In his “Eliot Spitzer and Nigerian Governors” (The Guardian, March 16), Reuben Abati referred to the ‘evil of prostitution’. Prostitution is not an evil. It may be immoral but definitely not an evil. We need not devalue the meaning of evil. Prostitution is not synonymous with human trafficking. The latter is absolutely condemnable in its entire dimension but not identical with the former.
Secondly why is Abati and many of the mainstream American media scissoring from public discourse the illegality of big brother wire-tapping with which Eliot Spitzer was caught that would have made the case not travel far in court?
Thirdly why are we so voyeuristic that we want to keep private and public life Siamese twins? One of the most important inventions of governance was to keep church and state apart and also to keep private and public life separate. With regards to visiting call girls, Spitzer only wronged his wife and children. And they are saying he is pardoned. So what was the business of the media? Why is it so desperate to make us loyal followers of frivolous matters? In the
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Just like the Bill Clinton – Monica Lewinsky affair, Eliot Spitzer should not have resigned and the event would have fizzled away. He was simply a victim of a sinister conspiracy aimed at the personal destruction of someone whose grand stature political adversaries could not bear. After all the US is the country of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s great novel, ‘The Scarlet Letter’: if Spitzer was client 9, client 8 would surprisingly turn out to be the very person who called for his resignation, client 7, the owner of the prosecuting media house and client 1 would be found in the White House. I don’t know which is worse: Puritanism disguising as voyeurism or voyeurism disguising as Puritanism? Fiction was taken to a new level when the biblical Jonah got back to his wife and convinced her he had been in the belly of a whale for three days! Sexual misconduct is an unoriginal matter of fact. Why do we still get excited over any ‘media exposure’ like preteens that have not reached puberty?
The only problem Nigerians should have with their politicians is that they are creating economic conditions that are making almost every young lady synonymous with call girls. Besides that, any of their sexual misconducts is a domestic business with their wives and families and nothing of the public’s. This is a moral we Africans should teach the West not the other way round. If Spitzer was regarded as Mr Integrity because of his cleaning up of rot in corporate New York and the wickedly unreported act of mobilising all the attorneys-general of all American states against the federal might that was conniving with the banks on the issue of predatory lending now affecting the sub prime mortgage sector and the whole US economy, he is still Mr Integrity. His reputation still stands as the Sheriff of Wall Street. As a former action governor of