Kalu’s purported house in Gambia
By Odimegwu Onwumere
I contacted Emeka Obasi, the Chief Media personnel to Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, the unconquerable former governor of Abia State, immediately I saw the report on a blog.
The blog reads that Kalu's aristocratic house in Gambia is now on sale. The report goes further to induce Nigerians that the house was put on sale at a ludicrous price. The hypothetical house, the report says it was built four years ago.
The report doesn't end there; it implies that Kalu is now suffering from financial kwashiorkor. The report goes on and on that even his businesses are gradually grounding and that Kalu needs spiritual help to come out of this (traducers’ invented) financial bankruptcy.
Before I contacted Obasi, I had said that why can’t people leave Kalu alone, out of the murky waters of politics in Abia State. This is a man, who is maintaining a very mature silent over any political discourse in the country, except as he adds his opinion on his Saturdays column in The Sun newspapers, without running anybody down, and he is entitled to his opinion. He maintains a high level of research that does not malign any group or personality in the country or anywhere around the world on his column.
The blogger was sooner or later out for something and he or she wrote that the ‘current financial predicament’ that Kalu has found himself is also collapsing The SUN newspaper, saying that staff are owed ten months salaries and that banks in Nigeria have turned their backs on him for assistance.
On the same blog, but in another report, the blogger wrote that Mr. Reagan Ufomba, the APGA gubernatorial candidate in the 2011 elections in Abia State has vowed that he must make sure that Kalu is sent to the gulag. The blogger bloated his or her report, stating: Reagan Ufomba who ate with Kalu is now paying the price and he is turning against his master, Kalu.
But Obasi speaking about the Gambian House said that it’s a falsified rhetoric oozing out from those who feel that Kalu’s ever resilient influence always send them into a box. He said that they are running when no one is pursuing them.
“Kalu does not own any house in Gambia, but even if he owns, when has it become a crime for somebody to sell his property, and when has it become a crime for someone to be financially bankrupt, if their claim of Kalu being bankrupt is true. This is the way they said that he wanted to sell his house at Igbere (Kalu’s hometown). Maybe, they will soon come up with another story that he wants to sell his children, mother and the entire family members. Why this tiny group of people is just after an innocent man does not meet the eyes. Though, any man who is not criticized is not doing well, but such critiques have to be facts and very constructive,” Obasi said.
On the claim that Ufomba was against Kalu, Obasi said that Ufoma was not against Kalu and had no reason to be against Kalu. He however added that when he noted of the news he knew that Ufomba cannot say a thing like that. He vowed on his position when I pressed on him that he has not contacted Ufomba and he has started to defend Ufomba. Obasi confirmed that anything people are reading that are denigrating Kalu’s reputed name are being cooked by traducers and detractors who don’t have any other job, but expertise in politics of calumny.
“Those that are making such claptrap comments against Kalu or using Ufomba’s name or other to write are agents of Satan, because Satan itself is a liar,” Obasi emphatically concluded.