Kalu's Trial: Symptoms of a Good Omen and Malice

 
                                                                                                     by Ossie Ezeaku
 
 
Bringing public officials to account for their stewardship is a practice that has continued to strengthen governments and institutions around the globe. It has been so successful that the fear of public scrutiny, has in no small way, elicited thoughtful actions on the part of emerging leaders. 
 
In the West where the  practice is routinely carried out in good faith, It has forced leaders to tread carefully, not only in handling public funds, but in conducting themselves morally before their citizens. A measure that has in effect, produced leadership role models within their society.
 
 Thus, accountability has become an indispensable expectation that some nations, such as China, would take the extreme measure of executing their public officers found guilty of financial misdemeanors. While this is not a civilized measure worthy of emulation by any nation, the siphoning of public funds in Nigeria must not be treated with kid gloves. But in the process of doing that, efforts must be made that such cases are handled apolitical and without prejudice.
 
The concept of the EFCC was a timely one on Nigeria's corrupt political trough, it couldn't have arrived at a better time. But then, from the beginning, we've seen the agency continuously beam her searchlight on Obasanjo's political opponents. Chief among them, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former Gov. of Abia state.
 
Nigerians have been watching the political fisticuffs of the duo of Obasanjo and Kalu, and which eventually took them to the electoral battle ground states of  the South East, where Kalu's PPA sprung surprises to take the states of Imo and Abia from his arch political enemy, Ex Pres. Obasanjo.  A victory which saw the Chief electoral officer of Abia state sanctioned for releasing the results handed to him by his field officers. It is on record.
 
In order to deal with some of the cunning political situations in Nigeria, Prof. Okey Ndibe wrote to say, "it behooves enlightened citizens to keep themselves informed, to retain a healthy skeptical stance in relation to officialdom's narcotizing nostrums, and to ensure that the mechanism of social remembrance is in a permanent state of activation".
 
To this, Most Igbo and the rest of Nigeria would not hesitate to see Gov. Kalu imprisoned If found guilty of the offenses preferred against him. But, prior to the judgment of this case, meting out extra judicial punishment on his interests, would only indicate that Kalu is paying the price of his party's electoral victory in the South East, or, that he is being punished for his open stand against Obasanjo's ill-fated third term ambition. This is a situation that will not augur well particularly with Ndigbo. And may as well ignite distracting ethnic sentiments.
 
A fair trial would be most desired by Nigerians. That, which is devoid of malice, and which I fear has manifested itself, with the pre-judgment freezing of the bank accounts of some of his business interests, one of them, the Sun Newspapers.
 
And now, the question is--Was Kalu's pre-1999 financial fortune less than what would have been needed to establish the Sun in 2001? Bearing In mind that the business mogul doled out one $million dollars of his personal fortune in 1998 to support Obasanjo's presidential bid.
 
 The speed to which these accounts were frozen had made Kalu's spokesman to assert thus,  "It is pertinent to state here that the said assets of Kalu being frozen were already duly declared in his assets declaration of 1999 and 2003 as required by the Nigerian Constitution for public officers. The said assets were culled from Kalu's assets declaration form. These are verifiable assets, most of which were acquired more than 20 years ago
 
It is important to note that while Kalu and his colleagues are awaiting trial, they are still suspects. The popular rule that they be presumed innocent within this period must prevail. In this wise, putting a stop to all measures detrimental to his sources of livelihood, a legal right which I believe he has.
 
And now that the EFCC has sprung into action, an all encompassing review of the tenure of all other Ex governors, including the Ex president himself, must be carried out without fear of favor. While Nigerians wait for the next bout of arrests, the efforts of  web-based news organizations must be commended, Omoyele Sowore and the crew of  Saharareporters.com.
 
Thanks to their very investigative efforts, which made the loot and the grandiose life-styles of some of the Ex governors, and public officials of the last administration exposed beyond doubt. Some of whom, hitherto, had no visible source of livelihood. The beat goes on.



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Re: Kalu`s Trial: Symptoms of a Good Omen and Malice
Cdimkpa posted on 07-28-2007, 10:23:28 AM
Nwanna,

I do not know for you oh! But if it takes an Obj (goading the prosecutors) or Ribadu (goaded by Obj) to return our stolen money (I am an Abian) to me and my other compatriots, then so be it. Imagine that Abia may soon become the proud owner of an Airline (Slok), a shipping fleet, and a Newspaper publishing coy (The Sun) amongs others. Abia is bigger than Kalu and the money was not his. If you like, let your own ex-gov (assuming you a non-Abian) walk away with your money. That is your desire.

Our next headache will be to promptly privatise the soon-to-be recovered facilities to the benefit of all Abians.
Re: Kalu`s Trial: Symptoms of a Good Omen and Malice
Denker posted on 07-28-2007, 12:05:27 PM
QUOTE:

To this, Most Igbo and the rest of Nigeria would not hesitate to see Gov. Kalu imprisoned If found guilty of the offenses preferred against him. But, prior to the judgment of this case, meting out extra judicial punishment on his interests, would only indicate that Kalu is paying the price of his party's electoral victory in the South East, or, that he is being punished for his open stand against Obasanjo's ill-fated third term ambition. This is a situation that will not augur well particularly with Ndigbo. And may as well ignite distracting ethnic sentiments.


