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Last week, Imo State was the talking point again as a worthless charade became the centre of attraction. It was the first working visit of President Muhammdu Buhari to Imo State since the last elections. Residents of parts of Imo made a bold statement on their stand with the President. They had been hounded for years by security agencies whose siege to the South East is becoming a permanent pillar of national pettiness.
The madness somewhat reached a crescendo because both the visitor and the host were annoyingly desperate; Governor Uzodinma was desperate to show Imolites that State funds have been properly utilised under him and on the other hand, Buhari was desperate to deodorise his overpoweringly malodorous ethnic bigotry and hate towards Igbo people. The last time the President openly spoke about the Igbo people, he hid under the umbrella of hate for the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to refer to Ndigbo as a DOT in the CIRCLE. Both men failed with their missions and by every standard, the visit can easily be adjudged to be worthless to not just themselves but to Imolites who even sat at home to pass the needed strong message to the grossly underperforming bigot and his despicable stooge.
During the visit, Buhari had a course to address an uninterested audience on many occasions, his body language throughout that period sums it all up. His plan to hypocritically send a message of hope to Imolites and by extension Ndigbo, fell face flat on the ground that he practically saw the emptiness in his words. Their incoherence echoed the jumbled thoughts of a President who would have surely wondered what he was doing in Imo State and not holed up somewhere in Aso rock.
If Buhari’s intent was to maximise the impact of a presidential presence to soothe fraying nerves as he posited, why then did he waste precious presidential resources and time to visit Imo when they’re grieving Nigerians in Barkin Ladi, Zangon-Kataf, Bokkos, and Mangut that obviously need him more? Could the time not have been more useful in boosting the morale of our troops battling bandits? What if the President winged his way to the Nigerian Defence Academy, where bandits killed two officers, wounded one, and have another in captivity for weeks?
Of all places to recount victories in profound tackling of insecurity why must it be Imo State? of course the NDA in Kaduna should have been a defining venue for such shenanigans if Buhari and his handlers were not daft in the head. When the whole north was facing a potential complete takeover by terrorists many would have expected the president to have relocated the Presidential Villa to one of the troubled States.
He simply came to Imo to regurgitate promises while swathes of Nigeria, add his native Katsina, are daily falling into the reign of lawlessness. Bandits are over-running the whole place that even his State Governor has thrown in the towel by asking people to defend themselves.
The whole charade was about empty speeches and one would even ask; where had speeches addressed emergencies? The President failed abysmally in articulating the purpose of his visit to Imo. Perhaps, there was none.
For Uzodinma, he simply wanted to reap where he did not sow. Yes, ever since Nigeria’s present democratic dispensation began in 1999, a presidential visitation has always been an epic event. And any Governor who is able to convince a sitting President to visit his state to commission projects is considered diligent and industrious. This was the thinking Uzodinma had when he spent unquantifiable valuable time and resources in Abuja trying to woo the President to visit Imo State. When he finally pulled through, reality dawned on him. He knew there were no landmark projects to be commissioned yet, he stupidly chose to go on with the madness.
He knew none of the roads he was claiming to have completed was half done, he knew that the drainages he claimed to have done was poorly done and cannot solve the flooding scourge which is driving people off their homes, he knew there was almost nothing on ground to justify the humongous funds he has received as Governor which is running into almost 300 Billion Naira. He knew the State was collapsing under his maladministration due to his lack of ideas and willpower to serve the people.
He knew the situation in Imo State, his legitimacy crisis, and the unapologetic rejection of his stolen mandate by Imo people, yet he chose to drag the Commander-In-Thief of Nigeria down to Imo to share in his fate of shame. To lighten things up, he preferred to spend millions of taxpayers’ money to rent a crowd to minimise the disgrace, alas he failed at that also.
No wonder President Buhari left Imo last Thursday deeply disappointed and on a very sad and bitter note. He even vowed to be careful with Uzodinma, going forward. By implication, he simply wrote off the visit. Instead of hiding his head in shame, Uzodinma and his daft handlers preferred to go looking for damage control measures not knowing that what the defenses only succeeded in doing was to present Buhari as confused and senile. Of course, Buhari is confused and beyond senile.
From every indication, there is already a crack in the ranks and Uzodinma appears to have fallen out of favour with his slave masters. As a stooge of the Filani cabal, they wouldn’t toy with the fact that Uzodinma intentionally brought their lifeless arrowhead out to the Eastern Heartland only to humiliate him. The visit was indeed worthless for both the visitor and the host.
Uzodinma and his conscienceless supporters should be smart enough to read the handwriting on the wall. The problem with them is that they believe that a mandate looted should be naturally deployed for treasury looting, and the truth is that what is going on in that government is a game of all predators chasing after a single prey, which is the treasury of the State, sadly.
The visit was worthless and it is time for Ndi Imo and by extension Ndi Igbo of goodwill to rise to the occasion to reject both men in whatever ways. They’re both mistakes and should be treated as such. Imo is not a playground for morally bankrupt criminals.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK