ICHEOKU says they did it, deservedly and rightly earned; the boys from Paris. ICHEOKU says congratulations.



ICHEOKU says he is coming with a clear-eyed view of what the United States of America constitution provides and will not legislate from the bench. ICHEOKU says definitely the right pick, so CONFIRM him now and right away and without any delay or much ado. Congratulation.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.


“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.


America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.



ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute



ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.



ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.

ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?



"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.


ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.


"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."



ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.



ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.

ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.



ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.



"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.


"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.



ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.


ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.

"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ


"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Each successive administration in Nigeria always raises the expectations of the people that they will pivot from the previous government being shown the way out. Unfortunately they often disappoint the people by following the same path to no destination which marred the previous government being succeeded. What's up with these Nigerian governments that an impoverished State like Enugu, with more needs than most of the other states in Nigeria and with very limited resources, being not a Niger Delta oil-producing state, is planning a 200 million Naira wasteful gallivanting by its house of assembly members to the United States? Their publicly stated mission is to attend a seminar to educate themselves on how to properly legislate? Icheoku says this ain't right and smacks of a government which does not set its priorities right. What seminar is worth the peoples' 200 million Naira (about $1.2million dollars) in a State where the average Joe lives on less than $2 a day gross income?
A prudent, more goal-directed government would have scaled down on the number of attendees to save cost; better still they could have invited the seminar organizers to send in a representative to Enugu State to teach these so called legislators how to legislate! Or make the members take a compulsory class on legislating in one of the numerous institutions in Enugu State or have some consultants organize one for them. Icheoku wonders out loud, what was their business in the first place being legislators when they do not know how to legislate - their primary assignment? Or is it the Nigerian proverbial refresher course which has been proven that nothing is ever refreshed of the NIgerian attendees? Otherwise why the more of the same with successive governments? For a simple education, a legislator for Enugu State should concern him/herself with those aspects of life challenges facing the people of Enugu State particularly his/her constituency, which needs some improvements and then tailor whatever legislation to take care of those needs. Such a local legislator from Enugu State does not need to travel to America to find a solution to the basic peculiar problems facing a man at Amodu-Awkunanaw! It does not make sense and it defies every logic except that of embezzlement! Why go to Harrods for what is available at Ogbete?
What are they going to learn in America about legislating in Enugu State?
How not to steal elections? How to conduct an orderly elections? How to first stand for election and be elected and not merely selected into positions? How to be honorable? How to prioritize their legislative agenda and not be selfish about that? How not to be endemically corrupt? How to be more accountable and responsible? How not to directly collect their constituency allocations for their private use? It is as pitiful as it is regrettable that all these charlatans in governments throughout Nigeria and now particularly in Enugu State are doing, is to exploit every opportunity to siphon the peoples' money and sometimes use it for frivolous ends. What has anybody in government in Nigeria ever learnt from such seminars when evidence on the ground does not translate that such seminars were ever attended by anyone? The reasoning of the Enugu State House of Assembly for embarking on this frivolity, is that such overseas trip was done in the previous Chimaroke Nnamani government, so it is now their turn to enjoy similar trip; which Icheoku will observe that some of these legislators will be stepping out of the shores of Nigeria for the first time in their lives with this trip. Icheoku says, since some of the members have gone before, why couldn't such previous attendees brief the new members on how to legislate or even drop out from this one? Couldn't the administration organize locally-sourced consultants from the abundant Universities political science and law departments in Nigeria to lecture or organize seminars for the legislators on the art of legislating?

