Following his careless diatribe against the Standard Bearer of the Labour Party, the last may not have been heard over the bitterness and anger Nigerians received such insensitive outing from Sam Omatseye.
To mitigate the threat and risk level the diatribe has generated, the patriarch of the Omatseye family in Warri, Delta State, Professor Jim Nesin Omatseye, has reportedly appealed to those who disagree with the article titled “Obi-tuary by Sam Omatseye” to jettison threats to harm their son.
Prof. Omatseye, while noting that Nigerians are in dire need of positive change, asserted that the negative reactions that have trailed the article published in The Nation Newspaper, Monday, August 1, were as a result of the high level of poverty, insecurity among other menaces facing the nation.
Reacting to the development on Friday via telephone, he noted that it was 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 a 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”.