By Ogu Bundu Nwadike, M.A

Lest we forget, Uzodimma is making a failed State out of the Imo State that he inherited intact from Governor Emeka Ihedioha!

There’s this parable of the loose cow, in which after the stubborn cow had defied all human hurdles, it still managed to escape from the stable. Africans say, “After the war, women and effeminate men begin the analytical narrative of the war. Hence, when the search team failed to recover the ebullient cow, some voices began hallucinating, saying if they were around at the time the cow escaped, it wouldn’t have escaped!

Then, one day again, another cow in the community got loose and was at the verge of escaping. Apparently recalling the excuses tendered by those who boasted that had they been around the other cow wouldn’t have escaped, the owner of the cow raised his voice to the hearing of his kith and kin and said: “Those who would aver later that if they were around the cow wouldn’t have escaped, please this my cow is about to escape”! And it became a gist and a proverb!

The situation in Imo State since the turn of this year, 2020, after the Supreme Court made Senator Hope Uzodimma governor, isn’t totally a precedent. And the English say once beaten, twice shy. We’ve since added, thrice dead!

Between May 29, 2011 and May 29, 2019, Imo people were taken through a ride in the wilderness of life. It remains the most nightmarish experience for the people of Imo State.

But as God would have it, on May 29, 2019 Imo people got a Moses that was divinely sent to take Ndimo away from the wilderness back to the way to the Promised Land of good leadership and good governance. That Moses that God sent to liberate Ndimo is Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, who served as governor of Imo State for seven and half months, from May 29, 2019 to January 14, 2020!

However, as man would have it, on January 14, 2020 Ndimo had their journey to Cannan abruptly cut short and reversed back to the wilderness, this time around, the Wilderness of Sin! That’s where we are as at this moment of writing this short essay.

Point in issue is that this wilderness journey isn’t new to Ndimo. After the first wilderness journey, not a few Imo people intoned “had I known”! First cut is the deepest! But “had I known” is the brother of Mr. Late! Procrastination is the thief of time!

Now, in the second wilderness journey, those that would later regret their inaction and intone another “had I known” at the end of the ruin of Imo State by Uzodimma should better begin to act now. There’s no second chance to make first impression!

Well-meaning Imolites shouldn’t allow any new room for procrastination and “had I known”! The discerning honest Imolites shouldn’t wait till the cow escapes and causes enormous damage before reining it in. Once beaten, twice shy, thrice dead!

This message is essentially for those who have the penchant for holding briefs for non-performing helmsmen of Imo State. “It’s too early”, “Let’s give give him the benefit of doubt”, “He’s trying”, etcetera enabled that “Iberiberism 101” visioner take actions for which many people still feel deep regrets allowing to be taken. That was in the period, May 2011-May 2019!

Now in 2020, some sycophants are once again lending support to Uzodimma’s bad leadership and bad governance actions and activities. When he’s allowed to also utterly rape and ruin Imo State, these sychophants will hide in silence. But the evil deed must have been done by Uzodimma!

Democratic government and governance is of the people, by the people, for the people. It’s never of the governor, by the governor, for the governor. It’s all about the people. It’s never all about the governor as some sychophants would want us to believe!

Every good leader craves good advice from the people he’s leading. Every good leader explores and exploits good advice from the people he’s leading. Obviously, have does that for the overall benefit of the entire citizenry.

The bad leader, the King Don’t Tell Me, assumes himself to be omniscient and omnipotent. Hence, he never consults widely and exhaustively. He doesn’t seek or entertain contrary opinions. That way, his “I too know” a.k.a “Itk” aids his inevitable failure and fall from grace to grass. That’s where Uzodimma is right now!

Should Ndimo stand aside and look, while Uzodimma is debasing the State and dehumanizing the people? Or should Ndimo emancipate themselves from living in bondage of Uzodimma? How long shall Uzodimma hurt and harm Imo State, while Ndimo stand aside and look?

Under the watch of Uzodimma since he took over power in January 2020, nothing that was working in 2019 under the watch of Governor Emeka Ihedioha CON is working now. All sectors are in very precarious dire conditions.

Civil Service. Salaries. Pensions. Roads. Schools. Markets. Public water supply. Public electricity supply. Agriculture. Food sufficiency. Enterprise. Commerce. Industry. Environment. Sanitation. Safety. Security. Nothing is working under Uzodimma’s watch.

Lest we forget, Governor Emeka Ihedioha made things to begin to work in Imo State. Ndimo are still nostalgic about the mosaic role of Governor Ihedioha in liberating Ndimo and leading them out of Egypt of ppoverty, hunger, diseases, sicknesses and death, to the Promised Land of rebuilding Imo State, empowering and enriching Ndimo with good leadership and good governance.

Lest we forget, Uzodimma is destroying Imo State and impoverishing Ndimo. He doesn’t pay salaries and pensions and he doesn’t fix bad roads in the State. Uzodimma doesn’t inspire Ndimo. Rather, he dampens the morale of the people, and quences the fire to be creative and productive in their respective human endeavours! It’s really appalling and unfortunate!

Let me conclude with the reminder that only Imo people can develop Imo State to their taste. Uzodimma has proved that he lacks basic capacity and capability to deliver good leadership and good governance to Ndimo.

Lest we forget, Uzodimma is making a failed State out of the Imo State that he inherited intact from Governor Emeka Ihedioha!

By God’s grace, Imo State must be rebuilt!!

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