Abia: A Time Of Universal Pretense

Telling the truth is not always easy in a land that is characterised by
untrustworthiness; therefore truth becomes an art of rebellion or
opposition in the eyes of men and women whose only trade in stock is
betrayal; hence men with no conscience are not unconnected to betrayal.
This could be the reason Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi said to Young India,
22 October 1925 thus: The Roots of Violence are Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without
morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics
without principles. (And these are not unconnected to Governor Theodore
Orji of Abia State).

It is perturbing as it is also perplexing when Orji freshly asked the
people of his state to find out what he did to the unconquerable Dr. Orji
Uzor Kalu, the immediate past governor of the state, that the later has
been unveiling the hidden agendas of the former. Though, Orji termed it
opposition. But like it was said earlier: Telling the truth is not always
easy in a land that is characterised by untrustworthiness.

How on earth would Orji want to sell such deceit to the world that he had
ruminated in his mind and could not find anywhere he wronged Kalu. News
reports has it in Orji’s own words thus: “I challenge you, some of you are
his friend, ask him to tell you what I did to him. Please, ask him to tell
you one bad thing he can point at from the time I was Chief of Staff till
the time I left PPA, as the wrong I did to him. But I have a litany of the
wrongs he did to me. I am the only Governor who has been given a query,
even on the pages of a newspaper. Let him tell you one bad thing I did to
him. Let him tell you, just one bad thing.”

It is despicable that Orji did everything to exonerate himself from the
shoddy web that he has entangled himself in, but ended up in the web of
wonders shall never end, by his comment. How apposite would it be to remind
Orji that the good people of Abia State voted for him even while he was in
the prison because of Dr. Kalu? Would it be also apposite to ask Orji why
he gave Kalu such a bad name that he (Kalu) was draining the coffers of the
state, hence he (Orji) distanced Kalu and the PPA which were the platforms
that he was elected as governor? What about being a Chief of Staff to Kalu?
Did Orji not give Kalu such a horrendous image simple because Kalu asked
him to give account of his leadership due to Orji’s gloomy governance?

The height of irresponsibility in leadership is to rule on propaganda. Most
people did hate Kalu then when he was given that bad name by Orji until the
claim became obvious that Orji didn’t want Kalu around him due to Orji’s
self-seeking reasons as people can see in Abia State today which was once
God’s own state, but regrettably has been turned to goon’s own state.
Nigerians of good will can see this in the way the Orjis in Abia State talk
and reason. For one, they have written all sorts of malicious stories
against Yours’ Truly in the blogs they always create to malign the images
of critics and observers of the Orji-misled government, simple because they
are anti-truths.

Perhaps, Orji thought that Kalu was not supposed to be talking in the state
where he (Orji) had thought that being a governor is just of Orji, by the
Orjis and for the Orjis. Governor Orji has not substantiated his claim
against Kalu. And Kalu have remained resolute not to tackle Orji squarely
because Kalu is known to have traits of mature dispositions.

It is therefore not regrettable that a man like Orji cannot tell the world
the truth because he has never told himself the truth. Has he not left Abia
State worst than he claims he met it? Who said that conscience is not an
open truth which only truth can heal? Would nature not judge Orji for
giving an amiable man like Kalu a bad name so that people will hate and
despise him? What else is wickedness if not an act like this?

For that reason, it behooves Nigerians to continue to disagree with the
lies the Orjis in government have always targeted against Kalu. It is a
thumb up when everybody has today seen that Orji cannot rise above
patchiness and visionless governance. There is no gainsaying that Orji has
failed the good people of Abia State dolefully. Has he lived up to the
people’s expectation? Not at all.

And when Orji talks about Kalu hating him, the question is, would it not
have been modest where Orji had lived up to the challenges of good
governance in Abia State? It is a pity! The roads in Aba today are in a
very sorry state, yet Orji is saying that he did not know where he wronged
Kalu. It is not only Kalu that Orji did not know where he wronged, but to
95% of Ndi-Abia.

How could anybody defend Orji when he has refused to get it right? Did he
not once say in the media that his problem with Kalu is that Kalu asked him
not to contest again because he (Orji) could not perform firstly? Instead
of do what was expected of Orji he just continue to draw attention to
himself, but sadly, the attention is unnecessary. Orji can go to a state
like Akwa Ibom and see for himself how a governor who meant well can draw
necessary attention with developmental strides.

Notwithstanding, why did Orji come to the media in the first place to
delegate unconfirmed people to help him ask Kalu where he wronged? If Orji
had a conscience as he posited to have a propensity, why did he not place a
call to Kalu before journalists and ask him? It is believable that he still
has Kalu’s contact. Or did Orji think that he can talk his own and talk
Kalu’s own?

Orji should stop seeking for universal sympathy with pretense. He has shown
by his open confession of asking Kalu where he went wrong that Kalu is 100
times far better than him. Ndi-Abia do not enjoy his Crocodile tears. It
cannot help. He should stop taking Abia people’s humane features in the
face of this hyper- frustration for cowardice. Orji should consequently
stop complaining but read what Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi said to Young
India, 22 October 1925 thus: The Roots of Violence are Wealth without
work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce
without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles.

Did they not say that it is dangerous to bite the finger that fed you?

Written by
Odimegwu Onwumere
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