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Saturday, December 07, 2019

(Opinion) Why Buhari Did Not Save Orji Uzor Kalu

In Igbo land, the downfall of a man is likened to the fall of an Iroko tree. This is not a coincidence, the principle is the same no matter what caused the man to fall. Just like an Iroko tree what matters is that he has fallen.

It was a bitter experience for Chief Orji Uzor Kalu who suddenly came out of obscurity after suffering damages to his image under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He spent many years trying to redeem his image which was placed on trial in 2012 along with with that of his company Slok group which seemed like the precious leaves of the Iroko.

It is very easy to underestimate the caliber of the man that is faced with a 12 years jail term for corruption and fraud while in office as governor of Abia State, Nigeria.

Chief Orji Uzor Kalu is a serving Nigerian senator and the chief whip of the senate. Arguably, he one of the most powerful supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the East.

A day after he was sent to jail, his principal President Buhari was busy having a meeting with APC governors and many people wondered he never tried to save Orji Uzor Kalu from the claws of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Being a vast leader who has a firm grip over happenings in the country resident Buhari probably saw this coming and may have decided to hope that the Bayelsa breakthrough of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will remain a sign of better days to come for his party.

Fighting for himself at this point may mean appealing the judgment of the federal high court in Lagos. Attempting a resurrection when the powers that be did not stretch a hand to make him whole again.


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