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BREAKING: No need to begrudge a mad man, Ikpeazu blasts Senator Adeyemi

  Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu on Monday described Senator Smart Adeyemi as a mad man.   Ikpeazu spoke as special guest of honour...

 


Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu on Monday described Senator Smart Adeyemi as a mad man.

 

Ikpeazu spoke as special guest of honour during the unveiling of a book written by the Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, titled: “Made in Aba” noted that there was no need to begrudge a mad man.

 

Ikpeazu was responding to Senator Adeyemi who called him a “drunkard” on the floor of the Senate last week.

 

The governor quoted the evergreen words of Professor Chinua Achebe who famously admonished that if a mad man picks the clothes of a man taking his bath and runs away, if the man runs after the mad man, nobody will know who is mad.”

 

Ikpeazu told the audience that he does not drink nor does he begrudge those who drink.

“I don’t drink [alcohol] and I don’t begrudge those who drink. In other countries where there are less problems than ours, people discuss big issues of economic growth, big issues of infrastructural development,” he said.

 

“They don’t talk about what people do and what people do not do. For us leaders, we ought to be mentors to the young ones. What you say and how you carry yourself, things you say and the time you say them speak a lot about how serious you are as a leader.

 

“That should be the size of my response.

 

“I will end by quoting what Chinua Achebe said in his book: ‘if a mad man picks your cloth while you are in the bathroom and takes off, and you go after him naked, nobody will know who is mad’.”