A stalwart of the All Progressive Congress in Ebonyi State, Eni Uduma Chima, had emphasized that Governor David Umahi’s appeal to all his appointees to stop attacking some leaders of the State doesn’t in any way justify the insults they had hurled at him (Umahi) since his defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The two times State legislator stated this in Abakaliki while reacting to Senator Obinna Ogba’s recent outburst against Governor Umahi, The Nation reports.
He noted that the Governor’s apology which was “a simple act of benediction for public good, was meant “to preserve the status quo and steer the ship of social stability away from hitting the rocks.
“For his information, the Governor’s appeal for ceasefire with apologies to those who may feel offended does not in any way concede any justification for the childlike insults which these Abuja based Politicians in their newfound awkward friendship have hurled at the Governor.”
Ogba had in a press conference in Abuja described the Governor’s apology as pseudo because the State Government shutdown a private school (Kingdom Model Secondary School) owned by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the State on account of cultism.
“This press briefing may be termed late given the Governor’s pseudo apology, but the closure of KINGDOM MODEL SECONDARY SCHOOL, by the government (a private school established since 2004) owned by the immediate past PDP Chairman of Ezza South L.G.A, Barr. Friday Agbom (who is also my Legislative Aide) 24 hours after that apology on a flimsy excuse that he organizes cult activities there further triggered me to make this press briefing,” the Senator had said
But Eni who is also the Chairman of Afikpo-South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, in a statement captioned “Rejoinder to Senator Joseph Obinna Ogba’s response to Governor Dave Umahi’, insisted that “the use of school premises to organize cult activities is not and cannot be a flimsy excuse for closing down such premises”.
“I want to categorically state that the use of premises to organise cult activities is not and cannot be a flimsy excuse for closing down such premises. In places like Anambra State, such premises will be forfeited to the State Government.
“This may be difficult for Senator Ogba to see because he is too beclouded with emotions and selfishness to be objective on the matter since according to him, the Proprietor of the affected School is his Party man and Legislative Aide in the bargain.
“His bias is understood and that this same base disqualifies him from making an unbiased censure of the administrative action of the State, in nipping a potential Security challenge in the bud should equally be understood by him, and by all and sundry.
“Sergeant Obinna Ogba should be commended for his partial honesty in the write-up as at least he vouched for himself only and not for his Aide, Barr. Friday Agbom, the Proprietor of the notorious de-registered Kingdom Model Secondary School, Idembia.
“Yet, it is possible that he may have procured the services of cult groups through a third party who may just be bearing the brunt now, because it beats common sense for anyone to claim to have the scent of roses when his father is Onions and his mother, Garlic.
‘After all, the cherry does not fall far from where its tree stands. Else, what is Sergeant Ogba’s interest in all of these to hold brief for Mr. Friday Agbo and cry more than the bereaved? Is the sergeant advocating for the Lawyer? Is someone scared that with a thorough investigation, Friday Agbo will be a tie-back to him?
“This typical Sergeant Ogba’s irrational submission is the reason why Nigeria is currently plagued by militancy, insurgency, and banditry, security threats which ought to be diffused have been left to fester in Nigeria because of the inputs of intellectual lilliputs like Sergeant Obinna Ogba. “
“To think of it, the Proprietor of the infamous Kingdom Model Secondary School, Idembia, has never denied the grievous allegations of his School being the lair and recruiting ground for cultists. He has also failed to approach the court as at today to seek redress.
“Let me advice that trials on the pages of newspapers may not be a solution to this germane issue, especially, as most Parents and Guardians in Ezza South were the first to raise concerns on the nefarious activities going on in the School. This year alone, law-abiding citizens in the area have fled their homes several times as a result of the criminal activities within the precincts of Kingdom Model Secondary School.
“A simple Google search on cultism in Ezza South Local Government Area would show the magnitude of the cult problem in the Area and how it constitutes a threat to peace in other parts of Ebonyi State. The Local Government Council has done well in giving re-orientation to repented cultists but where the moratorium for amnesty is snubbed at by social deviants, the menace must be tackled by the Government headlong. After all, the Security and welfare of the people is the primary purpose of the Government