Just when we thought the governor of Imo, Mr Rochas Okorocha has found a new sense of feeling for human plight after his disgraceful outing at the demolition of the Eke-Ukwu market in Owerri which saw to the death of Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, he has done it again.
Okorocha on Saturday, October 14, 2017, displayed yet another action which can be termed a murder of conscience. He wasn’t alone in this macabre dance as he was supported by a fellow accomplice, the xenophobe President of South Africa, a man whose tenure has witnessed the highest number of killings involving Nigerians in South Africa’s history.
This murder of conscience was when Okorocha and Zuma clearly displayed to their followers the imperialism they possess. One in Imo and the other in South Africa. It was clearly shown in his decision to “honour” The South African President with a statue in Imo. If we may ask, what has been the contribution of a man that has been ordered to return $500,000 dollars by a South African court to Imo?
This same man has not found it expedient enough to stop the mindless killings of Nigerians in South Africa, rather his shamelessness made him come into a country without due recognition from the Nigerian Government. Pictures released to the media shows he was received at the airport by former President Obasanjo, Rochas Okorocha and his piper men.
Not even Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign affairs was on hand to receive him, that alone should have caused a detour for him at the airport but, he wouldn’t, as long as the honour he fails to get at home will be given to him in a state that couldn’t pay teachers salaries but spend N520 million for his statue.
We’ve read many books about apartheid In South Africa, we knew the exploits of the likes of Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu among others, we’ve never come across Jacob Zuma. If Okorocha had spent the N520 million to build a statue of Nelson Mandela at least we would have appreciated him for building the statue to honour such a great man and we will also forgive him for “chopping” from the over-bloated construction price.
Rather he has chosen to murder conscience and throw our values to the ground, while humans and animals trample on it unabated. How we managed to have someone like Okorocha in a sensitive place like the Government House is one of the cracks in our democracy as Okorocha should not have gotten close to the Government House road.
But are we surprised? We are not because his mentor, Olusegun Obasanjo once told us that the bad decisions of his government were a result of advice given to him by Okorocha.
The earlier we stopped being worried about his murder of conscience the better so that he won’t “photoshop” “you are very stupid” comment on us same way he did for Japheth Omojuwa.
At a time like this, Okorocha needs our prayers more than ever for the restoration of his human sanity.