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When I adopted the metaphorical caption of this piece, what flashed through my mind was the book, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" written by Lewis Carroll (1865). The book presents a captivating catchphrase, "I can't go back to yesterday ...." Here, time frame or day was used as a metaphor for a place or somewhere. In the said book, Alice made the metaphorical statement when she was asked to talk about her adventures in Wonderland.

When I adopted the metaphorical caption of this piece, what flashed through my mind was the book, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" written by Lewis Carroll (1865). The book presents a captivating catchphrase, "I can't go back to yesterday ...." Here, time frame or day was used as a metaphor for a place or somewhere. In the said book, Alice made the metaphorical statement when she was asked to talk about her adventures in Wonderland.

Indeed, the response to the question was rather surprisingly shocking than expected. For example, Alice insisted that it would be of no use going back to yesterday because she was a different person then.
Unarguably, Alice should not have got stuck in her past. We are supposed to face the world with courage and determination in spite of its changing tides of time. In fact, it is very likely that if you face the world with smile, the world will smile back at you. Even at that, are there no lessons we could learn from yesterday? Should we forget yesterday simply because it was a bad day? Should we sit back and take no part in the persons we are becoming? Definitely not.
It follows that for a person who doesn't know where he wants to go, it doesn't matter which path he takes. Similarly, he who does not know when the rain started to fall on him will definitely not know when it will stop. These examples depict confusion, hopelessness, and frustration and are not different from the case of Alice who refused to go back to yesterday. This is the same situation that we have found ourselves for over seven years in the Wonderland called Imo State.
Regrettably, we didn't control our minds when it matters most in 2011, which emboldened the plunderer extra-ordinaire to control our minds for us. Surprisingly, the plunderer came with lust and deceit, which roared more than his demons, and we mistook it for love. No wonder, Martin Luther King Jnr said, "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
We don't need the services of a soothsayer or pay consultation fee to a native doctor in order to know that "Ikiri ka Onye oshi nma." This is why the journey to 2011 will help us to rediscover the way we ought to go as people of common destiny. What is happening in Imo State is a histo-social truism where one needs to be a victim of the plunderer in order to appreciate the import of the plight of others; otherwise the entire episode looks like playing Kokoma music to a drama queen.
For casual observers in Imo politics, going back to 2011 would appear like reopening an old wound. Some people do not want to be reminded of something unpleasant that happened or existed in the past as in the case of Alice. But, most people would want to be repaid for harm or loss they suffered unduly in the past. Here, lies the crux of the matter. Therefore, restitution or restoration is part of why we need to go back to 2011. It is imperative because the cooking pot used for the chameleon should be used for the lizard.
Without mincing words, 2011 is an important landmark in the history of Imo State since it was when a devastating storm swept away Imo people from the path they ought to go. In this regard, it marked the beginning of Holocaust reminiscent of the killing of millions of Jews by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. Here, the weapons of half salary, half pension, no promotion, no gratuity, disrespect to Court judgments debts, demolition of markets and homes, misappropriation of lands and Certificates of Occupancy of property owners, to mention few were employed to kill Imo people in droves. At this point, I vividly remember the gruesome killing of the 10-year old boy, Somtochukwu Ibeanusi during the mindless demolition of Ekeukwu Owerri market.
No wonder, burial ceremonies, which used to be on Fridays and Saturdays, have become a daily routine in Imo State. This accounts for why mortuaries have increased from about 30 in 2011 to about 142 in 2017, according to a report by Morgan Claude Incorporated.
Significantly, the quest to go back to 2011 is a burning issue for most Imo people who desire to rediscover themselves. It's really useful going back to 2011 in attempt to retrace our road map or the way we ought to go. Accordingly, 2011 is the point of return to retrieve and reclaim our stolen rich economic heritage and to rebuild our legacies that speak.
There's no doubt that we need to bring back the 10,000 job beneficiaries as well as immortalize the slain leader of the group, Comrade Ugonna Omereonye. As his surname depicts, whom did he hurt that he should pay with his life? Because there's something in a name, the mastermind of the incident will be uncovered so that Imo people will know how water entered the coconut. It is only then that the public will be at liberty to honour the slain young man and pray for his soul to finally rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In simple terms, there is hue and cry to redress the plight of government workers and pensioners who are compelled to live like branches tossing in the wind. In the same sad situation, smiles have disappeared from the faces of most property owners whose buildings were demolished or defaced and whose lands or Certificates of Occupancy were coveted or jeopardized by the plunderer of our time. More so, market traders and artisans run helter skelter dash from certain places of businesses to another while those that suffered the legacy of destruction or demolition of their places of businesses have to contend with no compensation. In short, Imo people are yearning for restoration of justice and due process as the key to solving the myriads of problems besieging the State.
Given the foregoing, who can drive the motor vehicle of Imo State to the right way we ought to go?  This motor vehicle does not require a driver with learner's permit. Yes, it is true there are many drivers with driving license that wants to drive this motor vehicle. However, in view of the fact that our roads are not motorable and our motor vehicle is about to knock engine, we need a good mechanic driver.
In this our compelling circumstance, all we are saying in Imo State is that we aren't thirsting for somebody who will use a year or more to learn how to be Governor. We have no time to waste because our entire money is in one family while people are dying for lack of its circulation. To worsen the matter, our government health centers have been reduced to mere consulting clinics with doctors and nurses being owed many months of salaries. Our woes are endless.
In conclusion, for those aspiring to govern Imo State, we are in a state of emergency or ungovernable rage with debt problem of mind boggling complexity. Thus, we are desirous of somebody who will kick off the governance at the blast of whistle on 29th May 2019. With due respect, somebody that flashed through my mental wind vane has only four years or one tenure to fix Imo State back on the track. This is somebody that will restore the Imo Charter of Equity.
Most importantly, this is somebody in whose custody is the original duplicate copy of the records of our properties at Abuja, Lagos and Imo (nkea bu nke anyi), and thus, knows how to unlock every treasure of Imo State. So, his experience in situ is our assurance. Some people call him Ochinanwata, Ogbujingidi, or Ikiri. Without equivocation, I know him as Ikedi Godson Ohakim.

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