Open Letter To Tonye Princewill

By Odimegwu Onwumere



Beloved Prince Tonye Princewill, it might not be your greatest of needs, but it is a social and spiritual observable fact that appreciation is one of the emotional needs of mankind. Prince, to illustrate a large amount how you are appreciated in Rivers State, and by extension Nigeria, take round of applause for helping to save individuals and the residents of the state in the time of their need. Do you know that too much of good things can be breathtaking? You help humanity to enjoy the beauty of life. This is tremendous, loveliness, and sense-of-wonder. Rivers residents are experiencing the value of living, because you help them share in their pains. Bravo!



The recent flooding in the state, which was conspicuous in some towns and villages, where you made the victims fulsome in generosity, yet not mentioning the total millions of naira that you have so far expended on them, is helpful and has given rabble-rousers a new perspective on available opportunities on how to better humanity, devoid of being self-importance. The time that you have spent reviewing the natural disaster and recommending strategies for achieving remedy in case of future occurrence, is very helpful. Not only is it helpful, but a good offer to connect the future with today.



While you are greatly appreciated for the assistance you have always provided Rivers State, even that you are not a government appointee, it is a suggestion that people should be thankful for having a person like you, who has always concentrated on the plight of the people. Though, you are always mute in singing your own praise, which some other persons in the political circle like you, would have done, your benevolence approaches are speaking for you. This may sound very maddening to you, but those who know you knew that you do not like publicity in the direction of pomposity, especially when it concerns help you have rendered for humanity-building. The fact remains the umpteenth time that you are a fantastic man.



You are unlike those veiled with Capitalistic dogmas. You try to tell the world that it is time it begun to question most of the selfish people, who think that they know anything, when they knew nothing, except their school certificates, family and religious books; the latter was handed them by their alien aggressors. It is so fascinating to see a man like you who is committed to helping humanity. While you may be often Laughing Out Loud (LOL), know that someone is somewhere in Rivers State Rolling on the Floor Laughing (ROTFL), because of your kindheartedness. People are saying this!



Precious Prince, there is a general saying that science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they say aloud the languages in which we speak and think. Either we employ those languages, or we remain mute. On the subject smile, it is said that don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Many have joined you in the banquet of smiling, because the inner peace they were running around everywhere looking for, you have made them begin with a smile. If you are lucky, you have made men and women, boys and girls luckier. Whether you kept mute or you smiled, according to one Mother Theresa, everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.



You are not only appreciated because you have been helpful to them without taking the glory but your God, you also teach and encourage people to appreciate life, eschew dissatisfaction, welcome contentment and perception, positivity and thankfulness. You also teach people to wait for the right moment and to stand tall in the face of any disappointment and wait patiently   which build one’s spiritual road.



Treasured Prince, many people had expressed their joy speaking or being in contact with you. You have not only given most of them the opportunity to work with your company and you, but the priviledge to be a good match for the position of direction of which many are today forward thinking and are contributing a great deal to Rivers State just like you. You have brought with you the position of an all-embracing knowledge of the management and physically powerful communications skills with the ability to motivate people within your resources.



You have provided humanity in Rivers State with an edge over others and have kept yourself up-to-date on progress of Rivers State. It is very interesting. And it is everyone’s confidence that one day over eighty percent of the residents of Rivers State will recompense you with your most positive heart desire. Thank you for taking the time to help the flood victims and sundry.



Yours Truly do not look forward to hearing from you about this letter.



Yours Sincerely,



Odimegwu Onwumere,

Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State, (CONIRIV).

Has Gov. Orji Even A Whistle To Blow?

