Sack Godswill Akpabio Now by Adeola Soetan
In a saner and gender sensitive society, Godswill Akpabio, the nebulous minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, would have tendered his resignation letter now for consciously intruding into a woman’s “private part” – her matrimonial affairs and by making such “matrimonial peep” as a governance and national issue in his response to allegations of corruption levied against him by a woman, Joy Nunieh, former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The woman has also cried out that she slapped Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, for sexually harassing her. But Akpabio has been distracting attentions from these weighty allegations by diverting attention to the woman’s private matrimonial affairs which should not concern anyone not to talk of bringing such petty issue to national discourse.
Akpabio has shown that he’s a stone age mysogynist, a political rascal, potential rapist, and unfit character to be in the midst of civilised people not to talk of holding an important office as a minister of the Republic of Nigeria.
Akpabio, no matter his pretence to leadership or any educational background, by instinct and orientation, he is a village bully not fit to be minister but a motor park tout where abuse, harrasment, and violence against women comes with medal award of masculinity and heroism.
By coming on national television in Year 2020, when the institution of marriage is gradually becoming extinct globally because of hypocrisy and inherent contradictions, to attack a woman, a former director of NDDC, a parastatal under his ministry, on the basis of her gender, her marital status is profoundly stupid.
Using serial divorce and remarriage as a blackmail to peep into her very private matrimonial issues by revealing that the woman had gone through four “unsuccessful marriages” in his unsuccessful attempt to discredit the woman’s allegation of corruption against him, Akpabio has successfully breached his oath of office and the Nigerian constitution which forbids discrimination against gender and sex. Section 42 of the Constitution forbids discrimination on the basis of sex.
Section 42(1) (a) (b)… of the Constitution of The Republic of Nigeria provides that no one should be discriminated against by reason of ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion arising out of any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government. Akpabio has undermined the spirit and the intendiment of the constitution.
He also breached the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. Nigeria is a signatory. He has also breached ILO Convention No. 111, Article 1concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation, 1958.
Will Akpabio make such irresponsible statement on a woman’s privacy if his accuser is a Man who had married four times? just to score a cheap point to ridicule him? No.
Akpabio should just resign peacefully with ignominy or be sacked and thrown out of the cabinet by President Muhammadu Buhari if indeed the president has respect for women and value their contributions to nation building. The misogynist should tender unreserved apology to the abused woman, all women in Buhari regime, all women in Nigeria and all citizens born by women in the country.
Akpabio, after his ministerial hangover and anytime his sanity is restored, should visit the tombs of great women of history to apologize for his idiotic gaffe and also take a lesson on the history of great women like Margaret Ekpo, Queen Amina, Mrs Funmilayo Ransome – Kuti, Madam Efunroye Tinubu, Birikisu Sugbon, Madam Bisoye Tejuosho, Dr Adadevor, Dr. Akunyili, and many other successful heroic women of virtues who achieved greatness and impacted humanity positively not because of their matrimonial bliss or not but by the quality of their beings.
This is a clarion call on leading reputable women right activists and organisations – WARDC, Women Arise, GADA, KIND, JDPC, FOWAN, Market Women Associations, students, feminists and all women who defend and advocate for protection of human/women pride and dignity against any discrimination and abuse based on gender to stand up in unison and reject Akpabio’s assault on womanhood.
His attempt to ridicule women and cast aspersion on them by measuring women’s success or failure at work or in life on the basis of their private matrimonial situations, thereby indirectly holding them guilty of divorce, is uncouth, unreasonable, uncivilized, unintelligent and cannot even be validated by any dint of provable reaserch work or theory beyond motor park/ beer parlours gossip of woman victimhood which Godwin Akpabio, is now trying to validate by bringing the private of issue of divorce as an indictment on women and their proficiency in their official duty.
All discerning citizens born of women should rise up and reject a misogynist Akpabio’s hypothesis of matrimonial bliss or otherwise is directly proportional to women’s proficiency at work. This is a nonsensical faux pas, a derogatory remark from a dead mind.
Akpabio Must Go!