Gov. T.A Orji and Family are supposedly bent on using lies to exonerate their son Chinedum from the murder of Ndubuka

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Known for using feint as the best way to govern and using pseudonyms to blackmail critics of the Abia State Government, which they have done to me in the blogs they create and pages they have on some established websites, by libelling me a kidnapper, rapist, killer, extortionist, ex-convict and so on, in order to cow me and, because they are not objective with issues and are shallow in the profession of the pen, the Abia State Government and its agents are purportedly doing everything within their covers to exonerate Chinedum Orji, the drastic son of Gov. Theodore Ahamefule Orji, who was fingered in the death of one John Ndubuka, said was the junior Orji’s Personal Assistant.

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Having been paying some online media to pull down stories that do not favour the government, Orji and family, but especially the story as this writer allegedly reported when the incident happened in February, what the Gov. Orjis are seemingly doing now is to publish falsehood against the initial reportages that it was Chinedum who apparently asked his police orderly to shoot Ndubuka in broad daylight.

Junketing from one website to the other, publishing falsehood against the critics of the government and against the stories linking Chinedum to the murder of Ndubuka, an evidence is the one they published in 247ureports.com, (now their arch-allied?) with the URL thus – http://247ureports.com/?p=50565&cpage=1#comment-481258 – saying that some of the groups who raised their voices during the incident have pleaded that they were misinformed.

While this writer investigated one of the groups they said that have apologized, it was found to be untrue that the organization really apologized.

The goofing 247ureports.com seemingly being paid heavily to be publishing Gov. T.A Orji’s misinformation reported that, “Information reaching us from Umuahia reveals that the noise generated over the accidental death of the cousin to Engineer Chinedu Orji [Governor Orji’s son] recently may have been result of blackmail… published on Igbere TV… The ‘reports’ had attributed the cause of John Ndukuba’s death to Engineer Chinedu Orji… But the outfit ‘Igbere TV’ was quick to apologize for the publication’. It came through written message from Igbere TV following the arrest of one of the send authors of the publication.

John Ndubuka

The apparent lies of the Gov. Orjis against Igbere TV continues thus: “Once again we at Igbere TV are dissociating ourselves from our former colleague who have aligned with one odimegwu onwumere to link the arrest of one Ebere Wabara to Abia gov. Our investigations revealed that Ebere Wabara who is Orji Uzor Kalus P A. was arrested by the police on an article he wrote in SUN claiming that Engr. Chinedum Orji killed his late cousin, John Ndubuka. Recall that this falsehood was published on Igbere TV and we did apologize to Engr. Orji when we found out the truth. The police authorities have been investigating this incident and since Ebere Wabara claims knowledge of who killed John, police want him to come and give more clue in the court. As for the wife of Wabara who was lamenting the husband’s arrest, she should have warned him against defaming people’s character. Let Ebere go to court and provide evidence over his claims. We at igbere TV want Ebere prosecuted in the law court”.

Blablabla!!! In the same vein, it could be recalled that straight-away after the incident, the Abia State Government through its garrulous Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Eze Chikamnayo was quick to dissociate Chinedum from the purported murder Ndubuka without even allowing the police, which they said were investigating the matter, to do their job.

Chikamnayo, in his usual pummeled-conscience for paltry remunerations from his job, said, “The victim, Mr. Ndubuka was hit by a bullet that killed him from an unknown source while leaving the venue at the end of a successful civic reception organized by Ikwuano/Umuahia people for the governor on Saturday.”

Ikuku

Conversely, like the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese ostensibly voiced in a national newspaper in an article titled, “Don’t sweep Ndubuka’s death under carpet –Bishop”, the security agencies handling the investigation into the death of late Ndubuka, Personal Assistant to Chinedum Orji, should not allow this go carpeted. Like it was reported that the Bishop said, “This senseless killing can never be the destiny of the young man to be so killed in the full glare of the crowd. What we are saying is that the shooting and killing of Ndubuka who was an ardent Catholic should not be allowed to go the way of other such shootings…”

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348032552855

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

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Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu: Gov. Orji’s anointed for 2015?

By Odimegwu Onwumere

 

The news that Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji of Abia State might have anointed his successor (as if we are operating a dukedom) broke out a fortnight. Many Abia people and friends of Abia of goodwill have not kept quiet since then.

