VENO NEWS:STILL ON THAT OMATSEYE'S 'OBI-TUARY'. By Mohammed Adamu Date: 09-08-22
They say that my erstwhile National Concord senior colleague, Sam Omatseye's harmless titular use of the phonic pun-word 'Obi-tuary' was an ominous death-wish on their Labor Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Plus they had warned that if anything happened to Obi, Omatseye would be held responsible! And I was like: what, in Jove's name, should we call this scaremongering political intolerance? Do we call it 'superstitious idiocy' or 'idiotic superstition'?
My university linguistics lecturer would aptly have described this malady 'para-phonic superstition' -a psychosis triggered by the innocuos play (pun) on word to elicit a political laughter, but which ironically is educing an ominous apprehension of morbidity by the politically intolerant!
If when Obi's supporters punned on the princely name, 'Obi' to create the servile word 'Obi-dient' his opponents did not say that was ominous for an obeisance-seeking political dictatorship, why should they resort to superstition when all that their opponents have done is to equally pun on the same name to arrive at a dissimilar homophony: 'Obi-tuary'?
Why should Obi's supporters enjoy the right to play pun politics for effects but their opponents should not have the corresponding right to enjoy the same? Or aren't 'Obi-dient' and 'Obi-tuary' both homophonic 'make-believes' rooted in the metaphorics of 'poetic license'?
Just like 'Thief-nubu', like 'Boo-hari', like 'Atiku-looted',and like 'Lie-Mohammed'? But who has ever, publicly, taken offence at or protested the use of these politically pejorative twists of names for political effects? Who has ever threatened fire and brimstone because of these? No one that I know!
A ROLAND FOR AN OLIVER.
You guys have the nerve to live in glass houses and throw rocks at people, but when you are mildly pelted even with ordinary pebbles, you have such a cowardly way of crying wolf that is as amusing