Kalu, Mu’azu call for prayers and support for Jonathan

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu is always a delight, knowing what to do with words at every given point in time and at the right time.

This is apparent in a well circulated position of the former Governor of Abia State, when he said recently that the duos of President Goodluck Jonathan and, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) national Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu need Nigerians support and prayers for a successful government that would not lack in its heralded transformation agenda.

Kalu who sees issues without sentiment attached and Nigerians know him as a man who says his mind without fear or favour, has said that no matter who was calling for the president’s head or to rubbish his government, that Mr. President has done everything within the ambits of law to keep the country from down spiraling.

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According to him, “I have taken time to study the man Jonathan and his vision for Nigeria and have arrived at the decision that he means well for Nigeria. The level he has reached is such that it will be suicidal to abandon the ship at this time for the simple reason that some persons may not like his face.”

This is not even as Kalu extolled the security agents for assisting Jonathan in the phenomenal task of securing the country. According to Kalu, “I am excited at the new awareness among the Nigerian people, particularly the voting class. They have demonstrated some maturity and courage in the discharge of their civic duties.

“The control of states by different political parties today is a sharp departure from what we used to have. There was a time it seemed as if we were heading for one-party state. All of that have given way to politics of inclusion and restraint.

“This new development is one of the ways the Jonathan administration is refocusing Nigeria. Conducting free, fair and credible elections is one of the pillars on which any democratic structure stands.”

Meanwhile, illuminating the desirable-qualities of Mu’azu, Kalu has said, “The philosophy of Adamu M’uazu is hinged on justice and fairness. It was the absence of these essential ingredients that almost destroyed the soul of PDP. By creating a level playing field he has also opened a new vista for the founding fathers of the party who were frustrated out of the party to return. It would have been unthinkable for people like me to return to PDP if internal democracy were absent.

I am very glad that PDP is gradually returning to those ideals for which we founded it. So much is happening on the political front despite the insecurity and other man-made problems that have dogged our march to 2015.”

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In his calculation, Kalu has said that he sees as most discouraging of all, were the issues of the “Chibok girls’ kidnap saga”. According to him, the saga had leaned on blacking the numerous mouthwatering efforts and achievements of the Jonathan-led federal administration and the new leadership of PDP under M’uazu. He, however, averred that both the presidency and the PDP leadership have been doing everything that was internationally applauded not to join behaviour with the snobbish behavours of opposing views.

On his part at a meeting in Akwa Ibom recently, the National Chairman of the PDP, Mu’azu has called on Nigerians to assist in finding resolutions that would assist in no-less ways for the growth of the country. Mu’azu who has always been adjudged as a gentle and transparent man, has also called for prayers for the federal government.

He enclosed this owing to the issues of terrorism and other matters that the federal government has been toiling assiduously in making sure that what unites Nigerians is greater than what anybody has been doing to kill their spirits.

It is a truism that ahead of the 2015 elections Kalu and the likes of Adamu have been working tirelessly in making sure that the present government does not bite the dust that might have been dished out for it to bite by dissenters and political interests.

Kalu who says that he frowns at mischief and its peddlers, freshly dedicated a column in an edition of Saturday Sun, to Jonathan and M’uazu, in what he termed, “to correct some of the misleading impressions being created in the media by disgruntled elements about them, PDP and 2015.”

He has said that it beats his imagination why some people, those he tagged ‘mischief makers’, would concoct stories against Jonathan and Mu’azu for their selfish interest. Kalu has warned about such people to discontinue from fanning the embers “hate and disunity” among Nigerians.

According to Kalu, “Such persons have found a veritable platform in the kidnap of the Chibok girls and have never rested for a single day as they stoke the fire of instability and dish out incendiary messages embellished with ethnic and religious verbiage.

“There is no question that the kidnap of the Chibok schoolgirls has caused the nation unquantifiable pain and agony. For over 100 days now, the entire nation has waited in suspense for the release of the girls.

“Nigerians have spoken with one voice in condemnation of the kidnap of the innocent girls, which could only happen in times of war. Nigeria is not at war. And this is what has continued to worry me.