Irrespective of the subterfuge being given for this wasteful jamboree, Icheoku says it is uncalled for as it is an exercise in wasteful spending! And for a state like Enugu State where some people have no jobs, no drinking water, no electricity, no good roads, no medical care, no food etc, it is atrocious to waste such enormous amount of resources for a mere junketing. Admitted that 200 million Naira ordinarily may not sound too much for a State but a more prudent government could have spent this money rather responsibly to create new jobs or fix one of the severally broken things within the infrastructure of the state. Spending it for a seminar in America does not make sense as you are wasting scarce resources that could have been more wisely applied to benefit the state. The legislators will not improve nor will they change or reform their habits as proved from past experiences so why embark on another fruitless exercise? Icheoku heretofore and unequivocally condemns this ill-advised extravaganza and suggests that it should be scrapped or at least scaled down! Two hundred (200) million Naira could be better spent improving things in Enugu State, Nigeria than on a junket in America!
Now, the story titled U.S. Denies Enugu Lawmakers Visa For Seminar Abroad which many discerning minds have called irresponsible appropriation of scarce resources!
***Plan by governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State to organise a N200 million seminar for the state's House of Assembly members in far away United States of America has met with a brick wall as the U.S. embassy has denied all of them visa. The seminar which was scheduled to commence on October 28 had visa been issued to the lawmakers should have ended on November 14. Governor Chime is sponsoring the trip to U.S. in what some analysts said was a move to woo the Assemblymen to support his current administration as well as his re-election bid for a second term in office.
Sunday Independent authoritatively gathered that the decision by the embassy not to grant the visa to the lawmakers was connected with the forthcoming U.S. Presidential Elections, slated for November 4. Informed sources said that the visa were not issued because the duration of the seminar coincided with the November 4 date for the U.S. Presidential Election. Our sources revealed that the U.S. authorities felt that the period of the election was not the best to allow visitors, especially those whose purpose of visiting the country was not so cogent, hence directed the embassy in Nigeria not to issue visa to the 31-man delegation. Those slated for the trip include the 24 House of Assembly members, Clerk of the House, Governor's Liaison Officer to the House, Chuka Utazi and Adviser to Chime on Special Projects and Diaspora Matters, Jude Akubuilo. The latter is said to be anchoring the seminar.
It was gathered that the U.S. embassy had given a November 26 date for the delegation to return for interview, a decision that shocked everybody. A source confirmed to Sunday Independent that following the decision of the U.S. the members have started making alternative arrangements to travel to Britain for the seminar. When contacted by this newspaper, Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Marcel Njeze confirmed that the members are making an alternative arrangement to travel to Britain. He said that they were not denied visa by U.S. embassy. Njeze said that the members have already agreed that the trip should come up between now and early November to avoid the vagaries of the cold winter weather that would set in by mid November. "Why would United States embassy stop us from traveling during the elections? We are not going there to vote. We are not Americans. The fact is that we don't want to be caught up by the winter that is usually cold over there. The embassy gave us November 26 for interview, but we had earlier slated this trip for October and early November before winter sets in. So, we are now making another arrangement for Britain " Njeze said.
Factional Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State , Chief Ray Nnaji, had earlier faulted the plans to send the members abroad when the House is not on vacation. "I don't see anything wrong with the trip as long as the financial burden on the State is not much. The last administration in Enugu State did the same. But my worry is the timing. "Now, the House is in session and I don't think that it is right to send the lawmakers out of the country for two weeks. What happens if there is an emergency situation in Enugu State? The whole thing looks questionable to me," Nnaji said.
Another opposition politician who chose not to be quoted said that by the trip, "Chime has once again vindicated those who accused him of squandering public funds." The source said that it was to his knowledge that a return ticket for each of the legislators to the U.S. would gulp nothing less than N350, 000, not to talk of accommodation and feeding allowances for members of the delegation. The politician however disclosed that he was not surprised by the kind of expenses being bequeathed on the State by the Governor who according to him, "recently organised a grandiose traditional wedding for his new wife at the expense of the State." ***


Anonymous said...

I have never being one of those fooled to believe that anything positive will come out of a new face in Nigerian politics. Granted, politics is corrupt, but it's height of corruption is in Nigeria. No matter how educated a Nigerian politician is he/she never fails to fall into the same political "jungle business" of Nigerian politicians. If they go back to Nigeria with some positive insight on how to run Nigeria better, then it would be money well spent. But we all know the truth. Chime is no different from Nnamani and all the corrupt selfish Nigerian politicians.

Anonymous said...

