Hilary Odion EvbayiroWednesday, August 25, 2004
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aving read Remi Oyeyemi's so-called rejoinder to my riposte of his revulsive first article on the subject, I am compelled by a profound sense of tradition as an Edo man to retort him again. In short, this is a thing I do not usually do because I believe in killing the snake at the first strike. Since the snake in this instance is still "zigoloing," I am sending this, as a compassionate compatriot, to advise him against launching a self-destructive instrumentality because he appears to be sitting on a dangerous precipice and playing a dangerous game at the same time.

I have seen flagrant piece before but none has been like Oyeyemi's that is marinated in wanton display of inebriated audacity. I have dealt with ofscourings in the past but none has been so vile and froward as Oyeyemi in his articles. There is nothing anyone can do to help him other than to dismiss and disregard his latest vitriol as offal dropping from an incorrigibly demented individual. Truly, analysis of his fulminating invective is not the objective here because he provides nothing to look at and subject to critically examination. Additionally, discussing any of the spews he threw out will be lending credence to and dignifying his nonsensical effusions.

Every right-thinking being would have thought that the first reproach and admonition would be enough to call even a lunatic or barking dog suffering from affliction to order. But to come back in a rebarbative manner in a show of scurvy insignia of rudeness is a downright protestation of the savage umbrage he harbors. While the true intent here is not to lacerate his feeling, it is however to help dulcify his pains and anger and at the same time sympathize with a mind submerged in the abyss of ignorance and besieged by a painful lack of self worth.

There is no gainsaying that Oyeyemi is in pain and lacks something he craves badly. One thing Oyeyemi needs to know is he does not have to come out openly to show oafishness. Certainly, he does not have to be brazen and egregious in his averments to make a point. What is more, he does not have to be procacious and vociferous when a clear and cool-headed approach would yield a more effective result. All Oyeyemi is doing is telling the world how brash and scurrilous he is. Considering his unwarranted heaping of insults and abuses, it is every bit apposite, as it is aptly apodictic, to conclude that only a complete nincompoop would act and carry on in such a stupid delight conveyed in bastard language.


It is a bitter shame to shift from a topic of discussion, which ought to be the Benin-Ife connection, and lodge recklessly to engage a renowned monarch in a manner that is so vicious and flagitious as though he is waging a personal war with the Oba of Benin. And to do so in public forum, when there is absolutely no trace of reasonable provocation, calls for a re-think of what we are as reasonable human beings as opposed to taking a trip in delusive self-importance and being imbecilic. Of serious concern here is that a profuse display of insolence toward a monarch without holding back or a slight cautioning sting of compunction is highly suggestive of a bad upbringing and home training. A child from a good home is supposed to be raised with elements of morality and discipline as core values, but when these values are not well inculcated in the early years, the child is bound to act anyhow thereby bringing forth opprobrium to the family, tribe, and even race.

As with all his articles, Oyeyemi starts this piece with the following quote: "Some minds are like trunks, packed tight with knowledge, no air and plenty of moths." But the meaning and contextual significance, considering the matter at hand, actually paint him as a bag of nothingness and emptiness. It is all right to quote to add meaningful effect or drive a point home, but when it is employed, it should be used sparingly. When it becomes an allure needlessly it is then a problem, an indication that is sumptuously idiosyncratic of anemic style, trademark that reveals his basic handicap and inability to reason logically and originally.

It is one thing to write in utter hate and disagreement, but it is an entirely different thing to be able to do so and show intelligence. Oyeyemi needs to understand that the way one carries oneself in a profound discussion is part of the bases others use to estimate one's intelligence, the inherent quality people admire in others. So far, Oyeyemi has not shown any of that but ineffable impertinence and wayward obduracy, which he continues to flaunt perniciously and braggadociously. As bemusing and disturbing his outburst has been, it is very evident that his position and contribution in the matter thus far are so inconsequential and jejune that he is resorting to insult as a way out of his pitiful predicament. Of importance is the fact that Oyeyemi has not been able to show gumption and ability to win people over persuasively. For this reason, he has to drivel rough stuffs in bitter tirades, forgetting that what we say and the way we say them are more revealing of our intelligence, character, and personality.

As I pointed out the other day in my first riposte to the other loathsome writing, I have cause to asseverate again that the central crush for Oyeyemi's rushed and reproachable contribution in this historical matter is an insane quest for attention and notice, which he has used and still using to advertise uncouth mannerism to the world. This is his preoccupation, a foolish and extravagant infatuation and fervor for relevance and undue attention, driven by hideous desire that causes him to display effrontery that would appall and offend even Satan himself.

It is obvious that Oyeyemi is hateful of the Oba of Benin and the Edo people for no just cause. People like Oyeyemi are the reason tribal relations will continue to elude us in Nigeria. People of his mentality are caught up in the deceptive thinking that their tribe or people are the most superior and the only enlightened beings in the homo sapiens. It is a pity. So far, my experience with him is as barren as a night spent with an infertile mate. For this reason and considering his repulsive temerity and unbridled impudence, I am forced to aver, at this juncture, that we have reached the end of the line as far as this argument is concerned because he does not have anything that can hold water when it comes to noetic intellection. He is pitifully bland in that department and needs to know it. But before I say adieu to the "alligator," I want him to know, most unequivocally, that his style of engagement and false show of bravery are execrable and deplorable. Remi Oyeyemi is a stark epitome of insolence and scurrility.