By Odimegwu Onwumere


It is a well known saying that leadership is an opportunity to serve and not a trumpet call to self-importance. This is obviously against the position of Governor Theodore A. Orji of Abia State who freshly bamboozled the good people of Abia when he said that he does not praise himself and his government, but later finished himself in bewilderment. He made this disclosure through Ben Onyechere, Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communication. The words of the governor read:  “The determination of the Governor of Abia to expose the state to development as it is common knowledge by what he has achieved in a short space of time what previous administrations put together could not attempt. And this is nothing to make noise about as is the belief of the governor…”


The irony of the government in Abia State since Orji came to power over five years ago is that it is always looking for whom to blame for its afflictions from all angles with mendacity and proposition that his immediate predecessor was a thorn in his neck, hence he told the state of its ‘liberation’. Yet, it is sorrowful to see the high degree of negligence to duty during this Orji-led administration. This government is also always making boast of itself that the opposition are at its jugular to pull it down. But if the question must be asked, is there actually a government in Abia State? What can be seen now is a governor who is just titular, always exasperating the good people of Abia State to react, as was his postulations in the aforementioned quote.


Has Orji any trumpet to blow? It could be recalled that in his Nigeria@52 address to the people, there was no tangible thing to hold upon from the governor’s speech. The governor had said that he does not praise himself, but what is this? “Each year of our celebration has become a unique opportunity to appraise our collective journey and all the issues that impact on our politics and economic growth. Despite what remains to be achieved, it can be said that our collective journey into Statehood, Nationhood and Political Leadership, remains a story in courage, as we all struggle to meet the aspirations and expectations of Nigerians, as well as keep our Nation and our communities united under one country,” Orji was sounding like the president of the country, where he was looking for applause, as always.



Because he had nothing tangible to say about Abia State, so he continued to talk about “Nationhood, Politicalhood, and all those hoods. Hear him again: “In our Nation… what should also be paramount in our assessment of the Nation’s achievements should be the sincerity and devotion to service, which each leadership brings into the political enterprise….                                                                                               Our Government is committed to being the change agent… I know that this has been the less travelled route… our Government has embarked… for a faster realization of our collective dreams… I see this year’s independence anniversary celebration, not just as a time for stock-taking of what we have achieved, but essentially of a re-evaluation of the potentials of our people…”


Governor Orji knew that his government had no stock to take, and good he admitted that. Was he pleading for mercy from the people to understand his non-performance in governance and that they should assist him so that the development he had refused to render the people could reach all the crannies of the state? Hear him again: “Through-out the Nation… our citizens must begin to move away from the anachronistic belief that Governments can alone do everything to develop our Nation and our State. Everywhere, we must all be willing to renew our community spirits of readiness to partner with Governments, in monitoring and developing our communities, cities and the State.”


The governor continued to bring the ‘Nation” into his speech. He did not know his bounds. And the good people of Abia State wish that he could bring boundless development across the towns and villages of the state. He said that he sees an enormous latent of the people in building, and admitted that the people had been enduring a sustainable economy, which he felt was “what is required to strengthen the security of our State”. So, should the people be punished?


He had boasted and pleaded to the people of the state to partner with the government, talking about “kidnappers and general insecurity in the State” he said that the government had “worn” (that was how he put it, instead of ‘won’, which shows the poor media advisers he has). But how has Orji won the clearly poor governance in Abia State? We can go on and on to expose the tribulations of the Orji-led government of Abia State, right from the head to the toe of the aides that surround him.


What are those rigmaroles of the governor? Sometimes one wonders why Governor Orji is good at propaganda over his own people and with a spirit of maliciousness. This has made Ndi-Abia to say in many quarters that they were concerned about the position of ‘governor’ that Orji is occupying against the people’s clamour, which they see as being still vacant. This is a man who sacked non-indigenous Civil Servants in Abia State, thereby showcasing his egocentricity, prejudiced and visionless leadership.


Orji is a governor but in earnest he does not understand the meaning of ‘leadership’, not as a word, but as a practice.  This is why an observer cried thus: “T .A. Orji  is there because the people of Abia as a whole never associated themselves with governance. They see government as an abstraction hanging somewhere out there. They never associated government with visible, touchable humanbeings. They do not associate their local government chairman as part of government nor counselors who happens to be their brother or sister. The least T.A Orji can do is to list what he has done in each of the local government areas that make up Abia since he became governor.”


Can we see in the just mentioned quote why Orji was using “nationhood” in his speech as coverage? Can we say that Abia State got the leadership it deserved in Orji? No! What Orji calls ‘development’ is the building of a new government house, which for years, has not been completed.  He was not talking about the pitiably roads in Abia. “My prayer is that God will deliver Abia and Abians from the hands of evil and selfish rulers. Come 2015, Abia will witness a divine change in real terms,” an observer prayed.


