by Adaobi Okwy
Like I said, I have many questions, but I just had to get these ones out and before any jungle justice proponent or even Gov. Peter Obi’s numerous aides get on the phone, let me make it clear that I have never even seen, spoken to or heard of the Boniface Muokwe…..
I have often wondered what it would be like to be the governor of a state…except in my own case, I think of companies, security, lights, good roads… and justice. That last part of my thoughts is really worth repeating – justice.
Remember that case of one Mr. Boniface Muokwe whose hotel, Gov. Obi stood by and watched as a throng of bloodthirsty jungle justice seekers, tore apart…? Yes, that one… following that news really made me go – yes, the governor finally outdid himself.
In those my thoughts… I mean, if I were a governor like Peter Obi is now, I would have ensured the companies, security, lights, good roads and justice stood hand-in-hand at all times but then… I am not the governor and I am not Peter Obi… but, I know some things for certain.
Ariel Castro abducted and kept three women locked up, for ten years and when he was caught, the citizens and their governor, were all still sane enough, to let the law run its course before, his home was destroyed. Not in Anambra state- human heads and guns were allegedly found in a hotel room in one of the hotels the Boniface Muokwe owned and a governor and his henchmen came to the scene and destroyed evidence.
I have many questions but, I will just start with the most obvious ones:
1. If businesses are still entities in Nigeria, why was the hotel and its management not questioned but, a personal attack on the owner was deemed fit? Why go to the man’s house to search it?
2. After many years of owning many hotels, did the governor and his henchmen actually not stop to ask themselves how a man would go- pay for a hotel room in his own hotel, dump human heads and allow access to that same room to the public?
3. Did it ever occur to the governor and his henchmen that anyone of the hundreds of people that go through that hotel, could have kept the head?
4.Did the governor and his henchmen not stop to think that after all these years, anyone of the “guilty man’s enemies/frenemies, might have set him up?
5. Did the governor and his henchmen actually SEE these heads and guns?
6. Was the accused tried by law before the reputation of the man was frayed forever?
Like I said, I have many questions but, I just had to get these ones out and before any jungle justice proponent or even Gov. Peter Obi’s numerous aides get on the phone, let me make it clear that I have never even seen, spoken to or heard of the Boniface Muokwe before the whole saga so, you can start from there…you know, you can start from this fact…not any of your mind shattering, hotel destroying, untried and lack of proof- allegations.
I still dream of being a governor someday but for today, let me continue to look at Gov. Peter Obi and continue to imagine many other ways he could outdo himself because, I didn’t even see this one coming. I only saw the hopes of emerging companies, securities, lights, good roads… and justice, actually evaporating… as his tenure comes to an end.
Adaobi Okwy blogs at www.adaobiokwy.com and tweets from @adaobiokwy.
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