 

They don’t want to allow the purportedly secret anointing that was said has shredded the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state to have its way unchecked. This is owing to the glaring fact that the governor has not been representing the people very well.

 

So, anybody that the governor may be supporting will be taken as imposition on the will and right of the masses to elect who they want to be their governor in 2015, not the other way round.

 

The name of the man in the ring of the anointing was given as Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, who’s the General Manager of Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA), Aba Zone.

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It was noted that some known Abia ‘phony’ politicians like Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Barrister Friday Nwosu and Senator Nkechi Nwaogu, who were also known chauvinists of the governor’s seat come 2015, have not been smiling in the open, as the news of the anointing filtered into the thin air.

 

It could be said that majority of Abia people are angry with the seemingly choice of Ikpeazu, not because he was a bad or good man, but simple because of the said source that has anointed him. In short, in the periscope of majority of the people, no one who is serving or has served in the government of Gov. Orji, without renouncing his or her stewardship while there or after, is regarded as a good person, because of the noticeable terrible government they are/were associated with.

 

There are discordant voices that Ikpeazu should be supported since he is from the Ngwa extraction, believed that 2015 will be its turn to produce the next governor of Abia State. Nevertheless, there was an impression that Ikpeazu could have been given the support he needed from majority of Abia people, if he had entered the race without any iota of relationship with the governor, whose name the people do not want to hear mentioned around them, concerning 2015 elections.

 

Given the fact that Aba’s environment is a gory tale while Ikpeazu who is their son is the zone’s ASEPA chairman, would be another factor that could set the man back, apart from that he was apparently anointed by Orji. Again, given the huge environmental taxes that the people are given to pay without much corresponding work to show for their money, is another blow below the belt that might set Ikpeazu back.

 

 

The few persons who benefit from the government of Gov. Orji and wanted continue to enable their continuous reaping of lucre, would say that other fingered interested persons for the coveted position, have not done anything for Abia State, either as Senators or the like.

 

But if this is true that the governor has anointed anybody, it could be regarded as gross impunity, if the stakeholders in the party were not informed and due process followed. It is believed that whoever a governor anointed invariably would win the primaries and become the governor, because it would be a big blow to the governor to see his choice-candidate fail.

 

In the cause of writing this thesis, an average Abia person has not said any horrible things against Ikpeazu. The damage is only done to him, because of who is said was presenting him: Gov. Orji. Another fear for his selection is that Orji would subject him, not to obtain the ideologies of democracy, but to obtain the precepts of Orji, which is known among Abia people, as tailored towards overbearing propensities.

 

The fear that the governor is so egocentric will never give Ikpeazu an edge to be collectively elected by the electorates of Abia State in the 2015 elections. How people-oriented he is, is not even ascertained among the people. This is another factor that might not help him out. Again, it is believed that the governor might have some shoddy dealings he wants to cover, hence his choice for one regarded as his puppet, for successor.

 

But Ikpeazu may be a social democrat who may abide by the principles of democracy. Conversely, it is feared that he would abide by the principles of Gov. Orji for some time, before he might abide by the principles of good governance and of democracy. Contrarily, few Abia people who are in the government can be said are sycophantic with praise that Ikpeazu was anointed for the governorship position by the governor for the ‘good’ job he has done in the state, as the governor’s appointee in environmental job.

 

 

Notwithstanding, since politics is played on interest, the governor may have shown his interest in Ikpeazu, since a people cannot collectively anoint a particular candidate to represent them, based on the same divergent interests.

 

On-the-other-hand, it’s believed that Ikpeazu is well schooled, with a PhD to his credit. Some Abia people see this as a yardstick that has stood him out as one who might have read in-between lines to understand what democracy is all about; although, the hood does not make the monk.

 

Abia people are now bent on prayers that providence should bring who would be in charge of the affairs of the state in 2015 and beyond with democracy dividends that could be seen were deprived the people in the present government.

 

It is however left for the fate of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu to decide that he is or not predestined to be governor, maybe immediately after Gov. Theodore Ahamefule Orji’s tenure comes to an end or thereafter.

