By Rubby Obinna
The issue always weighs him down. He is always fighting against poverty, dissimilarity and prejudice and have written a lot about it but not enough on his Column in Saturday Sun. This man who speaks only but the truth and is always and ever ready to say the truth and even die for the truth is looking up to a better Nigeria – a country where people have been following his footsteps in politics and in business.
It was at the premises of a Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Adamu Bello. Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu was asking the court to repeal the money laundering charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This happened recently.
Were you thinking that Kalu cried because of the visionless-EFCC? No. Kalu wept over the mechanical killings in the country and call on President Goodluck Jonathan to keep fit the jam-packed power of the president and protect Nigerians from the torrent of brutal deaths. Kalu was not cheerful acting in response to the topical scene of carnage in Jos, Plateau State, and mainly the death of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Daylop Dantong and Majority Leader of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani.
Kalu will never take the back seat in speaking his mind without seeking advise first. Hear him: “Things are going down in the country by the day and it is the duty of government to stand up and live to its expectations. Nigerians are been killed everyday and this are Nigerians… and the primary duty of government is to protect lives and property of citizens and if that is being done, I don’t know.”
Those in authority should not wave Kalu’s candid advise with a pinch of salt. They should in essence, as he admonished, consider the huge amount of money government has pumped into security. Following his own words: “I don’t think it is justifiable because, I have not seen a commiserating result. When we were there and all these type of mayhem came up, the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the governors put up so many strategies to stop it. I believe Mr. president should stand up and deal with the situation. He is our president and he has the powers to deal with the situation. This should not continue because those who have been killed are human beings and not animals. I mean a lot of people have died and we are not in a war situation.”
Alas! The amiable Kalu reposed on the truth saying that government should work out a strategy that would give justice and protect the people, because the principal duty of government is to protect life and property. Can a president be helpless when he has all the powers to deal with any positive situation? But what has the President been doing? This is the tears of Kalu!