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TEARS FOR ANAMBRA

Confessions of a sailor


I am not a coward but I am not a nihilist. But I crave for revolution now. I want revolution to take place in Nigeria and I want it to start in Anambra state. With the bizarre attempted but so far unsuccessful coup in Anambra state, nothing short of a revolution would turn back the influence of the few self styled super rich individuals in the state from installing Governors and viewing the Anambra state government as an extension of their vast business empire.

The story from Anambra state is ugly, is disheartening and weird. It is the sort of thing that could be conceived by the producers of Nigerian video movies except this is real. The newly moonelected governor of Anambra state was in his office when a group of mobile police officers numbering about 200 led by an Assistant Inspector General, Mr Rapheal Ige, from zonal divisional police headquarter Umuahia came and disarmed all the security personnel surrounding the governor and preceded to arrest the governor for no immediately discernable reason. There were reports that the governor was manhandled properly. The governor was effectively abducted and marooned in a hotel for hours. Meanwhile the speaker of the house convened the house and asked them to accept a purportedly forged letter of resignation of the governor and immediately declared the deputy governor as the new governor.

The deputy governor then went on the air to reassure the people of Anambra state that he is now the governor. The real governor from where he was held incommunicado somehow managed to use a cell phone to call the vice President, Alhaji Atiku, and other PDP party officials that he has not resigned, and did not write any letter, that he has been held against his will. Then the vice President assured the governor of his support.

It immediately became obvious that there were powerful people behind this shenanigan, those who wanted to remove the governor and install his deputy in his stead. The governor has disclosed that his super rich political godfather, Mr. Chris Uba, once requested a reimbursement of three billion Nairas as expenses Mr. Uba claimed that he had expended to ensure the governor's election.

Even if we assume for argument sake that three billion was utilized for campaign purposes and other expenses to elect a governor then upon becoming the chief state executive should he then allow the state fund be used to defray such expenses? Is this the Nigerian brand of democracy? Is this peculiar to Anambra state? I am afraid not. Is Anambra a tip of the ice-berg? Are other states in such a sorry mess - funding illegality. Is the federal government in such a similar mess? I am horrified at what we would find in all levels of government in Nigeria if allowed to closely examine their accounts. This is beyond outrage, is sickening.

But the issue of Anambra goes farther than this. Who authorized an Assistant Inpector General to arrest a sitting governor? If it is not the federal Inspector General, Tafa Balogun, or the President, Olusegun Obasanjo, who else? Clearly, in order to get to the bottom of this, heads must roll. First Mr. Ige must immediately be relieved of his position in the police and subjected to thorough questioning and prosecution to ascertain where he derived his authority to arrest a sitting governor in contrivance of the present day Nigerian constitution. The deputy governor must immediately be recalled and the Anambra speaker be made to resign immediately. They have demonstrated great incompetence and are clearly not working for the people of Anambra state. They are working for a rich, moral depraved individual, Mr. Uba. If eventually Mr. Uba is implicated (as I sure he would be) he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and if convicted of the treason of sponsoring anarchy in a state he should be thoroughly punished and jailed, his business groups must be banned from bidding in any government contracts, state or federal.

I was told that Mr. Uba has connection deep inside the Aso Rock, his brother being the husband of Stalla Obasanjo's sister. That same brother is also a minister in Obasanjo's government. Could the rich but morally challenged Mr. Uba assume the support of the President and the protection of Aso Rock to unleash the despicable assault on the Anambra governor? The Nigerian President must support a full investigation into this episode. There is no need beating around the bush something is wrong with Anambra and something is wrong with Nigeria.

Anambra, a state created in 1991 has not known peace since its inception with the resulting neglect the state has suffered. Over and over again one incompetent governor is foisted on the state. If the military governors were bad the civilian counterparts have not fared any better. Since 1999 when the military disengaged from politics Dr. Mbadinuju, through chicanery and manipulation by the filthy rich, uneducated and morally depraved Sir Emeka Offor, was hosted as the governor of the state. For the four years Mbadinuju held sway nothing significant in way of improving the lives of the indigenes was done. Civil servants salary were never paid for up to ten months and the teachers remained on strike for over one year thereby denying education to children for that length of time. Gratuity for pensioners were never paid and when the pensioners demanded an audience with the governor he called them dead wood and wondered why at their age their children shouldn't take care of them. This is the kind of people - educated imbeciles - that have governed Anambra state, a state arguably the most educated state in the nation. What has been happening in Anambra is worrisome, a place where the barely educated but super rich individuals enthrone governments and determine its composition and how it is run. Most notable people in Anambra pay little or no attention to their state government conceding the state to people of questionable characters.

And Governor Mbadinuju is not the governor today because he fell out with Emeka Offor, his godfather. And now another godfather, Mr. Uba, has replaced Emeka Offor. What is instructive is that Nigeria has entered an era of ungodly godfatherism in their new politics. Whereas in the old politics godfathers help their political brood attain a political position but leave them to govern according to their ability and conscience. They rarely interfere in the government because those godfathers were themselves politicians. As politicians they have some understanding of how a government works and never regard their support as a business investment. But these new godfathers, mostly uneducated young men who came by way of money through dubious means and often regard political support as business investment. They have little understanding of government and often make impossible and unrealistic demands. They are self centered, heartless and morally depraved.

The ruling PDP is denominated by such individuals and sure the other parties have their own. But each victory claimed by those individuals is minus against democracy. If these people are unchallenged there is no doubt that our democracy will eventually die. For those who love democracy and the famished masses who are patiently waiting for democracy dividend I want you to swing into action. Organized yourself into a pressure group and make your presence felt in various states and the nation. For the people of Anambra state, this is not the time to be complacent and unfazed with the happenings in the state government. Anambra deputy governor must go so should the state speaker. They should be immediately recalled and given treatment apropos for disloyalty to the interest of the people.

The superrich Mr. Chris Uba, Emeka Offor and others, who love intimidating people and the state government, they should not be allowed to continue in as business as usual manner. They are disgrace to the good people of Anambra. They should be scorned and spitted on at every available opportunity. The federal government should henceforth withdraw the mobile police they routinely used to traverse Anambra landscape. Why should non-governmental rich businessmen be allowed to utilize Nigeria mobile police force for their own individual protection, a service not available to ordinary citizens. Is this democracy?

I am ready for a revolution but who will lead.

This is my thrust.i have spoken,ahoy

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