Professor Jim Nesin Omatseye, the patriarch of Omatseye family in Warri, Delta State, has pleaded with those who disagree with the article titled: “Obi-tuary by Sam Omatseye” to jettison threats to harm their son.
The Delta born journalist came under serious attack after he made all manner of unprintable and unbecoming assertions about Peter Obi and the Igbo race in his commentary titled, “OBI-TUARY” which was published on the back page of The Nation Newspaper yesterday.
Meanwhile, Prof. Omatseye, while stressing that Nigerians are in desperate need of positive change, noted the negative reactions that greeted the article was as a result of the high level of poverty, insecurity among other menaces facing the nation.
While reacting to the development on Friday on phone, he noted that it is not out of place for people to disagree with a journalist’s opinion, pointing out that the writer, like every other person, is entitled to his opinion.
He said: “I want to react to the negative reaction that is coming from many quarters as a result of the article Obi-tuary, which was written by Sam Omatseye, who is a member of my family.
“The reaction that is trailing that publication, I believe, it’s as a result of what is happening in the country; the state of insecurity, the high level of poverty, the suffering of so many people. And as a result of this, people are looking for change, whether from the right or from the left.
“The regular parties have people who have disappointed a lot of people in the country as a result of these challenges and people are looking for change.
“Whatever it is that Sam has written, it’s his personal opinion to which he is entitled. But he should not be threatened by anyone because he’s doing his job as a journalist.
“It is not all the time that what journalists say, everybody agrees with. Therefore, we want to say, from the perspective of the family that he should not be threatened or harmed by anyone.
“We plead with the public and those who disagree with him, to not do anything that will be detrimental to him”.