Wike: Rivers APC Fighting A Lost Battle Over Assumed Jonathan’s Comment

By Odimegwu Onwumere

A great man or group is not destroyed, defeated or deterred by the past. But this is not the same with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State since it lost the much hyped 2015 gubernatorial elections in the state, of which it had anticipated would be in its favour. Since then, this defeated political party in Rivers has been clattering clandestinely irritating songs of destruction, defeat, and determent in order to cite the public against Governor Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike.

{Wike During 2015 Rivers Guber Campaign}

Only those with discerning spirit would understand the depth of self-political damage the Rivers APC has been going through, yet it does not want to own up. This branch of the bungling political party at the federal level that has stranded Nigerians today with its hoodwinking ‘change’ mantra has been biting anything on its way like a wounded dangerous snake on the run. This glaring ham-fisted political party in Rivers has been sounding like a derailed one that has lost focus but still wants people’s attention with irrelevance it has been dishing out against Wike.

The Rivers APC recently made a remark against Governor Wike and former President Goodluck Jonathan. The remark has however shown that the APC in Rivers State is either ashamed to accept the trampled of its life that Governor Wike gave to it as the then Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state. The APC barefacedly accused Jonathan while he was of late commissioning the Nkpogu Bridge in Port Harcourt, as part of the second year anniversary of the Wike administration, saying that he imposed Wike as governor on Rivers State as against the wish of the residents.

On the contrary, this is fictitious and blatantly nuisance oozing out from the abandoned and proud APC that came with ‘change’ mantra at the federal level but has held Nigerians and the entire world spellbound with misleading and counter-misleading features not expected of a sound democracy. The APC if perchance had won the Rivers guber elections, would have plunged the state into inglorious affairs just as its parent body is doing at Abuja, the seat of power, with mis-governance and turning democracy into a hoax. It was the Rivers APC Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya who replayed what he heard that Jonathan said at the event in the media. Nevertheless, some of us who know Ikanya and had related with him on a personal ground, would attest to the fact that he was a gentleman, soft-spoken and a self-acclaimed cleric. Then again, his stance politically, saying that the Jonathan’s comment has exposed the APC’s somewhat earlier stand that the residents of the state didn’t vote for Wike, makes him (Ikanya) a scriptwriter against the wish and application of the Supreme Court of the country that acknowledged Wike governor of the state against all odds that the APC wanted Wike out as governor.

{Amaechi and Jonathan}

We could remember that before the January 27 2016 victory of Wike at the Supreme Court, the Ikanyas had on May 30 2015, when the matter was still at the lower Court, saying, “We remain confident that the Election Petition Tribunal will do the needful and sack him (Wike) accordingly in view of the materials submitted to them, in view of the immorality associated with his occupation of the Government House and in view of the outcry of the people of Rivers State that he does not have their mandate to serve as their governor.” But the Supreme Court on that faithful of January 27 2016 judgment sent the Ikanyas packing with the statement pointing out that Wike was denied fair hearing at the Appeal Court, which had on December 16 2015 affirmed the judgment of the Rivers Governorship Election Tribunal against Wike. With this, it’s not surprising that the Rivers APC celebrates shame the same way divorce makes headline in the recent times. If not, Ikanya would have lacked the locus standi to accuse Jonathan (only that Ikanya was acting on emotions) and note that upon his accusations that Jonathan made Wike governor against Rivers residents’ wish, yet, Wike won the Rivers APC in the APC-controlled Rivers State under the ex-Governor Chibuike Amaechi government, Wike won in the APC-controlled Supreme Court and, Wike won in the APC-controlled Federal Government of Nigeria.

If Ikanya was insinuating that Jonathan apparently used the federal might during the Rivers guber elections for the emergence of Wike as governor, is the Rivers APC which Amaechi is the leader and Ikanya, the chairman, not ashamed that it could not oust Wike in the APC-controlled River State under Amaechi then and now, under the APC controlled Federal Government? If Wike had won at the Supreme Court in a PDP-led federal government, Ikanya would have been saying that Jonathan influenced the court. All the same, before 2014 that Wike and Amaechi had fallen out, the later who was Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum had vowed that Wike would not be governor.