Without doubt, like many people have said, Orji has automatically written his name in the Black Book of misgovernance. People are still very sad about these events. Hear this also from another observer: “What trumpet can he blow? After 2015, it will never be remembered that anybody like T.A ORJI passed through the surface of the earth talkless of being a governor. Somebody should tell me one single achievement of this administration. No road, no school, no hospital, workers are not paid, touts everywhere…”


It has become obvious that Governor T.A Orji hadn’t anything in place to blow any trumpet for. The people are regretting that Orji, who has not even been able to manage himself, is now a governor. He is only good at mouthing off. He had even boasted of doing the work that ensured that the ravaging floods from the bank of River Niger, which visited most states across the country, did not affect Abia State. But the people are telling him to name any specific things he did that made the flooding not to affect Abia State. Propaganda is the worst form of methods in government.


Odimegwu Onwumere who temporarily relocated to Abia State from Rivers State, contributed this piece from Aba. Mobile: +2348032552855. Email:

Social critic and activist journalist, Odimegwu Onwumere releases new book

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In an ongoing distorted world, it is rather hard to qualify which values are tolerable to human civility and which are not since what was formerly regarded sacrilegious has eventually found accommodation in our transformed society. The argument is centred on three distinct human personalities: the conservatives, the moderates and the fanatics. These three constitute the entire entity of humanity. While the conservatives think that the “old world” should be the lone sanctioned behaviour for mankind, the fanatics think otherwise. The moderates are “lost” midway and go by any order depending on the prevailing circumstances. What then is the acceptable norm?


Odimegwu Onwumere would like to identify himself with the first category, the conservatives. Onwumere is against any negative influence on the marriage institution. He frowns at the inception of the colonial hegemony in Africa which incidentally altered the marital institution of this sacred “Dark Continent”. In a rather confused attempt by the society to institutionalise the “new order”, he stands opposed to anything that contradicts the “old ideology”. Onwumere may be perceived by some readers as a fanatic of the “old order”.


But whatever the perception, it is important to note that the marriage institution remains the only institution which protects and propagates human values. If this institution is destroyed, our society is doomed as the current wave of crimes and destruction of lives and property would be a child’s play if the assault on the marriage institution and consequent erosion of our values are not halted forthwith.


The sound and witty presentation of facts, the intellectual urge accredited to them and the rare ingredient of wisdom inherent in “The Disgrace of Marriage” are the reasons why every beholder should count him or herself blessed to bump into this book or other publications of Onwumere.


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Rivers Flooding: A Mixture of Ignorance and Politics

By Odimegwu Onwumere



It was Carl Sagan who said that we have arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. And Rush Limbaugh added that the future is not Big Government, Self-serving politicians, Powerful bureaucrats. These have been tried, tested throughout history. The result has always been disaster…



The result of the mixture of ignorance and power has been disaster in Rivers State. The Treasure base of the Nation has had its own share of the combusting ignorance in the form of flooding that meted out its ugly visit to many towns and villages across the state. With an assumed seven hundred thousand people in number who were affected by the flooding and about eight hundred thousand communities that were inline affected, it’s no child’s play that ignorance was really out to pay humanity back for suppressing nature since the world began. Is it however commendable to all the people who in one way or the other have made sure that the victims of the flooding did not have double date with the surge and poverty? If individuals had tried real well in helping, does the state government needs to be commended for setting-up committees upon committee to address the need of the victims and the affected areas?



There are more to prevention than healing. Though, no one can hold back nature. But with an honest planning, nature would not have its full weight against the people at will. It could be recalled that on 25th February 2011, the Rivers State Government said that rains would be very immense than that of any other past years, and would generate an untold flooding. The state government through its Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, made this known in Port Harcourt, the capital of the state. It was after a State Executive Council meeting of Wednesday 23rd February, 2011, the government said that its information was based on the meteorological details on Rivers State. The Rivers State Government was perhaps out to draw the love and pity of the residents, and it said that it had set-up two committees that would ensure that effective flood control was in place.



