Imo State Gov Owelle Rochas Okorocha with Chief Gabriel Igbonudon, [Esema of Benin] during the 75th birthday ceremonies of the National chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun at Benin recently

By John Mgbe

Imo State Gov Owelle Rochas Okorocha with Chief Gabriel Igbonudon, [Esema of Benin] during the 75th birthday ceremonies of the National chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun at Benin recently?I? have? listened? with?? shock, trepidation and? even? petrifaction Governor? Okorocha?s? denial? that? he?? did ?not? at? any? time?? make ??a? promise, or a? pledge? of? serving? just? a? term? of? four? years, if? elected? governor? in? 2011.? Those? who? are? religious? will? also?? describe? it? as? a? vow. I? have? decided? to? use? the? word ?VOW?? so? that? the? reader? can? understand? the? seriousness? of? the? issue? under? discussion. The? Wikipedia? Online? dictionary? defines? ?vow?? as(1)a? solemn? promise,? pledge? or? personal? commitment: a? vow? of? secrecy ?(2)? a? solemn? promise? made? to? a? deity,? or? saint? committing? oneself? to? an? act,? service? or? condition;(3) a? solemn? or earnest declaration? to? God? or? a? saint;? ???? In? order? to??? understand? the? enormity? of? the? issue? at? stake,? let? us? take? a? trip? to? the? BOOK? of? LIFE? in? order? to?? hear? from? the? Supreme? Immanent Triune? Deity(God)? on? the??? issue? of? the? consequences and? implications? of?? getting? involved? in? a? vow? which? one? does? not?? intend? to?? fulfil. The? Book? of? James 5-12 ?states? thus: ?But? above? all? my? brothers do? not? swear? either? by? heaven? or? by? earth? or? by? any? other???? oath,? but? let? your? yes? be? yes? and? your? no? be? no,? so? that? you? may? not? fall ??under condemnation. ?Again, The? Book? of? Deutronomy23:21-23? states? thus: ?If? you? make? a? vow? to? the? Lord?? your? God,? you? shall? not? delay? fulfilling? it, for? the? Lord? your? God will? surely? require? it? of? you? and? you? will? be? guilty? of? sin. You? shall? be? careful? to? do? what? has? passed? your? lips,? for? you? have? voluntarily? vowed? to? the? Lord? your? God? what? you? have? promised? with? your? mouth.? The Book of Numbers 30:1-16 says :?Moses? says? to? the? head? of the? tribes of? the people? of? Israel? saying: ?This? is? what? the? Lord? has? commanded. If ?a? man? vows? a? vow? to? the? Lord? or? swears? on? oath? to? bind? himself by? a? pledge,? he? shall? not?? break it,? he? shall? do? according? to? all? that? proceeds? out? of? his? mouth.? In? the? same? vein,? the? Bible? is? replete? with?? several??? passages?? that? talk? about? the? consequences? of? breaking? a?? vow. Since? I? am? not??? in? a? catechism? or? Theology? class coupled? with? the?? constraints/paucity? of? space,? I? do? not? wish? to?? veer? into? that? realm? in? this?? discussion. We? have? a?? glut? of?? evangelists? in? the?? Journalism? profession? who? may? wish? to? expand? that? area? of?? discussion-i.e. the? consequences? of? treating? our? vows? with?? levity,? contempt , and? disdain.

In? his?? recent? broadcast? ?which? was? tagged as? ?Governor? Okorocha?s?? broadcast? or? address? on? the?? State? of? Imo, ?I was disorientated? when? Governor? Okorocha??? said? that? there? was? no? time? he?? said? he? would?? serve? just? one? term? of? four? years. Accordiung? to? Governor? Okorocha ,all? he? said? was? that?? his? government, if? voted? into? power, would? be? ? a? 90 ? minutes? in? Entebbe?-(whatever? that? means). I? am? totally? disappointed? that?? a? governor? who?? gives? the?? impression? of? being? a ?Charismatic? Christian? of? Catholic? Church? extraction? could??? exhibit? such? barefaced? affront/denial? on? a? statement? which? he? made?? in? the??? midst? of? a? sea? of? humanity? who? thronged? Rosy? Arts? Theatre, Owerri?? on? Friday? 7th January, 2011 to? celebrate? his? reconciliation? with? Chief? Martin? Agbaso(Ochudo)? who? was? the? then? Czar/the?? big? Cock? in? the? All? Peoples? Grand? Alliance(Owerri)Owerri. It? is? deplorable? that?? a? governor? who? has? made? so? much? show? about? religiosity????? should? be? found? so? remiss?? and? empty? on? such? a? simple? issue? as?? owing? up? to? a? statement? he? voluntarily? made before? a? global? audience. This is very tragic indeed. In? this? State? of? Imo,? we? have?? a? governor? who? has???? built? an? exotic?? Government? House? Chapel; those? who? have? entered? there? say? it?s? a? great? place;? he? has? decreed? that?? the? Catholic? Prayer? -The? Angelus-? must? be?? prayed? for? 10? minutes? by? the??? workers? on Imo? State? Government? Pay? roll ??on? each? working? day and? he? will? hardly? end? a? sentence? without?? alluding? to?? the? need? to?? walk? in? the? ways? of? the? Lord. It? rankles? that?? such? a?? politician? does?? not? have? any? qualms? in? denying? a? vow? which?? he? made? in? our? very? eyes? -a? vow? which?? actually?? facilitated? the? massive?? support? we?? extended? to? him in? the? 2011? governorship? poll. Our? God? is? a? jealous? God who? will? not? share? his?? honour; those? who?? make? it? through? God?s? intervention? and? want? to?? donate? it? to demi ? gods? or? shrines?? will? fail.

