“Hello Mr Samuel,the boss wants to see you in five minutes time in his office”
“Okay” and then the line went dead.
Breathing uneasily Samuel wondered what his boss wanted with him,all the years he had been working for the company he had never met Mr Rotimi Eko the owner of his firm.
Mr Eko was always the first to arrive and the last to leave the building everyday and the few workers who have seen him tell the tale like its a legend.
Every one in the office calls him “the boss” because not only does he call all the shots in the firm but because he seem to know everything that is going on with the staff even if such matters don’t happen in the office, its like he has the
key to all knowledge or something and he never hesitates to fire any erring staff that goes against any of his policies whether the act was carried within or outside the office.
He wondered what the boss wanted with him.
He stood and put on his suit jacket that he had earlier been resting on the arm of his chair. He walked out of his office briskly and went to the elevator and hit the button for the top floor,as the elevator slowly moved upward,he kept on arranging his clothing,he adjusted his tie till he wasn’t breathing properly and left it alone and the elevator door opened and he walked nervously across the hallway and walked up to the secretary who promptly told him they were waiting for him inside. It was on the tip of his tongue to ask what she meant by they but he was to tensed to do anything but walk towards the door like a robot. He tapped the door lightly before he opened the door and stepped into the spacious office. He soon discovered the they she was earlier referring to was the boss and the CFO who was seating down while Mr Eko was standing by the side of his desk with a glass in his hands,he motioned for Samuel to sit down as he also too his seat and placed his hands on his desk.
“You have been a very dedicated and I most commend you for that because its not everyday you see young and dedicated men like yourself”
“Thank you sir” he replied
“Even when you were involved in that public debacle I turned a blind eye because I believed for someone who has contributed immensely to the growth of this company, it will be wrong for me to judge you based on your personal affairs and let’s not forget that somehow my son Adams was tangled in that situation yet I chose to ignore it and stick with you”
“Yes sir,I know that sir,thank you sir and may God……..”
Cutting him short “That’s not why I invited you to my office young man,I just wanted you to know that your personal life had nothing to do with my decision, your
employment with this firm has been terminated but because of your dedication to the company I will let you resign and should you get a job somewhere else you can always come to me for a referral ”[/B]
At first it sounded like a joke to him and he laughed and then seconds later the impact of the words were clear to him and he laughed even harder and seized abruptly like it started.
He wasn’t sure whether to beg for his job or just cry,true,he has been making plans to leave the company but he was not yet financially buoyant to float his own company. He looked from the boss to the CFO and nodded his head and walked out.
“I hate to see someone with so much potential just go like that” the boss said
“You had no choice,his personal life and choices has began to bite the company’s tail and we have a lot of clients who threatened to pull the plug on their accounts with us if he was on it…..” placing a hand on his
shoulders he continued “Sometimes I wonder why you have such a soft spot for that young man”
Looking up at his CFO and bestfriend for over three decades “That my friend is something I really don’t understand myself,maybe its because anytime I see that young man,he represents everything I wanted my son to be” he picked up his pen and started on documents in front of him[B] “Make sure you tell everyone involved in this project that I will like to see a presentation by Friday” he said as he handed the documents to his CFO.
Samuel felt like he was walking on coals with each step he took to his office. When he was finally in his office,he closed the door and leaned against it wondering when and how his life got to this point,so everything he has worked for was just down the drain like that.
How on earth was he going to get another job,who on earth will believe he resigned from his job,a lot of people will kill for his position and somehow he is suppose to act like he wanted to give it up. He moved across to his desk and started arranging his belongings,he might as well begin before he is chased out of the building. Once he was through with arranging his things,he sat down and
drafted his resignation letter. Soon he was through with everything and after handing his letter over,he took his things and left the building without uttering a word to anyone.