Where is Morality and Education in Chief Ohuabunwa

Chief Mao Ohuabunwa
With profound respect
to my close friends from Arochukwu L.G.A, who are currently keen supporters and
contributors of Mao Ohuabunwa’s Senatorial bid, Yes!  we know and respect the Ohuabunwas, but it
was most unbelievably disappointing that a man we all used to hold at high
esteem perhaps because of his family background, could behave in a way that has
formulated some divergent and adverse opinions about that name OHUABUNWA, among
the intellectual and integrity class not only in Abia North also in Abia State,
Nigeria and indeed the whole wide world given the manner and pace at which news
disseminate round the world at this digital age.

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Indeed it was most
unexpected that the person of Chief Mao Ohuabunwa could descend so low to
behave in such a deviant, demeaning and dissenting way engaging in a malicious,
iniquitous and falsehood public frontal, verbal attack with fairytales
fabricated by him against a distinguished personality like Dr. Orji UzorKalu
who in spite of his unequal- weight has never oppressed anybody politically,
this shows that Dr. Kalu’s political ideology is entrenched in a truly
modernized democracy and civility.
Where is Mao’s
education if he is still in a state of nature where life is nasty, brutish,
poor, solitary and short like Thomas Hobbes said in the Leviathan, we expected
some levels of civility from Mao, if not for any other thing an educated
personality ought to have known what the use of words especially on the negative
can cost, like Oliver Wendel Holmes, a renowned justice of the supreme court in
America once said “…. Words are the Devil.” and according to Lord Denning the
British Master of the Rolls (1982) “The reason why words are so important is
because words are the vehicle of thought…. Obscurity in thought inexplicably
leads to obscurity in language” and we all know that people are products of
their thought, could it be said that, this is the level of personality of
Ohuabunwa yet he was and still want to continue to be our senator?  With this I ask where is that education in
Ipso facto, the 1999
constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria provides under section 39(1)
every person shall be entitled to hold opinions and to receive and impact ideas
and information without interference. This means freedom of expression is a
fundamental right of every citizen which is guaranteed and protected by the
constitution. Nevertheless there are restrictions and derogations from this
right, this right is never absolute. Here in Nigeria the constitution and the
law of defamation, including other laws, graphically restrict this right. The
law seeks to protect a person’s reputation from unjustified attack either by
the written or spoken words of others, like the type from Chief Ohuabunwa.
Section 375 of the criminal code which is applicable within the concerned
jurisdiction criminalizes defamation hence it is a criminal offence to commit
Let me also with utmost
regard remind Chief Mao that the 2010 electoral act as amended provides under
section 95(1) a political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive
language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or
sectional feelings also (2) Abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language
or insinuations or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reactions
shall not be employed or used in political campaigns. The law is apposite on
this under section 95(7) any person who contravenes any of the provisions of
this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction-(a) in the case of
an individual to a maximum fine of N1, 000,000.00 or imprisonment for the term
of 12 months, I know he has team of sound learned counsels who may advise him
Now what if Dr. Kalu
decides to seek redress in the court of competent jurisdiction over the above
legal issues already formulated which off course the law is unambiguous over
them. I ask again where is that education in Ohuabunwa?
Where is morality? I
read among the statements credited to Mao talking about the wealth of Chief
T.A.Orji, we are all aware that T.A.Orji was a humble civil servant and in the
Nigerian context we all can without blinking our eyes sum up his life earnings
from the date on his appointment letter as an employee of the government till
the date he became the governor of Abia State under PPA which Dr. Kalu single
handedly sponsored, Mao may not know this in details because as at then he did
not know T.A.Orji in person and did not even want to hear his name as he was very
busy working for Chief Onyema  Ugochukwu
of PDP to become the governor against T.A.Orji of the PPA.
Now the issues for
determination here are (1) how T.A.Orji suddenly became rich to the extent of
being richer than the person that sponsored his governorship campaign till the
last grain of rice that was eaten during that campaign? (2) What were the
assets and liabilities of Chief T.A.Orji at the eve of his swearing in and what
were his assets and liabilities when he finished his tenure as a governor? (3) Are
all these sincerely in the public domain as provided by our laws?
We are all aware how
humbly, Chief T.A. Orji served Dr. Kalu, he could not have been richer than Dr.
Kalu all those years. The questions are how come he is suddenly rating among
the richest past governors in Nigeria as Ohuabunwa informed Abians?Where did
T.A.Orji get that type of money from? Abians need to know this for the sake of
records, with due respect,I call on Chief Mao to furnish us with this
Many Abians have been
alleging that the tenure of Chief Orji was a money looting spree in Abia and
sequel to that he has become very rich and I had always maintained that the
gentleman T.A.Orji was a civil servant and does not have that whooping money,
now that his close ally and confidant has impliedly concurred and substantiated
the allegation from his statements, am inclined to aligning myself with the
other side of the argument? Could it be said that there was truly lootings,
diversions and conversions of Abia state funds under Chief Orji? And the
government did not pay salaries? God forbid! 
Public monies meant for human and infrastructural developments, should
this turn out to be the true situation, then that is tantamount to criminality
embedded in impunity, one may now ask, why should Chief Mao boast over such an
ungodly behavior? Where is morality in him? Now that our eyes are open through
Mao Ohuabunwa’s statements. This is a very serious issue which Abians must
challenge through the relevant authorities. And if eventually there were
lootings, diversions and conversions, could it be said that Chief Mao either by
any act of omission or commission was part of the system? God forbid! Where is
morality? But if not, how come he was so sure in his utterances about the
wealth of T.A.Orji?  Like our people
assert proverbially, that only the person who goes to the lavatory at night
knows the unsleeping Houseflies.
Chief Ohuabunwa should
better desist from campaign of calumny and grievous bitterness, the civilized
world has gone beyond this stage and by our tradition and religion, it is
immoral to do so. It is immoral to employ the Machiavellian ideology just to be
a senator less we destroy ourselves.
Let wise counsel
Noble Agbaeze – Abuja


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