I did not mean to embarrass anybody, I am cultured —Charley Boy

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at 05:48 AM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
(1425 | Gistmaniac) (m)
Following last weekend’s reports that Charles Oputa (a.k.a
Charly Boy) embarrassed  Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo
State at the funeral mass of his late father, Justice Chukwudifu
Oputa. The maverick musician, in this interview, explains what
informed his action, among other things:
BENJAMIN NJOKU
You gave your father a befitting burial. How did it go?
Everything went fine. We give God the glory. I feel a sense of
relief now. Relief, because the troubles associated with burial
arrangements have been over. The stress has reduced.
I quit smoking for over five years now,  but I started smoking
again about three weeks ago because I was running mental,
preparing for my father’s rites of passage.
I have had this discussion with him almost a year ago when I asked him how he would want to be buried and what would be his expectations. He replied saying that ‘ I know that no matter what I tell you now, it would end up being the Charley Boy show. Even at that, I would be happy but all I would say is this: don’t spend too much money.’
This is because he was a simple man nature. My father was
always worried concerning how I do things because I have
never done things in small measure. I thank God for his mercies
that I was ready for this, mentally and spiritually. Though I
would have wished that God had given us more time, but that is
the reality of life. I am happy that I am able to give my father a
befitting burial.
Were you happy with the way the burial was organised?
Nothing good comes easily. I delegated duties and that was
what helped me. But to a large extent, as an event organiser, I
would give myself a pass mark.
Were you satisfied with the level of state and federal
governments’ participation in the burial?
I set out to bury my father without expecting anything from
anybody.That was why I had kept saying, after my father’s
death, that we are going to be responsible for his burial rites.
We  fixed the date by ourselves and I wasn’t relying on
anybody for anything. But if anybody wants to be part of the
burial arrangement ,there’s no problem.
But it made headlines last Saturday that you snatched the
microphone from Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo
State, at the funeral service. What informed your action?
I didn’t embarrass him. You can believe anything you read from
the dailies. But I can’t go out of my way to embarrass anybody.
I only insisted that I wouldn’t tolerate people with bad political
breath to preside over my father’s burial rites. The corpse
belonged to the Oputa family, and not the state or federal
government.
Being Charley Boy, my action creates a lot of controversies. I
am not a politician and I can never be one.
I don’t do things the way every other person would want to do
them. My own things are bound to be a little different. Integrity
is my watchword and when I give you my word, you can go to
sleep. I expect same from people who deal with me. I didn’t
understand why somebody would graciously choose to assist us
by making a donation to the family  and thereafter, they went on
air to announce it.  That  was not a gentleman action and it was
what really angered me.
Secondly, three days after my father’s death, I sounded a note of
warning that it won’t turn to a political thing. You know the
kind of father I had, and what he stood for. I don’t want them to
politicise his burial rites. After they made the donation, and I
never denied that they didn’t give us money. But I was
embarrassed that they were announcing it over the radio and in
the pages of newspapers.
If you are doing something with the family, first of all, we are
the chief mourner, as well as Governor Rochas Okorocha, but it
would be proper that they confide in the family in whatever they
were planning to do in respect of the buruial rites. If there is
something we can bring to the table to enhance it, then it would
be to the credit of the governor. But he didn’t do that and they
were all shifty. We didn’t know what they were planning, they
didn’t care to know what we were planning.
We learnt  Okorocha paid you a visit at your place?
How can he visit my place when he has my telephone number?
He should know I don’t reside here (in the village) and I have
not returned home. It’s just a phone call, ‘Charles where are
you? And I would tell him where I am. After all, he’s always in
Abuja. What stopped him from putting a call across to me?
If he doesn’t know how to reach me even a truck pushers have
my number, how much more the governor of a state?  If  he has
a desire to contact anybody, he will do so with ease. How could
he embark on a  journey to a place he is not familiar with?
These are the things we are talking about.
He didn’t deem it necessary to contact the bereaved family that
he was paying us a condolence visit  before embarking on the
journey. And when he came, he talked to one  ‘village boy’ who
claimed to be representing the family. What’s all that rubbish
for?
Was it what informed your action at the funeral service?
First of all, I am not a church goer. I am a Buddhist, though I
was born into the Catholic doctrine. And part of my reason for
not going to church is the fact that I have been to a lot of
churches. For the first 20 years of my life, I was a mass servant.
I was an ‘altar boy’ because my father was a disciplinarian.  If
you don’t go to morning mass, you are bound to be in trouble.
I did all that for 20 years, and that’s the kind of background I
was coming from. But things have changed regarding the mode
of worship in most churches. They spend more time than
necessary. Why should we be praying for two to three hours
non-stop? I have other things to do.  At the funeral service, I
was told that Mr. President’s representatives and other
dignitaries have arrived my home town.
Unfortuantely, one of my legs was paining me, and that was
why, if you were in church that day, I was sitting down
throughout. People didn’t understand why I was sitting down. I
couldn’t stand up for too long. Now, we have spent about two to
three hours in the church. We couldn’t afford to give all the
politicians that attended the funeral rites the opportunity to pay
tribute to my late father. I felt the only person who should
deliver a speech was Mr. President’s representative.
At that point, I was so stressed and tired. All I wanted was to
commit my father’s remains into the mother earth. So, I insisted,
as  the eldest son  of Justice Oputa, I decide how things were
going to be done. At that point, I said please, no more talk, it’s
too much, let one person speak so we can go and finish the
business. That was what happened but you know people will
misinterpret it. That is their business, not mine.
chicent2k3 at 07:54 AM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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Too long. Please, who has seen my pillow? *yawns*
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satsaver at 08:17 AM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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hmm Too tired to stand for God? Huh?
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dareper at 09:25 AM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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Not my business
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kenosas at 09:55 AM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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na only una waka come here,anyway make una go talk am finish 4 oputa panel.
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beneno at 11:01 AM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
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candela at 11:31 AM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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Quote from: satsaver on 08:17 AM,  5 Jul 14
hmm Too tired to stand for God? Huh?
Does God want you to stand for him?
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candela at 11:34 AM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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Quote from: satsaver on 08:17 AM,  5 Jul 14
hmm Too tired to stand for God? Huh?
Does God want you to stand for Him till your legs start paining. You think that is what He is interested in?
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Larry28 at 12:19 PM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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Too long
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Freshlycrazy at 12:36 PM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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dis 1 don turn story book ni
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Fredoscar at 02:18 PM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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Now I understand you Charley
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chicco77 at 02:19 PM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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winace at 04:50 PM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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I like wat he did to those politicians. Must they policise eveythg everywhr they go???
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layo97 at 07:02 PM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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true talk Grin Grin
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orekiata at 08:38 PM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
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schmit at 10:26 PM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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Hmmmm
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cocoeni at 10:40 PM, 5 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Neglito at 09:25 AM, 6 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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Area father himself.
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akporunit at 10:07 AM, 6 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
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standing in the church or not is ur problem,
what iam saying to u now is to try and make
a ture alround  come to christ its important
NOW
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osamabinladin at 10:55 AM, 6 Jul 14 (3 years ago)
(13670 | Hero) (m)
Noted !
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