OBIORA OKONKWO CALLS FOR OBEDIENCE TO CONSCIENCE
High Chief Obiora Okonkwo PhD, the Founder of Pro-Value Humanity Foundation, the owner of the United Nigeria Airline, the maker of the Abuja Landmark – The Dome, has called on the people of Anambra, especially, the youth of to appreciate the dictates of their conscience.
Dr Okonkwo, a renowned philanthropist and very well blessed business man with wealth of experience and morally rich son of the soil, describes human conscience as the best neutral arbiter after God, the creator.
While addressing the youth (Students organisations and Youth Associations) in his Ogidi edifice, the Russian-trained PhD holder is firm, that the growth, development, progress, and above all, a successful governance of any nation is the functioning of the quality of the youth, that nation has had.
He asserts that every young man or woman has his or her conscience as a guide, which will guard the person from untowardly, conducting affairs and protects the person from unholy activities and pushes same on the right path.
In a very calm yet assuring tone, Dr Okonkwo declares that youth should have been stronger and better positioned to direct the affairs of the State, if they had only obeyed their conscience. “I know your conscience asks you to do the right thing”, he added.
Looking at the leaders of the group, Okonkwo votes, let us start working towards this development agenda you talked about here, by obeying our conscience and doing right at all times. This is possible and this is the #NEWORDER.
HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS: A Commissioner Resigned From Obiano’s Cabinet
Music legend Jimmy Cliff came to Nigeria in the early 1970s for a musical concert. Somewhere along the line, he had a disagreement or two with the local organisers and before the reggae maestro could say Jamaica, he was hurled into detention. You could almost hear the Nigerian promoters bragging: he thought because he’s a superstar, he’s untouchable. We’ve put him in the cell; we’ve taught him a bitter lesson. Partly to tell his side of the story and partly to help his traducers massage their ego, Cliff released the song: Have you heard the news?
The opening lyrics go like this:
“Have you heard the news? News, news, news. Everybody, have you heard the news? I was in Africa, down in Nigeria. Oh they threw me in jail. I had one hell getting bail…”
Jimmy Cliff ended up proving to his antagonists that his reputation was intact; that even if the whole world was bombarded with tale of his arrest in Nigeria, it would not diminish him or stop him from conquering new heights. And that’s a lesson for the rambling opposition in Anambra State.
The vacuous opposition to the APGA – Obiano government has for two months now been celebrating the resignation of Christian Madubuko, former Commissioner for Tourism from the State Government. The news has been orchestrated, embellished, spiced and shouted from rooftops with the revelry of partying crowds. For two months, the Anambra opposition has clung to this marginal story like a precious only baby and brandished it as proof that the APGA – Obiano house is falling.
And in a sense, Madubuko’s resignation is one trivial story the opposition could peddle in compensation for exertions of empty noise – making. For apart from failed fabrications on the State’s indebtedness and sale of Commissioners
Quarters, the opposition finds itself growling like a broken record.
Dazed and dazzled at every turn by the progressive advance and changes wrought by the APGA – Obiano government, they bend down like the ostrich lest they come to terms with the reality of a marvelous transformation.
Consequently, among other landmark achievements, the opposition pretends not to know that it was in demonstration of great leadership that Governor Willie Obiano pulled off the relocation of Boko Haram suspects from Anambra State in 2015 without getting into a confrontation with the federal government.
With jaundiced eyes, the Anambra opposition does not see the beauty of three flyovers in Awka nor the 193m bridge, the longest outside of the Niger in the south east, built by the APGA – Obiano govt.
For the dissembling Anambra opposition, the Court of Appeal Division brought to the State by the APGA- Obiano govt is to be wished away.
The ground – breaking oxygen plant delivered by the APGA – Obiano govt is to be ignored.
The agric revolution and historic export of agro produce by the State under APGA – Obiano govt is to be disputed with outstanding cynicism.
