By Donu Kogbara

LAST  week, I praised Ima Niboro, the President’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, for his writing skills and eloquence. But I also complained about the fact that I and many other journalists have felt frustrated by his failure to respond to our polite requests for advice, information and official statements.

I said that a public servant who is paid with public funds should be less disrespectful…and that Niboro should be making more of an effort to communicate amicably with stakeholders and generate goodwill for his boss.
Several Vanguard readers contacted me when they read this article. Some disagreed with me, but most made supportive comments.
From: Jesutega Onokpasa
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I read with utmost outrage, the treatment Donu Kogbara suffered at the hands of Ima Niboro. I would not have believed that a personality with impeccable media credentials as Kogbara could be treated with such disdain but for the fact that I suffered a strikingly similar fate at Niboro’s hands.

He neither cared that I have written numerous pro-Jonathan newspaper articles [see for instance: “Why Jonathan Must Run”,  Vanguard, Wednesday, June 2, 2010] nor that I’m a frontline campaigner in the Jonathan For 2011 mass movement across a number of organisations.

I was severally treated with such lack of courtesy that Niboro emerged, for me, as a man of a crude disposition who has an arrogant approach to the duties of the sensitive office he  occupies. He displayed a sense of entitlement and an execrable haughtiness and I was forced to write him off as an anti-social and unprofessional nonstarter!

If an Amazon of the Niger Delta struggle and incontestably pro-Jonathan writer such as Kogbara – or a lawyer and public affairs commentator like me – could be so treated, what would be the lot of persons without similar profiles?
It is possible that Mr. Niboro is mistaken about the nature of his job…The duty of an image maker begins and ends with the winning of hearts and minds for his principal. Mr. Niboro’s job is not to enjoy the perks of office while losing  friends for President Jonathan,  especially at a time when he has the greatest need for friends…It cannot possibly advance his cause to turn die-hard supporters into lukewarm bystanders or even outright enemies.

On behalf of all gentlemen, I apologise to Kogbara for Niboro’s conduct and hope that she will continue to support Mr. President, who has what it takes to become a popularly elected servant leader and to move the country forward.

From: Peters Nosiama
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Why should you bother a man that you know you don’t need…and then make a weak attempt to rubbish him? It showed how uncivil you are. Thank God Niboro didn’t waste his time on you. He knows that you don’t need him. That’s why Niboro is such an intelligent man with international awards.

From: Jackson Onyebuchi, Esq
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Dear Ma’am, its really hard to imagine that Mr. Niboro could be this impolite to a fellow colleague. I wonder why those in government or close to government lack a basic necessity in life called “humility”. I am so disappointed in Mr. Niboro. One day, they shall all fall off from their high horses!

From Ben Udechukwu ([email protected])
As I read your piece, I wept profusely because Ima Niboros are everywhere in the public sector. The last place Donu Kogbara should get a rebuff should be the Presidency, considering that you have been passionate about Jonathan and have said many times, in your column, that you regard him as the answer to your Niger Delta people’s long yearning for a President of their own. You have consistently listed all of Jonathan’s positives and systematically sold him to everybody. That alone has made Niboro’s job easier. Ima Niboro may be a good writer and public speaker. He may be a world – class journalist but he surely needs lessons on fundamentals of public relations.

From Abulu F Bekesuode (+2348032399142)
My sister, it is good that you speak your mind but, the medium you chose to advise Niboro is not right since it may erode the  President’s tremendous goodwill. There are other means to caution him. Keep up  the good work.

From Henry (a Calabar resident who requested anonymity)
Hi Donu , saw your article on Ima Niboro. A good friend of his from his old school days told me same many months ago – how he does not return phone calls and has basically snubbed all his pals since he became a ‘big man’.

From Dr Sunny Awhefeada (+2348052759540)
Your piece is too self-serving and opinionated. You don’t need to see or talk to Niboro before you can comment on the President in an article. Are you writing his biography?…Niboro and his likes in the shamed corridors of power behave arrogantly because people always feel obliged to chase after them.

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