Amaechi even swore with the matrix, “Over my dead body”. Amaechi gave his preposterous defense, saying that Wike who was then the Supervising Minister for Education and he, belonged to the same ethnic group. Yet, Wike defeated Amaechi upon the swank and upon that Amaechi was Governor of Rivers State. Therefore, Ikanya should stop saying that Wike has become a disaster since “Jonathan made Wike governor”. Maybe, Ikanya wanted us to note that with the political precedence between Wike and Amaechi in the state, the former has become indestructible, upon all the perceived plots by the Amaechis to outsmart Wike. But if Ikanya meant ‘disaster’ in the true meaning of the word, we shall come to that.

The truth is that APC is dead in Rivers, a hard truth that the Ikanyas are finding hard to accept hence their extraneous tantrums against Wike. Well, before Ikanya would paint Wike black, let’s take a little retrospection on Amaechi whom Ikanya would at all cost defend as a saint when he reigned as Governor of Rivers State and now. Amaechi ruled Rivers State with unprecedented unedited words and flagrant exposition of his rascality laced with his un-anticipation of becoming who he is today given his once desolate and inconvenient family background. If at all Wike has become a disaster in the state, his would never surpass Amaechi’s, who brashly took the then PDP’s flag from the then acting National Chairman of the party, Dr. Bello Mohammed, to contest in the April 26 2011 guber elections, under controversial circumstances.

When the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Rivers State was crying that the April 9 2011 National Assembly (NASS) elections in the state were marred by massive electoral fraud, and called for the cancellation, Amaechi and the likes of Ikanya were dancing alanta against the crying party. The Amaechi’s ‘disaster’ continued as his men were declared winners of all the elective positions in that year. In the 2011 elections in Rivers State, Amaechi saw the then Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega as a good man whereas no one listened to the APGA that was shouting that Amaechi was playing the Kangaroo in the politics. Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja, running mate to Sir Celestine Omehia, Rivers State APGA’s gubernatorial candidate in 2011, addressed newsmen and was disappointed by what was called ‘peaceful elections’ in Rivers State, by INEC and Amaechi.

Ikanya should remember that Amaechi and Jega refused to investigate the Rivers 2011 elections, even when Gogo Jaja said that it was saddening to say that electoral irregularities took place in Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Bayelsa and Delta States, compared to what played in Rivers State. And Jega investigated these mentioned places, without Rivers State.

Ikanya should also remember that Mr. Jerry Godfry and Mr. Precious Barido, who were the state chairman and secretary of the APGA complained in a statement both of them signed of police brutality and criminal intimidation by Amaechi-led government officials during the elections, even as Jaja insisted that the April 9 2011 NASS election showed that the then Amaechi-led Rivers PDP had the highest rigging propensity in the country. Yet, Amaechi continued with his alanta dance ignoring whoever.

What else is the meaning of ‘disaster’ under Amaechi as governor? Ikanya should remember that the INEC said in that 2011 that Amaechi polled 1,178, 529 votes to ‘defeat’ his opponents in the gubernatorial election. The candidate of the APGA, Celestine Omehia came ‘second’ with 112,528, while the ACN, Abiye Sekibo ‘got’ 60,240. Declaring the ‘results’ in Port Harcourt, the Returning Officer in the state, who’s also the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Joseph (Ajienka), said that 1,401,464 votes were cast, 141,4064 were valid and 27,995 were rejected.

Yours Truly had written after Wike won the 2015 guber elections, saying that: Even though that Wike may not be a better option for Rivers State, it behooves on all residents of Rivers State to advise Amaechi to cover his face in disgrace and stop crying foul. Amaechi is no longer dancing alanta because he feels that someone who knows the game better than he had thought he knew has outsmart him and took the trophy.

{Davies Ikanya}

If the ‘disaster’ that Ikanya meant was about criminal gangs we hear of their activities in some parts of the state, we might revisit how they operated in the state under Amaechi as governor. The truth is that Amaechi as governor, whom some of us supported and criticized, lost touch with residents of Rivers State and became the Lord of Manor that must be venerated and worshiped. Wike nonetheless saw this in 2014 and had to buy the minds of the residents while addressing newsmen during the commissioning of his Governorship campaign office in Port Harcourt, and the APC in the state was afraid to present a guber candidate because of Wike. Although Wike defeated all the governorship aspirants at the PDP primaries in November 29, 2014 through a controversial means. But all of that have been quashed by the Supreme Court. The Ikanyas have shown that they do not respect the Supreme Court, when they continue to say that Jonathan imposed Wike on Rivers State as against the residents wish.