In all manner of truth, it was obvious that the committees died immediately they were set-up. The Rivers State Government did not take the warning on flooding seriously, perchance it thought that everything was politics and a mixture of power between the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the always crying Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state, hence it felt that there was no need to be afraid about the meteorological warning.



Hardly has any nation stood the large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry. And the developed world knows this, but not in Rivers State. The flooding in Rivers State has only succeeded to become a contact point for politicians to sell their political quests to the public with the glaring pretense that they care for them. Literally, this is falsehood. Some of them who had not come home for so long from their residences outside the Rivers State are today at home and making promises and all that crab foster they said that they were giving to the victims of the flooding.



These politicians did not inform the Rivers State Government before today, when the warning came, that there are no internationally standard drainages in the state that would absorb the overspill from the river channel, local rainfall and run-off, and tides, which are the causes of flood. They, perhaps, thought that it was going to be the usual Ikwerre Road or Oyigbo kind-of flooding, but not knowing that Amadioha was out with a different package of flooding to expose the government. And it has been exposed beyond doubt, with Riverine flooding, which is a function of precipitation and water runoff volumes within the watershed of the stream or river and with the Coastal flooding, which is typically a result of storm surge, wind-drive waves, and heavy rainfall. This was also how in 2006, Port Harcourt experienced an unprecedented flooding that submerged houses, paralyzed economic activities and rendered some residents of the Mgbuoba, Diobu and Nkpolu areas internally displaced.



What happened? Everyday, the Government of Rivers State and its agents are mouthing of stopping the burning of oil and gas and fossil energy which have built up CO2 round the environment; and the Greenhouse gases in Rivers State are affecting the atmosphere badly. While experts had warned about global warming that would hit Rivers State, her managers were significantly recalcitrant to the global warming through the flaring of gas, which is produced in the state in every barrel of oil, but they were ever ready to solidify politics. The environment of the state is not favourable due to man’s exploitation of nature and his ignorance to re-building nature.



We should reject this! But is this shrug-manner in handling things, the same way earthquake would be handled, should it occur in Rivers State? Rivers State has not gotten it right environmentally since the World Environment Day was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. And Rivers State was created in 1967. The 5th of June every year, set aside as World Environment Day, has not helped matters. As the principal vehicle for stimulating world-wide awareness about the environment to enhance political attention and action, the World Environment Day was created by the United Nations General Assembly. The 2007 celebration of climate change was themed: “climate change”. The world held a conference at the polar city of Tromse in Norway. This was in view of the hot topic of melting ice. But did Rivers State follow-up with the warnings?



Which warning had Rivers State paid heed to or celebrated since the meteorological report hit town early 2011? As part of the Niger Delta, Rivers State is subjected to flooding due to the overflow banks of rivers. What warning that River State saw in February 2011, had been a prediction that there would be rise of sea level caused by climate change in the Niger Delta. The problem now is that the lowlands of the area shall be exposed to higher risks with flooding, causing salt water to flood coastal lands culminating to infertile lands for agriculture. Asia, Europe and South America also experienced heavy showers and storms in 2002. The United States also experienced severe drought.



So, it was being economical with the truth for the State Government to give specifics of the areas that were affected by the flooding. It won’t be gainsaying that the whole of Rivers State is affected by flooding. A suburb of Port Harcourt called Oyigbo is in a sorry state of environmental degradation today. It is still in the bracket what the Rivers State Ministry of Environment, joined the world to celebrate at the main bowl of the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre in Port Harcourt, in 2008, during the year’s World Environment Day. The state government tagged it, “Climate Change, Kick The Habit: Towards a Low Carbon Economy’. It said that it was creating awareness on the consequences of climate change.



Followed by Governor Chibuike Amaechi who was represented by the then Mr. George Priye, Commissioner for Budget, he said: “The World Environment Day celebration is to reflect on the importance of environment and simulate political attention and action on our collective sphere. We have to impress on public and private organizations to give a human face to all developmental actions, to issues of energy consumption and products of carbon in this section of the earth. Individuals can also join to keep the environment clean by the green tree planting campaign.” And Amaechi started planting trees or flowers? The ones millions of naira were expended for that survived, or that died?



