Lessons From Tee MAC's Private Chats On Tinubu

By Odimegwu Onwumere

It is now widely known that most knowledgeable people can't be trusted with secrets. They are so arrogant that they do not make sense from their minds but rather make a lot of noise from their mouths. The latter is what a person who published a supposedly private chat with former President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli was.

It's no longer news that on July 28, 2022, social and mainstream media were on fire with a story credited to Tee Mac saying that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was unfit to lead Nigeria.

Even before Tee Mac refuted the story hours later, saying he was quoted out of context from a Facebook private chat he had with someone, without being personally close to Tee Mac but having studied him since 2005, I knew a man of such pedigree wouldn't have a double-barrel mouth to cajole Tinubu the way it was presented in the media.

Without holding brief on whether Tinubu was fit or not to lead Nigeria, my concern is that we should individually bottle up some secrets and know when not to use private chats for political or private publicity.

I grieved about the shock and embarrassment the publication would have caused to Tee Mac, being an in-law of Tinubu. I know that there are some truths in what was published about Tinubu, but tagging Tee Mac in what was a private chat was just kidding.

Such people who leak private chats show the true taste of their hearts. They are childish. They forget that it was proverbially said that loose tongues are worse than wicked hands.

Before leaking secrets, we should individually remember the advice of Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time, who said, whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

July 30, 2022.