- Category: Odimegwu ONWUMERE
- Published on Monday, 14 May 2012 10:48
- Written by Odimegwu Onwumere
"Orji’s condolence message to Rashidi’s family should have been sent to Aba in Abia State preceding to that to the Yekinis, which has been suffering from all manner of
protracted gloominess occasioned by Orji’s murk governance"
Gov Orji Should condole Aba, not the Yekini family - by Onwumere
"Claiming to be wise, they became fools" - (Romans 1:22) - It is something worth doing in Igbo culture and tradition to condole or console with a bereaved family.
And this is what Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has done to the family of world-class footballer, late Rashidi Yekini, who passed on to eternity recently. Reportedly, Orji described the footballer’s death as “shocking” in his condolence message. He also described the late Rashidi as one of the deluxe footballers ever brought into being by this country.
However, Orji’s condolence message to Rashidi’s family should have been sent to Aba in Abia State preceding to that to the Yekinis, which has been suffering from all manner of protracted gloominess occasioned by Orji’s murk governance. As he recalled with wistfulness how Rashidi tore the world record in the United States of America in 1994, by being the first Nigerian to score in the World Cup for the Super Eagles. This was in the team’s perfect outing at the world football stage against Bulgaria, Orji forgot that Aba also broke the world record by been christened “Japan of Africa” by the world record, but have died under his leadership, now waiting to be resuscitated or finally buried.
From Ukwu-mango to Asa/Port-Harcourt Road in Aba, the roads are dilapidated; pit of hell. Unthinkable crime now reigns in Orji’s Abia. The legendary Enyimba Football Club has died and Orji did not send condolence message. The painful death of the club is still being mourned by fans. The entire Abia State is suffering internal deaths. Schools are suddenly closing, and businessmen are relocating to other convenient states. Civil servants have resorted to wearing casual wears so they can jump or fold their trousers and walk in the waterlog sprouting in Aba.
Many residents of Aba are now refugees to infrastructural decays. They are displaced by rampaging misgovernance in the state. Orji’s latest act of fearfulness was to congratulate with the family of late Rashidi. Just to be relevant at a wrong time; the period he was supposed to be mourning for the dying residents of Aba.
Aba has not only been a earful of decays, but that wickedness and criminality in politics have eroded it its rightful place in history. Orji has sunk the city, but here he is mourning the late Rashidi, perhaps for cheap publicity. Orji should take a look at this: 1 Corinthians 14:9. "... if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air."
A word, they say, is enough for the wise.