Also, the then Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Kingsley Chinda said: “We want both primary and secondary schools to begin the formation of environmental clubs. The schools present here should nominate their representatives with their leading teachers being in charge. All the schools in Rivers State will have environmental clubs, which the Ministry would be aware of…Something has to be done to safeguard our environment.” (Chinda said this in a chat with journalists after the programme).



Also, the chairman of the occasion, Prof. D.M. Baridam, then Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, said: “We can rightfully say that Nigeria is fortunate enough to have a moderate weather in most parts of the country. Climate change and happenings are challenging our lifestyle and eco-system. Our dependence on carbon based energy has caused a significant build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere throughout the universe. Unless we continue to create awareness on the consequences of climate change, eradication of poverty and promoting normalcy and political stability will be hard to achieve. We must beat the carbon habit. We need to give a human face to environment issues and empower ourselves to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development, promote the understanding that communities are pilot in changing attitude towards environmental issues”.



Amaechi had attributed problems in the oil and gas sector in the country to faulty policy frameworks, in an indication at a dinner for delegates to the first Port Harcourt International Oil and Gas Summit organised by the State Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources at Government House, Port Harcourt, 2010. The governor, also, through Ikuru, regretted the wastage of the nation’s abundant gas endowment through flaring, saying it was ironical that scarce resources are still spent on the purchase of the product for cooking and other uses, expressing the hope that the trend would soon change.



Today, Amaechi has through Ikuru again, called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to intensify its endeavours in the stipulation of relief materials to the people in Rivers State that were affected by the flooding. In earnest, do the people need the donation of relief items that include 500 units of mattresses, 200 bags of rice, beans, vegetable oil, clothing, mosquito nets, among others? Do the people not need a state government that was already prepared to lifting the people up from their predicament when there is such occurrence than a government that would be running helter-skelter looking for assistance? What is the ‘adequate’ in the step that the state government took? Is it in the camping and catering for the welfare of the flood victims, when virtually all the villages and towns in the state are in total menace of overflooding and lowflooding resulting to environmental degradation? It is political for any group or body to say that the state government promptly addressed the plight of communities and persons affected by the surging floods (in the past two weeks), whereas flooding had been a recurrent decimal in the state, and the state government has not yet addressed the poser that the weather experts raised in 2011? Yours truly had at times spoken-well-of this government, but after the honour, it has been observed that things get worse than they were.



Anybody saying that this is the first time since 1969 that the state would be experiencing such flooding is just being political. Did the person remember the 2006 flooding in Port Harcourt? Anyway, Rivers State cannot run away from climate change, which was generated by human actions. But Rivers State Government must put all hands on the deck to cut down politics from its activities. Rivers State has to follow the outcome of the convention of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, which midwives the Framework Convention (FC), which is an environmental treaty signed by leaders from 155 (now 166) countries at the earth summit.  Rivers State should remember that ten years latter, in Johannesburg, South Africa, the world summit on Sustainable Development was held; and these Conferences have done much to bring about a general consensus among scientists and policymakers with regard to climate change.



But was that applicable to Rivers State? It behooves all the people who are playing ‘busy body’ or politics with the flooding by amplifying this and that they have donated to tell the Rivers State Government that it should go back to the warning of the experts and put its house in order, else these noise-makings about the flooding is sheer ignorance, and will continue to tell again what Carl Sagan said that we have arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. And Rush Limbaugh added that the future is not Big Government, Self-serving politicians, Powerful bureaucrats. These have been tried, tested throughout history. The result has always been disaster… Because the flooding has not come to an end.



Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and Motivator, is the Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV).

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The Abia State’s Naive Probe

By Odimegwu Onwumere


Nigeria is becoming a den of news. The Abia State Government-led by Governor Theodore Orji is one of the most hit states in recent times. His government is a beehive of off-beam news and he does not stomach criticism or make use of observers’ critiques. But Abia people can endure his foot soldiers’ show-of-aggression when the government is reminded of its clueless, visionless and clownish embarrassment in governance. Ndigbo can endure his misplacement of aggression and remind him that governance is a serious business.


