My Imagination on Governor Ayade “Wept Profusely”

My Imagination on Governor Ayade “Wept Profusely”
“Jesus Wept”! That is what I imagined and silently muttered, when I read that:Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade, Tuesday, wept profusely at the State Executive Council Chambers while signing the 2018 budget of N1.3 trillion into law.”


According to what I read, Governor Ben Ayade broke down in tears, as Reverend Father Bob Etta, his Special Adviser on Religious Matters, said a prayer that committed the budget to God.

Ideally, a budget signing ceremony should not attract tears, despite the weighty symbolic implications of that ritual. Rather, it should invite great expectations and hope. So, why did Governor Ayade “weep profusely”?

Sometimes, my imagination gets unimaginably random and fictitious. Nonetheless, I imagine all the time, just like right now.

I imagine that Governor Ben Ayade “wept profusely” because he is a very emotional man. My mind tells me that he has great sympathy and compassion for the people of Cross River State. I imagine that he feels their pains and groans.

He must have seen that there are people in this state who cannot afford food and life’s basic necessities. I think that this explains why the Governor later said:

“As part of the philosophy of this budget, we focus on human capital development to put food on the table which was part of the agenda we did in year one and two, to say we come with a new agenda, food on the table, hands on the plough.”

I think that the Governor wept on behalf of hungry Cross Riverians who have been served several budgets in previous years but never experienced good results from those budgets.

I imagine that he wept because he knows that some persons regard his budget of “kinetic crystallization” as another “419”. He may have wept because it could be frustrating to get misunderstood, even when one has selfless motives.

I also imagine that Governor Ben Ayade wept because he recalled his humble background in his hometown of Obudu, Cross River State. According to popular accounts, Governor Ben Ayade wasn’t born into a rich home.

His parents were not elitist, according to reports. Fortunately, this apparent drawback did not pull Governor Ayade down. Rather, it spurred him to rise to prominence.

The Governor made history yesterday, when he signed a budget of N1.3 trillion. It is the highest figure in the history of Cross River State’s budgeting and one of the current highest in Nigeria.

It isn’t easy to attain such a feat for oneself and for society. Thus, I imagine that Governor Ayade wept for “from grass to grace” as exemplified in his life and in the history of his state.

Equally, I imagine that Governor Ayade cares about the implementation of the 2018 budget. He knows that most times, corruption derails the successful implementation of budgets.

The Governor knows that some people habitually love to steal from the public till. Such people abound, even in government circles. They must be lurking around, waiting to devour this budget even before it yields fruits. Would such persons frustrate the budget?

I imagine that the Governor wept because he is bothered about that unwholesome possibility.

As the 2019 general elections draw near in Nigeria, all elected public officers in this country must be concerned about the legacies of their first terms in office. In Cross River State, Governor Ben Ayade made several promises when he assumed office as Governor in 2015.

For instance, he promised to construct a Super Highway as well as build a Deep Seaport. Although he announced yesterday that approvals have been secured for those projects, it is clear that time is not on the Governor’s side.

Can he complete those projects before the completion of his first term in office? Would he secure a second term in office and continue with those projects in case he cannot complete them in this first term? Those questions must be agitating the Governor’s mind.

Therefore, I imagine that the Governor wept for time and its transience.

I realize that Governor Ayade is human. I know that weeping is natural. No sane person rehearses weeping, except in drama and theatre. Thus, I empathize with him and humbly enjoin him to have a rein on his emotions. I think that action should accompany his tears.

Just as Jesus wept and immediately proceeded to raise his beloved friend Lazarus from death, Governor Ayade should immediately start working harder to revive his beloved Cross River State from apparent slumber.

He should continue to blaze a trail for the rest of us in respect of the “we – can–do spirit” that he talked about, “while decoupling ourselves from the continuous dependence on Federal Allocation.”

“Ayade is working”.  The time to work more strategically is now.

Cornelius Ellah
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