Also, a US based internet news website, www., describes the trip as a ‘wasteful gallivanting’ of the legislators to the United States. A news commentary posted on its website on Saturday October 25, 2008, entitled: ENUGU STATE: THIS IS CRAZY! stated: “Icheoku says this ain't right and smacks of a government which does not set its priorities right. What seminar is worth the peoples' 200 million Naira (about $1.2million dollars) in a State where the average Joe lives on less than $2 a day gross income?”

The commentary went further: “It is as pitiful as it is regrettable that all these charlatans in governments throughout Nigeria and now particularly in Enugu state are doing, is to exploit every opportunity to siphon the peoples' money and sometimes use it for frivolous ends… Irrespective of the subterfuge being given for this wasteful jamboree, Icheoku says it is uncalled for as it is an exercise in wasteful spending! And for a state like Enugu State where some people have no jobs, no drinking water, no electricity, no good roads, no medical care, no food etc, it is atrocious to waste such enormous amount of resources for a mere junketing. Admitted that 200 million Naira ordinarily may not sound too much for a state but a more prudent government could have spent this money rather responsibly to create new jobs or fix one of the severally broken things within the infrastructure of the state”.

The foregoing, no doubt, seem to be the thinking of not a few people in the state, a situation that has, ostensibly, attracted an avalanche of criticisms against the project.

Until the controversies trailing the seminar trip of members of the state Assembly and the Chevrolet car revolution subside, the impeachment scares in the state may continue.


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N200m London trip of controversy
By Adelani Adepegba
Published: Sunday, 23 Nov 2008
Members of the Enugu State House of Assembly are presently in London for a seminar on lawmaking ostensibly to sharpen their legislative abilities and further enhance their individual skills for the benefit of the state. But the cost of the trip, put at about N200m, has been generating controversy within and outside the state from those who consider it a waste of public fund.

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Governor Sullivan Chime

The 31–member delegation which includes the 24 members of the assembly, the Clerk of the House, two assistants and other aides to the governor, would spend two weeks in the Queen’s land where they would have academic sessions with British parliamentarians and experts on lawmaking as well as a guided tour of the city.

The lawmakers initially planned to visit the United States, but had to settle for the UK due to their inability to obtain visa to the US. The trip was said to be organized by the Special Adviser to the governor on Special Projects and Diaspora Matters, Jude Akubuilo.

Each member of the delegation would get $5,200 (about N.7 million) as estacode at $400 daily for 13 days, besides air ticket, hotel accommodation and feeding allowances and transportation within London city. The charges of the resource persons and the consultants could not be ascertained, but it was expected to run into thousands of pounds.

Many members of the public who felt the money being expended could have been deployed for infrastructure development, described the trip as sheer profligacy and argued that if such amount was spent on the provision of potable water, it would greatly ease the pains of residence who suffer to get the essential commodity.

Some Nigerians in the Diaspora took the issue seriously and made blistering comments against the lawmakers and the state government. An internet news website lampooned the government, alleging that the trip was a ploy by the governor to buy the loyalty of the legislators

It described the trip as ‘wasteful gallivanting’. A news commentary posted on its website on Saturday October 25, 2008, titled: Enugu State: This Is Crazy! stated: “Icheoku says this ain’t right and smacks of a government which does not set its priorities right. What seminar is worth the peoples’ N200m (about $1.2million dollars) in a state where the average Joe lives on less than $2 a day gross income?”

The commentary went further: “It is as pitiful as it is regrettable that all these charlatans in governments throughout Nigeria and now particularly in Enugu State are doing, is to exploit every opportunity to siphon the peoples’ money and sometimes use it for frivolous ends… Irrespective of the subterfuge being given for this wasteful jamboree, Icheoku says it is uncalled for as it is an exercise in wasteful spending! And for a state like Enugu State where some people have no jobs, no drinking water, no electricity, no good roads, no medical care, no food etc, it is atrocious to waste such enormous amount of resources for mere junketing. Admitted that N200m ordinarily may not sound too much for a state, but a more prudent government could have spent this money rather responsibly to create new jobs or fix one of the severally broken things within the infrastructure of the state.”