Anybody may say that it is pertinent to probe ex-government officials. But this orchestration by the Abia State Government that the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu would be probed, is a show of shame, and depicts the direction of a derailed government. Many of us had kept quiet for sometime hoping that Governor Theodore Orji would make use of some blueprints we had brought to his doorstep in the form of criticisms, but he is far from utilizing the opportunity. Let’s not delve into the pitiable condition of roads in Aba for a moment, because under Kalu he said that he wants to probe at least, there were roads he maintained and built new ones, but Orji has only succeeded in drawing tears out of the people’s eyes.


We are not holding brief for Kalu here, but the truth can be told that Kalu was a governor that didn’t owe workers a single month of their salaries, unlike the tradition of no-payment-of-salaries we have now come to endure in Abia State, under the unfocussed government of Governor Theodore Orji. Upon the fact that salaries have not been paid workers over six months in Abia State under this present dispensation, it would be very optimal to ask Orji where he has kept the money that was supposed to serve as salaries for the ‘non-indigenes’ he once chased out of Abia State. Also, was he given any money by the presidency amounting to millions of naira for the control of ocean surge in Abia State?


While anybody may be misleading Orji to probe Kalu, it is better he is reminded that his case has no rival if his Pandora’s Box should be opened. Right now, this writer has vital documents that would be presented to the public soon about the menace called governance in Abia State. These documents were gotten by our moles in the Abia State Government House, and have been distributed to thirty-six members of our rebellious-writers team and our syndicates scattered all across the country and overseas.


It is very sad that people lose enthusiasm anytime Abia State is mentioned, but it was not like this under the government of Kalu whom he says he will probe and taking the goodwill of the people for a ride. Orji should have told us that he wanted to research on the government of Kalu so as to tap from the master strategist’s ever-present government, but he was perhaps shy to say it publicly, hence he characterized it as probe. Again, instead of Orji saying that he wanted to seek a motherly advice from Kalu’s mother thus, he said that was beaming his very dark searchlight on the actions of the former governor’s mother. Did he say “in relation to contracts awarded”? Is someone laughing? People should ask Orji who is the governor whose children are buying virtually every property in Abia State and beyond even overseas.


It is incongruous to join issues with the State Commissioner for Information, Eze Chikamnayo, amongst others, whom Orji has been using to downsize himself hoping that he is molesting Kalu at will. The records are there about Chikamnayo’s fibrotic literary assaults on Governor Orji before he was made commissioner. So, Chikamnayo is no longer seeing those things he once saw in the inept government he is serving because of his job? How chameleonic some people can be!


Yours truly have tried in some progressive ways, off-stage, to bring peace to Abia State, between the perceived warring political groups in the state, but as it can be deduced, some persons love their job so much more than seeing that everlasting peace is brought to stay in the state. Who are the Abia people whom Chikamnayo said were bundling immensity on Orji to probe Kalu? It is evident that Chikamnayo is the only Abia person that we have heard this from. And it will not be out of place to say that he is the initiator that the in-the-clear Kalu should be probed, of which many true Abians have lamented against the Kangaroo move, and characterized it as a witch-hunt.


The Orji-led government of our once endearing Abia State should stop being marooned by the aides whom he was supposed to be their boss. And he should stop capitalizing on the worldwide praised eight-year performance of Kalu as an excuse to shy away from his non-performing government. Afterall, have the people of Abia State stopped paying their revenues and taxes since Kalu was out of office (but not out of power)? What about the state’s allocation from Abuja? What again will Orji tell us about the allocation we know that has been increased up to fifty percent more than what Kalu received?


Odimegwu Onwumere who has temporarily relocated to Abia State, contributed this piece from Aba. Email:

Darkness In Ndigbo’s Political Sight

By Odimegwu Onwumere



Darkness seems is taking over some of the Igbo people’s political intuition, no matter how hard some genuine prominent sons and daughters from the area try to shed in light and exorcise them of this political migraine. There are voices from the dark-quarters in area that are very biting in the ears. These are those who have been marshaled out and, perhaps, paid in thousands of dollars, to scuttle any voice that speaks for the Igbo, to actualize presidency in 2015. One man the presumed enemies of this political progress in ala-Igbo have been out to dishonor with their make-belief political system is the former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu. These people feel that it’s not his fundamental right to add his voice to the political arithmetic in Nigeria again? Hence, they are doing jaundiced things against him in the hope that the people would regard him with a pinch of the salt. But majority of the people knew better and had not given a clear attention to the mischievous trade that was orchestrated against him, in the enemies’ pull him down political formula.



