In any locality, state or country where the leader is weak, not as a result of old age, but out of incompetence, such an environment is bound to grow weaker and, the people that such a leader is heading, susceptible to suffering. There would be many hurt, because no job has been done. Having an eye for money becomes the order of the day; the definition of governance becomes absentminded. Such a people are pushed to see weakness as a norm and, should not complain about their pain and suffering.
It does not take anybody who has been to Abia State to read newspapers to understand that the state is undergoing serious misapplication of governance before broadsheet testimonies captioned one of Governor T.A Orji of Abia State rampant comments this way: “I Have No Hidden Agenda – Gov. T.A. Orji”.
Yes, Gov. Theodore Orji has no ‘hidden agenda’ for governance than the incompetence that has paraded his government; else we would have seen a new agenda from the failures he has been proud of as good governance. You wonder why it was only the members of the Peoples Democratic Party that called on the governor at the Government House, Umuahia, as part of their 2013 Democracy Day celebration and, not the general public of Abia State. This is where he told a select of his dependents, stand-ins and proxies that he has no ‘hidden agenda’.
One agenda the governor was able to tell his yesmen was the biased statement that they should be circumspect of persons who may want to come into the party, according to him, just for the reason of obliterating it. And you wonder why the party and the mirage of persons so much of importance to Orji. No one praises himself or herself, but the governor after looking round, would tell the world that “we are laying the foundation for Abia state”. A state like Akwa Ibom, has finished erecting edifices, whereas Gov. T.A Orji is still “laying the foundation for Abia State”?
He always talk about “a good working relationship between the three arms of government, especially, between the Legislature and the Executive, made up of PDP members”, whereas we have never heard nobody or as a group in these bodies spoken before, except Gov. Orji. Rubber stamp deputies!!
It is obvious that the government in our state has become one for the PDP members, hence no “hidden agenda”. If the government is an all inclusive one, we would have been seeing many agendas as they unfold, because a dog that bites does not bark. The dog must have a secret and surprises people with action. But the Gov. Orji government is like a dog that barks much without action. Agenda-less government is too bad!
The government of Orji, because it lacks agenda, is always calling for “confidence, support and faith from members of PDP”, knowing that our hapless people have lost confidence in the government since June 2010 it said that somebody was holding it down from developing our state and, we later found out that all that were sold to the general public against that person were blatant lies, mischievous and malicious.
Perhaps, Gov. Orji government has something to teach us with its incessant statement of “this government has embarked on legacy projects in an effort to uplift the standard of the state”, because when well-meaning Abia people look round, the ‘legacy projects’ we see are heaps of dirt, gully roads, a government that has refused to conduct Local Government Areas (LGAs) elections, that is always fighting with the authorities of Abia Poly, that hikes school fees in Abia State University, where teachers are owed months salaries, non-Abia indigenes in the civil service are chased out of the state, critics are labeled rapists, extortionists, kidnappers, just name them. Are these the ‘legacy projects’?
It is laughable when we read from Gov. Orji saying that his administration was “empowering the youth of the state for them to be self-employed and earn decent living” and you wonder when he would tell the world how many of our people have been gainfully employed and how many job opportunities are there that his government has created. Did you say, empowerment, indeed?
All we get year in and year out is the PDP leadership in the state going to the governor to ‘re-assure’ that they are in his support and that they are “happy with what the governor has been doing in the state”.
Anyway, Nigerians know that Gov. Orji adoration for shame, blame, lack-of-respect, betrayal, and the preservation of affection have damaged our once vibrant and ebullient Abia State; he should know that shame eats the emotion of the soul, when a person continues to boast in his or her failure.
Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media Consultant, contributed this piece from Rivers State. Tel: +2348032552855. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org