My? grouse? is? that? I? was?? very? deeply?? embedded? in? the? APGA/Okorocha?s?? governorship?? agenda? of? 2011.Above? all, as? a?? media? professional(volunteer)? who? was?? working? with? the? Media? Coordinator, the? Late? Lolo Ogoke, I? personally? covered? the?? event?? where? Owelle ?Okorocha???? announced? to the? humanity? who? thronged?? ROSY ARTS Theater, Ikenegbu? that :?I? will? serve? only? a? term? of? four? years? and? hand? over? to? Owerri? zone?. I am? writing? this? viewpoint? to? expose? the abysmal hypocrisy ?of? some? politicians? who? masquerade as? men? of? God? in? the? political? landscape? of Imo? State? even? when? they? are? the? face? of?? ?? Judas? Iscariot. It? is? very? deplorable? that? in? Imo? State? , we? have? a? genre? of??? journalists? who? after? covering? events ?do? not? uncover?? what? transpired? in? such? events. In? a? normal? situation,? journalists? who? cover? events? should? uncover? what? transpired? so? that? society? can?? know? what? is? happening. This? is? why? the? Press? is? described? as? the?? Fourth? Estate;? it?s?? a? mirror? through? which? society? can??? take? a? look? at? itself? in? order? to?? know? where? it? stands .But? today? in? Imo? State, ??our? journalists? have? abandoned? their??? roles? as? watch dogs? of? society? on? the? grounds? of? a? mess? of? pottage? or? porridge. God? Forbid! I? do? not? believe? that?? I? was??? the? only?? media? professional?? who? covered? that? event. So,? why? are? other? journalists, especially? those? who? are?? supposed? to? be? advising? Governor? Okorocha? debunking? this? simple? vow? of? their? principal, Governor? Okorocha. May? God? help? the? Fourth? Estate? in? Imo? State. Henceforth,? we? shall? no? longer?? keep? silent? or? mum? while? our? politicians?? make? mockery? of? integrity? in? office. We? shall?? carry? the? people? along? in? order? to?? enable? them?? have? useful?? information? so? that? they? can? take? informed? decisions.

In? the? same? vein, I am publishing? under? a? separate? report? my?? news? analysis? on? the?? ceremony? where? Governor? Okorocha?? vowed? to? serve? just? one? tenure? of? four? years. The? viewpoint? entitled: ?APGA CRISES: Agbaso? and? Rochas? Reconcile?? was? published? on? page? 9 of the? MIDWEEK NIGERIAN? HORN ?newspaper of? January 12-13, 2011. It? can? also? be? read? online? by? GOOGLING? the?? headline? of? the?? viewpoint .There? is? something? fundamentally? dangerous? in? a? situation? where?? a? state? governor? does? not?? feel? any? qualm? of? conscience? in? disseminating? falsehood? to?? the? populace. It? is? a?? gratuitous?? insult? on? those? of? us? who? stayed? by? him? as? volunteers? in?? the? struggle? to? actualize? his?? governorship? agenda. Perhaps,? for? the? umpteenth? time,? I? must?? state? vehemently? that? Governor? Okorocha?s? denial? that?? he?? did?? not?? promise? or?? undertake? to? serve?? just? one? term? and? hand? over? to? Owerri? zone? is? a?? falsehood? of? gargantuan? proportion; I? don?t? remember? when? last?? I? heard?? this?? magnitude? of? lies and? fabricated? mendacity? from? a? person? in? his?? social?? class. It? rankles? that? very? often? Governor? Okorocha talks? before? he? thinks;? he?? often?? prides? himself? as? the? only?? cock? that? crows? in? Imo? State, nay,? in? Igbo? land. This? is? a?? very?? dangerous? character? flaw? which?? bodes? no? good? for? the?? populace? in? Imo State.