Since this present relaxation-of-the-rule of President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency, it was rare to hear any Igbo say that the Igbo would produce the next president come 2015, till freshly Kalu came up with the assignment. These persons who once lost their voices in the pursuit of political-porridge, now seem are gradually gaining their voices, but in the wrong direction. It is in the wrong direction, because their unpromising show-of-aggressions on the personality of Kalu do not only portray them as do-nothings, but as persons who are uncouth and maligned in direction. They think that their tantrums would make many of us who are enlightened to buy their hard-to-sell disinformation or make the known unconquerable Kalu to lie down. No!



What is it that they are fighting Kalu for? In the estimation of investigation, the outspoken and fearless Kalu was only crying against the penury the entire people of Nigeria have come to endure in the name of democracy. And what was wrong with that? Refineries are not working in a crude oil producing country like Nigeria, yet some people who grow fat on the cry of the majority of the people are campaigning against Kalu, who is only shouting that the significant maladies against the masses should stop. Are what we have gotten from Jonathan’s presidency not promises and assurances that more parts/zones in the country would benefit from his ‘Utopian’ government? This type of statement is mostly heard from his aides. Especially, those of his aides from the Igbo region are always sent out against their people to continue to massage their already battered hope, which was gotten while waiting for the Federal Government’s presence in the piqued area. And this is what Kalu frowns at. Were we not told that the proposed new refineries and the removal of petroleum subsidy, we should wait a minute and see the Federal Government’s programmes? But have we not waited for hours and days and months and we are yet to see anything?




Ndigbo and their areas play a very innermost role geographically in the Nigeria’s affairs, no matter the political shift of this fact to any region of the country to own the ownership of commerce and industry. Kalu cannot close his mouth as some of the political jobbers want him to do, whereas, the Federal Government had always called on the people for calm and understanding, yet the old Eastern region represents a war ragged area in term of the Federal Government’s neglect of its share of programmes in the region. What is Kalu’s sin by saying that the Igbo should produce the next president of this country? Have Ndigbo not given Jonathan ‘a chance’ that he was so direful in need from them? This brickbats politics that few people have taken upon themselves to talk evil of Kalu is not admitted. Such is a political bomb against the Igbo. It is worrisome.



No one allows foams from the soap to enter his or her eyes while taking bath in a big ocean. How come that they want Kalu not to talk when all federal roads in the region appear in the budget of the Federation, without any meaningful presence of work done on them? The Second Niger Bridge is no longer news. Was its construction not commissioned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yet there is no work on it? Is anybody still saying that the people of the old Eastern Region not marginalized? Why should Kalu not talk when the people’s disenchantment of the ill-treatments against them has written all over the livelihood? Not even the representatives from the region at the National Assembly have helped matter. They have been spotted many times working together, but only ended at issuing communiqués on the state-of-affair of the region that die, as they disseminated the critiques.



As an insider, no matter what, Kalu has been the only man among many who has not sold out to anything he believed in. He has been working before/newly to ensuring that the region is treated with respect and given the presence of infrastructure and presidency like other regions. Though, an Ijaw man from the South-South region in the old Eastern Region is president, so Kalu is saying that it is the turn of the Igbo to be president.



Kalu is a moving force that should be respected. He is out to revolutionize the situation against the Igbo. He deserves support than condemnation. Come to think of it, how could the second Niger Bridge, which the Federal Government said was commissioned for construction, but we latter learnt that it was commissioned without design? Is the Federal Government not playing politics with the Igbo? It is not a case of suspects, but people found guilty in this be-your-brother’s political kidnapper should stop.