Odimegwu Onwumere is the Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV). Tel: +2348057778358. Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

Corruption {POEM}

By Odimegwu Onwumere

We have become the haunted

In their elusive fight against corruption;

The corruption we did not elect them for,

Or they rigged themselves in to indulge?

Our wailing is deafening

And no parameter can measure our tears

Caused by their self-inflicted peril on us

As every commodity skyrockets in the mall

Just as money to have them saunters.

We watch them fight corruption

With our physique compressing in hunger

And they deafen our ears with white-lies

That we would soon get out of the self-inflicted peril

Whereas the hope they raise is nowhere in sight.

©Odimegwu Onwumere; March 18 2017.

Kogi Politicians Should Let Gov. Bello Be

By Odimegwu Onwumere

The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello may be in for another set of distraction after the Supreme Court on September 20 2016 upheld his election as the rightful winner of the gubernatorial election in the state held in 2015. It is perceived that some politicians in the state are working round the clock in making sure that the governor suffers a setback in his administration.

{Governor Yahaya Bello}
{Governor Yahaya Bello}

Recently, they accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of keeping eyes right in their call to investigate Bello for whatever reason Nigerians are yet to know. This was coming after they had written series of petition to the body. But the EFCC seemed to know better – that there might be the hand of Jacob but the voice of Esau in their petition – making their petition null and void.
The other time, there were speculations that he was pelted with pure water sachet while coming out from the Mosque, after a day’s prayer. If true that he was pelted, political observers know who to hold responsible. And if he was not pelted, the same people know who to hold responsible for circulating the message of defame.
Most politicians hire crowd for an event, the same way they hire street urchins to cast aspersion before the public, on the personality of their prey. However, Nigerians of good will cannot sit down and watch Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the young and youthful Governor of Kogi State be brought to disrepute. We are yet to read that he associates with mischief, except as some politicians in that state want us to believe.
Unlike some persons who allow some heights they have attained in life to influence and control them, the last time we checked, Bello still respects elders and is ever ready to learn from people. While he is doing his best to bring any person or group that has been politically squabbling to make peace with each other, some of the politicians are throwing tantrums. Sad!

No matter what they might be doing to plunge Bello into the murky waters of disgrace, the governor seems not perturbed as he goes about his official duties to uplift Kogi State, putting much effort on rural and urban development. He believes that after developing this area, it will attract a lot of potentials.

With his New Direction Blueprint, the governor has vowed to take education to the next level in the state. Any doubting Thomas may ask the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Petra Onyegbule. With the state’s rich mineral and natural resources, although many are yet to be tapped, Bello has said he has the youths at heart in his development priorities.
While working to raise these youths, the governor has reiterated the need for technical education while people are pursuing the secular education. Nonetheless, many Nigerians might be crying over the lame-duck governance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the federal level, but Bello has shown that he has a New Direction Blueprint: A promise he made when he went to pick Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms of the APC in company of chieftains of the party from the three senatorial zones in the state.
Governor Bello pledged to overturn the high level of crimes in the state. The party leaders conversely knew that he would not disappoint in carrying out his official functions when they stopped the thought of any other candidate as the party’s typical bearer. The unwavering Bello filled out the form, signed by a Commissioner of Oath, and returned to the APC National Secretariat, in what political pundits said was affixed to a letter of nomination sent to INEC on Friday November 27 2015, by the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
The party perhaps knew that Mr. James Abiodun Faleke might not do better than Bello, hence Falake was asked to be Bello’s running mate. But Faleke refused that offer and insisted on Abubakar Audu/Faleke ticket, which the party gave the duo before Audu suddenly died on November 22, 2015. It will be pertinent to say that with the aggressive policking against Bello in Kogi, if the state fails, it will concern everybody in the state. But it will not fail with Bello!
So, Governor Yahaya Bello should be left without distractions to earnestly fix the state to attain his dream state, where there will no longer be pot holes in front of the Government House, educational system will never be horrible again, Kogi children will not be taught under the trees, teachers will not be discouraged; the potentialities of the agriculture sector will not be undiscovered, and infrastructure will not be in totters.
Odimegwu Onwumere can be contacted via: odimegwu@journalist.com

See Why Gender-based School Is A Hoax

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Lessons from Kalu’s tribute to Shinkafi

By Odimegwu Onwumere

There are remarks we hear when we are in distress, such as a loss of a loved one. Some are encouraging and likewise, discouraging. It is a time that people who are close to us want to express their show of care and sometimes hate, to us. They even teach us how to respond to grief, owing to the fact that the death of a beloved is a tumultuous experience.