One? of?? my? friends? asked? this? question: ?How? about?? President? Goodluck? Jonathan? who? is? alleged? to? have? made? the? same?? promise? of? serving? one? tenure? in? the?? meeting? of?? some?? political? chieftains? in? 2011? My? response? is? that? there? is? no? correlation? between? the? two?? events. There is no basis for that comparison. In fact, it?s a case of comparing unlike terms- a case? of? comparing? incomparables. In? the? case? of? President? Jonathan,? the?? vow? to? serve? one? tenure? was? allegedly? made? in a? caucus? of?? political? demagogues? and? desperadoes? of? PDP? or? so. We? do? not?? know? the?? context? in? which? the?? promise? was? snatched .We? do? not? know? if? the? prevailing?? environment? gave? President? Goodluck? the? compos? mentis? to?? take?? informed? decision? that? was? devoid? of? duress? or? intimidation. By? the? way,? it? is? lamentable?? and? deplorable? that? a? handful? of??? political?? chieftains? would? enter into? an?? unholy??? business? of? snatching? a? one? tenure? pact? from? President? Jonathan? in? the?? wee? hours? of? the night? when? Nigerians?? were? asleep. Such? accord,? if? it? ever? exists,? is? illegitimate? and? thus? not? justiceable.It?s,? in fact, a? palace? coup against? the? country. The? allegation? is? not?? helped? by? the? fact? that? President? Jonathan? has ??severally? asked? his? traducers? to?? present? the?? ?Document? of? the?? One? Tenure? Accord?? to? the? public? domain,? but? none? is? forthcoming. There ?is no? cogent? and? verifiable? reason? to?? conclude? that? President? Jonathan??? ever?? made??? such?? vow.? So, President Jonathan is discharged and acquitted. But? in? the? case? of? Owelle? Okorocha, his? promise? or? vow? to? serve? one? tenure? and?? hand? over? to? Owerri ??zone was?? voluntarily? made? in? a? public? forum? where?? the? populace or? what? may? be? better? put? as? ?We? the? People? ?gathered? to? celebrate? his? reconciliation? with?? Chief? Martin? Agbaso? who? Owelle Okorocha? on? that? occasion? ???described? as ? the? General? of? the? Army? who? would?? not? let? me? pass.? So, the? vow? is?? sacrosanct? and? ought? to? be?? actualized. It? is? my? opinion? that? a?? leader? who?? cannot? stand? by? his?? vow? is? a? danger? to? society,? more so,? in? a?? democracy. I? cannot? in? conscience? join? the?? maddening? crowd? who?? have?? joined? the? choir? of? praise? singers? who? have? seared? conscience? as they pretend? that?? all? is? well? with? Okorocha?s? style? of? governance. I ??see? such??? sycophants??? as?? belonging? to? the?? family? of? goats? who? must always? follow? the?? man? that? is? carrying? the? palm? frond. It?s unfortunate;? It?s? a? shame to? the?? various?? social? clusters? in? Imo? State whose? members? keep? mum? in? the? face? of? the? dictatorship? of? the? rule? of? law? which? Okorocha?s? Administration? represents. In? fact ,? Governor? Okorocha? even? went? further? to? tell? us that:?? only?? dunces? repeat? classes; as? a? brilliant? student, I? cannot? repeat? the? governorship? class. I? will? serve? one? tenure? and? hand? over? to? Owerri ?zone? and? move? to? Abuja? where? I? belong?. So,? it? is? deplorable? that? a? politician? who? said? all? these in? public? is?? today? very? desperate? to? do? a? second? tenure. Is there? no? conscience? in? politics?

