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The French literary icon, Willian Shakespeare, in his drama Macbeth, had the Dane of Cawdor declare, “why should I play the Roman fool and die, while I see my sword and gashes do them better?” Prudence said the Italian angelic Doctor of the Catholic Church, Saint Thomas of Aquinas, is a great virtue, but this virtue he postulated like the ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, rests in the middle of pusillanimity (or cowardice) and bravery. Thus, prudence as virtuous or authentic living rests in the middle of silence or indifference and excessive activism.

The French literary icon, Willian Shakespeare, in his drama Macbeth, had the Dane of Cawdor declare, “why should I play the Roman fool and die, while I see my sword and gashes do them better?” Prudence said the Italian angelic Doctor of the Catholic Church, Saint Thomas of Aquinas, is a great virtue, but this virtue he postulated like the ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, rests in the middle of pusillanimity (or cowardice) and bravery. Thus, prudence as virtuous or authentic living rests in the middle of silence or indifference and excessive activism.


These two witty sayings point to the fact that there are times when man, the real man, must decisively deal with realities of life in order to reposition situations.
It is a well talked about fact in Europe and America, that the African continent is known for debased dispositions to apex leadership positions, economic acquisitions, vicarious power shows and luxurious life patterns. These not only typify some Africans who at present are bereaved of post modern behaviours and uncivil mind-sets, but also the rape of possibilities for socio-economic and political growth and advancement of such human societies and nations from attaining laudable development.
These uncivil features are shamelessly displayed by our local, states and national leaders, elected and appointed, who not only studied in developed countries of Europe and America, but frequently travel to such countries and have grand business investments and properties in them.
Virtually, in all facets of the Nigerian socio-economic and political life, especially political leadership, Nigerian national, state and local leaders are of the habit of ensuring eternity in office, either by the incumbent in or by proxy. This has resulted to self-substitution through in-group cabalism, which the cabals see themselves as inevitable factors in state and national leadership, and thus the anointing vessel of Prophet Samuel, which flows on whoever they nominate as God' select for the people.
This happened in theocracies and never in democracies, and not even in nascent ones, especially in Imo State, given the degree and pedigree of the State's elites and enlightened masses.
Ultimately, leadership imposition, caucus factors, live-leadership (especially in elective positions), diversions of public funds and properties, tenure elongation schemes, etc., are products of such schemes. Living examples abound in Nigeria about the unfavourable outcomes of such manipulations, and this is one of the reasons advancement has eluded most states, constituencies of the federation and nation at large.
The incumbent Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has also embarked on such schemes of cabalism and in-group political leadership despite the abysmal failure of his administration. His administration, which is reckoned as the worst regime (Junta and civilian) in the history of the State since its creation in 1976, has not only been a grand failure and deep setback on the tracks of development, but has also been undemocratic and a mixture of authoritarianism. Rochas Okorocha has ruled Imo since 2011 like Benito Mussolini's fascist government, Mobutu Seseko's tyrannical government, Sani Abacha's and Id Amin's dictatorial government, Nguema and Bokassi's totalitarianism, etc.
No Imolite resident abroad or home today is not of this conviction, that Imo is ruled by a fearless Governor, a tyrant who has no regard for the sanctity of law and juridical orders, no sensitivity is his social neurons, no empathy for the less impoverished masses and employees in the State, no truth and welfare-based project for the State, fake and never fulfilled promise during electoral campaigns, a government ruled by deceit.
Imolites are three times poorer now than they were before his coming especially during the unmerited second tenure. Yet, the man who has led Imolites to great living pains and poverty, the man who has rendered many homeless, jobless and stranded financially, is today with volte face, luring Imolites to accept anointed candidature for his succession as the Governor of the State for another period of hardship. The native Igbo say that the snake never gives birth to short creatures. A son, whose father grossly failed in leadership and led the citizens as captives to their most dreaded enemies, has nothing reasonable to afford the masses once redeemed, as an aspiring leader after his father.
Every Imo citizen home and abroad, elite and commoner, party chieftain and ordinary member, and beyond party affiliation, must rise on time against the incessant strives of the failed Governor Okorocha to nominate or anoint leaders for us. Let due democratic process take its course, and let Imolites chose themselves who rules them.
This necessitates the condemnation of his nomination strives, as well as inter and intra-party resistance against the Governor's engineered militant group-canvassers, who advertise and declare as vox populi for Imolites to Rochas, to “show us the man and go to sleep.”
Certainly, and as usual, Imolites have taken such comments and strive uncommon and as come and gone. But insidiously, the Governor, his son in-law and other unconscientious members of his cabal, have been working strongly to ensure that Rochas not only nominates his beloved successor, but ensure that he becomes the Governor of Imo State at all cost.
Such schemes as directing that candidates above 50 years should not aspire for the Governorship seat in APC, is a scheme to get rid of possible good candidates that may come up for the gubernatorial seat come 2019, that is, if there is any reasonable Imolite that still has confidence in APC, their candidates and execution of the party's manifesto.
Let us rise and resist every bit of Rochas schemes for succession come 2019, Imo is too big for one man to own totally at all times, and too old to be cajoled into old tricks. In fact, let Okorocha show us that man after his own heart, and prepare for the greatest war.

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