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$50M Bombardier Jet amid Flood Disaster

30 October 2012, 11:02

I would have preferred to read such a headline in my dreams but what stares me in the face of reality is such a cold, mean and heartless act by a man who ideally should be a people’s servant but shamelessly have decided to serve his pocket despite the huge dilemma confronting the people he was voted to serve.

Once again, I welcome you to the theatre of wonders called Nigeria: Where things are done upside down and the people continue with their suffering and smiling. A place where innocent four young men who were presumptuously labelled as thieves were murdered in the most dastardly and barbaric way by some community but will prostrate for some few cash to the one who has stolen their common wealth to acquire such frivolities for himself. Or is it not the same Gov Amaechi of Rivers State under which the ALUU community falls?

I wouldn’t have expected any sane person to embark on such meaningless spending in the face of hardship and uncertainty which has befallen his people. We know they have gone there to serve their pockets and family members but taking such a vain decision at a time hundreds of thousands of residents in his State are displaced by the worst flooding crisis in the State’s history goes further to strengthen their lack of human feelings.

Where has empathy gone to? Where is the genuine love for the people? How do we even classify such a heartless decision? Why should a governor’s priority be to acquire a jet at a time the State is going through such a turmoil in the name of flooding which has rendered many Rivers indigenes homeless? These are begging questions I need plausible answers to.

I would have thought the welfare of these people whose vote he rode on to become the number one citizen of Rivers would have pricked his conscience and deterred him from embarking on such frivolities. But NO! He chose to slam the people in the face with such an action which clearly tells them he simply does not give a hoot.

Little wonder some Nigerians had their reservations about the N17.6 President Jonathan shared amongst all the States. We understand that might be the avenue for some people to line their pockets with more funds taking into cognisance that the ecological funds being given to each state month in and out have grown wings and cannot even be accounted for.

I sincerely hope that the electorates are taking meticulous note of these because come 2013, they will start moving around with the same money stolen from them to try and lure them into voting them back into power. The same people they have shown they can’t be bothered about; the people they have neglected to their fate will suddenly be shown some ‘abracadabra’ kind of love because of the ‘love’ for their thumbs. They all of a sudden realise that power is in their hands as electorates to determine their fate.

Who knows, Governor Amaechi might just be strolling on the ‘quick to forget’ syndrome our people seem to still be suffering from.

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