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Many Imolites would find it burdensome to come to the realisation that most of the accentuated failures of Governor Hope Uzodinma aren’t just linked to incompetence and ineptitude; most of the failures actually stem from the fact that he is a stark illiterate swimming in blatant ignorance.
It has often been observed that anytime an illiterate gets power, it is only natural that he becomes inebriated with it and sadly Uzodinma’s case hasn’t quite been an exception. It is even worse when the mandate was stolen, it completely eliminates any form of tact while enthroning impunity.
The truth is that, in recent times, Imo hasn’t been lucky with leadership, it has always been the case of one charlatan goes, another charlatan comes. A few years ago, it was the Iberiberism honcho, Rochas Okorocha who personlised government and statecraft, perhaps running one of the most opaque governments in history, he ended up taking his shallowness into everything he touched to the extent that virtually all the many roads and structures he built were mostly substandard. Next, it was Ihedioha who busied himself with chasing thieves when infrastructure was collapsing, by the time he was done, Tanko’s Supreme Court was already lurking.
The coming of Uzodinma made his two predecessors appear saintly, riding on a stolen horse he went into Douglas House more confused than an idiot. Sensing the danger in his cluelessness, he commissioned his half-baked media handlers to begin parroting the narrative that he wasn’t issued the handover notes. What a silly excuse. Whether or not Imolites liked it, another jester was born.
Over the years, Imo has had too many Governors who have come with an inflated sense of self-importance and noise. Uzodinma was worse, from nowhere, ‘Hopism’ was birthed and everyone began to wonder, what was the use of a social philosophy that is announced on banners fluttering over bad roads? Uzodinma didn’t know this, he was basking in unpardonable ignorance. Instead of wiping out the ugly reputation of fraud and electoral heist which he later christened ‘Ben Johnson’ methods which was hanging on his neck, he chose vainglory, failure and Imo has remained the perpetual loser.
A cursory look at his life before he became Governor would even leave a far worst taste in the mouth. Prior to collaborating with the Fulani oligarch in Nigeria to manipulate his way into office, Hope Uzodinma had been involved in multiple scandals. Perhaps, most prominent amongst them was how he tried to steal unmerited educational qualifications. It is no longer news that the Omuna born politician is barely educated, in fact, available records even posit that he did not even complete secondary school. It would be recalled that he once indicated on social media that he is a graduate of Washington University in Missouri USA with a degree in Arts/Criminology. A funny and perhaps non-existent combination. Enquiries were made into his proclaimed dual degree and a quick call to the Alumni Affairs Office at The Washington University in St. Louis Missouri showed that his name was not in the database.
At a point, Uzodinma came out to stupidly claim that he graduated from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) and that he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) from the institution. This was completely debunked by the management of FUTO as no such certificate was at any time awarded to hope Uzodinma, and that the certificate he was parading was a complete forgery. Of course, even a sensible primary school pupil would clearly understand that Universities don’t offer HNDs in Nigeria. The morally bankrupt accidental Governor has since deleted his academic records from places where the scrutinsing eyes of the public can question them.
One of the biggest anomalies in Nigeria is that many a time, people who should have no business venturing into elective politics succumb to arrogance and pride, and dabble headlong into elections which they win by all means, and only to mess up themselves in their offices by performing very abysmally low or not performing at all. Wittingly or unwittingly, they ignore the fact that public offices are for serious-minded people and never for jokers and jesters. For Uzodinma to have even contemplated becoming a governor shows how deeply rotten the Nigerian system is.
20 months later, Uzodimma is still struggling to understand why he is even in government in the first place. He has been finding it extremely difficult to lift a foot or finger to deliver good leadership and good governance to Ndi Imo. It appears he doesn’t know his left from his right. If he is not in Abuja frolicking with public funds when taxpayers are being owed and the decrypt infrastructure is collapsing, he would probably be in Imo commissioning uncompleted or badly executed projects. In his short stinct in Government House, Uzodinma has brought the President, the Vice President, the Senate President and even the Speaker of the House of Representatives to commission projects in Imo State. These shenanigans would even force one to wonder aloud, ‘what are they commissioning?’ In barely 20 months in office, Uzodinma has travelled 74 times averaging almost 4 trips per month in a State with a glaring leadership vacuum. That is what you get when a clueless imp assumes office against the mandate of the people.
A few weeks ago, the disagreement between the Imo State Government and the independent petroleum marketers got to a point that all fuel stations in the State were shut down. While addressing the press to explain the Government’s position on the matter, Uzodinma referred to his government as a ‘regime’, in obvious terms, Uzodinma does not understand the differences between a ‘regime’ and a democratic ‘administration’. It is way too basic for someone not to know that a ‘regime’ is used to depict a Government that is authoritarian and usually enforced by the military. Such shallowness!
But then again, Uzodinma could be right in some way because his maladministration smacks of high-handedness where military force is being executed daily to intimidate and coerce the hapless Imolites he ought to be protecting as the Chief Security Officer of the State.
Finally for Imolites, it is high time they lowered their expectations and simply work towards correcting the absurdity through whatever means in the next elections. Uzodinma should be matched ‘Ben Johnson for Ben Johnson’, ‘Abuja for Abuja’. It should be a collective effort. He has proven himself to be empty in the head and as the saying goes, you cannot give what you don’t have. And just like President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Uzodinma is absolutely empty, and his, ‘Gang of Looters’ government will definitely leave Imo State with emptiness almost eternally, if he and his cohorts recklessly looting the treasury of the State are not sacked by the Imo masses in 2024.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK