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Emeka Ozumba’s “Let Us Protect Buhari’s Integrity” (Daily Sun, November ten, 2017) provides meals for believed. It is a most thoughtful write-up on the will need to preserve the individual integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari against the onslaught of persons incredibly close to him in the administration who are dragging him to their level under the guise of operating for him to succeed properly in celebration politics. It is self-evident that most individuals about the president do not share his values of integrity and his vision of a Nigeria where items are carried out effectively. They have low moral standards and are self-serving. For that reason, he desires to watch his back.

The instant context of the write-up by Ozumba, a marketing and advertising communications specialist, is unconfirmed reports that our president is getting dragged to the campaign rally of Tony Nwoye, the controversial APC candidate in the November 18 gubernatorial election in Anambra State. Ozumba warns that the president’s individual reputation constructed on integrity more than the decades will end up in smoke if he need to succumb to the political antics of particular individuals.

An vital point produced in the post is the want for President Buhari to have very good safety reports on these who visit him, citing the instance of a quite controversial businessman, lawyer and socialite based in Lagos, Fred Ajudua, who paid a effectively-publicised visit to Common Sani Abacha when the latter assumed office as Nigeria’s military Head of State on November 17, 1993. The individual who arranged the visit, an Army Basic and Director of Army Public Relations, was arrested, detained and retired for embarrassing not only the new regime but also the whole country. Ozumba wonders if Buhari’s handlers, like safety and intelligence aides, had been happy with the visit to the President by the APC candidate on October 13.

To underscore how controversial Nwoye has been, Ozumba demands that the APC candidate clarify why he was rusticated from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu, which produced him move to the new and little recognized Ebonyi State University. Even though Nwoye’s pipers unofficially deny that the rustication had to do with cult-connected activities, Nwoye has himself curiously refused to comment on the circumstances leading to his exit from the University of Nigeria. Given that democracy is about openness, accountability and transparency, Nwoye owes not only Anambra individuals but also all Nigerians the obligation to clarify the situation. He has to come out real clean. Explaining the circumstances of his rustication has grave implications for our democracy.

But of more concern to the Nigerian individuals is Nwoye’s alleged role in the three-day mayhem in Anambra State, which started on November four, 2004. Nwoye requires to address widespread allegations that he was deeply involved in the mayhem whose 16th anniversary the individuals of Anambra State are marking this month. The mayhem saw the burning in broad daylight of the Government House in Awka, the Governor’s Lodge in Onitsha, the House of Assembly complex, the Judicial Service Commission complex, the Anambra State Broadcasting Service and a number of vehicles belonging to innocent individuals who have been passing by. Anambra individuals will never ever forget this tragedy. Our personal legendary Professor Chinua Achebe known as it a properly-orchestrated program by renegades in the state, functioning in cahoots with the Presidency in Abuja, to turn “my homeland into a bankrupt and lawless fiefdom.”

As I have stated on one more occasion, I was a prime target of the arsonists. They invaded my official residence in the Legislative Quarters in Awka in the morning of November four with the intention to assassinate me and my household. But my wife had taken my youngsters to school, and so I was alone. How I managed to escape from the substantial quantity of marauders clutching all manner of unsafe paraphernalia of violence and smoking all types of stuff remains a mystery to this day. I assume God just sent His angels to save me from imminent violent death in their hands. I was spirited out of the Legislative Quarters via divine intervention.

The mayhem was led by a controversial member of the House of Representatives and assisted by the commander of the Police Mobile Force in Anambra State. But they did not act alone. They had foot soldiers. The leader of the foot soldiers is identified in the report of the judicial commission set up by the state government to look into the mayhem. The commission was headed by Justice Keazor from Obosi in Idemmili North Nearby Government Location, a brilliant lawyer and upright judge. Dr Chris Ngige was in the procedure of publishing the white paper on the report when he was removed by the Court of Appeal as Anambra State governor in 2006. But the report is nevertheless available.

President Buhari demands to go via it. The present Anambra State Government can avail him with a copy. Security agencies like the police force and the Division of State Services (DSS) can also send him their copies.

Our president wants to come across out why best Yoruba APC leaders like Bola Tinubu, our party’s National Leader, had been really active in campaigning for Dr Ngige when he was an APC senatorial candidate in the 2015 general elections, but have stoutly refused to do the identical point for the APC candidate in the forthcoming Anambra State gubernatorial election. They recognise that the APC has no candidate this time about. APC members need to not be telling the electorate items like “We need to take your state by force and by fire.”

An individual like Governor Nasir el-Rufai has openly endorsed Nwoye merely for the reason that he wants to avenge the indiscretion which ex-Governor Peter Obi committed against him, against Nigeria’s Constitution and against national unity 4 years ago. Obi ordered the DSS not to allow el-Rufai to come out of his Olde Enghishe Hotel in Awka during the governorship election four years ago on the ground that he is not from Anambra State. El-Rufai came as an observer for his party and Dr Ngige. But ex-Governor Obi has due to the fact left the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and pitched tent with the PDP for individual causes.

APC leaders acknowledge in private that we really should have presented this time a candidate like Dr Ngige, Chief George Muoghalu, Engineer Barth Nwibe, Senator Andy Uba or Dr Obinna Uzor each and every of these candidates would have been straightforward to sell. It is an open secret that most APC leaders in the state will not vote APC in the governorship election since of their love of Anambra State. Dr Ngige is officially the coordinator of the Nwoye campaign, but how several times has the minister been observed with the candidate? Several of our party’s leaders will not declare their stand publicly for fear of charges of anti-party activities. But there are, of course, individuals like me ready to bite the bullet.

Lastly, President Buhari is advised to appear before he leaps. Numerous of the individuals in his office are carrying out him no fantastic. They are not interested in his individual reputation or integrity or his place in history. He has to watch his back.

Hon Okechi, former chairman of the Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Facts and Public Petitions, is a founding APC member in the state. He is top a movement to reform Anambra APC. Hon Okechi is voting Obiano (not APGA) in the Anambra election. [e-mail protected]. 0803 5585188.

•Editor’s note: Funke Egbemode returns subsequent week

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