As the news of the death of Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, an ex-presidential aspirant filtered into the air on July 6 this year, many tributes have been sent. Unique and encouraging among the tributes was the one by a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu that was published in different media portals across Nigeria and, around the world.

{Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu}
{Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu}

In the condolence message by Kalu that was signed by one of his aides, he said: “The demise of Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi is a huge loss to the nation, considering his contributions to the social, economic and political development of Nigeria. Having served in different capacities, especially in the public sector, he died at a time his counsel on national issues is most needed… The memories of the late police officer will linger forever in the minds of many in the society.”

The glaring truth today is that we shall see Shinkafi no more and it is a great lesson to the living to begin to count his or her ways on what he or she shall be remembered of when on such a journey as Shinkafi’s. Kalu’s tribute has reminded us once again that death is inevitable. We know that this must come but the death of a beloved one splinters us to a larger emotional degree. We feel helpless, pain and worry.

The irony is that after some time of these feelings, we return to our old life and often throw away lessons that the death had deposited in us. There is no gainsaying the fact that grieving our loss helps us build a life after. Many of us know that grieving is necessary just as it is painful. While we go forward after that, enjoying life, we do not take into cognizance that we have to correct our ways for a day like Shinkafi’s.

Many of us perhaps knew what a Patricia Johnson said in “Part of the Coping With Death and Grief Series” thus: In 1969, psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross introduced what became known as the “five stages of grief,” which represent feelings of those who have faced death and tragedy. Based on her years of working with terminal cancer patients, Kübler-Ross proposed the following pattern of phases many people experience: Denial: “This can’t be happening to me.” Anger: “Why is this happening? Who is to blame?” Bargaining: “Make this not happen, and in return I will.” Depression: “I’m too sad to do anything.” Acceptance: “I’m at peace with what has happened.”

 

We feel all of the above and yet, learn little. Juxtaposing to that, on January 14, 2012, I read an article on Forbes by a Panos Mourdoukoutas, titled, “The Ten Golden Rules on Living the Good Life.” Mourdoukoutas who said that he covered global markets, business and investment strategy, asked, “What is good life? What is happiness? What is success? What is pleasure? How should I treat other people? How should I cope with unfortunate events? How can I get rid off unnecessary worry? How should I handle liberty?”

Referring to mankind, Mourdoukoutas replied that the answers to all these questions are reduced in a modest book – The Ten Golden Rules – he co-authored with Michael Soupios, saying: Examine life, engage life with vengeance; always search for new pleasures and new destines to reach with your mind. This rule isn’t new. It echoes the verses of ancient Greek philosophers and most notably those of Plato through the voice of his hero, Socrates. Living life is about examining life through reason, nature’s greatest gift to humanity. The importance of reason in sensing and examining life is evident in all phases of life– from the infant who strains to explore its new surroundings to the grandparent who actively reads and assesses the headlines of the daily paper. Reason lets human beings participate in life, to be human is to think, appraise, and explore the world, discovering new sources of material and spiritual pleasure.

I must say that our responses to loss are good but it will be better when we apply the good lessons we have learnt from our loss. It is sad that we are living in a country where the governments at all levels only pay lip service to the deceased and after that the symptoms from the person are forgotten, like the person goes beyond, forever. The government cares less about its citizens alive and dead – physically, emotionally and spiritually. The practical guidelines to relieve the route ought not to always be about tributes but also, encouraging the citizens through taking care of them – spending time with them and reaching out to them – with human-oriented policies.

Conversely, those close to Kalu have said that he always reach out to his sphere of followers. He is apart. His tribute has reminded some of us that times are actually passing when persons parent their children to succeed them even from the grave, but patterning a lifestyle that the world we have left will remember us of is the fad.

Odimegwu Onwumere is award-winning journalist; he writes from Rivers State. Tel: +2348032552855. Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

Division Among Arabs And Quest By West To Convert Arabs To A Settled Lifestyle

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Coping with religious pluralism and human diversity is the bane of the new world order.

In Tunisia, something unanticipated happened. Just like that, Tunisians woke up from sleep in February 2013 to witness the assassination of a well-known political opposition leader, Chokri Belaid, outside his home.

His death among other issues raised a red flag and shined light onto the post-revolution Arab world affecting all aspects of the Arab modernism.

