Sun. Oct 2nd, 2022

Abia Reporters

Integrity

Insensitivity In The Use Of Religion As A Tool For False Propaganda: By Sir Don Ubani; KSC, JP Okwubunka of Asa

Insensitivity In The Use Of Religion As A Tool For False Propaganda:
By Sir Don Ubani; KSC, JP
Okwubunka of Asa
1st May, 2020.

Whoever that is in doubt of how sensitive religion is in the affairs and considerations of Man, should endeavour to have a deep study of the writings of the late German Philosopher and Economist, Karl Heinrich Marx, circa 1818-1883, on Religion.

In one of his major structural and functionalist arguments, Marx described Religion as the Opium of the Masses. According to him, Religion is the Sigh of the oppressed creature. He went further to assert that Religion is the heart of the heartless world and the soul of the souless conditions.

Because of how sensitive Religion is believed and known to be, many Governments, especially in constitutional democracies, run the affairs of their countries on the principle of secularity. Nothing triggers societal catastrophe as much as insensitivity to Religion. The consequences of even a pandemic resulting from an outbreak of a deadly virus, might be nothing compared with what could result out of insensitivity to Religion.

Civility demands that for any matter that is officially before a Temple of Justice, writers or critics should avoid even the least attempt to make a declarative statement. That remains the exclusive right of the Judiciary.

Therefore, the widely publicised allegation by one Gabriel Ogbonna who uses Emperor Ogbonna as his Facebook name and hails from Item in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was allegedly taken to a Hindu shrine in India where he swore to an oath on the governance of Abia State, is very sensitive. It is even more sensitive when it is considered that Ogbonna is a lawyer and should, therefore, have known the depth of implication of his action.

By the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, to be Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu had sworn to two oaths, Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office. Under the Constitution, no other oath is required of the Governor.

Any critically-minded person who has had the minutest opportunity of coming close to Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, would have established certain behavioural realities about him. He depicts no sign of desperation. Unlike many politicians, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is not driven by inordinate ambition. No sincere person that knows him will ever accuse him of greed. Without wishing to sound immodest, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu is not only brilliant and intelligent, he is equally full of wisdom. He is a man with ample evidence of Native Intelligence.

It can only be a combination of greed, vaulting ambition and absence of wisdom that could push a man to go to the extremity of laboriously flying thousands of kilometers to far away India in the Continent of Asia, only to take an ineffective oath, an oath which effect can not kill a even fly. Dr Okezie Ikpeazu does not and will never fall into such a debasing depth of stupidity.

Coming from a family with a pedigree, having his father as a trained government-employed teacher and mother as a registered nurse with the Missionary, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu was bred in an uncompromising Adventist nuclear family. Though liberal-minded, tolerant and accommodating of people of other denominations and even faith, no evidence has ever shown that Dr Ikpeazu has had any cause, whatsoever, to lose faith in his Adventist upbringing.

For Gabriel Ogbonna to have gone to the very assassinating, corrosive and damaging extent of extensively publicising and circulating a putrid defamatory accusation that Dr Okezie Ikpeazu went to India to swear to an unconstitutional fetish oath for his predecessor, Chief Theodore Orji, he implied that Governor Ikpeazu is not only greedy and overambitious but is also deficient in wisdom and reasoning. This allegation is weighty and serious, with diverse implications and likely geo-political interpretations and consequences. Some people might find it very difficult to resist the temptation of seeing this publication from its geo-sectional perspective. This aspect might unfold, even heavily, with time.

On the Governor’s side, reports have it that Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has never traveled to India either before he became a Governor or after he had become one. Except the idea occured only as hallucination in Gabriel Ogbonna’s imagination, which it is, it would mean that the Hindu priest that performed the said rituals must have either flown or shipped his shrine to somewhere in Abia State.

Many negativities flow from Gabriel Emperor Ogbonna’s clannishly-motivated damaging tantrums. From the psychological angle, the Ikpeazu family has been falsely, forcefully, erroneously and unacceptably clothed as hypocrites. Emperor tried, albeit vainly, to create the impression that despite their well-acclaimed strong beliefs in the doctrine of Adventism, the head of their family, out of desperation, could do anything that runs foul of Adventism and Christianity, just to gain earthly power and relevance. The psychology and sociology of this publication, if not timely, adequately, effectively and successfully handled and erased, could go a long way hunting and hurting members of the Ikpeazu family for decades to come. It could even lead to some members of the family changing their surname, just to escape from the psychological bashing of the publication.

For those who feel that Emperor’s missile is precursory to 2023 election, it is most likely that they are incapable of deciphering signs. Abia politics has been clearly defined since 2015. If there was anything still in doubt after 2015, 2019 made it a bold statement. Therefore, it is only the insane that would wish to create unnecessary tension in Abia State only because of 2023.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu should be left alone to face the challenge of infrastructural decay that the State has witnessed, especially in Aba. He is fighting tooth and nail to redefine the state of infracture in the State. There are many on-going projects in Aba, Umuahia and other parts of the State. The Governor is evidently determined to make a change. This is why every well-meaning Abian is concerned about the timing of COVID-19, coming at a time Governor Ikpeazu needs huge resources to change the face of the State, especially Aba.

ALSO READ: COVID- 19: ABIA SSG TASKS COUNCILS BOSS TO SHOW TRANSPARENCY IN SHARING PALLIATIVES.

As it is expected, any reasonable accuser should have his or her facts with which to buttress his or her accusation. Gabriel Emperor Ogbonna of Item, a Barrister-at-law, has openly made his accusation against Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. Because the Governor is educated, refined, civil and urbane, he has chosen the path of civility in his approach to Ogbonna’s infantile clannish rascality and outburst. He has simply approached the Court. Let the accuser who believes he can harrass and intimidate the Innocent as an Emperor in a civil democracy defend himself. There is no need for apology. Emperor should conclude his accusation with conclusive evidence.

Okwubunka of Asa.

About Author