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Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has finally fired back at Senator Smart Adeyemi, calling him a mad man.
Recall that Adeyemi, who represents Kogi West senatorial District had last week called Ikpeazu a drunkard, saying ‘Abia is governed by drunkards.’
The senator, while speaking on the floor of the upper chamber said ‘some governors are doing their best, we are lucky to have a governor (Yahaya Bello) who has taken the issue of security as a serious priority. We are bordered by nine states, but we had an experience of the unfortunate incidents that are happening in neighboring states.
‘Some governors are committed to the protection of their people, in my state the governor awarded contracts for the renovations of schools and provides security services to them.
‘In some states of Nigeria today, where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people… like Abia but they are governed by drunkards.
‘The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man. Abia people are impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate.’
But Ikpeazu, during a book presentation in Abuja titled: ‘Made in Aba,’ which was written by the Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe hit back at the Kogi Senator.
The governor, before ending his speech said for those who would think that the man coming behind the microphone to speak as Governor of Abia State is a drunkard, “permit me to say that I don’t drink at all and I don’t begrudge those who drink.”
Ikpeazu said in other places, even countries that have fewer problems, they discussed big issues of security, economy, and infrastructure development.
‘They don’t talk about what people do and what they do not do. For us leaders, it is a calling. If you are called to lead you are also called to be a mentor to young ones and what you say, how you carry yourself and the things you say and the times you say them speaks a lot about how serious you are as a person,’ he added.
Ikpeazu now concluded by borrowing a quote from a book written by the late legendary writer, Chinua Achebe to sum up his attack on Adeyemi, saying ‘If a mad man picks your clothes while you are in the bathroom and takes off and you go after him naked, nobody would know who is mad after all.’
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