This week, we witnessed the distribution of cars by Senator Patrick Abba Moro to the zone C chairman and the nine local government chapter chairmen of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in Idoma land which were reported as ‘gifts.’
But on a second look, can they be described as gifts?
A gift, going by the general meaning, is something given willingly to someone without expecting any form of payment in return whether in cash or kind. It is therefore dishonest to describe any gesture towards a public official who can influence things in one’s favour as such.
The English language, with its rich vocabulary has a name for such gestures:
It says, “the offering, giving, soliciting or receiving of any item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public office or legal duty especially with the intent to influence the discharge of another’s official duties is called bribery.
Between the two definitions above, it is not difficult telling which description fits the gesture by the Senator.
The 10 cars were not given to support public institutions like, hospitals, security outfits, schools and others that have such grave needs but were given to party officials who are statutory delegates in the primary elections of the party.
This year, Benue South otherwise known as Zone C, was bedeviled by security challenges but the Senator was nowhere to be found. A case in point was the invasion of Ado LGA by the Fulani Gunmen where hundreds of people and particularly Izzi were massacred.
Like Emperor Nero who fiddled away when Rome was on fire, the Senator was frolicking in far away Akwa-Ibom State while Ado, that voted for him massively was wallowing in blood!
Two tankers also exploded in parts of his constituency, killing many and destroying property but the Senator was nowhere to be found. He was only casually sighted in one of the scenes of the accident and made empty promises, as usual!
BY CHRIS OCHAPA