Anambra’s continued excellence in WAEC and NECO exams for the past seven years under the education policies of the APGA – Obiano govt is not to be acknowledged lest political capital accrues to the present administration from it.
And of course, the fastly progressing Awka International Conference Centre and Umueri Airport are taboo subjects marked not for discussion except to disparage.
In the event then that a Commissioner’s resignation is such big deal for the opposition, let me remind give them a more expensive and tastier cuisine of resignations.
Six months into the post Chris Ngige government in Anambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke, current Deputy Governor resigned as Commissioner. In the words of His Excellency, ‘I resigned because I wasn’t happy; I didn’t like the way things were going.’
About a year after that, Mrs Elsie Ikemefuna resigned as Commissioner from that same government.
And soon after Ikemefuna’s resignation, Mr Ikedi Okwena, then Commissioner for Environment, turned his back to the same administration and left.
He was soon followed by Emeka Ojukwu Jnr, son of the Biafran hero and father -leader of APGA.
Do the opposition still want to make noise about a Commissioner’s resignation?
Yoweri Museveni Declared Winner Of Ugandan 2021 Election (Sixth Term)
Yoweri Museveni Declared Winner Of Ugandan 2021 Election (Sixth Term)
President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni of the National Resistance Movement has been declared winner of the January 14 Presidential Election in Uganda.
The 76-year-old was declared winner of the polls after defeating ten other candidates including major challenger, Bobi Wine of the National Unity Platform.
With the declaration, Museveni is set to be sworn in on May 12 for his sixth term, which expires in 2026.
But his main challenger, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, 38 has rejected the results citing widespread voter fraud and heavy crackdown on his supporters, and further declaring himself as “President-Elect”.
EC declares Yoweri Kaguta Museveni winner of the Presidential elections with 5,851,037, 58.64% of the total votes
Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) came second with 3,475,298, 34.83% of the total votes.
Nigeria Leaders have not been fair to our youths – Fr. Ebube Muonso
By Oge Onyeanusi, Onitsha
Rev. Fr. Obimma Emmanuel aka Ebube Muonso, is the Spiritual Director of the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, and the Parish Priest of the Blessed Iwene Tansi Parish, Umudioka, both in Anambra State. In an interview with CHRYSORA MEDIA, he speaks on 2023 Igbo presidency, need for active participation of youths in political leadership, among other salient issues.
Recently, you gave a message titled: “You Shall be Lifted Up,” which centered on the need for Nigerian youths to be given the opportunity to showcase their potentials. Would you emphasise more on the topic?
Because of negative orchestrations in our country, Nigeria, which has negatively affected the future of our youths, I felt that the future of the Nigeria youths is bleak. Considering what is happening in the political and economic scenes, it appears that future of the youths is bleak.
This is because, at the political scene, one will only observe the recycling of old people, who have necessarily outlived their usefulness in politics. The message was an advice that the older generation of politicians should retire or give chance; so that the younger generation of Nigerians will make their own contributions. The youthful age is the age of impart.
The Nigerian youths have the energy to turn things around; the only hindrance is that they are not given the chance. In Nigeria, you can see the recycling of power from civilian rule to military rule, all dominated by older politicians. From the presidency to the least carder in politics are old people. Some politicians go to the senate, House of Representatives and the State Assemblies for as much as three times or more; while energetic, well educated and qualified youths are relegated to the background. I advocate that a law should be put in place to give our youths the opportunity to serve their fatherland, by making their own contributions. The message is also an encouragement for the youths to be hopeful, because, there shall be an upliftment for them. Despite the denials, the future of the Nigerian youth is still bright. Again, I advocate for political revolution. Let there be a revolution. Let these old politicians retire and give way for the younger generation to showcase their talents and potentials. That is my opinion. The youths are the workforce of any nation. They must work very hard to change the society for the better. Life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change, which comes through deliberate actions. I believe that the youths can change the face of Nigeria. What they need are visionary and selfless leaders with vision; leaders, who can sacrifice their time and resources to bring change to this country. Again, with regard to the present situation of Nigeria, I urge every Nigerian to be hopeful of a better tomorrow. Let the youths be futuristic. I also insist on the need for political revolution. As you can see, Nigeria is dormant and stagnant economically. The present crop of leaders in the country does not have what it takes to move the country forward. However, I foresee a change that will put smile in the faces of Nigerians. That is the summary of the message.