“Why should some of our fellow citizens gang up against Nigeria working in tandem with other subterranean forces to destroy it? The level of bitterness and spite spewing from these people is such that if nothing is done very fast they could succeed in their wicked mission.”

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Alhaji Mu’azu in the visit to Akwa Ibom State, where he laid the foundation stone of the Akwa Ibom State secretariat of the PDP and instating of 31 buses for the 2015 election campaigns in the state, (where he courageously did not mind the heavy downpour), has called on Nigerians to be law-abiding citizens and that the members of the PDP in the state should lead the pact in the state by their continued efforts in supporting the party in the state.

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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Kalu and the call for Obasanjo’s arrest

By Odimegwu Onwumere

It was credited to Chief Obafemi Awolowo as having said that since independence, our governments have been a matter of few holding the cow for the strongest and most cunning to milk, under those circumstances everybody runs over everybody to make good at the expense of others…. This is why the call by Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu that Olusegun Obasanjo should be arrested may not be out of place.

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Corruption in the country is taking to a way of life among many citizens. Values and virtues are no longer respected and acted upon. Pillaging of public resources for self-aggrandizement has become a phenomenon. Nigeria has always scored above 100 aggregate in the Transparency International’s corruption index. Creativity has been pummeled to the soil, with all eyes on petrodollar and government’s allocations. There is little to show for the many trillions of naira that are yearly budgeted for projects, keeping an average citizen to be feeding from hand to mouth.

First time in the history of Nigeria that a sitting president held the position of Minister of Petroleum for many years; Obasanjo did not give account of his stewardship in this stead. Many billions of money meant for power during Obasanjo’s regime went spiral. Rather than account to Nigerians how he ran the Ministry, he was busy causing ethnic revolutions and chasing his perceived political foes around the world.

Kalu was one politician who lost a lot of his personal businesses during the reign of the Owu-generalissimo and was tormented by Obasanjo for the single reason that he was opposed to Obasanjo’s Third Term Agenda. Obasanjo used the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to hound Kalu and many Nigerians for his egotistical curiosity. Nigeria recorded the highest rate of politically motivated killings during Obasanjo’s 1999-2007 reigns.

Obasanjo has been accused severally of robbing the country of over $900 billion and N1.4 trillion. Obasanjo nearly sold all the country’s enterprises for the nickname of privatisation. Obasanjo spanned Nigerians who did not want the sales of the enterprises saying that they were not yielding to the country’s income. Another reason given by Obasanjo for selling those enterprises was that it would ease the government the problem of running dead companies.

The call by Kalu to arrest Obasanjo may be imperative owing to the fact that Nigeria started collapsing during his reign, because his administration showed its ineptitude to manage Nigeria, therefore he nearly sold all that Nigeria had. A former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Managing Director of Nigerian Industrial Development Bank (NIDB), Alhaji Abubakar Abdulkadir, had said in an interview with Sunday Trust that the privatization initiated by the General Ibrahim Babangida administration was derailed by Obasanjo’s administration.

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Words that were credited to Abdulkadir are: “Worse of them all is what Obasanjo’s administration had led us into. That is privatization. I think that was the worst thing that ever happened to this country. During Babangida’s time, we were the people who drew up the privatization programme. We categorized it into three groups: those that will be kept under the finances and control of the government; those to be commercialized; and those that would be out rightly privatized.”

So, Nigerians should applaud Kalu for saying that Obasanjo is in charge for the woes Nigeria is suffering today. By history, Obasanjo did not only fail to manage the opportunity he had to transform the country, but led the country as if it was another military government. Obasanjo wanted to be worshiped at all times and anybody like Kalu with divergent views was marked for humiliation or killed. Remember that Kalu once called the world that Obasanjo wanted to kill him.

From the many supposedly atrocities of Obasanjo in the papers, Kalu may be right when he said that Obasanjo boosted corruption in the country. At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Kalu said: “Well, let me tell you, Obasanjo is part of the problems of this country. The earlier he goes back to his farm the better. He caused all the problems that we are going through. He was worse than Jonathan and any other president of this country…. In 1999 when he was elected as president, instead of giving leadership, he went to fight political war. The goodwill this country had, he squandered it, and this is what we are suffering from today because if he had given qualitative leadership without pursuing political enemies, we would have grown.”

