The Osita Okechukwu Treachery

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  1. Mazi Bismarck

    Mazi Bismarck New Member


    It was Henry Kissinger who once remarked that “power is the ultimate aphrodisiac” that arouses men’s unquenchable appetite for its acquisition. Power is an oracle before which men, high and low, bow. In its hazy and mazy labyrinths, power controls the affairs of humanity in such a way that men are willing to sell their consciences and honour just to be powerful and relevant. The pages of human history are littered with parallels of unconscionable men and women who have had their consciences seared in the quest for power.

    Inured in the catacombs of history are examples of men who have sold the destiny of their people just for the allure of power. But the truth is that the more critical the epoch in which we live, the more critical the desire of men to rise to power by all means. But in our age and time, our lives would be worse than dogs in a manger if we fail to call such men to order.

    This brings me to the meat of this article. Recently, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, in what has become his trade mark, unleashed galling attacks on the person and office of the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo. Ordinarily, one would have ignored Osita Okechukwu’s attacks as the warped ranting of a misguided person but on a second thought, I deemed it expedient to put the records straight.

    There is no doubt that Osita Okechukwu is arguably a brilliant young man who has played himself into national prominence through various forms of activism bordering on questionable pyrotechnics as well as opposition politics. Until his recent appointment as the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Okechukwu’s resume could best be described as scanty, save for his brief tenure as the Special Assistant to the late Chief Ojo Maduekwe, then Minister of Culture and Tourism, from 1999 to 2000. But in his ambition to be relevant and acquire power, Osita Okechukwu has consistently but regrettably played the Dolus of the Greek mythology for his own profit without a modicum of conscience.

    In Greek mythology, Dolus is regarded as the spirit of trickery and guile. He is also a master at cunning deception, craftiness, and treachery. Philosophers of old such as Plutarch, Livy and Polybius, who have explored the inner dynamics of the Dolus persona revealed that Hermes was a Greek god noted for hardwork and humility before he was found to be sufficed in treachery, deception and duplicities. His Roman equivalent is Mendacius.

    Dolus was an apprentice of the titans Prometheus. Dolus was motivated by an inordinate ambition to overtake and rule his master, Prometheus, the Titan, through subterfuge. He would play the meek, gentle, obedient and humble apprentice in the presence of Prometheus while simultaneously seeking the slightest opportunity to out-maneuver his master. He was nicknamed the Betrayer because other gods had followed him in full confidence and hope until his treachery was unveiled.

    In Osita Okechukwu, the spirit of Dolus is writ large. For those who know him well, there is no gainsaying the fact that Osita Okechukwu, even from his student days at the University of Nigerian Nsukka, is fired by an ambition to attain the highest echelon of Nigerian politics. There is nothing wrong with such ambition. Every politician of worth is entitled to an ambition for the top. However, the road to the top could become miry and a slippery slope when such ambition is anchored on treachery, subterfuge, deception and other unethical and inordinate manipulations.

    The slippery slopes from which victims have land-crashed in Nigerian politics abound. The victims have always fallen from grace to disgrace and ultimately lost the cultural and social radiance of their people. Such victims usually become the object of ridicule; that is, if they are able to live to old age and the judgment of history is always very harsh on them.

    Recently, Osita Okechukwu was quoted as saying that “Biafra is dead”. I consider such statement as puerile and not substantiated by history. It also shows a crass understanding of the dynamics of Nigeria. For any person to suggest that Biafra is dead; that person is either a non-Igbo, a fool or does not live in Nigeria. Osita Okechukwu is an Igbo man but not a fool; therefore, I will presume that he does not live in this country. Cocooned in the allure of transient power, even the most brilliant could begin to lose touch with reality. For a start, Okechukwu should know that just as every Yoruba is Oduduwa, so is every Igbo a Biafran at heart; and that Biafra represents the soul of the Igbo. For instance, every living Igbo man, above the age of 65 proudly proclaims his Biafranness with honour and dignity. Biafra represents a collective reaction against the Igbo persecution and pogrom in 1966.

    Biafra has become a monumental phenomenon that cannot be silenced by force. It is a constant reminder to the Nigerian state that all is not well with the structural configuration in the country. Where are all those who slaughtered the Igbo in the 1966 pogrom? Where is Pharaoh and his army? Where are the traitors? But where are the Igbo today? Even in the days of adversity, our people are still going forward. Biafra lives. Let every stiff-necked dictator in Nigeria hear it- Biafra lives! Let it be heard in the hallowed recesses of Aso Rock- Biafra lives! The Biafran spirit cannot be quenched by the furious guns of hatred- Biafra lives! That is the song sung by the mammoth crowd marching in agitation for the state of Biafra. Such courage and determination cannot be easily snuffed out.

    The Biafran spirit also symbolizes the Igbo courage, ingenuity, resilience and innate capacity to overcome hardship and challenges even at the worst of times. It reminds us of the height of technological innovations and inventions which the Igbo can attain even under the most unfavourable conditions. The Republic of Biafra may have been aborted but what Biafra represents is an ageless spirit that cannot die. For Osita Okechukwu to suggest that Biafra is dead is indeed pathetic.

    Here, one is constrained to recall Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke’s experience in the hands of Osita Okechukwu. In his Dolus dispositions, Osita Okechukwu had humbled himself before Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and former National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). Ume-Ezeoke believed and trusted him as a clever younger brother. In what Ume-Ezeoke would later describe as “a stab in the back”, Okechukwu had gone to the press to announce the expulsion of his acclaimed master from the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP).

