Intersociety says the Governor and his Administration must also stop chasing shadows or dwelling on frivolities and face the realities and challenges of public governance in the State.
It said that the Obiano Government must be reminded further that in governance of the State, time is of extreme essence. That is to say that the clock of governance under him is only quarter to the final hour!
The above is the official position of Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law, Intersociety, contained in its statement issued today in Onitsha, Eastern Nigeria.
The statement was signed by Chinwe Umeche, Esquire, Head of Democracy & Good Governance, Chidinma Evangaline Udegbunam, Esquire, Head of Publicity and Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chair of the Board.
Intersociety’s statement is sequel to the Anambra Government’s reaction to our earlier statement of 23rd June 2019, titled: Obiano: Five years gone & two duty years left to make or mar.
The Governor had in his reaction, through his Chief Press Secretary, James Eze, published in a national daily delved into name calling and other irrelevancies; leaving out the core issues highlighted in the statement strictly bordering on physical and service governance of the State.
This is more so when the Governor and his Administration has earned notoriety in “offering good governance in the air”.
The State Government’s name calling includes describing Intersociety as “not a credible organization or human rights group”, ”a discredited group of people sponsored by the former governor of Anambra State (Peter Obi) to carry out mischief and use media power to terrorize the incumbent governor (Obiano)”, “Intersociety work for hire”, “Intersociety don’t have serious influence across the Southeast, it is just working somewhere in Onitsha”, “Intersociety report is spurious and from agents of political detractors working to tarnish the image of Governor Obiano”.
The Obiano Government’s reaction added: “If Intersociety were a serious organization, I would like to know what their position has been on the consistent threat that the south east has faced in the hands of Myetti Allah and others like the Fulani herdsmen, the marginalization of the south east. Why has inter society not spoken on those?” “Who does not know that, during the rainy season, roads across Nigeria, not only Anambra state, go bad? Why are they isolating Anambra as a major case in point…”
In their reply Intersociety stated: ‘’As petty, infantile, childish, despicable and condemnable as the reaction of the Government of Anambra State is, we still make bold to say that we have no problem with name calling provided Governor Obiano governs the State constructively well and have his name written in gold letters at last. In other words, it is better we are called names and get the People of Anambra State and their State liberated and elevated to the status of competitive, comparative and transformative governance than to be quieted and celebrated by failed public administrators; after which we stand condemned unforgivably by the general population and posterity.
‘’It must be stated that the aim of this statement is not to join issues with the present Government of Anambra State but to clarify where necessary and put the record straight as well. On the issues raised in our statement of 23rd June 2019, the State Government only acknowledged the existence of the statement and issues raised but did not take concrete or informed stand on the issues we raised or made a firm promise to tackle them urgently.
In other words, the Government, as expected, chose to beat about the bush, leaving relevancies contained thereto; yet the same Intersociety that raised the core governance issues being governmentally reacted to by the Obiano Government, “is a discredited or unserious rights group”.
‘’It is also noteworthy that the Government did not dispute the statistics provided in our statement.
‘’On the “rainy season” excuse or argument raised by the State Government as per deplorable state of the State Road network, it is expressly viewed as an admission of colossal failure in governance duties. We had in our referenced statement, reeled out names of eight street roads in Onitsha South paved, guttered and asphalted by Hon Lynda Ikpeazu.
All the eight street roads are still intact and rainy season friendly because of their well-connected and easily flood flowing gutters or flood channelization. It is also damnable for the State Government to hide under the cover of “rainy season” as a reason to leave the State roads in tatters and drainages all most totally blocked; when the intense part of the current rainy season is barely two months old’’.
Consequently, the Obiano Administration is challenged to carry out intelligence findings to credibly and factually confirm or debunk this anywhere in Nigeria including Anambra State. The State Government is also invited to inquire from media, both print and online or electronic how much they are paid by Intersociety to publish its research stories and publications. Equity is always reserved for those capable of approaching it with clean hands.