! My good friend said to me, as I reflected on the outcome of elections, “Don’t worry Omoni, it will be fine.” I looked at him incredulously and said, “How can you be so calm? We were in this together!” He replied, ‘I know how to compartmentalise things. We did our best. We fought a good fight and we should be proud! We are all winners!”

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Indeed, we are all winners, because Nigeria won! The predictions for this year’s elections were nothing short of doom and gloom for our dear nation. The massive migration of many Nigerians abroad for ‘holiday’ was a safeguard approach to avoid the sureness of the tinkering idea that people were meant to be slaughtered after the elections. “The land would be bloody,” they presumed, but one man, on whom the onus fell, decided to taper off his personal ambition for the good of his people! That, my friends is a true leader! That is the man I call a Father!

I campaigned and supported Goodluck Ebele Jonathan amidst warnings from friends and foes. He was the unpopular candidate. How then could I lend my face and stake my reputation to support him? Was it because of the pecuniary compensation? The truth, let’s be honest, is that those of us in the entertainment industry who supported Goodluck did it for the love of a man who believed in us and understood the potential we had that could help create the massive jobs we so needed as a nation and the impact it would have on our nation’s GDP. He gave us his attention and he won our hearts and earned our trust, and we gave it right back when it mattered the most, by supporting him.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan did not let me down! He has been described as many things, but in his lowest moment he stepped up in grand style to make it our proudest moment. I have always loved and respected him, but the respect I have for him hit the roof when he made that call! The call that saved the lives of thousands of innocent Nigerians. He said, “My ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian,” and I believe these words should be carved in stone and erected as monuments in the six geopolitical zones of this great country to remind everyone in any position that politics is not a do or die affair! He kept his words which were, “I do not play do or die politics,” “The purpose of power is to better the lives of people and not to take it.”

I have always maintained that Nigeria belongs to us all. As a well brought up child, I respect my elders, and so my campaign for the Presdient was never brought to the level of mudslinging, name calling or insults just to score cheap points. This would be totally out of character for me and I was disappointed that many of us resorted to such on both sides of the parties. I simply brought out my strong reasons. Reasons that I carefully researched before educating fellow Nigerians about them. We gave it our all and we the people made our choice, and won! In the end, Goodluck lost the battle but gained victory as a true statesman and is now seen as the perfect gentleman. The sacrificial lamb that took all the anger and the hurt Nigerians have felt over the last couple of decades. Nigerians are placated and we should continue to promote the peace that the President has given us.

A true Father, your legacy will outlive you! You have shown yourself to be a true lover of your people! The world celebrates you today. I salute your courage and the fact that you kept your words “I would ensure free and fair elections and respect the will of the people.” You surely deserve the Nobel peace prize and the Mo Ibrahim award! Perfect gentleman! True democrat! True statesman! Man of the people! Man of the hour!

I say congratulations once again to all Nigerians and the President elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, who has stepped into prominence again at the helm of affairs of our great nation, tenaciously fighting all the odds and rejections because he looked to the prize. May your rule be peaceful and may Nigeria grow in love and prosperity during your tenure in Jesus name! keep smiling!


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Discussion (19 Comments)

  1. by Olusayo
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    Waoh,beautiful piece U gat hia Omoni. U av said my mind n believe me, GEJ has won d hearts of many. Tanx for taking Ur stands to support him against all odds n for standing by him even after. Jah bless dearie. More power to Ur elbow, Ur write up was waooooh.
    #kisses cos U going places

    • by Omonioboli
      Reply

      Amen! Thanks

  2. by J
    Reply

    Say whatever you can about GEJ, he’s an outstanding gentleman and by this act he has saved the life of many. I dare say he’s a hero worth emulating against whatever odds!

    • by Omonioboli
      Reply

      Yes Jummy! He sure is!

  3. by Sylvester Roy-Omoni
    Reply

    I have always believed in GEJ and argued my points in his support jealously. It’s funny those who speak against him don’t have plausible reasons to do so except he tolerated corruption! Did the last 2 presidents really chased any or only witch hunted their foes?
    Well, GEJ made those of us who supported him proud and I don’t think any other African leader has achieved that feat.

  4. by Sylvester Roy-Omoni
    Reply

    I have always believed in GEJ and argued my points in his support jealously. It’s funny those who speak against him don’t have plausible reasons to do so except he tolerated corruption! Did the last 2 presidents really chased any or only witch hunted their foes?
    Well, GEJ made those of us who supported him proud and I don’t think any other African leader has achieved that feat.
    He’s truly a father to be proud of

    • by Omonioboli
      Reply

      Yes he is Sylvester! God bless you!

  5. by Jeremiah
    Reply

    I want you to know that I am proud of you and your decisions in making Nigeria great. I know people might say you have lost by supporting Mr President. But you’ve earned my respect and that of other like minded Nigerians…I will forever cherish your decisions… +1 fan

    • by Omonioboli
      Reply

      Thanks Jeremiah! God bless you…God bless Nigeria!

  6. by Onomeefe
    Reply

    Omoni PGEJ is indeed a hero and gentleman to earth
    I am so proud of what he did he proved the world wrong.
    God bless you PGEJ and God help President
    Elect to rule with wisdom . God bless Nigeria

    • by Omonioboli
      Reply

      Amen!!!

  7. by ndidiamaka
    Reply

    Well said Omoni GEJ is my hero

    • by Omonioboli
      Reply

      Bless!!!

  8. by Felicia Orife-Yisau
    Reply

    Respected your courage during and after the election. Your write up sums it all and has taken away the hurt I had felt after the election. God bless you oniovo. Nigeria will be great again. GEJ remains my president and time will help heal our land.

    • by Omonioboli
      Reply

      Amen!!! God bless us all!

  9. by Korede
    Reply

    Omoni, so touching, in your very few words, what you said was so true, Nigeria won, Buhari won, I won, you win, and definitely, GEJ won. It takes super guts to be you, yes I mean the real you – have an opinion and actually stand for what you believe in.GEJ my hero & Omoni my fav female artist.

    • by Omonioboli
      Reply

      Thanks Korede! Glad there are still people out there that know the truth! God bless you!

  10. yeah, his indeed an icon to nigeria, he remains the best, we have ever had

  11. Second time I found your site on Google. Great stuff.

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