Abia: Protecting our common heritage
Politicians are expected to exhibit the spirit of sportsmen.
Sportsmen after losing games embrace their opponents. Their
consolation is anchored on the fact that games come and go and
that if they do not win today, another sporting event provides a
window for them to win tomorrow.
Unfortunately, politics in the Nigerian context is viewed from
the perspective of “do or die”. It is characterised by
mudslinging, backbiting, manipulations and maneuverings,
character assassination, even at extreme cases attempt to
assassinate political opponents.
No place has the negative characteristics of politics come to
play recently than Abia. Since the present administration of
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was installed last year, there have been
desperate attempts to truncate the mandate which the Abia people
vested on him in the April 2015 governorship elections.
The attempts have culminated into several litigations which
witnessed its height on June 27th when Justice Okong Abang of
the Federal High Court, Abuja delivered a judgment that will go
in the annals of Nigerian legal history as “the most
controversial judgment”. The said judgment removed Ikpeazu from
office as the governor of Abia State despite some glaring flaws.
Thank God for the same judiciary which lived up to its bidding as
“the hope of the common man”. The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja
last week upturned the judgment, describing it as not only ” a
rape of our democracy” but ” a miscarriage of justice”.
Unarguably, the protracted governorship crisis in Abia State has
taken a huge toll on the social, economic,and political activities
in the state. The crisis has constituted a serious clog in the
wheel of progress in the state. Now that the storm is over, it is
high time major actors in this crisis had a rethink and
demonstrate that Abia is our common heritage which we should
collectively protect. It is high time they think Abia first.” Abia
First” which formed some of their campaign slogans and has
graduated to a mantra illustrates that the interest of Abia should
ride above personal interest- no matter how highly placed the
Like sports, political seasons would not cease if Christ tarries to
come for the second time. If one fails to win today, the forthcoming
political dispensation provides a window for him to win tomorrow.
Globally, a particular political office can only be occupied by one
leader at a time and not more than one.
Here is a passionate appeal to the major actors in the crisis that
Abia is already lying on the fringe, stretching this crisis further
would not only be antithetical but would deepen the wounds up to a
point that they may refuse to heal .Appeals even to the apex court,
Supreme Court, is your right which cannot be denied, but it is
indisputable that the collective interest of Abians should override
There is also a passionate appeal to the fifth columnists in the
crisis to stop prodding their principals to take further actions
that would jeopardise the unity of Abia and plunge the state into
anarchy. Like the bible admonishes us thus:” For what shall it
profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own
soul?- Mark 8:36- What shall it profit you to line your pockets at
the detriment of your dear state, Abia.
Indeed, Abia is our common heritage. It does not belong to Governor
Okezie Ikpeazu alone. It belongs to all of us. All hands must be on
deck to achieve its greatness.
Ukegbu, a public policy analyst and communication strategist,
writes from Umuahia, Abia State.
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