As Kalu has said, Obasanjo needs to be arrested and tried for his infamous roles in government. El-Rufa’i, former FCT minister and BPE boss, once told lawmakers that Obasanjo made nonsense of the privatisation plan, because he kept interfering in the activities of the agency. He also accused Obasanjo of blocking the privatisation of Nigeria Airways. And the story today is that the company is dead, 2000 jobs have been lost.

All, hail Kalu for always speaking out!

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

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

Kalu and the Season of Partnership

By Odimegwu Onwumere

As the President Slok group of companies, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu is not like the chef who has a good business head, but with focus only in the kitchen. He goes beyond to attract business ideas and motivation. He is an achiever without egocentric background. The company’s partnership with Toro-Atlantic for new venture is one of the many partnerships that Kalu has negotiated for the lifting up of the business environment in Nigeria and for provision of employment for the unemployed crowd.

As Slok is a no-less company with branches in virtually all the countries of the world, so also is Toro-Atlantic Global Limited. The later was reportedly operates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with extraordinary and plentiful manufacturing facilities in Africa, as well as in China. One thing that stands Kalu out in the business environment is that selfishness is not associated with him. If he has had such mentality and behaviour, he would not have been travelling to all the parts of the world, instituting companies in those areas to help humanity here and there.

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Another aspect of Kalu in the business world is that he is not associated with little mind and does not belittle ambitions. He unveils novel ideas with the mindset that when one door closes, another opens. He is not weighed down with any doors that closed, because he knows how to open new doors. He has changed his mind and his life and, has changed for the better.

The perceived secret of his business escalation is the matrix of getting started. He knows that he is on the right track and has refused to be lazing in it to avoid others overrunning him. He knows how to get along with people. And this could be the main reason everybody and company wants to partner with him in the business sphere.

The partnership with Toro-Atlantic Global Limited caused a ceremony in Dubai that attracted the eyes of crème de la crème in business world over, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between Slok and the Toro-Atlantic Global Limited. Especially now that Nigeria is still finding her way to develop in the area of ICT, Kalu initiated Toro-Atlantic Global Limited to be manufacturing ICT High-tech and Home Appliances in Nigeria, with such high delivery the company renders in places like Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in parts of Africa as well as in China.

In May 2013,  Kalu partnered his company with the Prime Group of India at the residence of the Founder/Chairman of Prime Group, Padmashree Surinder Mehta. Kalu said that he does these partnerships because, such is the key to business growth and skyrocketing.

Kalu has worked very hard and seriously in making sure that Slok Group, which started as a sole business venture, escalated to the multinational and continental firm it has become today. So-they-say, Slok has wide gusto in shipping, banking and insurance, publishing, real estate, agriculture, oil and gas, logistics amongst others.

His efforts have shown and brought the wise saying to public glare: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Although, he might have succeeded out of the absolute favour of providence, because there are a lot of people who have talents more than he has gotten, who are still unsuccessful. Some of them are within his age bracket; some are younger, while others are older. Not even schooling can make one as successful as Kalu has become.

Kalu is always making use of the adage which says that no man is an island. He also exemplified his business acumen in June, 2009. With the caption “Slok partners Diamond bank on vessel acquisition” the investment strengthened indigenous participation in the Cabotage operations dominated then by foreigners. Nigerians are today very excited about the potentials that Kalu have.

Kalu, as a business mogul, has not only shared his riches with people who are related and not related to him, but have also revealed many to their own riches. He is one man who has faith in people even when many have betrayed him. Perhaps, he learns wisdom from the betrayals of some persons he trusted. He, however, chooses his actions carefully in any given set of circumstances.

A lot of people applaud Kalu for his business initiatives that have elated many people in the country and across the world. Many Nigerians have to also support him in his direction and pace, to enable the country and the world achieve meaningfully in life, not only directed in the course we choose for ourselves, but for posterity.

Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has developed his own destiny, growing with it into maturity and wisdom. Let’s learn that although we cannot choose his destiny, but we can support him to deliver creditably. We have to support him consciously and copiously, for the reshaping of our country and our wellbeing, because he is one man who triggers a lot of emotions in our hearts and compels us to aspire for more open doors and business successfulness.

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

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

Open Letter to Kalu on Ezeife’s Comment about Disintegration of Nigeria

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Your Excellency, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Abia State, I write to you over a comment that was widely carried in the print and electronic media, credited to Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a frontier Igbo leader like you, and a former governor of Anambra State, that Nigeria may fragment if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to win the 2015 presidential election.

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Much as you believe in the unity of Nigeria and her welfare, such comment was not supposed to come from a high ranked and respected Igbo man like Ezeife. Not even anybody against the wish of buyers of an Igbo presidency, not in any other time, but in 2015. This is a country that you believe so much in, that justice can only come to play, except there is an Igbo presidency in 2015. But here is Ezeife aligning his comment against your project and prospection.

It behooves me to say that you should tell him that his comment betrays him as one Igbo who is against the Igbo cause, which you are spending your time and resources on. I do not want to say that Ezeife might be a traitor, just aligning with Jonathan for the paltry of contracts or lucre of appointment.

Invariably, his comment is glaringly selfish and he wants all Nigerians but in particular Ndigbo, to sink because of Jonathan’s ambition. Your Excellency, I knew that you hardly talk on such issues as they relate to the inglorious comment of Ezeife, because you are one man who talks with your head and rarely with your mouth.

If Ezeife is looking for political appointment, I earnestly want you to tell him as a brother, not to do that with the fate of Ndigbo and should stop making comments that are bent on jettisoning the project that Njiko Igbo has, which is Igbo Presidency in 2015.

Ezeife should not make Ndigbo to appear before the world like a people who are feeding from hand to mouth, if that is the state he is into now. Elderly people like Ezeife in Igbo-land do not trumpet for the younger ones. They only pray and bless and recommend a younger person who has paid his dues in line with the expectations of the people.

But I am not too sure where Jonathan has met with the expectation of Nigerians that should warrant Ezeife to be drumming for war. Tell him that a real man does not wake in the morning and just begin to host his guest without first making supplications to his ancestors and Chi for providing an avenue for a new lease of life.

Let Ezeife know that he has rarely contributed meaningfully to the growth of the country that should warrant his unedited statement. And apart from the fact that Jonathan is our president, let Ezeife tell the world one thing about Jonathan that he wants Nigeria to sink for should he not win the presidential election in 2015. Does Ezeife want to tell Ndigbo that Nigeria would also sink if the aspiration of Njiko comes to play in 2015?

Your Excellency, please tell Ezeife that this is not the best of ways to seek for relevance, contracts or appointments from the leader. If he is a confused man, he should not plunge Ndigbo in that avoidable clownish euphoria. Even though that many legal luminaries have interpreted the Constitution and said that Jonathan has a right to contest in 2015, does not imply that Ezeife should reinterpret his own unconstitutional version that Nigeria would break if Jonathan loses in the election.

Dear Dr. Kalu, may it be that Ezeife does not know what he is talking about. You are a true Igbo whose voice has been addressing most of the issues besetting Ndigbo and Nigerians in entirety. Let Ezeife go and bury his agenda for Njiko Igbo and for Igbo presidency in 2015. It is not that I’m afraid of Nigeria breaking if that will be the collective opinion of leaders of thought and Nigerians, but such should not be politically initiated for the achievement.

I know that you have a good reasoning ability unlike what Ezeife has just said. If a man’s family is sick, he should not bring the entire country on the same margin. Ezeife should have advised Jonathan to address the issue of corruption in his government, instead of the contrary. Ezeife was supposed to tell Jonathan that he should look at what is happening in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under him. This ramshackle in the ruling party is the fate of many Nigerians under his government.

Your Excellency, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, I’m very sure that you would address this issue once and for all, by ignoring any challenges that could portray you to be in opposition against Ezeife. Like you have always said, it is Igbo presidency in 2015. Not about the breakup of Nigeria, according to the gospel by Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

Thank You.