In? the? same? vein,? Governor? Okorocha?? has?? kept? silent? in? the?? ongoing?? allegations? and? innuendoes? that?? Chief? Martin? Agbaso? sold? the?? APGA? governorship? ticket? to? him? for N5 Billion? or? thereabout. But? on? that?? day? of? the? reconciliation? at? Rosy? Arts? Theatre, Ikenegbu, Owelle?? Okorocha? clarified? the?? issue? when? he? said: ?I am? still? uncomfortable? because? Agbaso? accepted? me? without? any? conditions. ?I? ?did not even pay? one? kobo?..? This? unsolicited? ???confession? which elicited? a?? thunderous? applause? was??? captured? in? my? aforementioned? viewpoint .Please? Goggle? and? read? or?? forward? your?? email? address? for? a? free? copy. Yet,? this? is? the? same Chief? Martin(?? Ochudo ) who? Governor? Okorocha? presided? over the? ??illegitimate? impeachment of? his?? younger? brother? cum? deputy? governor? for? no?? just? cause. Even? when? the? anti-graft? Agency,? Economic and? Financial? Crimes? Commission(EFCC),? exonerated? Sir? Jude? Agbaso,? of? any? complicity??? in? any?? infraction? that? would? justify? his? impeachment, Governor? Okorocha? remains?? recalcitrant? and? does? not? have?? the??? grace? of? mind? to? embrace?? his?? wrongly? impeached? former? Deputy? Governor, Sir? Jude? Agbaso,? for? reconciliation.

Furthermore,? during? the? Owelle?? electioneering or? campaign? rally? in? Emekuku? in? Owerri? North? in? March? 2011,? this? is? what? Owelle? Okorocha? said: ?I? will? not? change? any? council? chairman? or? councilor; they? have? a? tenure. At? the? end? of? their? tenure ,? there? will? be? election. I? will? be? too? busy? to? start? thinking? of? a? new? election. I? intend? to? pay?? Council? chairmen? their? full? money as? it? comes? from? the? Federal? Government? so? that? they? can? start? developing? the? local? areas?. Please read? the? ?report? on? page? 6? of? the? White? Paper? newspaper? of Friday, March 25-27th 2011.This? is? why? I? get? agitated??? and? disorientated? each? time I? read? the?? White? Lies? of? the? White? Paper? newspaper(a? quasi-Government? House??? tabloid? in? Imo? State) in? its?? frantic?? effort and? desperation to?? package? Governor? Okorocha? as? the? Messiah NDIMO? are? looking? for. But? did? Governor? Okorocha?? observe? his? vow? not? to? sack? or? disband? the? LGAs-? a?? vow? he? made? in? the? presence? of??? an? overflowing? crowd? that? thronged? the?? campaign? ground?He?? took? the? oath? of? office? and? oath? of? allegiance on? May, 29th,? 2011. A week? after? his?? inauguration? as?? Governor ?precisely? on? the? 6th? day? of? June,? 2011-? he made? his? maiden? broadcast? to?? the? populace. In that? provocative? broadcast,? he?? dissolved? the?? 27 LGAs,? sacked? the? 10,000? youths? who? were?? employed? by? his? predecessor, Chief? Ikedi? Ohakim; he? dissolved? the? Imo? Traditional? Rulers??? Council? and? announced? other? draconian?? orders? which?? was? a?? big? shock? to?? me? as? well? as? other? men? of? conscience. I? ?have? never seen? this?? level? of?? executive? recklessness?? before. When? reminded? of? his?? campaign?? promises? of? not?? dissolving? the? Local? Councils,? Governor? Okorocha? replied? with??? an? imperial?? bravado: ?I? don?t? believe? in? the? rule? of? law;? I? don?t? believe? in? due? process; it? slows? me? down?. It? is? my? opinion? that?? a? politician? who? does? not? see? anything? wrong? in?? announcing? with?? glee? his? contempt? for?? rule? of? law? and? due? process? is? not? worthy? of? being? given? the? levers? of? power? in? any? political? ambience. It? does? not? matter? that? such? a?? leader? is? mounting? air conditioners? in? the?? streets? of? Owerri? municipality? or? tarring? the??? roads? with? gold? and? diamonds? or? even??? throwing? money? about? to?? praise? singers? as? if? money? was? going? out? of??? use. Such? a? leader? is? a? danger? to?? democracy? and? I? cannot? be? part? of? those? who??? pour? encomiums??? on? such? a? person. It? is? on? the? grounds? of? Governor? Okorocha?s? contempt? for? the? rule? of? law? and? due? process? that?? I?? have?? persistently?? maintained? that?? we? are? not? practising? democracy? in? Imo? State. We? seem? to? be? practising? Ochlocracy? or?? Mobocracy? or? even? a? government? of? Plutocracy? in? Imo? State. Ochlocracy?? may be? defined as ?mob? rule?? and? a? mob? could? be? defined? as? a? group? without? a?? leader? or?? any? social? group? that? is? bereft? of? any?? organized? rules? of? engagement. In? the? same? vein,? Mobocracy ?has? been? defined? by? the? Wikipedia? online? dictionary as ?Political? control? by? a? mob? or? the? mass? of? common? people? as?? the? source? of? political? power.? Plutocracy? is? a? government ?by? the? rich/wealthy.

