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Orji, A Governor In Diaspora

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Abia people have severally carried coffins in Abia State to show their anger over a government that has not met with their heart desire. Some of them have expressed their anger over nonpayment of their salary. And Governor T.A Orji continued to give them heaps of hope that things would soon normalize. He speaks to Abia people from abroad than he does from home. His belief could be proverbially deduced that a million flies cannot shake an Iroko. Is he the Iroko and the people flies? Was he not recently seen in Houston, USA., where he went to visit his daughter who gave birth and turned his visit to a town hall meeting where he told the people how he has 'transformed' Abia State, but especially Aba? The worse is that he tells anybody who cares to listen how he has been expending heavily for the major economic city in Abia State – Aba.

A chameleon will never change her ways. Notwithstanding, it has been the tradition of Orji to mislead people, especially through his Chief Press (Liar) Secretary called Ugochukwu Emezue. Orji's posturing has not however deterred Abia people from marching the streets in protest. They are tired of Abia State where even council chairmen have learned the pranks from Orji, of how not to pay salary to workers. Hoping for a new Abia State, everyday, workers are calling for warning strike in many LGAs in the state: May, June and July 2012 salaries have not been paid workers in most LGAs. Rather than pay these workers, those in the authorities use security agents to protect themselves from receiving the people's wrath.

What sort of state is Abia under the leadership of Orji? The state has become a place for liars and cheats of good governance. And when any observers of the on-goings in the state exposed any of the numerous lies and deceits of Orji-led administration, his foot soldiers would marshal out and called the person names. They never allowed anyhow person to ask question anywhere Orji went to talk about his “Midas's development” of Abia State; they only allow a 'selected' few to ask questions and respond to questions. Yes, did he not address ndi-Abia in Houston? Are people not asking for explanation why Orji never cared that much to address Abia people at home? Why is it always at Lagos or Abuja, and now Houston? Is Orji not a governor in Diaspora?

It is pertinent to say that with the expositions, Orji is not enthusiastic with governance in Abia State. If the statement is on the contrary, why does Orji handle the government with reckless abandon? Won't he one day reap the benefits of all the misfortune he is sowing in the state? The way of truth has always won, but in Abia State, the authorities are teaching us that the way of lies is supreme. The success stories we hear in Abia State are lies. Today, the people are resolving to endure till 2015, because the government of Orji lacks sincerity of purpose.

But instead of accepting the fact that his government has failed, Orji would always boast that he will never be distracted. This is his position in the 10th August, 2012 edition of a national newspaper, where he said that he would not be distracted by the activities of “mischief makers” from his responsibility of improving the state. He perhaps made-up the story himself that critiques were that his administration was only focusing on developing Aba. Did you hear Aba? The total collapsed Aba? And you heard Orji said: “My resolve to change the status of Aba cannot be deterred by any insinuation by mischief makers. Our detractors are envious because we have done the unexpected, particularly in Aba, where we tackled the infrastructural decay. It is noteworthy, even to the undiscerning mind, that we engaged Aba from scratch because of the long neglect of the city by previous governments. Aba, like Lagos and Onitsha, is burdened with vehicular and human traffic, coupled with the erection of illegal structures on waterways. But unlike those cities, it has a peculiar terrain of erosive soil.”

Somebody should agree with Orji because "Our detractors are envious because we have done the unexpected, particularly in Aba... Something is wrong with this Orji-led government and spiritual help is drastically needed for exorcism from the spirit of lies. Yes, the “unexpected the government of Orji has done in Aba is robbed of good governance. Did you say, a governor in Diaspora? Abia people are fervently hoping that the state would be liberated from the grip of tyrants, cheats, liars, just name them, one day. They are hoping that they would have a governor who will not always be making mockery of them when he knows that he has done virtually nothing to leverage the people from their excessive suffering. Maybe, when his son Chinedum (Ikuku) would travel to India, to buy Keke NAPEP for his Ochendo Youth Foundation, Orji will be there to tell Abia people how he has done the unexpected harm to the entire Abia State. Then Abia people would forgive him. But for now, he is acting like one who lost his senses in the prison.

Odimegwu Onwumere is the Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV). Phone: +2348032552855. Email: [email protected]

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