...nwanna, ezeaku, on more serious note...pls...take note, Orji Kalu is not an igboman...i repeat, kalu is not an igboman....ask the yorubas or the hausas....kalu is not an igboman...period!

they might have implanted him in Alaigbo....from our investigative universal [B]DNA TEST, kalu is either a yoruba or hausa![/B]
Re: Kalu`s Trial: Symptoms of a Good Omen and Malice
Obi posted on 07-28-2007, 12:55:06 PM
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Nwanna,

I do not know for you oh! But if it takes an Obj (goading the prosecutors) or Ribadu (goaded by Obj) to return our stolen money (I am an Abian) to me and my other compatriots, then so be it. Imagine that Abia may soon become the proud owner of an Airline (Slok), a shipping fleet, and a Newspaper publishing coy (The Sun) amongs others. Abia is bigger than Kalu and the money was not his. If you like, let your own ex-gov (assuming you a non-Abian) walk away with your money. That is your desire.

Our next headache will be to promptly privatise the soon-to-be recovered facilities to the benefit of all Abians.



Mr. Dimkpa, I can see how U feel , and everyone of us feels like that. But goaded justice is not what we want. We had enough of It from the last dispensation. A justice that is flowing on its natural course is what should be desired.

If Kau is found guilty, let him go in there and not come out again!

But before then, his right of presumption of innocence should not be denied. Biko!
Re: Kalu`s Trial: Symptoms of a Good Omen and Malice
Palamedes posted on 07-28-2007, 14:22:29 PM
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…that he is being punished for his open stand against Obasanjo's ill-fated third term ambition. This is a situation that will not augur well particularly with Ndigbo. And may as well ignite distracting ethnic sentiments


Tired excuses: OBJ is out of power, and we have a new President. As for igniting Ndigbo, sir, why inject ethnicity into Kalu's self-dug pit. What did he do (over and above mediocrity) for Ndigbos when he was in power?

Here we see the reason it is SO difficult to fight corruption in Nigeria: Politicians in the past and present have always heavily counted on the support of their ethnicity come high water. Kalu stole money that was allocated to Ndigbos in his state whilst in office; I ask again, what did he do (over and above mediocrity) for Ndigbos to deserve their unconditional loyalty and support?

It is time for all ethnic groups to realise how their thieving so-called sons and daughters stole and mismanaged their affairs and then DEMAND their support when caught for crimes against their very own people.

There is no Ndigbo but Ndigbos. Nevertheless they should give their total support to the EFCC to show that, like other ethnic groups, they are sick and tired of being used and abused by their own sons and daughters.
Re: Kalu`s Trial: Symptoms of a Good Omen and Malice
Rudeboy posted on 07-28-2007, 18:17:59 PM
During our Abia State University days, a male student accussed of exam malpractice stood before Senate denying the obvious. One old professor called the student´s name thrice and asked him to look through the window. Student did. Professor asked him what he saw. The student confirmed he saw other students going about their private business. And the prof asked him: so what are you doing here? To Kalu and others, my question is: what are you doing there?
Re: Kalu`s Trial: Symptoms of a Good Omen and Malice
Zanderlex posted on 07-28-2007, 21:49:35 PM
Anybody from Abia who sticks out his neck too much to criticize Orji Kalu is simply a fool. This great Abia son has done Ndigbo proud and we are well pleased with him. Before we forget, he remains the only true Igbo son who had the courage to stand up against the well orchestrated plan by Obasanjo and Co to kill the ambition and entitlements of the Igbo race in recent times. This young man started well with his own cash in the likeness of Odumegwu Ojukwu investing in goodwill through out Nigeria with the hope that when he become president, Ndigbo will rejoice and Abia state in particular will benefit. This young man risked his life and all his wealth for the sake of Ndigbo when he said NO to the chimpanzee of Ota farm called Olusegun Obasanjo. Do'nt you know that fighting a monster like Obasanjo requires resources. Now tell me where do you think the money will come from? It is only a small price for the people of Abia State to pay even if it is proven that their allocation some how found its way into the war chest of Orji Kalu.
Having said this, the rule of the game is clear, you do the crime, you do the time. Therefore I expect Orji Kalu to serve his time honorably if in some way he did not cover his tracks well in his courageous fight against the systematic oppression of the Igbo people in Nigeria.
Re: Kalu`s Trial: Symptoms of a Good Omen and Malice
Ebasain posted on 07-30-2007, 20:07:13 PM
Most people in Nigeria like Orji Kalu would rather have Obasanjo's head for a trophy

displayed in their living rooms. But while Kalu was 'courageously' fightting or standing

up to the bully and master thief, did he also abuse his office as chief executive of Abia

state? I am sure, the people of Abia voted for Kalu in 1999 with the hope that he would

use the mandate to better their lives. I am also sure that Kalu had all the opportunity

to fight Obasanjo as well as change the face of Abia state for the better. The emerging

pattern of the ex-governors where some emptied their state treasuries for Obasanjo's

Third Term agenda and others emptied them fighting Obasanjo is very interesting!
Re: Kalu`s Trial: Symptoms of a Good Omen and Malice
Anon posted on 07-30-2007, 21:15:14 PM
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Most people in Nigeria like Orji Kalu would rather have Obasanjo's head for a trophy

displayed in their living rooms. But while Kalu was 'courageously' fightting or standing

up to the bully and master thief, did he also abuse his office as chief executive of Abia

state? I am sure, the people of Abia voted for Kalu in 1999 with the hope that he would

use the mandate to better their lives. I am also sure that Kalu had all the opportunity

to fight Obasanjo as well as change the face of Abia state for the better. The emerging

pattern of the ex-governors where some emptied their state treasuries for Obasanjo's

Third Term agenda and others emptied them fighting Obasanjo is very interesting!


A million Gbosas for this very eloquent and cogent statement.
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