Again,? during? the? governorship? electioneering? of? 2011, hear? what? ??Owelle? Okorocha?? told? us: ?I? condescended? to? be? governor? in? order? to??? partner? with ??my? brother, President? Jonathan, who? is?? in? ASO? ROCK? as? President. When? he(i.e.? Goodluck Jonathan)? was???? selected? as? Vice? Presidential? candidate? to? Alhaji? Musa? Yar?Ardua,? he? called? me? to? complain? that?? he? would? rather? run? for? a? second? tenure? as? governor??? instead? of?? going? for? the?? Vice? Presidency. He? appealed? to? me? to?? use? my? connections? to?? become? the?? VP? candidate? since? I? took? the?? second? position? to? Alhaji Musa? Yar?Adua? in? the?? presidential? primaries. I? told? him? to? accept? the?? VP? position? because? there? is? a? hand? of? God? in? his? political?? career???At? this? point,? Owelle? Okorocha? ?screamed? in? high? decibel: ?May? we? not? be? an? obstacle? to the? hand? of? God? in? anybody?s?? political?? career?. This?? prayer? from Owelle? Okorocha? was? greeted? with? a? deafening? applause of AMEeeeeen.? by? the?? crowd? that?? thronged? the?? venue. Today,? it? shocks? me? that? the? selfsame? Owelle Okorocha? who?? benefitted? immensely?? from? President? Jonathan? in? the?? actualization? of? his?? 2011? governorship? agenda? has? today? become a? pathological?? political? enemy? of? President?? Jonathan. The? pertinent? poser? that? follows? is:? Has? God? told? Governor? Okorocha? that? He, God,? has? withdrawn? His?? anointing? and? support? for? President? Jonathan?? It? rankles? that? Governor? Okorocha? whose?? 2011? governorship? victory? was??? buoyed? by? the? actions? and? inactions? of? President? Jonathan? is? today? the?? only? governor? in? the? South? East? who? is?? hostile? to? President? Jonathan?s? second? tenure? bid.

In? conclusion, I lose? nothing? if? Governor? Okorocha? wins? or? loses,? after all,? I? am? not? a? member? of? any? political ?party now . I am? merely? doing? my? work? as? a? ?media? professional ?who? must?? present? the mirror? through? which? society? can? see? itself? and? take? informed? decisions.Journalists? do? not? create? news ;? they? merely? journalize? the?? events? in? the?? society? and???? present? space? to?? publish? them ??for? the? populace? to?? know? the? state? of? the? polity. It? was? the revered? scholar/philosopher, ROUSSEAU,? who??? warned? that: ? As? soon? as? any? man? says? of? the? affairs? of? state, ?what? does? it? matter? to? me?? the? state? may? be? given? up? for? lost?. Furthermore, It? was Edmund? Burke?? who? once? posited? that? ?all? that? is? necessary? for the? forces? of? evil? to? triumph? is? for? enough?? good?? men? to? nothing?. It? is? on? this? account? that? we ,media? professionals, take? the? burden? of? holding? our? leaders? to?? account. Again,? while? denouncing? leaders ?who? are? not?? loyal? to? their? promises? ,the? great? zik? said? in? his? poem entitled: ?Unfulfilled? Promises ?held: ?The? worst? of? sins? committed? by? our? friends? are? promises? disguised? to? gain? their? ends?. He? said? that? such? leaders? were? dangerous? in? a? political? environment.

In? conclusion,? it? is? my? opinion? that? our? governor ,Owelle? Okorocha,? has?? tried? a? lot? within? his?? abilities? in? order? to?? transform? Imo? State. We are grateful to him??? for?? condescending to serve us as governor. In? any? case,? it? is? time? for? him? to? leave? in? faithful? compliance? with? his?? vow? before? God? and? man,? more? so,? now? that? the? ovation? is?? tumultuous and? thunderous. It? was? just? one? act? of? disobedience? that?? caused? Moses? of? the? Bible? not? to? see? the? Promised? Land yes,? one? act? of? disobedience? that?? caused? Lot,? the? wife? of? Abraham? to? turn? to? a? bag? of? salt. Again,? the? revered?? poet,? George Santayana,? once? posited that ? Those? who? don?t? learn? from? history? repeat? their? mistakes?

John Mgbe

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