For peace to reign in Imo again

Okorocha- and- Nwosu

Nwosu and Okorocha

By Valentine Amanze

When the late novelist, Prof Chinua Achebe, wrote his classical novel, “Things Fall Apart,” he did not have Imo State in mind. Of course, the state was not in existence when the book was written in the 60s.

But the characters in the novel are being replicated in the present day Imo State, where selfish political gladiators have turned into battle field, where citizens’ rights of existence are denied them.

The genesis of the problem was the day the Supreme Court

declared Senator Hope Uzodimma as governor contrary to the expectation of the citizens, who had started harvesting the democracy dividends from the popular Emeka Ihedioha administration’s massive development projects.

In fact, the declaration created more enermies for Uzodimma in the state even among his All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ihedioha is not the problem, but those, who conspired to forcefully remove him from office via the judiciary.

Of course, it is easier to destroy than to build. Imo is passing through its most difficult phase since creation in 1976.

The programme of the APC government in the state is not yet defined, while bickering among top  party members is hindering development. The action and the inaction of the government have denied citizens their right of existence and thereby forcing them into untimely graves.

Youths are fleeing the state, while mortuary management has eclipsed other businesses in the state.

Sacredness of religious and traditional leaders is nolonger respected as monarchs and clerics are kidnapped and murdered by suspected loyalists of politicians and criminals.

The arrest on Sunday, December 26, 2021 of the former governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Mr. Uche Nwosu, a son-in-law to former Governor Rochas Okorocha, by security operatives, has brought a new dimension into the crises rocking the state.

For those who accused the Indegenouse People of Biafra (IPOB) of causing mayhem in the state are now thinking otherwise.

When two elephants fight, the grass suffers.

It is nolonger far from the truth that the political rivalry between the former governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha and the incumbent governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, is the problem in the state.

The recent return to their owners properties unlawfully taken away by Okorocha and his administration is the major issue, and not the arrest of Nwosu at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Eziama Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State.

Even in Afghanistan, no government allows criminals to spill blood of citizens at will.

I feel that suspects could be picked anywhere lawfully by law enforcement agents for questioning provided that they are not enjoying immunity.

Recall that before the whisking away of Nwosu from the church by the security officials, some religious leaders had gathered in Owerri to pray against the high level insecurity in Imo State.

In fact, they prayed God to expose those behind the insecurity in the state.

With the latest development, it is getting clearer, who are the Unknown Gunmen.

Okorocha, while reacting to the arrest of his in-law, Nwosu, accused the state government of sponsoring insecurity in the state; which had been denied by the state government.

Whatever is the issue between Uzodimma and Okorocha must not affect the generality of the citizens. Imo has become a laughing stock worldwide. No development projects ongoing, citizens are picked at will by security agents, while kidnapers are having a field day.

The use of thugs and ex-militants by politicians against their passived enermies must stop, while the army, police and other law-enforcement agents must remain neutral in the Imo politics.

We have no other state. Imo is our home. Enough of these senseless killings. I appeal for the release of the youths wrongly retained by the state actors.



January 2, 2022


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