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

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

http://www.odimegwuonwumere.wordpress.com

Ndigbo and Kalu’s call for unity

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Unity is something that is essential in the Igbo mythology. This is why every family, kindred and village in ala-Igbo always meet in their different soirees to discuss issues bothering on their welfares. The Igbo knows the importance of unity, and the forebears had a proverb that says, no one can break a bunch of broom, but it is easy to break just one broom.

For the umpteenth time, the former Governor of Abia State is calling on the Igbo to unite, irrespective of their political affiliations and associations. He has been reaching out to Igbo people both at home and in the Diaspora. From Cambodia to Canada he has not hidden his voice for this noble act. He is of the belief that the Igbo might not have gotten it right in the past, but are capable of getting it right this time. All it will take is just unity.

What makes his call unique is the neutral position he has taken in making sure that this is achieved. But this does not make him not to support any political party in Nigeria that would zone the 2015 presidential ticket to Ndigbo. This is what Kalu sees as the fundamental objective of his, since Ndigbo are not in dearth of credible and dynamic persons that the presidency of the country can be entrusted on.

Being over qualified to be president of Nigeria and with their wealth of entrepreneurship, Ndigbo can ever boast of the sagacity and dexterity to lead Nigeria. This is the bane of Kalu: why a people with such charisma cannot be allowed to mount the exalted number one seat in the Nigeria’s political positions. And it is time Ndigbo came together and avoid trading blames of the seemingly past that can never re-emerge in the existence of man.

Kalu would tell anybody who doubts the stuff the Igbo are made of that they have made name in virtually all the areas of man’s endeavours. Is it in the business, politics, academia and benevolence, the Igbo have always hold the mace, but have not been allowed the pronouncedly lead Nigeria.

In the area of doing everything humanly possible for the wellbeing of Nigeria, the Igbo have always put in their legs. They have always expressed their republican nature in the amalgam that is called Nigeria by voting people of different ethnic backgrounds overwhelmingly. Amongst others, they voted for Chief M.K.O. Abiola (when he was alive) and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in the 1993 and 1999/2003 presidential elections. They have also shown the same affability in them to President Goodluck Jonathan by mobilising and voting for him without blemish in the 2011 elections and as well have stood by him till date, in affirming the Igbo aphorism that says, Igwe bu ike.

But there is chagrin on the face of Kalu that the Igbo cannot always be in unity, only when they want to support an ‘outsider’. They have to support their own and guide their integrity with every thud of responsibility. For this reason, from the USA to UK, Kalu has been mobilising for the unity of the Igbo. Many people have expressed and given him their support for this Igbo unity crusade, while few persons

are still swimming in the pool of political brigandage against their Igbo kiths and kins, because of the infinitesimal derivations they get from the powers that are, especially in Aso Rock, the Nigeria’s seat of power.

Ndigbo have to parley without equivocation for their unity. Ndigbo must solicit for the support of this unity project with unflinching support to the Igbo cause. No matter how anybody might be looking at it, Kalu has always fought for a selfless cause. One was when he rocked as the president, Student Union Government of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.

It could be recalled that he refused the offer by the school authority to pardon him alone during the remonstration of the SUG that saw to many students being hounded out of the school.

Just as he is going everywhere telling the Igbo to come together and unite, so also he refused to be solely pardoned by the University of Maiduguri, saying that unless everyone involved in the march was pardoned. His function in shopping for the formation of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) cannot be easily forgotten. The likes of Dr. Alex Ekwueme, late S.M. Afolabi, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Atiku Abubakar and Aliyu Gwarzo, among others, would always thumb up for Kalu for his political wizardry.

Today, the party has become a party that has produced the highest political office holders since 1999 democracy was restored in the country. It is therefore very aplomb to applaud the commitment of Kalu in making sure that the Igbo is united to further the promotion of Nigeria. Kalu has got what it takes to unite the Igbo no matter any gainsaying opinion. He has got the contacts beyond party and ethnic linings.

Onwumere is the Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV)