Tacuma Ogunseye is a friend of mine who I’ve known over the years. OG/OGUN as we call him has been in the political arena forever; very principled, forthright and passionate in what he believes in. He is never afraid to vehemently defend his position/point of view. Elder statesman Eusi Kwayana who I think was in some way his mentor and whom he respects and admires tremendously has locked horns with him in defence of his position and equally challenges anyone, as he knows to dialogue in polemics is the way of mature minds.
He is not consumed by false pride, a simple and humble individual who is never boastful, one of moral rectitude who is neither a fraud nor a payoff. These are the characteristics 1 know him to possess. If he has abandoned these virtues, I need to be convinced for I will not indulge in any form of blind defence on behalf of anyone no matter what they may be. There is a point beyond which one ought not to step if one makes claim to being honest and principle.
Having said that please allow me to make some observation with regards to this very brother. Not so long I came across letters in the papers whereby he was severely criticized for his position in the APNU/ AFC Coalition and more alarmingly, of all people being accused of betraying Walter Rodney Editor, when I first began reading the criticisms leveled against him, I was looking at them objectively. I even raised and discussed some points with very close comrades. I was very concerned that Ogun was slipping a bit and ought to be very careful, since for too long he has been in the corner of the working class. But even so, if he has been indulging in what is not seen as ethical and honest , then anyone in public has a bona fide reason to pull him over , something he himself has been doing over the years.
But as I followed the gist of the criticism of putting him down, I realized it wasn’t just a scorching criticism for some sort of unprincipled and brazen hypocritical conduct; there was something much more sinister as if the writer had an axe to grind. The tone and tenor the writer was designed to present OG as a nonentity, a simpleton to the public. A person with no authenticity, ability or credibility, an impostor who was offered a sinecure as a form of compensation for being a sellout.
Let me say that Tacuma Ogunseye has stood the test of time, footprints in the sands of time as one would say. He has been in the trenches, struggled along with the poor and powerless. He is no ‘ Jhonny come lately’ who beats his chest and blows his own trumpet. And by the way, say what you will, this brother is an intellectual in his own right.
Look I’m not saying the brother is infallible but I have faith in him, and as far as I am concern, any amount of gold coins he receives is well deserved-end of story. But let me make myself clear in saying; and I hope that I’m wrong that I have no confidence in the coalition still I will welcome a surprise. Just why some are bent on destroying genuine everyday people really beats me. Why don’t they go after the real rogues who don’t hide; they are there in the open. I am disappointed that Ogunseye’s comrades who know better and can stand on a mountain top and sing his praises are silent as a grave.
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