“You have to be odd, to be number one” -Dr. Seuss.
Nothing they say, lasts in the tropics. It is the iron law of nature. In the sweltering and sultry heat, things grow fast and die fast. Living organisms procreate and proliferate quickly rising to their greatest potentials before noon only to perish with the same speed by nightfall. In life, not even the greatest monuments endure. The prodigality of nature is wired into the prodigality of tropical humanity. Even the most prized goods have their short shell life. Monuments and milestones to posterity disappear like an august mirage. We have been here before.
Despite its languid and uninspiring take off and whatever the internal contradictions and ethical somersaulting, charity demands that even its worst critics appreciate the efforts of the current government in Imo State in trying to put things together. The progressive hue, hype and hoopla of its provenance notwithstanding, it is obvious that Governor Emeka Ihedioha is running a conservative, law and order administration. This in itself is not a political crime seeing that the current government is an amalgam of conflicting and contradicting tendencies. In fact, it would have taken a political wizard of exemplary skills to weld these conflicting tendencies seamlessly together.
But as we have seen, what is worrisome is the apparent whipping up of sentiments against Rochas Okorocha and his family. In his 50th day anniversary speech, Governor Ihedioha dwelt so much on the sins of Okorocha and forgot to address the needful. That is, how he will move Imo forward. What I believe, is now important is to lay his ideological cards that drive governance on the table so that others with a contrasting ideological vision of the state can also put their template on the table for Imolites to judge accordingly. If Imo State were to survive in the long run and make accelerated economic and social progress, the less emphasis on dehumanizing our past leaders the better. Rochas Okorocha did it to Ikedi Ohakim. Emeka Ihedioha is now doing it to him. It did not take us anywhere as a people. What matters is forging some ideological consensus. For Christ’s sake, if Okorocha must be probed, it should be done without evoking the sentiments of long suffering Imo people. There is no point in pleading the danger of mortality to a person who had escaped from heaven. Imo State needs calm and stability to navigate the current economic crunch facing the nation. If Governor Ihedioha had expected Imo people to chant war songs and ‘otokoto’ style, march to Okorocha’s spibat, it will never happen. Imo people are preoccupied with their individual challenges and care less about what goes on in Douglas House.
Having said that, I want to sincerely congratulate His Excellency, Chief Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, ochinanwata, the apostle of Clean and Green, on his appointment as the Chairman of Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s own version of the Clean and Green Initiative. I know you will bring your wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the task of making Imo clean once again.
However, I am worried like other Imolites that despite the patriotic undertone, your acceptance to serve where your son is also an appointee of the state government smacks of double standard. I equally heard that Ambassador Dr. Kema Chikwe’s son is also in this government. This calls to question the morality of accusing Rochas Okorocha of foisting his in-law, a native of Eziama Obaire in Nkwere Local Government Area. Uche Nwosu is neither Okorocha’s son nor brother, but an in-law. Now what is the justification in appointing father and son in the same cabinet if an in-law cannot contest for the governorship of the state? It smacks of hypocrisy. While not denying the young Ohakim and Chikwe of their deserved appointments, the campaign of calumny carried against Uche Nwosu during the 2019 elections simply because he is an in-law to Rochas Okorocha is not only unfortunate but heart rending. It is obvious that an injury has been meted to this young man whose only sin is marrying a governor’s daughter.
Uche Nwosu despite his young age prepared himself for the task ahead. You see, leadership and its potentials is not the number of certificates or degrees one had or the amount of grey hairs, but one positioning himself for it when it comes. I have always argued that for Uche Nwosu to survive Okorocha’s scrutiny either as a worker in his foundation or as an in-law, he has what others in Okorocha’s group do not have. Most of his colleagues celebrate him as humble and hard working. These virtues plus an eye to details, actually endeared him to the Okorochas’.
And that is why some of us, especially the youths had vouched for him to be a good governor. Uche Nwosu endured many storms, bleak future and an uncompromising environment, yet it did not deter him from aspiring to the top. A lesson for the young ones.
Uche Nwosu, despite the artillery fire and relentless bombardment of a hostile and savage government and the mendacity and treachery of his supposed friends and associates, had remained calm and focused. He is not one to criticise the government. He crings at the idea of revenge. It is a make of a good leader instead of a weak imposter. Like I said in my previous write-up, Imo under Uche Nwosu would have witnessed an unprecedented development and progress. Yet despite the bleak prognosis, there may well be some light at the end of the Imo tunnel. Nothing concentrates the mind of a people better than the prospects of death and disintegration. This being the season of compassion and charity, we could do with some of these virtues in Imo State. But first we must collectively apologize to Uche Nwosu for carrying out an unjust verdict on him simply because he is an in-law to Rochas Okorocha. That will be the beginning of the actual healing process.