If Senator Adeyemi was of sound mind, he should have known that when it comes to education, Abia is miles ahead of his home state of Kogi.
Abia state government has said the Senator representing Kogi West, Smart Adeyemi, is either “suffering from a protracted case of mental illness or is
battling with occasional fits of schizophrenia which manifests in making careless, dishonorable, unrelated
and incoherent statements.”
While contributing to a debate at the senate on Tuesday, Adeyemi described Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as a “champagne drinking man”. He went ahead to say Abia
is governed by drunkards.
In a swift response, chief press secretary to Abia state governor, Onyebuchi Ememanka, advised Senator
Adeyemi to “quickly seek psychiatric help before his case becomes unmanageable.”
“This conclusion becomes irresistible judging from the total disconnect between the matter being discussed by
the Senate and the comments made by the Senator as they affect the Governor.
“If Senator Adeyemi was of sound mind, he should have known that when it comes to education, Abia is miles ahead of his home State of Kogi. Indeed, not just in
education but in every single area of development.
“If Senator Adeyemi had his faculties intact, he should have known that under the watch of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State has maintained first position in WAEC Examinations in the entire country for five years now. Kogi has not come close to the first 20. Never!
“Ever since Dr. Ikpeazu became Governor in Abia State, there hasn’t been one single case of attack on any school anywhere in Abia State.
“Senator Smart Adeyemi is clearly non compos mentis.
If not, he would have known that while his State is still awarding contracts for the renovation of schools, Abia
had long completed more than 500 classroom projects scattered across schools in Abia State, and still counting.
“It is obvious that Senator Adeyemi is battling with acute dementia and has lost every of his instincts as a
journalist. If not, he would have known that just last week, the National Bureau of Statistics adjudged Abia State as No. 3 on the list of States that attracted foreign direct investments, with only Lagos and Abuja ahead of Abia State in the entire country.
“It takes much more than drinking champagne to guide a state from zero foreign investments to No. 3 in the
country. Kogi State featured prominently on the list of states that attracted zero investments. It is only a state
that is peaceful and secure that has the capacity to attract such cross border investments,” he said.
Abia state government also queried Senator Adeyemi’s silence when the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
(NCDC) branded Kogi unsafe.
“Some weeks ago, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) branded Kogi State unsafe for their consistent lip service to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senator Adeyemi was never heard to have either responded to that statement by the NCDC or raise it on the floor of the Senate. Yet, he has the effontery, or
rather, the buffonrey, to abuse a Governor whose state has maintained one of the lowest COVID-19 fatality rates in the country through proactive measures to protect our people.
“Between a Governor who has consistently denied the existence of Covid and the one who has put in place measures to protect his people, one wonders who is the drunkard.”