Posted by News Express | 30 October 2017 | 1,762 times
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).
From all discernible intents and purposes, Governor Rochas Okorocha is the most fatal accident to happen on Imo State. He has wickedly penciled down his son-in-law and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Uche Nwosu, as his successor. Both are behaving like the ungrateful small bird, Nza which, after it had a sumptuous meal, challenged its god to a public fight. Growing up, I was told that ingratitude was loathsome. But this is what our governor and his son-in-law are doing. They have become distastefully ungrateful.
Part of the reason for this loathsome ingratitude is the fear of tomorrow. Okorocha and his son-in-law have acquired wealth that many people in the state have described as questionable. Overnight, Okorocha’s university has sprung up in Imo. Overnight, Okorocha’s estate has sprung up. And he is the first Imo governor to commit these atrocities with annoying impunity. Overnight, his son-in-law becomes a guru in real estate. This is outside claims by many people in Imo State that their lands have been cornered for personal use by top government officials. Yes, they told the governor so in his own organised event, at Freedom Square.
You would see that all of a sudden, all the concessioned public assets have become worse than when they were managed by the government. From Ada-Palm to ITC, to Imo Shoe Company (which has been sealed by Federal High Court, Owerri). All have gone down to the list of had-before. In some instances, we heard that the concessionaires have no documents to show for their investments. Nothing is working!
No matter how much was realised by the government in the concessions, should a government be involved in smart dealings and shortchange investors? Should the government continue to destroy or dislocate investments in the state in the name of road dualisation? How much pain should the people take from the government? Should the state government have destroyed Rockview Hotel, Owerri, when jobs are scarce commodities in the state? Should the governor not rather encourage investments in the state?
This is why none of the “sold” hospitals are working. Not only are they not working, the much touted 27 General Hospitals are not working either, but are habitat for rodents and reptiles. It is natural to think that a man who engaged in shoddy deals as the above would, at least, want to watch his back: Isn’t it?
Furthermore, Imo people have not forgotten that the only person Okorocha is grateful to in Imo State is Nwosu. We saw this on time, as far back as 2014/15. And, we cried out, that Imo people should reject Okorocha. But we were rebuffed. We said he would begin building his empire thenceforth. But who listened? Instead, “just like in the days of Noah, many were drinking and making merry” while Okorocha laid the foundation for his empire.
We cried that part of the foundation for the empire or Okorocha’s Tower of Babel was to deceptively make Uche Nwosu the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, and to allow the governor take it back from him upon his return from his Abuja charade, when he contested the presidential primary election of his party in 2014. This was the beginning of the move to crown Nwosu the governor of Imo in 2019. It is a pity really that the governor was returned in 2015.
To actualise this plan, Nwosu has been painted and re-painted in many colours. He has been dressed in several borrowed garbs. And, I think, this man must have seen a lot of powder, pancake and brushes on his face during his climb to the gleam. Everything is being done to present Nwosu as a good person. And, suddenly, he has become a competent hand whose capacity has been there for years. But those who promote this paper-genius forget in a hurry that they had inundated us with their claim that he did not pass the 10,000 jobs interview organised by the Ikedi Ohakim government and, as a result, did not get the job. If you doubt, please ask FCC Jones Onwuasoanya. Is it not insulting that this same person is now presented in white garment? I used to think that government was about excellence and not mediocrity. Can Uche Nwosu feature in Imo First 11, in any ramification, except where the government favours mediocrity?
Apart from presenting Nwosu as a genius on paper, he has been falsely presented as a philanthropist, often doling out cash and other materials. And with the recent launching of Elfreeda Foundation, he has taken after the style of his father-in-law. But all this is hogwash, only to give him the identity he does not have.
From nowhere, Uche is being given the appearance of a lover of the youth. This resembles Senior Advocate of the Masses mantra of 2011. But we are assured that no one can deceive all the people all the time. Thus, we thank God that while the governor and his son-in-law keep behaving like the proverbial ostrich, they have stripped themselves naked at the market square. Children have seen their hidden parts and laughed them to scorn.
Governor Okorocha does not have any respect for the sensibility of Imo people. He sees us as pawns on his chessboard. That is why he would rather see an impoverished Imo than create Imo of great opportunities. To illustrate this, the only reward Imo people have got from the clueless Okorocha government is destruction. It is either the governor destroys what he met on ground or he destroys what he made, or both. This is the reason for the myriad of substandard projects that have consumed our commonwealth. The Okigwe Road being dualised by the government has also broken down, and you would think the road was built 10 years ago.
This show of ingratitude is exacerbated by the fact that, like the egg that believes erroneously that it hatched itself, Okorocha wants us to believe that he made himself governor for two terms. He would rather give the credit of his happenstance as Governor of Imo to the North, instead of admitting the roles Senator Hope Uzodimma, Chief Martin Agbaso, Chief Victor Umeh, etc, played in his emergence. He also would want no one know that he was heavily backed by the unfriendly Presidency that worked against Ikedi Ohakim, because of his loyalty to late President Yar’Adua. But today, they now know the meaning of loyalty, and they crave it.
Okorocha would rather sing aloud that Imo people rejected Ohakim. But all that is what it is: a lie. Okorocha was lucky to ride on a docile Imo electorate who swallowed all the harmful pills presented before them. Today, Imo people, because they now know better, look back at 2011 with nothing but cursing and regret. Rather than admit that he took advantage of the naivety of the 2011 Imo voters, Okorocha would tell us the story of the poor Jos boy that rose from grass to grace. He would rather thank the North, as if the North crowns kings in Igbo land.
It is in furthering the embarrassing deception of the Imo people that Uche Nwosu was on Saturday, August 19, 2017, turbaned in Bauchi State as Dansaki Dass. His turbaning was not for love of the North, but to give the fake impression that he is well-travelled, exposed and detribalised politician. The title was solely a political gimmick to place Uche on a political pedestal he is not.
But despite the level of façade Uche Nwosu gets as packaging, we cannot entrust our collective future to a man whose only licence to opulence is that he married the governor's daughter. We can no longer trust men whose source of wealth is only traceable to their days in Government House. If you have read the recent publications that Nwosu is among the six multi-millionaires created by Okorocha’s government, you would know that never again should we trust men of questionable pedigree. Never again!
•Collins Ughalaa writes from Owerri. He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org
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