The scathing criticism on the issue compelled the government to issue a statement denouncing the report as ‘a smear campaign against the government.’ In the statement last week, the government through Akubuilo denied that the lawmakers had applied for US visa, and insisted that they were not traveling to London, stressing that the government was transparent and open in its business and was more concerned with using its resources to develop the state.

Also in an interview with Sunday Punch, the governor’s aide said he was not the organizer of the trip, insisting that by virtue of his position in the government, he could not process visa for the lawmakers. He also denied making arrangements for the UK resource persons, adding that the entire arrangement was made by the lawmakers themselves. He said be that he had no hands in the traveling plans.

Akubuilo said, “I can tell you that I don’t know anything about the trip. I am not involved in the processing of the visa; if I want to travel myself, there are protocol officials who would handle the visa process. It is not in my place to go to the embassy for that. With my position as a holder of a Ph.D in law and a principal partner of a law firm in Beverly Hills I can’t be an errand boy to the assembly. As for the N200m being quoted by the media as the cost of the trip, the amount to be spent is not up to that; the figure is from the opposition who wants to embarrass the government.”

Many citizens of the state, who spoke to our correspondent nonetheless queried the rationale behind the trip, wondering why the governor who was labouring to be seen as an apostle of transparency and good governance would dole out a huge amount for what they called mere ‘legislative sight-seeing’. “I can’t really see what Enugu lawmakers are going to London to learn; the excursion to London is just a waste of scarce resources. And when you consider the fact that our state is poor without much in terms of development and social amenities, then you would know that the Chime administration is no different from its predecessor. Apart from reconstructing a few roads, nothing has been done on youth unemployment and economic backwardness of the state,” an indigene, Chukwudi Johnson averred.

Chief Ray Nnaji, who is the factional chairman of the state branch of the Peoples Democratic Party, observed that the trip would deal a deadly blow on the already battered economy of the state. The spokesman of the Ebeano political family, the platform with which former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani installed Chime as governor of the state, suspects the motive behind the trip for the legislators at this point in time.

“There is certainly an ulterior motive. Chime is scared of an impeachment move by the House. So, he wants to placate them to be sure that they are not feeling bad so that people will not infiltrate them to remove him from office. In as much as the other aspect that is injurious to Chime’s stay in office has been whittled down through the judicial process, the legislature is the other organ that he will be afraid of. The legislative arm of the government has the powers to question what he is doing and can remove him from office. So, he doesn’t want to joke with them,” Nnaji opined.

A US–based Nigerian and professor of political and economic developments, Bedford Nwabueze Umez, agreed with Chukwudi in his submissions when he said that the state urgently needed both growth and development, and to achieve them, it should modify or discard some major leadership/institutional behavior patterns forthwith. In a paper titled, “The Economic Development of Enugu State: The Leadership/Institutional Equation” Umez lamented the lack of social development of the state, noting the neglect of basic infrastructures in the state, especially in the rural areas. “As a matter of fact, during rainy season, such towns as Amankwo, Akpugoeze, etc, are simply shut off from the entire world. Similarly, those towns have never had electricity since the history of man. They have never had pipe-born water. In fact, they are left to live the life of early man in this day and age.”

The professor, who is of the Department of Government, Lee College, Baytown, explained that Enugu was irrelevant to foreign countries, wondering why its leaders nay African leaders lack the good sense to invest their own money in their own land. He said, “Most of us know some Enugu State leaders who not only have so much money in say American, Canadian, Japanese, German, Swiss or French banks, but are very proud to have such bank accounts. Similarly, most of us know quite well that no leader, say in America, Canada, Japan, German, Switzerland, France has any Kobo in Enugu State banks. To the foreign leaders, not only that Enugu State is irrelevant, but the entire Africa is not as important as other regions. In spite of the degradation, the insult and caricature of our people; and in spite of the obvious fact that our own leaders know more than anyone else that foreign leaders do not have one kobo in our banks, most of them [our leaders] still see great pride in robbing us only to enrich foreign countries.”

In the next few days, the lawmakers would be back to earth from the euphoria of seeing the natural and man–made wonders of London. They would do well to prove the critics wrong by putting the new knowledge and experience to work. This would perhaps justify the huge hole the trip had ripped in the lean purse of the state.