OPINION: It is too early to cry for Jude Agbaso – By Eze Uzochukwu

The truth is that when people do not know the purpose of a particular thing,they are likely to abuse it. Today you hear all kinds of abuses in the Imo State government because they do not know the purpose for which power and authority is given.

If the Imo State Deputy Governor Sir Jude Agbaso knew the purpose of government and governance, perhaps that singular knowledge would have guided him against serving selfish ends and fulfilling other peoples dream.

Perhaps if Sir Jude Agbaso new that one of the tenets of governance is to protect the innocent, he would not have readily became a tool in the hands of Governor Rochas Okorocha by heading a kangaroo panel that purportedly indicted an innocent man in the person of former Governor Ikedi Ohakim. Now the hunter has become the hunted. By not as much as allowing Ohakim the right of answering the so called allegations against him, Jude Agbaso became a metaphor for the abuse of the fundamental right of another person.

It is interesting to know that it was this same Jude Agbaso who as the then Imo State Commissioner for works refused to pay contractors for road works done after they where deceived to use their own funds to execute more than thirty percent of work. Many of the said contractors borrowed heavily from financial institutions while using their properties as collateral. Some of the contractors are today destroyed economically courtesy of Jude Agbaso. That gain is a metaphor for abuse of others by Jude Agbaso.

Sometimes we might be able to see the pointers of a lack of purpose in some people’s lives. Under his watch as the Deputy Governor, Jude Agbaso lost his Permanent Secretary to Kidnappers and till date nothing has been heard of him. Under his watch as deputy governor, Jude Agbaso lost his Director of Protocol who was brutally assassinated by hoodlums. Nobody heard Jude Agbaso stood up to vehemently condemn these atrocities. Here again Jude Agbaso became another metaphor for abuse of power.

Many people run our lives and our governments but do not know the purpose for which they run it. Many run our lives and do things that influence us without a clear sense of purpose. Jude Agbaso is one of them. When Jude Agbaso stood behind Rochas Okorocha in a public press interview and brim with smiles as Rochas defect to the new party APC, I again saw Jude Agbaso as a metaphor for abuse. This time abuse of his elder brother Chief Martin Agbaso the leader of APGA in Imo State. In effect, Jude Agbaso failed to understand and comprehend the ingredients of the alliance between his elder brother and the Governor. He abused the very foundation upon which his position as deputy governor was built and concretized.

It is too early to cry for Jude Agbaso, if at all we shall cry for him. For one, we shall first of all look at the characteristics of his stay in office. Was it characterized by integrity, uprightness, justice and elements of honesty? To begin with, where was Jude Agbaso when Rochas Okorocha moved the permanent site of the Imo State University to Ogboko his home town against the spirit of the three zonal campus structure of the University? He kept silence even as his own senatorial zone was deprived. If not for other well meaning citizens who forced the reversal of the decision, Rochas would have gotten away with it, to the detriment of Owerri zone where Jude Agbaso comes from.

Where was Jude Agbaso when the relief materials donated to the recent victims of flood disaster in the State were diverted and sold by top government officials in the black market? Today the victims of the flood, covering three local government areas are still living in penury and suffering. We can go on and on, but at the end of the day, the picture and image that emerges of a Jude Agbaso is that of a man who probably lacks in integrity, justice and honesty.

It must not be forgotten that Sir Jude Agbaso was part of the Okorocha political train that totally wiped out and destroyed the middle class in Imo State. Jude Agbaso is not blameless, neither is he honest. The result of all these is that Rochas is a man alone. All who clamour around him are riding on a tigers back to their own inevitable destruction. They must watch out.

Even if we have to forgive Jude Agbaso in obedience to our biblical obligations, he must first of all confess his sins against the Imo people. He must confess because he was part of the sabotage and truncation of the political arrangement of Imo people that stands on a tripod of Orlu, Okigwe and Owerri.

The irony of been part of a buccaneer political criminal enterprise is that sooner or later they start fighting themselves. Of all those who stood with Rochas on that day when he was sworn in as the governor of Imo State, few are left with him today, and that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

When Imo people ask for due process in the operations of government, the shout of rescue mission rented the air from naysayers. Today we have seen what the rescue mission is all about with no clear spelling out of procedures and processes of accessing government contracts, and shrouded government expenditure pattern.

The lesson in all this is that we should all watch out for the wrong association in order to avoid destruction. Jude Agbaso an innocent entrepreneur was destroyed by his association with Rochas Okorocha. At the end Imo people were not able to see his ability, his performance, and his innate potentials and accomplishments. That is so bad for Jude Agbaso.

 

Written by: Prince Eze Ugochukwu

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