Breaching Protocol: Oshiomhole As The Victim
By Erasmus Ikhide
I was constrained to ask a top brass of the nation’s security architecture who first shared the video of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole relocation on the line in order of hierarchy at the venue of President Muhammadu Buhari’s swearing-in ceremony thus: “what is Nigeria security man’s day”?
He retorted mean-mindedly, I just wanted you to be abreast of what’s happening at the Eagles’ Square. My question — without a doubt — rattled him and those he might have convinced that it is a bad outing for the APC’s henchman. Strictly speaking, it is the other way round.
These pertinent questions can help diagnose how and where the nation falls into the dismal outing. First is, where were the protocol officials before the National Chairman of the APC strolled into the space supposedly meant for another individual?
Another question is what tangential democratic dividend does the position adjustment serve for the poor jobless youths on the street or the government itself that fulfils all its electoral promise to the people in the breach?
How does the line adjustment in presidential inauguration douse the relentless killings by Boko Haram and Fulani marauding terrorists across the country? Did the position adjustment burnish APC’s damaged image as political party. Your is guess is as good as mine.
You could blame Adams Oshiomhole if he had intentionally stepped into a designated space or line clearly written or meant for another higher personality than himself. He could be blamed if he had sat on a chair with protocols’ insignia clearly stating position other than his.
It’s naivety to put the blame of poorly educated and inefficient protocol officials who failed in their duties on another man who seems to have worked into a booby trap.
Taking time out to convince and educate my man in uniform that it’s rather a sad day for the nation and the security organs in charge of what position on the line a state actor like the National Chairman of the rule party should fall into on such auspicious occasion was heartworming.
The social scale disruption on the presidential inauguration, if anything, speaks to the physical and psychological rupturing of the inner workings of the state architecture that orders orderliness, due diligence and regularity in state affairs.
Besides, why making Oshiomhole the fall guy? Worldwide, leaders on many occasions have fallen below expectations in areas of protocol, especially in unfamiliar spaces where they are strangers to the roles of the game.
A case in point is that of the US President, Donald Trump who suffered similar fate in his meeting with England’s monarch, Queen Elizabeth. It also happened with the Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khaled Alyemany who fell victim of a protocol error in his sitting position during a Warsaw session on security in the Middle East earlier a few months ago.
Nigeria leadership and the military aparatus should bother itself about insecurity plaguing the country and engage itself with profitable business and economic growth that will elevate the human spirit than this diversionary tactics and perpetual battles of supremacy.
Making Oshiomhole or those who could probably fall victim of similar state failure is begging the question.