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Date Published: 08/02/10

Attack on Governor T.A. Orji: Irresponsible and Unwarranted


My attention has been drawn to the attack on the Abia State Governor, Chief T.A. Orji, by some worshippers at Christ the King Church, Aba, on Friday, 30th July, 2010.

According to an eyewitness account, when the Governor rose to the podium to address the congregation, some worshippers started calling him all sorts of derogatory names, including mugu, betrayer, etc.

Although I do not intend to hold brief for Governor Orji, I have no doubt that the assailants were political mercenaries in Christian garbs working for the forces and interests that dread the liberation of Abians from the clutches of godfatherism.

It should be noted that since Governor Orji, in a historic event at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, attended by Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Eze-Igbo Gburugburu, and other notable personalities, proclaimed an end to politics of godfatherism in the state; the retrogressive forces that held Abians hostage for over 11 years have been roaring like wounded lions. Like the biblical Pharaoh who would not let the Israelites go, even after assenting to their departure from Egypt – the Land of Bondage –these conspiratorial forces of greed and avarice have been regrouping to unleash an onslaught against the Governor in order to recapture in a most ruthless manner their lost privileges.

It beats my imagination that some political elements, in their quest to keep Abia in perpetual misery and bondage, have taken their unholy war to the Church, a place of worship and prayer. This is not only an act of terrorism but also a desecration of the hallowed temple of God.

While I condemn in strong terms the irresponsible and unwarranted attack on Governor Orji, I call on Abia youths to desist from being used by political adventurists in the realization of their selfish interests. I also call on Abia politicians to shun violence because it does not solve but complicates problems.

Comrade Chidi Nwosu

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