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Gov. T.A Orji: Yes, Odimegwu Onwumere Is A ‘Madman’

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Ordinarily, I do not bother to join words with the media aides of Governor Theodore Ahamefule of Abia State, because they do not use their real names in the media works and do not make substantial points, except gibberish. I could remember one of them confiding in me that they do so, because they are mortified of signing their real names in their articles for a government that has been widely denounced.

After a wide consultation, I was advised by people to use the opportunity of their recent article titled, “The Shimei in Odimegwu Onwumere”, or as they re-titled it in another forum, “Pastor calls Odimegwu Onwumere Madman” and tell the world about the person of Ike Nwachukwu they are bragging about that their Ochendo Global appointed to lead Ndigbo to the National Conference, because their Ochendo Global is the chairman of South-east Governors' Forum.

Please, as you might have known, the media aides of Gov. T.A Orji use over 20 captions and over 20 pseudonyms to circulate just one article. I later found out that the reason they do this is because they are not trained writers and have lost sense of what to write about the government that they even know is non-performing except to spread falsehood around aimed at deceiving the unsuspecting people of the society.

Nevertheless, the masses have already known that the government of Gov. T.A Orji is a letdown, so people no longer take the falsehoods the media aides write about and circulate seriously. If they think that I'm a madman, it is because the government in Abia is not working. I think there are one million and one 'madmen' in Abia State and out of the state that the direction Gov. Orji has directed the state has affected their quietness. Now, they are talking. And because of that, the prejudiced aides of the governor are calling them names.

This set of 'mad people' in and out of Abia State do not have any options since they are not Osisikankwu of this world to pick up arms against the government, hence they take to writing about the government that has made our people to regret ever coming back to democracy or ever being Ndi-Abia.

I'm called a madman by the Abia State Government through its agents due to my position that there should be a change. We can remember that on September 10 2012, the now former governor of Anambra State was calling on relevant aviation agencies to investigate Nigerians who own private jets. He said that it was luxury and products of fraud that do not support the economic situation in the country.

As if Obi was talking to Gov. Orji whose son, Chinedu and, wife, Odochi are today apparently use private jets, Gov. Orji who does not frown at corruption was very quick to respond that those who thought that politicians were the only corrupt people in the country were too quick reach at that conclusion.

Such a comment can make more thousands of people to go mad, do you doubt? And the governor did not see anything wrong with Obi calling for the probe of perceived corrupt people? Who said that a guilty conscience does not fear an accusation?

This was one of the reasons that I did not want to respond to the governor's media goons initially, because they know that the type of government they are running in Umuahia may not be far from the fears of Obi. They were even not ashamed to associate Omar Sanda Ike Nwachukwu with Gov. Orji as the latter's favourite that should represent Ndigbo at the ongoing National Conference. Birds of the same feather would always flock together.

This is Nwachukwu many Igbo people are saying that it would have been aplomb if Umaru Diko is their representative instead of Nwachukwu at the conference. In an interview with Sunday Sun of May 18, 2014, Leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Ralph Uwazuruike, was angry when the interviewer mentioned Nwachukwu's name.

Uwazuruike retorted: Omar Sanda Ike Nwachukwu is not an Igbo man. Somebody that fought against us during the war, fought in the bush, on the side of Nigeria against Ndigbo? Then the governors, these sick people we have who are called governors picked him. When we have people like Dr Ikedife, Dr Ezeife, they brought a Hausa man to represent us. I would have preferred an Umaru Dikko to lead Ndigbo than Ike Nwachukwu. It is an insult, honestly…”

Gov. Orji's aides said that it was the (sick?) him that picked Nwachukwu to represent Ndigbo at the conference. They even boasted! Insult will never represent respect; the former being what our people of Abia State are suffering in the hand of Gov.Orji.

Uwazuruike asked again: How can Ike Nwachukwu represent us? Theodore Orji did it because he is from his state. I don't know the rationale behind that. Although, Uwazuruike has said that he doesn't really want to dabble into Igbo politics, but affirmed that the woes of Ndigbo are caused by the Igbo elite. Perhaps, he had the likes of the (sick?) T.A Orji at heart when he used the maxim that the Igbo elite are empty upstairs; they answer professors, doctors, senators, yet they know next to nothing.

The media gangsters of Gov. T.A Orji said that I was dragging Gov. Godswill Akpabio into the politics of Abia State when I admonished that Gov. Orji is still confused with governance, when a Governor like Akpabio is seemingly looking for ways to extend development to the neighbouring Cameroon. The media urchins also said that no matter the level of my 'madness' that I can never stop their Ochendo Global from going to the senate in 2015.

I pondered that if not for politics what can Gov. T.A Orji do to survive, because as a civil servant he nearly could not pay his children's school fees. Today, he is a governor and many people cannot pay their children's school fees due to maladministration on the part of the government, yet he is swaggering of instituting “Legacy Projects”. And when the people react, the media agents of the government are quick to call the person a madman.

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

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