Many youths are poor due to lack of economic opportunities. How would you expect such category of citizens to overrun the political elites in order to bring the desired change?
Power belongs to the people. If the masses want a change, they can get it. That is why I said there is reason and need for a revolution. The revolution I mean is a situation where youths will come under one political umbrella, nominate a leader and tell the political elites and the entire Nigeria that it is either this man or no other person. This will also involve firm resolution of the youths, where they will decide that they are not going to collect money from anybody and sell their political vision. So, I will always advise them not to collect money and mortgage their future. Some youths are like the Biblical Esau, who could not see beyond his physical needs. Esau mortgaged his right because of yam portage. That is problem with some of our youths; they want immediate gain. So, in future elections, especially the 2023 general elections, Nigerian youths must be blunt. It is better they suffer a little while and enjoy forever. That is the attitude of those who have strong mindset to succeed. In 2023, they must not allow themselves to be used as political thugs; because, by so doing, they will be selling their collective future. I insist that the future of the Nigerian youth is presently in jeopardy. So, this time around, they must come up bold under an umbrella and make a declaration. Then again, hard work is very necessary. As a youth, anywhere you find yourself; see yourself as a world changer. Youths must have the mindset for victory.
As an Igboman and a charismatic leader, what is your view about 2023 Igbo presidency agitation?
My view is that if the rest of Nigerians will not allow Igboman to have a shot at the presidency in 2023, Ndigbo should go for any other option that will grant them a voice as a people who have right of self determination. Last time an Igboman was at the corridor of power was in 1983; about 40 years ago, when Dr. Alex Ekwueme was vice president to Ahaji Shehu Shagari. I see this as marginalization. For me, Nigeria should see 2023 as a year for the appeasement of the most marginalized people in the country, the Igbo. Agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and similar organizations are as a result of Igbo marginalization. Igbo, as a group in Nigeria, does not receive its fair share. My worry, still, is that some Igbo elites, who are fortunate to find themselves at vantage political positions, fight for their personal gains, as against collective gain and interest of Igbo people. They are not helping the matter at all. They have settled as second class citizens in their own country, and they are comfortable with that. This is very wrong. As far as 2023 presidency is concerned, Igbo should stand on their feet and take action collectively. In 2023, Igbo people should take concerted action to end marginalization. Ohaneze Ndigbo must be seen to be representing Igbo people; not their personal interests. 2023 is a test case for the apex Igbo socio cultural group. Ohaneze must be the mouthpiece of the Igbo people in this regard.
Ohaneze Ndigbo has just elected new leadership under Prof. George Obiozor. What advice do you have for the apex Igbo organisation?
My candid advice is that the leadership of the new Ohaneze should be true mouthpiece of the people. They should be ready to be jailed because of Igbo interest. The new president must make himself true activist. Some of the past leaders failed to confront the ills in the society because; they would either have skeletons in their cuboids or might have interests to protect. Some of the past leaders, instead of working for Igbo interest, lobbied for political posts and federal contracts. That is not what a group like Ohaneze should be. The new president of Ohaneze and others under him must have a blend of action and reasoning in order to succeed. I also advise Ohaneze to come to a round table and present candidate for presidency. 2023 Igbo presidential project should be the target of the new Ohaneze leadership. The Ohaneze leadership should also draw synergy with the north, the west and other parts of Nigeria, in order to make the vision fruitful. I also call on the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, to see reason in the Igbo agitation for president. The church should also wade into the issue. Our God is a just God; so, CAN should go for justice, and see to it that a people that have been marginalized for a long time receive justice.
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