By Rubby Obinna
One Gustave Flaubert said this – Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion.
Ex-governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu makes a good read anytime he appears on the newspapers and is very insightful, though a lot could be said about him by traducers in negativity. What matters most is the ability to adapt and be patient with nature, which will unravel the lies that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has leveled against him through the aid of the media since on July 27, 2007 that the EFCC arraigned him on a fabricated 107 count charge of what it called “money laundering, official corruption and criminal diversion of public funds totaling N3 billion” just to attract people’s sympathy. Like it is often said, time is the healer of every problem.
But while the time progresses, the fans of Kalu and EFCC should as well progress with each other. No basis to be bias. It is not about the EFCC submitting a copy of the judgement of the Court of Appeal, and the appeal by Kalu dismissed by the Federal High Court Abuja; it is about submitting facts that Kalu in earnest misused the bloated money EFCC has been haranguing about.
What many informed people of this case knew was the Security Vote which was the money every governor of a state was a custodian of. In all estimation, N2.8Billion Security Vote that was under Kalu, he had accounted for it as then governor of Abia State. But the teleguided EFCC went about playing the script of its masters against Kalu that he stole (not alleged) N3b while in office when he was arraigned in 2007. Today, EFCC is saying that he stole N5b? And who knows the next figure EFCC was going to come out by tomorrow against an innocent Kalu as to appease its guardians?
While Kalu had told the EFCC thus, “Let the EFCC prove that I am guilty based on facts and figures and not just mentioning ridiculous figures it claimed I stole to draw public sympathy…” the agency is just using this make-believe case against Kalu to be trapping him down for the glorification of its paymasters who categorically do not want Kalu to be relevant again in the political arena, but the Almighty always has a way to liberate the oppressed.
The EFCC knows that it is contending in vain against Kalu. Power is giving the EFCC infinite practice of stupidity. This case the EFCC says that Kalu has is just the same as stupidity. No transparency and equity causes the fundamental ills of society, which have been found in the EFCC.
If EFCC is looking for the source of Nigeria’s troubles, it should go to equity with clean hands. The EFCC is even the most corrupt institution Nigeria has ever had. It is just testing Kalu’s patience, but the matured Kalu will ever wait patiently because who carries nothing breaks nothing. The EFCC is just testing Kalu for its stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
It is time this EFCC stopped this exhibition of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity.
Any form of creativity it is applying to nail Kalu is the sudden evocation of stupidity. The EFCC is proud of this stupidity, but Nigerians have lost patient with the stupidity. “Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity,” says Frank Leahy.
Rubby Obinna, resides in Ohaji, Owerri. Email: email@example.com