 

It is the wish of the genuine people of Abia State that if it is the turn of Ngwa people to produce the next governor, the person should be one who would not rub dirt on their face just as the people of Umuahia extraction apparently believe that their son Gov. Orji has earned them much rudeness than he has earned them fame.

 

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

Before Fulani herdsmen kill all of us

Odimegwu Onwumere, a commentator on public  affairs, laments the spate of killing of Nigerians across the nation by Fulani herdsmen, and urges the Federal Government to urgently and decisively tackle the menace which is fast getting out of hand…

It is an inquisitive thing that Fulani herdsmen are apparently taking laws into their hands in Nigeria. From their occupation in the rearing of cows across the bushes and lands in the country unsolicited, but especially in the forests and lands of the South-East and South-South zones, they have become merchants of death anywhere they went, as gory stories of their sophisticated mayhems rent the air.

Over 150 people were reportedly killed recently, by Fulani herdsmen in an attack on three villages of Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwan Gata and Chenshyi, in Kaduna State. Their killing sprees in a place like Berom of Plateau State, have taken precedence. The killings against Christian Southerners and Northerners are a story for another day, so that no one is pushed to cry.

The sad side of it is that the affected villagers from the villages these Fulani herdsmen cum gunmen have meted out their shoddy acts, say that the herdsmen opened fire on them immediately they entered their villages. Initially, these Fulani herdsmen were known for the little knives they hold around their waists while herding their cows. But today, they are armed with AK 47 rifles. Terrorism everywhere!

On March 10 2014, a sitting Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam narrowly escaped death. His envoy was said to have been ambushed by assumed Fulani mercenaries. They engaged Suswan and his security aides in exchange of gunfire at Tee-Akanyi village in Guma Local Government Area of the state. The herdsmen had earlier sacked those within the Uikpam-Mbabai. The attack on Suswam’s convoy compelled the governor to say that it’s a real war and beyond the Fulani herdsmen.

Without hiding for the fear of arrest, the Fulani herdsmen after they had spilled the blood of the innocent people arrogantly declared that the violence should be blamed on Suswam. It’s the National Vice President of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Hussaini Yusuf Bosso who was credited with such a goofing statement for whatever reason. Needless of going to look for who the sponsors of the marauders were, Bosso might tell Nigerians.

Police who were supposed to bounce on the statement made by Bosso and make arrests, have rather been busy urging Fulani herdsmen and Benue Farmers in February to embrace peace. That was after over 35 persons had lost their lives in the Gwer West local government area of Benue State in that month, in the hands of suspected Fulani herdsmen. Over 80,000 people were reported to have been displaced in the outbreak of the attack. Is anybody mouthing the police? But if Ndigbo were the Nomads/Herdsmen that have been killing countless innocent people in different parts of Nigeria, police would have been set on motion to be arresting anybody found with cows across the country and there could have been legislation to the effect that rearing of cows, is part of terrorism and the rearers, terrorists.

Go ask the MASSOB members what their experiences are in the hands of the Nigerian security men and women and how many of their men and women have not been lucky with their lives in the hands of the security people, even when the MASSOB is a non-violent group. The members’ sin in the hand of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is that they said they need Biafra.

The killing spree continues to be the new found love of the Fulani herdsmen. In 2012 a serving senator, Dr. Gyang Dantong, and the lawmaker representing Barkin Ladi in the state house of assembly, Gyang Fulani, were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen at a mass burial in Maseh, Plateau State. Yet, governments at all levels behaved and are behaving as if they did/do not have a feel of the dastardly act, except in the newspapers.

Not even the deaths of such glaring prominent people have brought peace between the herdsmen and their host communities where they feed their cows without paying any remuneration. The other time, the women of Ubima (Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s place) in Rivers State protested to Government House, Port Harcourt to lodge their grievances that the Fulani herdsmen were allegedly raping them in the farms and using dangerous weapons to harass them whenever they complain that the cows were destroying their crops.

The same story is applicable to all the villages and towns in the South-East and South-South zones of this country where the herdsmen have become the Lords of Manor. They do not listen to anybody against the backdrop that their cows destroy crops; and the government is even, always mute to react or act, whenever the people lay their complaints against the herdsmen.

