Time Calls For Patriotism In God’s-Own State:
By Sir Don Ubani; KSC, JP,
Okwubunka Of Asa.
27th March, 2019.
From a christian perspective, the greatest and most inspiring book on planet Earth is the Holy Bible. There is hardly any subject of interest in life that the Bible has not already given man insight into.
The Bible, in the Book of Ecclesiastics, implores man to appreciate that there is time for everything. In a very broad context, there is a time to be born and a time to die. There is also a time to plant and a time to harvest.
In contemporary Abia State, this is the time to come together and build, in the overall interest of the masses. It is a time to be altruistic, patriotic and less selfish.
The people of Abia State are, indeed, God’s-own people. While many citizens were brutally maimed or even murdered in many other States of the federation during the last general election in Nigeria, there was no reported case of violence in Abia State. No Abian was brutalized and none was murdered.
The Governor of the State; Elder Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D, must be commended for his peaceful approach to governance. He appreciates that power can only come from God and must only be utilized for service to humanity.
To the glory of God Almighty and wisdom of Governor Ikpeazu, general election 2019 has come and gone in Abia State. To bring it to a conclusive end, the Independent National Electoral Commission; INEC, has issued Certificates of Return to Governor Ikpeazu, his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu and twenty-four elected Members of emerging Abia State House of Assembly today, at Umuahia.
By constitutional stipulation, 2019-2023 administration will be inaugurated on May 29, 2019. That day will mark the beginning of the second tenure of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in the State.
Abia State, like many other States in Nigeria, is in dire need of development. Even after getting all the roads in Umuahia and Aba tarred, rural roads that can help farmers transport their produce to urban markets would surely require attention, just like the Governor has already begun.
Development is not limited to road infrastructure. The Enyimba Economic City conceptualized by the Ikpeazu administration requires effective concentration for it to be actualized.
Other critical sectors such as Health, Agriculture, Education, Power, Trade and Investment and Security can only blossom where government is allowed to be properly focused.
At the level where Abia State is now, whoever that has passion for the State, will never contemplate embarking on any action or actions that can create distraction to the government of the day.
Fundamentally-speaking, every citizen has the right to seek for election into a public office. To whoever is patriotic, once the result of the electoral contest is out, personal ambition becomes subsumed in the collective interest of the people.
From two perspectives, any fairly- minded person in Abia State would have known that any person, especially coming from outside Abia-South Senatorial District, that contested against Governor Ikpeazu in the just concluded governorship election was only out to hit his or her head against a brick wall.
The reasons, which explain the two perspectives as mentioned above, are or were quite obvious; Governor Ikpeazu has been performing well in his first tenure and Abia Charter of Equity was boldly on his side. Except if only God had wanted to decree otherwise, nothing, like it has turned out to be, could have constituted a hindrance to his re-election.
For those who lost in the governorship election in the State, this is a time to know if they love the State or are merely spurred by inordinate personal ambition. Dragging Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to the Courts again could lead to avoidable distractions. It can never be in the overall interest of the State.
Governor Ikpeazu has already magnanimously extended the Olive Branch to all those that contested the election against him. If those persons have even the least genuine interest in the State, they would jettison negatively-compelling urge to, once again, tow the fruitless path of meaningless though most likely costly distraction.
Okwubunka of Asa.