OPINION: Governor Okorocha and the relocation of Eke-Ukwu Market


All over the world, developments have their own challenges. This is because they come with almost equal resistance from a section of the citizenry who may feel threatened by it. This is the scenario in Imo State under Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha as His Excellency relocates the Ekeukwu Market and smoke out age long criminals from their dreaded dens!

As we all know, the administration of Governor Okorocha’s slogan, hinges on the advocacy and practicability of change. Change, as it were, could be effected attitudinally and environmentally. Environmental change is transformational; this is exactly the area where His Excellency’s change is predicated!

Developed nations of the world are where they are today because of the political will of their leaders to develop their territories no matter whose ox was gored. This is because to effect change for public good, a leader must sometimes step on sore toes. In other words, leaders who are change oriented often stand their grounds to accomplish their set goals. This is more apt in the words of an American founding father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of USA,1801-1809, President Thomas Jefferson, when he averred: “In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock”.

The above quote from Jefferson encapsulates Governor Rocha’s developmental strides in Imo State. It is a rarity to have a leader who means well for his people in reality no matter the odds like His Excellency.

Be that as it may, change must come and triumph because the world is in a state of flux and the only thing that will ever remain permanent is change, and change comes with development. In one of his erudite lectures, Prof. Harold Laski (1893-1950) of the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science, stated that: “What makes a leader great is not the power, paraphernalia and splendour of office; it is his resolve to implement policies for the overriding public interest. He may injure feelings in the process; he may also make enemies, but at the end history and posterity shall vindicate him”. Laski’s submissions have alliance with the utilitarianism of an English radical philosopher and political analyst, Jeremy Bentham. In his evaluation of the performance of political leaders, Bentham states that: “Every government policy and action can only be measured by their ability to promote the greatest happiness of the greatest number”. This affirms the words of former President Fidel Castro of Cuba: “I am not at the vanguard of the development of Cuba for myself, my family or any individual; I am at the vanguard of this development for the general good of the Cuban people as the leading race in the Caribbean”. Fidel Castro is late, leaving his footprints in the sands of time as his transformational prowess bears eloquent testimonies to his giant strides. Cuba is today among the countries of the world with the best hospital.

Governor Rochas is God-sent to the good people of Imo State. He means well for his people. Such a leader cannot subject his people to tears. Reference Mark Anthony’s funeral oration on the burial of Caesar in ” Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare: “When that the poor hath cried, Caesar hath wept….” This is the scenario Governor Rochas finds himself as a leader whose love for the downtrodden is unparalleled.

Sometimes in very tensed situations, warning firing shots can be used by police officers when tear gas and other softer issues fail. And this could lead to regrettable and unfortunate situations. What is worthy of note is that Governor Rochas cannot send security agencies or anybody to kill anybody. Anybody or group parading such opinion is being uncharitable.

Meanwhile, Governor Rochas has, in his wisdom, put machinery in place to carryout full-scale investigation into this dastardly act with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice. Let us therefore allow the investigating team to do their job without distractions as His Excellency will not sleep until justice is seen to have been done.

Thank you all, my brothers and sisters.

Ikenna Amadi writes from Owerri, Imo state.



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