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Abia: A Time Of Universal Pretense
Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013
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Telling the truth is not always easy in a land that is characterised by
untrustworthiness; therefore truth becomes an art of rebellion or
opposition in the eyes of men and women whose only trade in stock
is betrayal; hence men with no conscience are not unconnected to
betrayal. This could be the reason Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
said to Young India, 22 October 1925 thus: The Roots of Violence
are Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge
without character, Commerce without morality, Science without
humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles. (And
these are not unconnected to Governor Theodore Orji of Abia
It is perturbing as it is also perplexing when Orji freshly asked the
people of his state to find out what he did to the unconquerable Dr.
Orji Uzor Kalu, the immediate past governor of the state, that the
later has been unveiling the hidden agendas of the former. Though,
Orji termed it opposition. But like it was said earlier: Telling the truth
is not always easy in a land that is characterised by
How on earth would Orji want to sell such deceit to the world that he
had ruminated in his mind and could not find anywhere he wronged
Kalu. News reports has it in Orji’s own words thus: “I challenge you,
some of you are his friend, ask him to tell you what I did to him.
Please, ask him to tell you one bad thing he can point at from the
time I was Chief of Staff till the time I left PPA, as the wrong I did to
him. But I have a litany of the wrongs he did to me. I am the only
Governor who has been given a query, even on the pages of a
newspaper. Let him tell you one bad thing I did to him. Let him tell
you, just one bad thing.”
It is despicable that Orji did everything to exonerate himself from the
shoddy web that he has entangled himself in, but ended up in the
web of wonders shall never end, by his comment. How apposite
would it be to remind Orji that the good people of Abia State voted
for him even while he was in the prison because of Dr. Kalu? Would
it be also apposite to ask Orji why he gave Kalu such a bad name
that he (Kalu) was draining the coffers of the state, hence he (Orji)
distanced Kalu and the PPA which were the platforms that he was
elected as governor? What about being a Chief of Staff to Kalu?
Did Orji not give Kalu such a horrendous image simple because
Kalu asked him to give account of his leadership due to Orji’s
The height of irresponsibility in leadership is to rule on propaganda.
Most people did hate Kalu then when he was given that bad name
by Orji until the claim became obvious that Orji didn’t want Kalu
around him due to Orji’s self-seeking reasons as people can see in
Abia State today which was once God’s own state, but regrettably
has been turned to goon’s own state. Nigerians of good will can see
this in the way the Orjis in Abia State talk and reason. For one, they
have written all sorts of malicious stories against Yours’ Truly in the
blogs they always create to malign the images of critics and
observers of the Orji-misled government, simple because they are
Perhaps, Orji thought that Kalu was not supposed to be talking in
the state where he (Orji) had thought that being a governor is just
of Orji, by the Orjis and for the Orjis. Governor Orji has not
substantiated his claim against Kalu. And Kalu have remained
resolute not to tackle Orji squarely because Kalu is known to have
traits of mature dispositions.
It is therefore not regrettable that a man like Orji cannot tell the
world the truth because he has never told himself the truth. Has he
not left Abia State worst than he claims he met it? Who said that
conscience is not an open truth which only truth can heal? Would
nature not judge Orji for giving an amiable man like Kalu a bad
name so that people will hate and despise him? What else is
wickedness if not an act like this?
For that reason, it behooves Nigerians to continue to disagree with
the lies the Orjis in government have always targeted against Kalu.
It is a thumb up when everybody has today seen that Orji cannot
rise above patchiness and visionless governance. There is no
gainsaying that Orji has failed the good people of Abia State
dolefully. Has he lived up to the people’s expectation? Not at all.
And when Orji talks about Kalu hating him, the question is, would it
not have been modest where Orji had lived up to the challenges of
good governance in Abia State? It is a pity! The roads in Aba today
are in a very sorry state, yet Orji is saying that he did not know
where he wronged Kalu. It is not only Kalu that Orji did not know
where he wronged, but to 95% of Ndi-Abia.
How could anybody defend Orji when he has refused to get it right?
Did he not once say in the media that his problem with Kalu is that
Kalu asked him not to contest again because he (Orji) could not
perform firstly? Instead of do what was expected of Orji he just
continue to draw attention to himself, but sadly, the attention is
unnecessary. Orji can go to a state like Akwa Ibom and see for
himself how a governor who meant well can draw necessary
attention with developmental strides.
Notwithstanding, why did Orji come to the media in the first place to
delegate unconfirmed people to help him ask Kalu where he
wronged? If Orji had a conscience as he posited to have a
propensity, why did he not place a call to Kalu before journalists
and ask him? It is believable that he still has Kalu’s contact. Or did
Orji think that he can talk his own and talk Kalu’s own?
Orji should stop seeking for universal sympathy with pretense. He
has shown by his open confession of asking Kalu where he went
wrong that Kalu is 100 times far better than him. Ndi-Abia do not
enjoy his Crocodile tears. It cannot help. He should stop taking Abia
people’s humane features in the face of this hyper- frustration for
cowardice. Orji should consequently stop complaining but read what
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi said to Young India, 22 October
1925 thus: The Roots of Violence are Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship
without sacrifice, Politics without principles.
Did they not say that it is dangerous to bite the finger that fed you?
Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, wrote in from Aba, Abia State.