NEED FOR LEADERSHIP IN
Professor Scott-Emuakpor, MD
If you are related to the Mabiaku of the NTC fame in Warri, then you are also related to me. I send this mail to you in utter dismay at the tone of your mail to Peter Ekeh. I have gone back and have re-read Prof Ekeh's analysis of the Ajagbodudu situation. I find Prof Ekeh's presentation non-judgemental, conciliatory, analytical and scholarly. He reminded all of us of our collective responsibility to be restrained in our utterances else we might be doing more harm than good.He called on all of us to cherish our neighborhood and to derive strength in being inseparable neighbors. He requested us not to forget the genetics of the Urhobo/Itsekiri people.
Regardless of your misgivings about Prof. Ekeh's motives in the past, his words are powerfully positive. I am dismayed because you did not capitalize on the power of his words, instead you attempted to make his contributions trivial. If you must ascend to leadership position among my mother's people, you must avoid positions that seem popular for more constructive and honest positions. We can only be richer culturally as a people by that.
If you do not like what I have said, please forgive me. I mean no harm whatsoever. By the way, I am an Urhobo/Itsekiri man and Prof. Ekeh and I are very good friends from the University of Ibadan days.