    During the 2015 general election, the people of the old Northern Nigeria voted for President Muhammadu Buhari en-mass and in line with the character of Nigerian politics, the people of the old Eastern region voted for the former President Goodluck Jonathan. Paradoxically, Buhari saw good in the northern solidarity but evil in the south-eastern solidarity for Jonathan and went on to proclaim the reward pattern of his government in line with the voting pattern.

    The first set of lopsided appointments by President Buhari in favour of the North was not just shocking but a direct indication of non-acceptance of Ndigbo in the affairs of the Nigerian State by the Buhari administration. It was in that collective agony that Senator Ike Ekweremadu was able to clinch the position of the Deputy President of the Eighth Senate.

    Men and women of Igbo extraction both at home and in the Diaspora were in jubilation that after all, power resides in the hands of God. Osita Okechukwu in his usual Dolus elements attacked Ekweremadu and labeled him a spoiler. According to Okechukwu “we are therefore at a loss why the distinguished Senator should choose this auspicious moment to play spoiler game, by wittingly or unwittingly throwing spanner in our wheel to clinch lofty positions.”

    Okechukwu has not spared any opportunity to attack Senator Ike Ekweremadu since the latter assumed office as the Deputy President of the Senate. Even within the All Peoples Congress (APC), in spite of the efforts by Governor Rochas Okorocha for the APC in the 2015 presidential election, Okechukwu went to the press to blast Okorocha for not working for the success of the APC.

    One can go on to list the litany of attacks the ambitious Okechukwu hauls on the prominent Ndigbo simply to gain prominence. On the prominence derived through treachery, subterfuge and betrayal, Prometheus is said to have admonished Dolus “that every once in a while something that is false can flourish but with time veritas (truth) shall surely prevail”.

    The latest in the orgy of shameless attacks on prominent Igbo leaders by Osita Okechukwu was the direct attack on the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo. Nwodo’s crime, in the pedantic opinion of Osita Okechukwu, is that he (Nnia Nwodo) enumerated some of the injustices against Ndigbo in Nigeria. According to Okechukwu, “Nwodo should have compiled all the Ndigbo grievances and met with President Buhari for discussion in order to regain lost grounds in the nation’s politics”. This is arrant nonsense!

    Interestingly, this Enugu Dolus was present at the Headquarters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo at Park Avenue, Enugu when Nwodo was roundly applauded on account of his speech against the obvious marginalization of Ndigbo by the Buhari-led administration. Typically, Osita Okechukwu carried his pretences to the residence of Nwodo after the speech in apparent solidarity.

    For the avoidance of doubt, Nwodo listed some of the obvious facts of marginalization and added that Ohanaeze will take them up with President Buhari. For instance, Nwodo had lamented that within the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, the North West has 7 states and 186 local government areas while the entire South East of Nigeria has only 5 states and 95 local government areas. Nwodo complained that “under this lopsided structure of the Nigerian state, the commonwealth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria continues to be distributed on the bases of states and local government”.

    Nwodo further questioned that “none of the security structures in Nigeria such as the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Customs Service (NCS), Immigrations, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), State Security Services (SSS), Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is headed by an Igbo person. The impression we have been given is that we are not trusted enough to be put as the head of any security agency”. He also raised the menace caused by the AK-47 totting and rampaging Fulani herdsmen in Igbo land; the lopsided appointment by the Buhari administration against the Igbo; the condition of federal roads in Igboland; the extortions by security operatives at the uncountable check points in Igbo land; fiscal federalism, etc.

    Osita Okechukwu should be able to tell us if any of the issues raised by John Nnia Nwodo is false. Rather than address these issues and advise his paymasters to act accordingly, Okechukwu has resorted to the absurd by attacking the President-General of Ohaneze for daring to speak out in the Igbo interest. There is no doubt that he was appointed as Director-General of VON simply to reposition it and use it to attack prominent Igbo sons and daughters for his own aggrandizement. He has been positioned to play the hatchet man and bring to naught the genuine demands of Ndigbo in Nigeria.

    But it is important to let this Enugu Dolus and his cheer leaders understand that Chief John Nnia Nwodo is not just an individual but the personification of the Igbo both at home and in the Diaspora. Before Nwodo makes remarks on topical national issues, he discusses the issues and secures the mandate of the National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, comprising eminent men and women of various political and intellectual persuasions. In strict terms, when John Nnia Nwodo speaks on issues concerning Ndigbo in Nigeria, it is not Nwodo speaking but rather the Igbo pantheon. Ndigbo are happy that Nwodo symbolizes the Igbo spirit of courage, intellect, resilience, ingenuity, honesty, hard work and religiosity.

    Unlike the Doluses of this world that sanctimonize against corruption while surreptitiously amassing wealth using various guiles, Nwodo has served Nigeria in variously capacities without blemish. He is the rare two-time minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and former Chairman of Urban Development Bank that left office untainted. Osita Okechukwu should beware bearing in mind that whatever goes up must come down.

    Mazi Ikechukwu Bismarck Oji, MNSE

    Former National Chairman, Ohaneze Youth Wing

    Executive Director, Centre for the Advancement of Literacy & Leadership(CALL)

    09099451089, [email protected],
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  2. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    Question that should be asked is weather Osita Okechukwu is acting on his own, based on his opinion or if he is playing a script provided to him by the haters of Ndigbo and those who swore they will not live to see us 'flourish' for a fee.

    The current leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo is doing extremely well, I don't see the reason why any proud son of the land should be attacking them. We are proud and solidly behind the present Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership especially the intrepid President, Nwodo.

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