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Okigwe Development And The Obstacles Between



The development standing of any society is dependent on the developing consciousness of the people living in society. It can be stated that if a given geographical area is developed, it implies that the inhabitants of such an area are sensitive and conscionable to development. Conversely, if an area is undeveloped, the burden for the non-development of the area is more likely to be placed on the people of the area. This viewpoint is supported by the statement of a  British Social Entrepreneur, Harold Rudolf, when he said that: ” Any guilt arising from an under-development of any area lies more on the people of the area than it lies on other considerations.”

The above observations offer a viable ground to heap the burden or responsibility for the non-development of Okigwe zone primarily on the indigenous people of the zone. From the above reference, one can vocally state that there is something unusual about the character, conduct, attitude, or way of life of the people of the zone which inhibit the development of the zone.

This article will seek to point out the strange attitudes of the people of the zone which, in effect, hamper the attainment of its desired development. Without rhetoric, the political life of the people of the zone is disturbingly self-serving. Both the people at the lower ladder and those at the upper echelon have their eyes fixated on hand-outs and pea-nuts from politicians while those who ought to be political father-figures make their choices based on the sizes of Ghana-must-go bags brought to them.

 The elected or appointed politicians themselves  evaluate their performances as legislators or appointed government functionaries based on the number of houses they have built for themselves or the number of business empires they have opened for themselves or the number of vehicles they have acquired for their use or the mind-blowing account balances they have l in the bank. In all these, nothing of public interest is put within the priority range of the public officeholders. Consequently, the zone stands out as one where people serve their elected or appointed politicians as a condition for crumbs to fall off the master’s (politician’s) table whereas, in saner societies, it is the other way round.

There are no conceivable plans by the public officer to bequeath sound development legacy to the zone, at least, for the judgment of posterity. Relatedly, they are not stimulated by the good efforts of their colleagues elsewhere. From a distance, a keen observer will notice a frightening disconnect between the leaders and followers of the zone…as the leaders are blind-folded by the trappings and paraphernalia of their exotic offices, their followers are ravaged by the thorny and suffocating grips of poverty.

The legislators at the different government levels don’t synergize with one another towards the betterment of the zone. Each of them, both at the state and national levels, does his/her thing without drawing ideas from anyone. Absolutely, there is no forum where they can come together to interact and brainstorm on issues of common interest bearing on the zone and its development. Far from this, they show open disdain to themselves while operating at cross-purposes with each other. Moreover, colleagues from other zones achieve a lot working in unison while those of our zone destroy the basics of our development working against themselves.

As obtained in other climes, public office holders compete among themselves  over who  has a better development record than the others, they seek to find out who has attracted more social amenities or embarked on more people-oriented policies, programs, and projects or has excelled more in the achievement of his campaign promises than others

Regrettably, the reverse is the case in Okigwe zone as public office holders in the zone compete more on the line of self-accomplishments. As far as the zone is concerned, politics is a platform to make quick money, a platform to assume an undeserved position over others and a platform to measure height and flex muscle with the big boys. The average public officer in the zone has no worthwhile plans for the people either in the short term or in the long term hence their extra-ordinary indulgences in material exhibitionism and show-manship.

Having accustomed themselves to the self-service disposition of public officers in the zone, the voting population toes their line also by casting their votes based on gratifications received from candidates. In every circumstance, the pivot of political success in the zone revolves around money.

Consequent to this abnormally, the result of elections in the zone hardly serve the public interest, because, in the first place, the elections were conceived on self- serving agenda. The zone is presumably considered infertile for development because the hearts of the people who ought to drive the vehicle of development in the zone are infertile. Therefore, the factors which aggregate to facilitate development in other zones fail to make headway in the zone because there needs to be a human will for development to accelerate.

In other areas, the rich and powerful people are great assets who combine efforts with their people to fish out best hands who will give their people qualitative representation, sadly, in Okigwe zone, those who qualify to be categorized as human assets turn-out to be dangerous threats to the development of the zone.

First, they offer to sponsor some of the candidates in an election who they think they can manipulate. By this offer, they provide the candidate mouth-watering sums of money as an accompaniment to the offer. With the money, the unfavoured candidate can afford to manipulate the process to his advantage They also provide the candidate high-level contacts to relevant government agencies connected to the conduct of the election. Once the candidate emerges victorious, the sponsor extends his manipulations to the newly elected legislator using him according to his whims and caprices. He handles all the business angles of the legislator in the guise to recover his huge financial investments in the election. All plans initiated by the legislator to benefit his constituency are aborted by the sponsor who places his money above meeting the constituency needs.