Belaid’s death was also fingered not to be unconnected to the role he played in making sure that the undemocratic regime of Zine Abidine Ben Ali went down in January 2011. Some observers said that it was for Belaid’s contrary belief-system with reformists’ that led to his surprising murder.

Conflicts within

Ali had ruled Tunisia for nearly a quarter century. While that regime lasted, some of the religious leaders wanted a Tunisia where moderate Islam and religious pluralism would be practiced. This thinking to be inclusive, however, was to the chagrin of many.

There was a Tunisia where some Islamic groups used intimidation and violence to go after their Islamic aims and objectives. Others did not adopt aggression as a way to address their interests in the same Muslim country.

{President Obama}
{President Obama}

The worlds do certainly understand that some Islamic fundamentalists adopt a very narrow thinking dynamics in the context of Islamic cultural diversity. Arab societies clash within themselves in carving out decisions and roles women can play in politics and society.

Be it in educational policy or else, the status of non-Muslims and their roles is considerably appraised differently. There has always been turmoil in the Arab world when it comes to Islam’s place in politics, as indeed, the principles of Islamic religious faith always play a compelling role among the Arabs.

For example, the Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood has been always accused by other Muslims as being too far in committing to the ancient sharia-law. The National Interest of February 20 2013 gave an article captioned “Tunisia and the Clash within Civilizations”, in which Rajan Menon wrote that “The killing of an opposition leader highlights thunderous struggles within the Arab world. Thus the struggle over religion’s place in politics has divided, rather than united, Muslims in North Africa and the Middle East.”

Menon argues that the division tends to be portrayed as a quarrel between “secularists” and “Islamists.” Menon further adds that “This is a mistake, for the former camp includes observant Muslims who, nonetheless, want to keep their faith and politics apart”.

In like manner, Christians and Islamic sects, such as the Sufis, take their religion seriously but do not want it to define their political life, or for it to be defined by zealots claiming to be “true” Muslims.

Power and interest cause conflicts

What that meant was that power and interest continue to play an innermost function in the affairs of mankind, no matter the society involved. Empires, monarchical governments and peoples identifying themselves with nationalism and fascism were seen as fad in the 18th and 19 centuries in Europe and America respectively. However, later in France and expanded in the 20th century, the Russian Revolution was part of that ideology that has crossed the bridge of complex religiosity and governance.

The root cause of religious intolerance seemed to be driven with fundamentalist cultures and traditions to the centre, where sordid roles were played out.

The activities of the 21st century, one must note, are gulped in cultural divergences. Today, the world is not only experiencing a Clash Of Civilisations (COC), but also a systemic Clash Within Civilisations.

Take for instance, the Islamic communities exist in the European and Western communities yet the communities have not lived in a synchronized accepted ethical value with others. The argument is centred on the clash within civilizations – with the Christian west claiming superiority over the Muslim Arab world.

Clash within a civilization

Menon as we saw earlier observed that in Syria the clash within a civilization has assumed a deadly form. The civil war pits an Alawite-dominated state against insurgents, whose most pious members see Alawites not as fellow Muslims, but as apostates.

Basically, Bashar’s regime has been able to survive not only because it has more and better weapons than its foes but also because other Muslims (Sunnis urban professional, Kurds, and Druze) and Syria’s various Christian denominations have either stayed neutral or backed the government despite their misgivings for fear that its fall will lead to the rise of a doctrinaire Sunni regime. The armed opposition is, in the main, are the Sunnis who have roots in the rural areas. Many groups within it are animated by the goal of establishing an Islamic state given their fundamentalist approach to governance.

Political interest

Apparently, in the absence of peace, the communities intertwine with each other when interest is the middle focus in the area of politics. Still within each of the worlds, coherence is not full stop among the people. There are cases of fundamentalism with diverse groups on crusades for their particular world mission to accept an ideology, or eschew it.

Against that backdrop, the West is doing everything humanly and spiritually possible to convert the Arabs to a settled lifestyle though the Arabs had their aboriginality in nomadic tenets. America stood as a target in the fight for human rights and spreading of democracy. In consequence, the September 11, 2001 bombing of the World Trade Centre in the USA and the recurring Islamic terrorist attacks have become a global terror network and threat to safety and peace.

