KALU'S SPIRIT OF GIVING
In two separate donations to the ten communities of Igbere in Bende of Abia State, ex-Governor of Abia State, Dr.
Orji Uzor Kalu donated four hundred bags of rice and two million naira to the people.
Igbere, being his country home, Kalu made the first donation of two hundred bags of rice on March 7, 2014 and the rest two hundred on March 8; making the bags of rice he donated to four hundred.
He said at his Camp Neya, the venue for the grant, that the donation was supposed to be made during the last yuletide, but for his sabbatical off from Igbere due to circumstances.
The people were full of joy and encomiums on Kalu.
Kalu's spirit of giving makes me remember a statement by an anonymous, which says that smiling in your brother's face is an act of charity, so is enjoining good and forbidding evil, giving directions to the lost traveller, aiding the blind and removing obstacles from the path.
Kalu also depicts the passage by Maya Angelou, which says that when we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
Permit me to say that this dude from Igbere and, by extension Igbo extraction, is a cheerful giver.
Apart from the magnanimous donations he has made to his people of Igbere, Kalu is also bent on handling adversity and assisting Nigerians in the Diaspora to succeed in their different fields of business, by ensuring that they secure loans from his banks to efficiently run their businesses.
Kalu does not walk in the darkness of destructive selfishness like most people that are in his status.
As a way of assisting some of us in Conakry, Guinea, where I reside doing business, Kalu imports goods worth millions of dollars and distributes to us without collecting initial capital in order to seeing that we prosper.
Even though that it was said that he is the fourth richest persons in Nigeria and among the fifty richest Africans, one thing that sets Kalu aside is that he is a humble person.
He has done much and is still doing, to assist humanity, not minding the tribe the person comes from.
I must say that Kalu is one of those that if they die tommorrow, will never die out, because he has been doing things for people, who can never repay him.
Many Nigerians who are trapped in the Diaspora and had no means of coming back home are today proud marketers of batteries, tyres and lubricants, candles, wall tiles, vegetables and many others that Kalu imports and shares among them to sell (without asking for initial capital), as a means of fostering them not to waste and die like a church rat in overseas.
In the case where any Nigerian he meets abroad does not want to trade, Kalu makes sure that the Nigerian is engaged in a meaningful means of livelihood.
Others use his company's name to import goods worth billions of naira, without him asking for rewards.
As if Mahatma Gandhi had Kalu at heart when he said that the simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer; Kalu shows worry whenever a Nigerian is arrested abroad, apart from his immeasurable benevolence.
I remember in 2012, when it was reported that in Brazil alone, some 457 Nigerians were languishing in prisons for various offences, Kalu wept like a baby before many of us.
He has great passion for Nigeria and Nigerians and has often warned that people should eschew crime and corruption in any environment they found themselves.
Kalu has taught me through his actions that the best enjoyed moments in human existence are those filled with the spirit of giving.
He does not want any Nigerian to be a failure to Nigeria, even though some persons may perceive the leadership of Nigeria at different levels, as a failure.
Kalu does not want Nigerians in the Diaspora to lack confidence, will-power, political adulthood and resoluteness to change the status quo in any countries they are.
Kalu immensely votes into human development and has immeasurably transformation agenda for any Nigerian at home and in the Diaspora.
He, in earnest, practices communalism knowing that capitalism has failed the world; he wants every Nigerian to be involved in the day to day administration of self-realisation.
It is my prayer that his God should continue to give him the strength and life and resources to do more.
Written By Nwabueze Jonathan Emenike Tel: +224664640657