As the senatorial bye-election in the zone draws near, the god-fathers (aka sponsors) with their net already spread out, are looking for another public officer to emasculate. We need to be more properly guided…most of the people we voted in the past did not represent us…..lets vote for the one who will represent us.

All that glitters are not gold. That’s why we, the members of “Izu-Umunne Socio-Cultural Organization”, with over two thousand members cutting across all the 6 LGAs and 64 electoral wards in the zone are endorsing Dr. Charles Onyirimba contesting under the platform of APGA as the only aspirant among the many jostling for the position who we can undoubtedly vouch for his integrity, reliability, and credibility to oversee the affairs of the zone at this trying period.

Onyirimba, as we know him, has all it takes to dislodge the obstacle standing between Okigwe and its development.

*Dr. Ahaiwe is an Owerri-based  Public Affairs Commentator*

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Didier Drogba, African Football Legend Divorces Wife



The legend of Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire, Didier Drogba, revealed that his ten-year marriage to his Malian wife, Lalla Diakate, is over… after appearing with a mystery woman in an intimate video in bed. In the late 1990s in Paris, Drogba, 42, met Diakate and they married in 2011.

As he sought to protect his loved ones from the limelight, he had previously kept a quiet private life. But after saucy pictures of him and an unknown woman set tongues wagging, he was coerced into making a statement confirming his relationship with Diakate was over. On social media, the images and clips soon went viral. And they revealed the bare-cheeled Blues idol in bed with a young woman who was almost naked.

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He wrote on his Instagram handle, “I’m not in the habit of discussing my private life. “But, because of speculation in the media today, I can confirm that sadly, after 20 years together, Lalla and I took the difficult decision to separate last year. “We remain very close, and our main priorities have been to protect our children and our family’s private life. “May God bless you.”

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55-year-old man arrested for allegedly raping seven teenagers in Jos



The police in Plateau state have arrested a 55-year-old man, Abdulhamid Sale, pictured above for allegedly raping seven teenagers in Bukuru community of Jos South local government area.

A youth leader in the community, Aliyu Hassan, said the suspect was arrested after one of the mothers of his victim reported the matter to members of the vigilante group in the community.

“The arrest of the suspect came after a report by a mother to one of the victims to the vigilante group in the area that she saw her daughter with a phone and felt that something was wrong.

After a thorough investigation, we found out that the phone was given to the girl by the said Abdulhamid Sale, and further checks revealed that he raped seven girls, mostly 13 years old in Kugiya area of Bukuru, who are mostly hawkers, by luring them with as little as 50 Naira, and small Tecno Phones”Aliyu said

Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Gabriel Ubah, said the suspect is in the custody of the police and would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the matter is concluded.

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#EndSARS: Court stops prosecution of Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Davido, and others



A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory has stopped the prosecution of Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre, Burna Boy, Davido, Falz, activist Deji Adeyanju and others over the #EndSARS protest. 

The High Court ordered a Magistrate court to immediately stop proceedings and stay action against 50 persons who supported the #EndSARS protests, following a criminal complaint filed by lawyer Kenechuhwu Okeke. 

Okeke in his suit alleged that during the riot,  properties were destroyed and the defendants who promoted the #EndSARS protests must be held responsible for it and also brought to justice.

Justice Bello Kawu who delivered a judgment on the application filed by Activist Deji Adeyanju (one of the defendants) for a judicial review of the substantive matter before the magistrate, said; 

“An order of this honourable court granting leave to the application to issue and serve on the defendant an application for judicial review against the proceedings/direct criminal complaint of Hon. Omolola Tolulope Akindele sitting at Chief Magistrate Court II, Wuse Zone 6 in the suit of Kenechukwu Okeke Vs Deji Adeyanju and 49 others in suit No. CR/49/2020.

“An order of this honourable court, that on the grant of the above orders herein, serve as stay of all proceedings on the direct criminal complaint Omolola Tolulope Akindele sitting at Chief Magistrate Court II, Wuse Zone 6 in the suit of Kenechukwu Okeke Vs Deji Adeyanju and 49 others in suit no. CR/49/2020.

“An order of this honourable court, that on the grant of the above orders herein, same order as granted by the honourable court shall restrain the Nigeria Police Force, 2nd and 3rd defendants from taking any further steps, arresting and or taking any unconstitutional/illegal steps in the form of any guise as it concerns the subject matters whatsoever before this court herein as it concerns all parties in the proceedings.”

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