The very terrorist attack on USA signaled the beginning of what may be called ‘Hot War’ between the two camps. A quest to control not only the value-systems of the Arabs but also their foreign policies has compelled the West to wage a dangerous war against Iraq in 2003, which ended in 2011.

Misinformation within civilisations

The West misinformed the world into believing that Saddam Hussein, who was then the President of Iraq, was in possession of nuclear weapons, capable of consuming the world. There were also such wars in Afghanistan, Algeria, Chechnya, Bosnia, and a host of other Arab countries.

There was the Western sponsored revolution in Libya christened the “Arab Spring”. It saw to the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi (a maximum ruler of Libya for over four decades) and subsequently his death.

Western and European countries, namely the United Kingdom and the United States of America, have implanted in their citizens a consciousness that always make them see any Arab as an outlaw, a risk element.

The making of the Hot War

Students of political history knew that political scientist Samuel P. Huntington in a 1992 lecture at the American Enterprise Institute, saw war brewing in the post-Cold War world, but did not find the right title for it, except what he described as “The Clash of Civilizations (COC)”.

On the other hand, the Arabs as have been shown through highlighting of their ideology woven in Islamic creeds want to overcome and take over the West. The world has seen that after the death of Islamic faith founder, Mohammed in 632 A. D., the Islamic Jihadists had by 732 A. D., taken over Arabia, Syria, the Holy Land, North Africa, Spain, and the middle of France.

In the lecture mentioned earlier, Huntington forewarned the world that the belief-systems, cultural and traditional appellations of different races would be the elementary source of conflicts in the post-Cold War.

Clash of powers

While the world leaders continue to justify the carnage of the West in Iraq and other Arab worlds, the Arabs continue to send disbelieve of the war through gunshots and missiles the world is seeing and hearing today.

The Arabs continue to flaw the invasion of Iraq, saying that it infringed on their fundamental human rights to live, as a people and race. In juxtaposing that view point, it appears common sense reason would agree that from when Huntington formulated his “COC” theory and subsequently publishing a book on it in 1996, the West invariably was selling a wholesale mischief for a decade against the Arabs for the inglorious job it did in Iraq in 2003.

{Muammar Gaddafi}
{Muammar Gaddafi}

It is evident that the search for imperial ambitions by the West led to the Arab Spring Phenomenon or Uprising, being the clash of powers with al Qaeda terror group. The worst thing that is occurring is the subjugation of the so-called Third World not to veto opinions of the Big-5 countries at the United Nations (UN), namely China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. And these countries when invariably sidelined at the UN have grudges against the Big-5.

Conceptions and misconceptions

The “Hot War” can be seen as the propagation of the European and Western hegemony. It is so given their rapacious movements to enthrall the rest of the world. Such propagation of power and dominance of the Arab circle may be described and called neo-colonialism.

The “Hot War” notion is being brewed by the self-seeking interest of the West against the underpinned Arab worlds, including African and Asian regions. The irony is that the modern day egoistical interest groups have made the West and Arabs to forget that they share in the same conservative faith of Abrahamic civilisation. The modernisation is what has kept the two sides to always lock their horns in many unending conflicts.

{Saddam Hussein}
{Saddam Hussein}

The relationship between civilisation and violence is causing the world physical and mental injuries as well as social discrimination. All of this is occasioned by the incessant quest for economic, ideological and political power.

It is, however, sad to understand how the West has shown its oversight and then goes on to display civilisation as a pattern of supremacy of technological and political power blocks for order and disorder as the case may be.

Innovation

It has become imperative that the world policy makers must have a rethink in dishing out imagined falsehood, while in the pursuit of gluttonous policies on the scale of political reasons. The truth is that many policies in the world today have culminated into a directionless “Hot War”, unlike in the days when the Cold War was simply between Capitalism and Communism.

It is fearsome that the “Hot War” is not limited to religious differences between the Arab world and the western hemisphere. It is also powerfully evident in men and women, family and children around gender rights and power struggles for control.

There should be a clear cut meaning and application of control and choices in the definition between violence and civilisation in the 21st century.

Odimegwu Onwumere is a Rivers State based poet, writer and consultant and winner, in the digital category, Nordica Media Merit Awards 2016. Tel: +2348057778358. Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

Imo and the cult of politicians against Achonu

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Although, he believes that in any intellectual debate, there is a glimpse of democracy at play. I’m talking about Chief Nneji Achonu (Ikemba), the Okigwe Senatorial candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

{Nneji Attan Achonu}
{Nneji Attan Achonu}

Those that have been following my articles would know that the last time I wrote on anything Governor Anayo Okorocha, was in 2007. That was when he was scheduled for the PDP chairmanship contest.

