Gov. Okorocha, forgive T.A. Orji

by Odimegwu Onwumere

Your Excellency, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. The news of your
birthday billed to be hosted in Aba, Abia State, on October 12, 2013, but
was apparently cancelled by Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji of the state,
only came to me as a shock, but not as a surprise.

My not being surprised is owing to the governor’s behavioural antecedents
against those he has had political frictions with, which you happen to be
one of the persons.

Some of us who have been following events as they unfold in the ill-fated
government of Gov. Orji, know that the man will end at nothing to
illustrate childish beahviour against his rivals, even when such persons
have grown-up or posed such event as birthday to expose the man, because he
fights things worth fighting for and those worthless to fight for.

For instance, Gov. T.A Orji previously went to the National Chairman of the
People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with his bunch of yesmen in Abia State, to
stop Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu (the finger that fed him he has continued to bite
mindlessly), when Kalu wanted to rejoin the party.

Gov. Orji also spearheaded the Abia State University’s senate, to withdraw
Kalu’s degree and many animosities he has shown to Kalu. But in all these,
Kalu continues to have his way without all the plans of the enemy working
against him as planned, while Gov. Orji continues to be-unsuccessful
woefully, in his unfriendly strategies against his political foes.

Cancelling your birthday by Gov. T.A Orji has further proved me right that
the man is unrepentant. Yet, he poses as a Christian.

This is why I have always asked the federal government to disabuse a
section in its Constitution, which regulates Nigerians to either, be Muslim
or Christian, to enable us understand where persons like Gov. T.A Orji
belong to.

Gov. Orji’s unforgiving habit portrays him as somebody, who is far from
being a Christian, or an Igbo Traditionalist. His behavior is far from
holding unto Justice and Equity, which are the symbols of Igbo
Traditionalists. This man is something else. So, you don’t have to pay an
impious person in his or her own coin.

In “All Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections”, Mahatma Gandhi
said: “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the
strong.” Gandhi, perhaps, was writing about Gov. Orji, as the weak, who can
never forgive and you, the strong, who has forgiven him, by proposing to
use his state as a place to celebrate your birthday, but he cancelled it.

It is because of this habit of his that our state has remained abysmally
shambled in his administration, because in “Unapologetically You:
Reflections on Life and the Human Experience”, Steve Maraboli wrote that
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you
forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you
cannot move forward.” And our state under Gov. Orji is not moving forward.

But my happiness is that we have democracy, because I would not have known
what Governor Orji could have become, if he were in the military. This is a
man who has caused Ndi-Abia immeasurable damage, by chasing out other Igbo
brethrens, who are not from Abia State, from the state’s Civil Service and
never blinks, upon the pitiably cry and admonishment from different
quarters that his action was unbecoming of the Live and Lets Live belief
known of Ndigbo. But he wants to live alone. So be it for him. Haaam!

Your Excellency, perhaps, you would like to know what Joel Osteen wrote in
“Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential”. Whenever I
read this portion from Osteen, my mind goes to Gov. Orji, because his
behaviours depict what the author wrote thus: “Keep in mind, hurting people
often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude
and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved
issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some
heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome. The last thing they
need is for you to make matters worse by responding angrily.”

Gov. Orji’s action against you has shown that he does the negative with
impunity. If he could do this to you, imagine the fate of the ‘common man’
in the streets of Abia State.

I have always told the world that his government is just different from
that of the military only in the civilian garb that Gov. Orji wears. He has
further shown that he cannot guaranty the residents of Abia State their
constitutionally fundamental rights. He has shown how he denies our people
their fundamental human rights and freedom to assemble and associate.

Hinging his crass point for cancelling your birthday on the lies that you
want to launch APC in Abia State, he forgot that the party is a legally
registered political party that has the right of admittance to any state in
the country and has the right to admit any person from any state in the

Gov. Orji would not stop to abuse power odorously. He has been a disciple
of a ‘do or die’ politics. He sees those that tell him the truth as
enemies, but those that tell him lies, as friends. He does not see other
Igbo people not from Abia State as one people with the Igbo in his state.

Because of his iniquitous behaviours against Ndi-Abia, he was nearly stoned
to death during the festival of the death of Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, at Aba.
After that incident and he escaped unhurt, he resorted to using the
military to disgrace the residents, with multiple taxes he always imposes
on them to pay. But as providence had it, the same soldiers purportedly
beat his son, Chinedu Orji (a.k.a Ikuku) to pulp, in Capital Supermarket,
Umuahia, because of his known crudity.

Dear Governor Okorocha, I’m just having headache writing you about your
fellow governor called T.A. Orji. He thought that he would buy the heart of
President Goodluck Jonathan by not allowing you from the APC to celebrate
in his state. The same Gov. Orji has not paid Abia poly staffs for 5 months
now. I’m not talking about the N3, 000.00 tax his government has imposed on
every Keke riders. I am not talking about those of the buildings and co. in
our state. The so-called Umuahia Market is for 500,000.00 for each trader.
Do you know?

Governor Okorocha, it is my firm belief that you have forgiven Gov. Orji,
because he operates like a hypnotized person. I’ve told you of how he is
quarreling with everybody he has had political or social differences with.
I have told you of how he is imposing levies here and there in our state. I
have told you of how he is using the security operatives to intimidate our
people, and many more. With all these, I think you have no right not to
forgive a man who is behaving like this. Please, forgive. Thanks.

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