An Open Letter to IPAI Board of Directors – Written by Chief Esse Esse

It has come to my notice that the independent panel set up by our Board of Directors has concluded her task and submitted her report to the Board. I am calling on the Board to release the report to all Igberians immediately while deliberating on the report. We all need to know the contents of the report, transparency should be our guide. Justice delayed is Justice denied!

Fellow members, you will all recall that I filed a petition to the Board regarding the conduct of IPAI 2016 presidential election held in New York as our constitution stipulates. I will also ask that my petition be made public alongside the IP’s report so that we all can make an informed decision. Violation of ANY constitution let alone ours (which is the basis of my petition) is a serious offence that the Board must treat as such.

The Board likes to say the unity of IPAI is paramount and I agree but can there be unity when the fundamental rights of members are being trampled upon?  No organization exits in abstract, members make up organizations with abiding faith in the constitution.  Every member of our association is guaranteed equal protection under the law as enshrined in our constitution. Whatever the Board does they must weigh it against the Rotarian’s four-way test of life which asks whatever you think, say or do:

  1. Is it the truth?

  2. Is it fair to all concerned?

  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

If it is the truth then the rest of the answer will be and should be yes.

The IPAI constitution reflects these four cardinal points; as a matter of fact that is why constitutions exist in organizations

I will have more to say after the board has taken a position on the report before her.

I wait! We wait!

Finally, I ask YOU this question. If you find out that the birthday gift your friend gave you that dream car that you received as a birthday gift was actually bought with proceeds of a crime. You are made aware that your friend hoodwinked a family of their savings, an individual not government to purchase the car you received as a birthday gift. Would you return the car to your friend and say thanks, I can’t possibly accept this gift or would you keep it and pretend you don’t know what happened. What would YOU do?

Yours Truly,

Chief Esse Esse

Okaibeya Igbere

 

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