Gradually, the uncalled-for-attitude of the Fulani herdsmen is turning into terrorism. Their cows are terror to farmers’ crops and to the environment, while the herdsmen have become terrorists to human lives at a slightest provocation. Where are we going in this country? This is very unfortunate! And the government security apparati, like the police that should not relent to curb the menace, as we have seen above, were using plea as the new way to fight crime in Nigeria.

Calculating these killings, it has become pertinent to say that the lives of the cows being reared by the herdsmen are preferred by the rearers than the lives of innocent people who advise them contrarily to their already programmed mindset of: ‘we better kill villagers who ask us to pull our cows out from their village’.

While the Fulani herdsmen brag of the number of people they killed in any village they invaded, the problem with Nigeria in checkmating their excesses becomes intelligence. Imagine that in some of the stories, these Fulani herdsmen would group and take uniforms to attack, and no security person would halt them.

Let the government be alive to its responsibility. The government should stop being busy always changing top security personnel, without any iota of change in strategy and new approach to curtail the nuisance of the Fulani herdsmen and their supporters.

In a civilised clime there will not be noise to it as even trained dogs can arrest the activities of the herdsmen. When some goons took to activities such as the herdsmen’s and wanted to take over the South-East, local vigilante group that was called Bakassi, was formed and arrested the situation.

Government should do something about the Fulani herdsmen-initiated killings and harassments of Nigerians in any of the areas they graze. The worst is that when they are provoked, they even attack in a broad daylight and yet go unhurt.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

So, People No Longer Keep To Their Words?

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Majority of people no longer keep to their words. The result of their promise is lies. Even when the person they have lied to brings it to their notice, they do not care. You call their phone lines and write emails to them, they neither pick nor reply.

The sad side is that these people with ‘deformed behaviours’ are persons we so hold in high esteem, not that they are faraway fraudsters or gangsters. I’ve always told people that in human relationships, “distance is not measured in miles, but in affection.”

I’m not sure they even know the cost of their aberrations. I feel like the ground should open, when I placed calls on people I have something to do with and, they did not pick or replied the ‘missed calls’. Or, even when I wrote emails, they did not reply, because they were dodging.

I feel that I have lost myself a lot in the process of loving and being honest to others, whom I would later found out have ruinous tottering-manners. Then-again, I have often found consolation in the words of a Woody Allen, which say, to love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.

Some would pick the calls and quickly tell you how busy they were and that they were going to call you back shortly, when their intension was to ‘discharge’ you. You would wait for their calls that would never come, till eternity. And somebody who finds it very had to fulfill his or her promise of ‘I’m going to call you back’, how would the person, have the time to reply your emails?

My worry is that people do not know the commitment of their words. Even when they knew, their belief is that they can easily pray or ask for forgiveness from their ‘God’ at will. While they have this mindset, they do not care about what pains their actions have caused the person they have wronged.

My belief-system is that without honouring your fellow humanbeing with your word and action, it would be very had to honour any sky God or underground God. You can’t say “I honour God in everything I do” whereas your fellow human being is dealing with the pains of your betrayal of him or her. Not one, two, three, or four times!

I’m easily convinced by people’s words, but I’ve found out that many people, we think we respect in the society, are just liars and cheats. They do not regard your integrity. Rather, they see a man with integrity as a fool, because he does not cheat with words and, always believes in his fellow man.

I can remember as a kid that all people needed to keep to business were a handshake and word. These were seen as sacred. Some of us grew up like that, but into a society that is windswept of quality character and principle. Many people today do not or, have refused to recognise that a man’s word is his bond that should not be played with.

Rather, they see how fast and often they sermonise their religious principles as the bond, without which they feel that they are incomplete, whereas they are gnarled of humane manners. Wonder why the society is falling apart every day? People are ever ready to risk their relationship with promises they can’t and won’t keep.

In marriage, I laugh when I see people make promises on the altar they cannot keep, at last. I have suffered in the hands of people who made promises to me in business transactions, but later they unashamedly dishonoured their personal word and, without bathing their eyelids.

And they do not make any attempt to salvage, in order to show that conscience is not only a word in the dictionary, but that which should also be the guiding principle of every living man. It is imperative that we keep to our words. To me, I see this as the essence that we live as human beings, not as beasts. I have had cause not to relate with people deeply, but on the thought that one man does not make an island, what could I do.

