FOR ALWAYS PUTTING HIS PEOPLE FIRST, MAGNUS ABE IS A GREAT OGONI MAN
"...standing before you is Barr. Kenneth Kobani of some very marginalised minority in this country. He is eminently qualified and well grounded to serve this country at this time. I wish to appeal sir, within the mood of this Senate, that Barr Kenneth Kobani should be allowed to take a bow, so that this Senate can concentrate on some other matters. Thank your very much Mr President"
The thunderous, deafening applause that greeted this motion, moved on the floor of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria today by the Most Distinguished Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, underscored the maturity, the pure genius, the towering sublimity of the mind from which it came forth.
Standing before the Senate was Barr. Kenneth Kobani, who was seeking confirmation of the upper chamber of the National Assembly to be a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria having been nominated by the President weeks ago. Hon Kenneth Kobani is from Gokana LGA of Ogoni Kingdom, same as Magnus Abe.
As a senator from Rivers State, Magnus Abe, clothed in unimpeachable dignity, rose up in the red chambers to speak.
There was suspense everywhere. No one was sure what the senator would say. Being of the APC stock, will he kick against the nomination? Will he employ his undoubted oratorical prowess to sway his colleagues against the confirmation of his "political rival"? Will he lampoon, carpet and jettison Kenneth Kobani because of political affiliation?
Abe's speech would never validate the fears people were habouring. Abe had no time to think about petty party rivalry. Abe had no time to think that he was of the APC and Kenneth Kobani of the PDP. Abe had no time to think that he was asking for express confirmation of a man who would, few hours later, lead the PDP onslaught against his party in his local government. Abe had no time to reflect on the fact that it has always been reported and alleged that those tearing down his campaign materials back home were overzealous Kenneth Kobani "boys". Abe had no such time.
All eyes were on Magnus Abe. The searchlight of the cameras threatened to beam on his soul. But Magnus Abe was thinking about something else.
Standing there on the floor of the Senate, ready to speak into the microphone, Magnus Abe momentarily had his mind fixed on Ogoni, his land of birth.
He thought about their minority status. He thought about how his people have been politically marginalised over the years.He thought about how his people have been economically strangulated. He thought about how opportunities have been deliberately limited to his people by wielders of power in Nigeria.
He raised up his eyes, fixed a strong gaze on the nominee of the President standing in the red chambers. Kenneth Kobani had receded to the remote background of his vision. Where Kenneth was standing, Abe was seeing his people back home. He was seeing the Ogoni people. Will he be the person to deny his people opportunity to produce a minister even if it was for one day?
So the senator started seeing the bigger picture, beyond the narrow confines of party loyalty. He was, and is, the representative of Kenneth Kobani in the red chambers. The only person Kenneth Kobani could cry to if anything was going wrong. There are no two Ogoni sons in the senate.
The national interest too was at play. Kenneth Kobani was, and is qualified to be a minister. He has been nominated by the President to offer his services to the nation. Magnus Abe would never stop him.
So he spoke. And those magnificent words, quoted at the beginning of this post, powered from his mouth. The senators, across party divide, applauded in a thunderous fashion, and granted Abe's wish for his kinsman.
So was the "Deh Meh Ndeh" confirmed as Minister, after taking a bow in the senate.
Abe is a man of the bigger picture. Abe is a man who puts his people first in all he does. Abe is the asset of Ogoni people. We must guarantee his voice, we must protect this asset, this institution, this pride of our people by re-electing him to do another eventful term in the senate.
Yet again, Magnus Abe demonstrated his unwavering love for Ogoni people, for Rivers State and for Nigeria.
We are sending this genius back to the senate!