I endorsed Okorocha’s contention through an article I wrote solely for the contest. I was later called on phone by one of his aides, Uche. Aftermath, I saw Uche in Abuja in March 2010 (three years after), when I attended a programme.

Uche introduced the now Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Madumere, to me. Uche was not the much-talking person; he looked mien. But I saw Madumere as an orator and well composed, when he talked to us.

Madumere was a modest man in his clothing, soft speaking with enigmatic power of sermonization. After that meeting, like we know, I learned that Uche joined the government of Okorocha when the later was elected governor.

As human being would always be human being, I evaluated keeping the relationship with Uche, but he disconnected away and we did not make friends. For Madumere, I only know him now as Deputy Governor of Imo State. For Okorocha, he is one man I love till date without him knowing (just the way I love Senator Chris Ngige) no matter all the opposing news coming out from Imo State, of how Okorocha has purportedly fallen short of the expectations by the people.

I hear people crying that he has sugar-coated mouth and has nothing to show for his stewardship to the Imo people. Hence, I beseech him to look into what the people are saying and find a way to reconcile their complaints where he may be needed.

While I digressed a bit above, I was spurred to write this article after a discussion with an Imo indigene that has a profound voice, politically. That was on February 8 2016. We talked at length on issues affecting Nigeria; and the Imo State politics came to play. This person is from the Okigwe senatorial zone of the state.

He told me that even though he is not in Achonu’s camp, there is a cult of politicians that are against his aspiration of becoming senator of the zone in the coming rerun after the 2015 election that he was declared winner was botched in the court. The writer in me snooped more to find out why the cult of politicians are against Achonu. I’ve not heard about the man called Nneji Attan Achonu before till our discussion.

The man who was in the discussion with me bluntly told me that the cult of politicians in Imo State is of the All Progressives Congress (APC); and they are doing everything and anything possible to humiliate Achonu with the view that he is not loyal to them. Two persons mentioned in this cult of politicians, were said to come from Umueze 1 and Ishiebu in Mbano, respectively. And they are working clockwise to ‘deliver’ a perceived strong rival to Achonu who comes from Ishinweke area of Ihite-Uboma or, is it Obowo.

I heaved a sigh on hearing this! I went to research on Achonu and my findings did not disappoint. In the 2014 pre-2015 election campaign, Achonu seemed to have a glimpse of this cult of politicians in his state and he said anywhere he went to that he wanted to go to the Senate in 2015, because the structural shortcomings in the polity compelled his evaluation to represent his people in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

I found out that Achonu is not a loafer; he is being characterised as a foremost businessman and philanthropist and a man at home with his Okigwe people. At least, members of Okigwe Zonal Welfare Association will attest to this fact when Achonu paid them a treat at his residence in Abuja.

Unlike some persons who do not have any agenda other than to be seen at the Senate, Chief Athan Nneji Achonu who was born on May 31, 1959 and had part of his education at Madonna High School, Etiti, in Imo State, Government College Umuahia in Abia State after which he proceeded to John Cabot University in Rome Italy, had made it known that his going to the senate would be to assuage the suffering of the people.

In the March 28 2015 Senatorial elections he was described as “the Lest among the candidates aspiring to represent the zone in the red chambers of the National Assembly.” Whatever that means by Imo political observers. But for one Chief Dan Onwu, who was described as a pharmacist and frontline political leader in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area, Achonu’s political history is far above those suspected to be in the cult of politicians that are against Achonu.

Onwu was quoted to have made this disclosure during a political rally Achonu was in that cut across the sixty-four wards that compose Okigwe Senatorial Zone. It is evidence that Achonu is loved by his people no matter the clattering of some selfish persons whom his presence sends jitters to.

I learnt that Achonu has records of people-oriented colossal achievements that are celebrated and irrefutable in Imo State. I found out that in Okigwe zone alone, he had donated over 200 tricycles to people that he didn’t have a relationship with.

Immeasurable numbers of Imo students are in school today, courtesy Achonu. While a said cult of politicians in the state are after Achonu, he stands a better chance to cripple them politically as ‘One Arm General” he is passionately called by his followers.

Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Writer; he writes from Rivers State. (apoet_25@yahoo.com). Tel: +2348057778358.