People should understand that words are the tenets that should prove how honest a man is, not how often he goes into the streets to win persons to his religion. There is no ‘reality’ without people keeping to their words in this world.  I have suffered dishonesty in the hands of many people. And when I sit down and ruminate, I wonder what influence these people were creating in the society.

I wonder if people know that the best of impacts in influencing the world is to keep to words. I tell people not to always want the honest man in their lives, but have to also be honest theirselves to help encourage the world with healthy ways of co-habiting.

It is sad that many people want an honest man around them, upon that they do not have what the honest man needs. They incessantly betray the honest man with lies and cheating and also call him a fool in their closets. Nonetheless, a Alan Greenspan said that regulation – which is based on force and fear – undermines the moral base of business dealings. (People think) it becomes cheaper to bribe a building inspector than to meet his standards of construction…

Conversely, for healing, I’m taking succour in the words of a Belinda Taylor, which say, don’t mire up in self despair of your losses, learn from them and move on to other good things in life. Don’t stop allowing the sunshine in, because of the fear that winter will come and engulf the warmth. Hold it close to you to help you through those cold winter days.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348032552855

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

Pirated Spirituality

By Odimegwu Onwumere

There are fake forms of spirituality everywhere in Igbo-land in the form of religion. (Igbo here represents Africa). Fake spiritualities have been carried on for many years and the practitioners think they are modern days’ traditions they cannot eschew.

While many people are being re-integrated and getting back to their roots, these pirated religions and their adherents find it somewhat very hard to be re-rooted simple because their fathers and mothers abandoned their aboriginal spiritualities for the pirated ones.

The pirated religions and their religionists do not have reverence for their blood ancestors but for their book ancestors whom they were spoon-fed to believe are saints and angels to the chagrin of their ancestors who were supposed to be their spiritual ancestors and not those they read from books they venerate and are ready to spray blood for.

How long shall the people continue to wallow in abject non-challant attitude in not cherishing their original spiritual heritages, rather they prefer to estrange them and destroy the society thinking from the blues when their society would be genuine again as it were in the days of their forebears.

Values have died among the peoples, because they no longer appreciate their traditions and cultures, but are ever ready to cast aspersions on them, even when the traditions of the religions they now hold dearly are damn connected to things worse than they had imagined, were the reasons for abandoning their forefathers’ ways of life.

These fake religions and their religionists mock their traditional people who for example, talk and sing under the rains, but prefer to go to far land to pray and cry before a wailing wall. And they call it the height of their spirituality, when what they do is the height of ignorance full of mockery.

But till the people re-root theirselves to their ancestors, ancient-culture, ancient-wisdom, beliefs, cultural-history, esoteric-wisdom, free-thinking, magical-thinking, mysticism, primitive-spirituality, forefathers-psychology of freedom and self-expression, the  Igbo would continue to totter.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348032552855

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

IGBO: Ofo na Ogu

We honor and greet Our Chi (God within us)
We honor and greet Chineke (Creative aspect of God)
We honor and greet Ani (Earth Mother)
We honor and greet Igwe (Sky Father)
We honor all the Alusi who stand around to guide and guard us
We honor the Alusi of the four points, Eke, Orie, Afo, Nkwo

We pray they never abandon us or get weary of us
We pray we are always able to access them
We honor and greet our sacred ancestors
We call upon the ones who lived and died for our freedoms
We pray their memories will not be forgotten
We pray they forgive us for forgetting them a lot of the time
We pray they remain with us for the healing of our homes,
communities, and the planet

We greet the elemental life in the four elements of fire, air,
water and earth
We offer thanks for their efforts in healing the planet
We pray we can learn to work with them in healing our planet
In conclusion
We pray for all humanity, all plant life, all animal life and in fact
all matter to awaken
We pray for heaven and earth to meet and dance in perfect
harmony
Now and forever more
Ise!

