The crux of his letter was that the advice he had given to the Prime Minister (PM) was sound and that he was standing by it.
He closed his letter by basically claiming that he is a media expert. Let me address these two points.
First I believe his advice to the Prime Minister to take the matter up in the courts is toxic. I believe his first move should have been to carry out an enquiry on the events surrounding the allegations against the PM.
In that enquiry he will only gather hard evidence. Based on the evidence gathered he will then advise the PM.
In this case I believe his decision was not based on any facts because if it was, the best advice he would have given was to lie low.
He should have taken heed of the practical advice not to stir the hornet’s nest because what may emerge from that nest could be fatal.
Let me address his other claim of being a media expert.
Is Robert Iroga making this claim because he went and worked for the ACP Secretariat for a term?
For me that does not make you an expert in the media field at all.
I would have put you on that pedestal if you have published papers focusing on the media in refereed journals.
Your papers would only be accepted in such prestigious journals because it will be your peers (the journal board) who will judge your article as worthy to be published.
Your continuous research in the media field backed up by the publishing of your research papers would have enhanced your knowledge of the media field over a long period of time.
Secondly it is not for Robert Iroga to make the claim to be a media expert.
If you are assessing yourself then such an assessment would be biased because you have a vested interest in the outcome.
I believe the best entity to pass that judgment is the ACP Secretariat because they had monitored Iroga’s performance when he was their employee.
Their decision not to renew Robert Iroga’s contract itself maybe be seen as a judgment on his claim to be a media ‘expert’.
In passing let make these short comments.
On people claiming to be ‘experts’ in any field let me say this: don’t blow your own trumpet, let others blow it for you.
On those employed in the PM’s office: we need the PM to be surrounded by people who will provide sound advice because that is the pivotal point of governance in our country and if any advice provided is judged unsound, the effect will be felt throughout the nation.
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