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“But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them” 2 Chronicles 15:4 "Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.' But now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained” I Samuel 2:30.

“But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them” 2 Chronicles 15:4 "Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.' But now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained” I Samuel 2:30.

“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you” 2 Thessalonians 1:6. It is not only that Governor Okorocha has been accused of declaring and celebrating a false age. He has been accused of falsifying his age, with the claim that since he declared and celebrated his 52nd birthday in 2011, he could not have been 55 in 2017, six years after. It is not only that the Governor has been accused of rolling out the drums to celebrate his birthday, just while the people of the state were still grieving over the demolition of markets in the state and the dislocation of businesses and loss of revenue that followed. In 2011 when Governor Okorocha was running for election, he campaigned at the markets, particularly the Ekeukwu Market, where all the traders almost closed shops to join him in his campaign train. In fact, those who could actually shut down their businesses to join the Governor's campaign train.
The Governor has since admitted that the traders contributed money for his campaign and didn't care what anyone said. They would collect money from one politician and donate same to the Governor's campaign. The keke people were not left out. Okorocha would hop into a keke and the people would shout in frenzied ecstasy. He would stop by the road side and eat corn and pear. He would stop by and buy beans cake (akara) and eat to great exhilaration from the masses. In those days gone by, the shout of “My people, My people” would gather a frightening crowd around the Governor just while the word was yet in the mouth. Ironically, few years after, the same man that evoked emotion and called Imo people “My people, My people” has thrown everything else to the wind and demolished the markets that brought him to power. In Imo State, it is as if the Governor is running out of time to demolish the markets.
The argument is not actually that building modern market is strange and untainable. But when you consider that Igbo people are essentially traders you would be sure that the demolition of the Ekeukwu Market without first providing the traders alternative arrangements is tantamount to destroying the economy of the people.
Put differently, the markets are the offices of most Igbo people, and destroying their shops without adequately and carefully putting in place alternative arrangements is tantamount to forcing “My people, My people” out of job. This is even worse when the people had applied for protection in the court of law and found same, only for it to be shattered in their faces by the same Governor that called them “My people, My people”. You would shed tears, unless there is no more tears in your eyes, to recall that the body of 10 years old Somtochukwu Ibeanusi who was killed during the demolition of Ekeukwu Market was still lying cold in the morgue when the Governor rolled out the drums to cut 27 birthday cakes, as if nothing had happened. Many people do not think that the tokenism of naming the Douglas Road Somtochukwu Ibeanusi Road and the proposal to name any project at Douglas Road after the slain 10 years old provide the Governor the plank to dance on his dead body in the name of birthday celebration.
It is not also only that the new Taximo which the Governor gave out to the keke drivers in his keke ban policy in th state has already started visiting the mechanics shops few day after. It is not only that the new Taximo constitute some security risk because they do not
have plate numbers. The problem is in the lamentations of the Governor that he has not got a fair deal from President Muhammadu Buhari, despite the many bullets he took for him. Don't forget that it was Governor Okorocha, who in his effort to sell Buhari to Ndigbo, named him Okechukwu Buhari at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri. While the Governor did all that he was virtually a lone voice in the wilderness. The Governor had during his birthday celebration last weekend expressed his frustrations on the ill-treatments meted out to him. Trust Governor Okorocha, he let out his frustrations in the presence of the representative of the President at his birthday celebration. He said: “I risked my re-election by supporting and standing behind Buhari when everybody here didn't want to hear anything about him. A mere mention of Buhari attracted the angst of the people. Because of that I was called all sorts of names.”
“However, what I don't like is ingratitude. Look at the President of Ghana. He has visited this state two times since he became the President and all that was to show gratitude to friendship”, he added.
This was not the first time Governor Okorocha would lament about
ingratitude from the APC government he had worked so hard for. Earlier in the year, the Governor had during his thanksgiving accused the President Buhari's led government of marginalizing Ndigbo.
Okorocha spoke in the presence of then Acting President Yemi Osibanjo and said that the South East region had been short-changed, especially in the areas of appointments and allocation of Federal projects.
“No other group in Nigeria that had invested as much into our nationhood can sing the song of marginalisation as much as Ndigbo has been made to sing it. We have nothing to show that we are part of the Nigerian project; neither do we have any sense of belonging in the present government at the national level”, Okorocha said. He added: “We have been marginalised both in terms of projects and appointments. In Imo State, for instance, all we have is a Minister of State to show for all the efforts and extreme sacrifices we made to ensure that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had a good outing in the last general elections.”
Turning to then Acting President, Governor Okorocha said: “I know you are the Acting President and has the ears of the President. So, there is no better person to tell our painful story than you. You need to take a second look at what is happening in the South-East. No serious political appointment, no visible federal infrastructure so far, to show the presence of Federal Government in the South- East in general.
“I beg that as the government gives subsequent appointments, let the qualified sons and daughters of the state and region be considered. Those in business should be considered for federal patronage.
“Imo State played major role in bringing APC to power because if what had taken place in other states was allowed to happen in Imo State and other states in the South-East, probably we wouldn't have had the APC government today. “Given the roles that I personally played as a sacrificial lamb in the South-East during the elections, my state deserves a better deal. “There is no Federal Government presence in the oil-producing areas, and none of our youths benefitted from the Federal Government's Amnesty Programme. “I also use this opportunity to ask for the quick refund of the money spent by the state on Imo International Cargo Airport and on some federal roads in the state.” Some people have said that the Governor had a reason to be angry. His much celebrated birthday did not have the support of his ruling party, especially the governors. This was made worse by the fact that Governor Okorocha is the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum.
In good times all the governors of the APC would have fallen on themselves to grace the occasion. But not so. Then the party leadership: not one person came. The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, did not show up. Someone said he did not show up because he felt insulted by the action of the Governor in August when he celebrated his own birthday. It was said that Governor Okorocha sent a liaison officer to represent him. Back home, there is the ongoing battle of who gets control of the party structures in the state, between the Governor and his nightmare, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. While it seems that many appointees of the Governor have deserted him and pitched tent with Araraume, there is also the fear that the Governor might have lost in the sate congress election. Politicians have cashed into the imbroglio between the Governor and Araraume. They now fall on each other to pay obeisance to the Governor. This is why you see the rather shameful presentation of gifts to the Governor by politicians who are seeking appointments. They do this in the name of their people in the local governments, but the grassroots have said they have nothing to do with the gifts, asking where the money would come from to buy the gifts. I really do not know whether the Governor is not scandalized by these gifts, which includes a number bus. The reason for the gifts, including the 27 birthday cakes is in order to buy appointments or influence who gets what, since the tigers are now out of the way but have pitched tent with Araraume.
Okorocha's birthday lamentation is probably targeted at the November national convention of the APC. Considering the battle between the Governor and Araraume over the control of APC structure in the state, it would make sense to many that the Governor was reminding the leadership of the party and the presidency that he has paid his dues, and therefore deserves to be grateful to. No doubt, the Governor and Araraume have since tangled like Siamese twins. Any efforts at separating them could be cataclysmic.

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