COURTESY- Nwaonishe Ezenwanyi from “Conversations with the African Gods”

Nigeria and the Leadership Shortage

By Odimegwu Onwumere

What many opulent Nigerians term as leadership is the exhibition of their exotic cars, power bikes, mansions, companies, pictures from foreign lands they went for holidays, their glowing wives, husbands, children and concubines. They show-off these on the internet, newspapers, TV and, make commentaries on the radio for self-exaltation. They see leadership as titles and not, how many of their loved ones and followership they have positively influenced or would do. They see their gallery of wealth as the influence they are giving to those who look up to them. Since the wealthy in the society see these things as leadership, there has been tremendous leadership shortage in the country.

Because of this type of mindset to leadership, the consequences are where we are at present: virtually everybody is shortcutting what used to be the gradual process of living to attain a height of financial wealth. While many are doing this, they do not know that they are like those who ignorantly use pills to reduce weight, oblivious that they are digging for more danger to their lives than the natural weight they had thought was unbecoming.

Shortcuts have consequence. A critical look at it would attest to the fact that it’s this reason that governments at all levels in Nigeria have not gotten anything right. They implement policies that are not formidably executed; they read yearly budget that do not commensurate with the on ground works, and so on. Due of leadership shortage in Nigeria, many things are now worse, than any emergency approach given them.

Gaining influence is just the meaning of leadership and not, showing of influence. Many Nigerians do not think about the next step to take in order to uplift humanity here, but the next exotic car to paint the street red, the next mansion to build in order to intimidate the next neighbour, the next holiday picture to post online in order to compel family and friends to begin to bite their fingers.

Those the leaders want to cheer them are hungry and many do not even have hope of where their next meal would come from, where money for their next house rent would be raised from. What some of these leaders define as leadership is just the addiction of showing their wealth to their hapless followership, as if they are employees working very hard for promotions.

While they want the financially poor masses to be promoting them, the only agenda they have for them, are those intimidating outings they make for the poor to be lavishly glaring at and admiring them, without a twinge of conscience of where they placed the poor in life. Their acquisitions mean a lot to them and not, the welfares of the subjugated masses.

Leadership shortage has made many Nigerians to be sitting on the bare ground today. The leaders want the led to see Nigeria as a country that should mean a lot, without them leaders seeing the poor to mean anything to them. Rarely is there any opportunity that would enhance the growth of the poor individual like it is wont in the so-called developed world, where the level of opportunities to school appropriates the level of corruption in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, many people’s understanding of the concept of “God” is just political. They use ‘God bless you’ in order to make people accept them as godly people, whereas they find blessing anybody really good somewhat hard thing to do. Apart from their gallery of wealth, the next thing they so much show in the public is “God”. They do not have a more realistic view of theirselves. They see the act of leadership as a correlation between wealth and amassing of it; not a relationship between leading and the masses.

Because leadership has been assumed to be the position of those with much wealth, the poor would no longer guarantee self as one capable of being a leader. The poor has been so much intimidated by the rich to always believe that leadership has a residence with those that call the shots in the society. This is a widely misunderstood fact. Leadership is not a position, but an activity, not like the idea that the highest bidder goes with the prize, but an act of showing comprehensive examples for others to follow in the promotion of humanity and not, when there is something that has to do with politics and business alone.

Perhaps, this could be the reason a Vikas Swarup, the author of The Accidental Apprentice (and Slumdog Millionaire), was quoted as saying: “Leadership is the one competency that cannot be learnt in management school. A manager is trained to do things right; a leader does the right things. It is not a matter of training and preparation, but one of instinct and conscience.”

Therefore, the conscience of leadership has to be reborn; not the everyday reborn of titles and showing-off of acquisitions. Nigerians at all level must make the citizenry better by eschewing the love to obsequiousness. It is a killing behaviour, when anyone sees the promotion of exotic cars as leadership or those who purchase such cars for the simple purpose to intimidate others as leaders.

It is time Nigerians began to see these types of leaders who do nothing but to exhibit their numerous wealth as persons who have limited contributions to make for the wellbeing of Nigeria. Remove those material items from them and be amazed how empty they are. Everybody can have positive impact and become a leader. Against this backdrop, leadership must be seen as an art for influencing another in direction for the wellbeing of the society and not, for the individual buttering. We must take the advise by a John Izzo, PhD, whose write-ups suggest that Leadership is not about what your business card says, what your title is, or where you sit on the organizational chart in your company. Leadership is a posture, it is a decision that you want to have influence over others in a positive way.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com