Kalu should continue to talk in this country, because the old Eastern Region has been hit hard by indescribable privation and uncountable losses of lives owing to the bereavement of ensnaring roads of the Federal Government. Kalu should continue to talk, because the Federal Government is only good at paying lip service to psychoanalysis of roads in the region. What about the misdirection of the South-East slot of judges to the Supreme Court to another zone? If these and so on are not the marginalization of the Igbo that Kalu has been condemning, those Igbo persons operating in a seeming dark political intuition should tell the world the true meaning of marginalization, if not the reckless abandon of the Igbo in the way of things in Nigeria.



Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and Motivator, is the Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV); and Founder, Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), Rivers State, Nigeria

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1. “Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul,” Mahatma Gandhi

2. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom….Our scientific power has outru

n our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men,” Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life,” Buddha

4. “The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises,” Leo Buscaglia



Spiritual Musings One: Those who can help, pls, help! Create jobs for our teeming jobless masses. Why should a few oligarchs masquerading themselves as democrats be the majority’s problem, and are far from being the solution? Is it not important to put our people where they are supposed to be, than where penury has made them to be?



Spiritual Musings Two: Nature misdirected the ocean surge ravaging most parts of our country. This has only brought wailings and winkings, hassles and harangue without a benefit to our people, and our people are not joyous. We next need ocean surge that will destroy corruption, mercilessness, extra-judicial killings, mediocre, ineptitude… We next need ocean surge that will cleanse the land, and not this that hates the property of our people who are already impoverished.



Spiritual Musings Three: Do not mind how strong any man might postulate to be, there comes a mood when every man cries for his woman, and can go as far as kneeling down for her. Does every man not kneel down for his woman knowingly or unknowingly?



Spiritual Musings Four: Many Christians believe in their pastors, rather than in their bible. Many Muslims believe in their Imams, rather than in their Koran. Many want better wives and husbands, when they have not made theirselves marriageble materials. Some want a God fearing person, but what parameter is used in measuring a God fearing person? Do some people not fall in bed, and call it falling in love?



Spiritual Musings Five: Much ignorance we mistakenly characterised as CIVILISATION has ruined our once revered marriage/world with a lot of blueprint & theorem introduced in them. We are just selfish to nature. Is it not selfishness to train that person in school bcs of the sole aim that the person will marry you latter? This is fad in our society today. Some would want to, or kill the person in the event there is disappointment. What shows you love this person you want dead bcs of marriage? Why not leave something you love to go? Just like parents would let the girl-child they trained and love to marry.



Spiritual Musings Six: “All religions including the received Christian and Islamic religions and African indigenous religions acknowledge the need for prayers in the life of the individual, the community and the nation… Nigerians did not hear of God & prayer from the white missionaries or their Arab counterparts. Our forebears had been praying & worshipping their God on the terms they knew best before the unwarranted incursion of these intruders. Yet after praying for good crop yield, they go to the farm & till the soil. They work & pray. But today, Nigerians literally depend on prayers that only prayer controls their lives. They pray to God to heal them of headache, malaria & cough…” [Excerpted by Odimegwu Onwumere from Robert Obioha’s Column, Friday Sun, Oct. 12, 2012, Pg 19].



Spiritual Musings Seven: “I am who I am. Many people are trying to run away from who they are. They are running away from who their parents are, from the heritage that is theirs. I embrace my heritage, where I’m coming from, the language they speak, the values they uphold like honesty, selflessness, uprightness, self-pride, truth & communal spirit… That is my package; I embrace traditional values… What some people are running away from; what they are calling too archaic, I go towards it… What the West gave us that we are trying to run toward, that all of us are trying to adopt, has its own values, advantages & disadvantages… What we inherited from our forefathers, ancestors are values & advantages. As somebody who has been exposed to the two, I should be a perfect agent & know the one that is superior”-(Excerpted by Odimegwu Onwumere from Friday Sun, Oct. 12, 2012, interview by (Musician) Segun Akinlolu known as Beautiful Nubia).


Spiritual Musings Eight: The poet does not read, the poet only meditate with books, because reading is spiritual to the poet.



Oct. 15, 2012.



Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and Motivator, is the Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV); and Founder, Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), Rivers State, Nigeria.


Phone: +2348057778358 (or) +2348032552855



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