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October 3, 2007 - December 2, 2007
THREAT TO ASSASSINATE ME
ORJI UZOR KALU
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, UMUAH1A,
President Olusegun Obasanjo, Aso Rock,
THREAT TO ASSASSINATE ME
I write this letter with a heavy heart, but
with strong spirits. This letter for sure is quite different from any other
letters I had written to you, even though it bears my trademark brutal
frankness and courageousness. The issues I have raised in it could have
overwhelming implications for our dear nation if not handled carefully and
promptly. But before I proceed with the details, I have deemed it necessary
to let Your Excellency know that I do not have any personal grudges against
you or your exalted office as President. I have always held you in high
esteem and have demonstrated in many practical ways my sincere friendship
It is on record that I was among the early
persons who worked for your emergence as President even when some of those
who cluster around you today could not touch you with a long spoon. Whatever
disagreements we might have had in the past were purely based on principle,
and an innate conviction to speak up against anything I perceive as evil and
against democratic norms and ethos.
I can be counted among the few Nigerians who
stand for what is right and are ready to pay even the supreme price to
defend the cause of justice. For the 57 months I have served the people of
Intolerance is another albatross to
sustainable democracy in
Having given Your Excellency this brief background may I now with humility draw your attention to a recent boastful and invidious revelation by the former Minister of Works and Housing, Chief Tony Anenih, to my deputy, Dr. Chima Nwafor, on a flight from Abuja to Owerri some time early February 2004. While on that flight Anenih had openly told my deputy that he was very bitter with me, and that plans had been concluded to deal with me the way they dealt with Bola Ige. My deputy was taken aback by the effrontery of Anenih.
Nonetheless, I did not take Anenih’s threat
lightly because of its weightiness, but my apprehension grew, particularly
after receiving several threat calls on my MTN mobile phone from February
till date. Unbelievably, each of these anonymous callers claimed he was
calling from the Presidency.
Frankly speaking, Anenih’s threat to deal with
me is not going to be treated with kid gloves considering the spate of
politically-induced killings since the inception of the present civilian
administration. The situation becomes more worrisome when those who
committed these heinous and dastardly killings go scot-free.
Anenih’s reckless comment has gone further to
buttresses what Wole Soyinka said many months ago that there was a nest of
killers in PDP and that until the nest was disbanded political killings in
the country would never stop.
I am further worried because the late A.K.
Dikibo complained to Governor DSP Alamieyeseigha of Bayelsa State and myself
at the Port Harcourt Airport three days before his brutal assassination that
some powerful persons in the Presidency and a governor from one of the
South-South states of the country were planning td kill him. Though he
looked ruffled and agitated, we never knew his death was imminent.
However, I wish to make it absolutely clear to
Anenih and his coconspirators that Orji Kalu is neither Ige nor Dikibo who
got killed like a dog. Two things account for my position. First, I know the
God I serve: He has never failed to do my battles for me. I am God’s
anointed, and the Bible says, “Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no
harm”. Whatever I have achieved these past 30 years is attributable to my
unshakable hope and trust in God. I have never been afraid even when I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death. Second1 I am a man who
does justice to all manner of people, irrespective of religion, tribe, or
status. The way I have piloted the affairs of
In all my dealings with Your Excellency, I have shown you good faith, friendship and honesty. Those who cause disaffection between you and me are those who are today gunning for my head because I spoke the truth. Anenih and his co-travellers may claim they love you but they have always failed to tell you the truth. There is no questioning the fact that Anenih is part of whatever problem you have today. I know why Anenih is asking for my innocent head: It was because I asked that all those who collected N300 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of federal roads between 1999 and 2003 when he held office as minister of Works and Housing be arrested and prosecuted for doing a shoddy job. What was wrong with this?
I remember I told you, Sir, that Anenih was
not doing the roads he claimed he was doing despite the huge releases you
approved for him, but sadly you never believed me. Did events later not
vindicate me? Even you, Mr. President, corroborated this much when you told
the press after Anenih had vacated office that N300 billion was actually
wasted on federal roads, which were either not done at all and money
collected, or poorly done.
I wish to use this medium to request you to
arrest Anenih and any other persons or organizations involved in this
national catastrophe without further delay. How could N300 billion of
taxpayers’ money get wasted while the perpetrators of the ignominious act
walk the streets free? This particular case calls to question the
anti-Corruption crusade of your administration. It is only by arresting
Anenih and his collaborators that the international community can be
convinced about the seriousness by your administration to fight corruption
and other social ills that have held our nation prostrate for too long.
If you could recall what the good Lord had
done for you, how he brought you out of imprisonment and near-death to make
you a two-time President, then you will agree with me that you do not need
people like Anenih around you. I am yet to see a person in recent times that
the Lord has showered so much grace and love on as he has done on you. He
did not choose you out of the millions of other qualified Nigerians to
preside over the affairs of this great nation at this time because of your
righteousness. Rather he chose you to bring Nigeria out of its present
economic and political conundrums.
It pains my heart to observe that even though
Your Excellency has tried several strategies to rebuild the economy and
improve the welfare of the people, little has yet been achieved. Nigerians
are suffering today more than they had done 10 years ago. While some
Nigerians cannot even afford one square meal a day some others feed from the
dustbins. There are no functional social amenities, and hunger is
everywhere. The most disturbing is the general state of insecurity across
the country, which, no doubt, scares away prospective investors.I am sure
this ugly situation causes Your Excellency sleepless nights. If it
does, then why have you not done something drastic to arrest the unfortunate
situation? My worry is that the way things are going our nation may be
thrown into anarchy unless something is done fast to nip it in the bud.
My decision to draw your attention to Anenih’s
threat was not borne out of cowardice, just as I had posited earlier. Rather
it was borne out of a genuine desire to forestall an incident that has the
capacity of throwing the entire nation into political turmoil. I do not
think it is possible for anybody to kill me and get away with it just like
that. No way. I am not even afraid to die. But if it is true they are
plotting to kill me then they should get their own coffins ready because
they will surely die before me. I have never wished anybody evil but whoever
wishes me evil will reap whirlwind, thunder and brimstone. I know my God
neither sleeps nor slumbers.
There is no hiding place for evildoers, who
thrive on the sufferings of the common people. I have always spoken against
the activities of these shameless, deceitful people, and this is why they
are plotting to kill me. But their plot will not succeed in Jesus name.
It is important to state at this juncture,
that I can never be deterred from speaking out against perceived injustices
in our land because that was why I was elected to serve. Every other person
may choose to keep quiet while the nation drifts away comatosely but Oji
Kalu will not. Is it not regrettable and shameful that while the majority of
Nigerians wallow in abject poverty and penury a few privileged Nigerians
revel in their ill-gotten wealth?
I cannot fathom why the people should suffer
when we have everything to make them happy. There is nothing God did not
bless Nigeria with to make it great. Our failure to achieve our collective
destiny is because a few greedy individuals have dubiously found their way
to power. What justification do we have for our present economic
instability? I do not think it morally right to allow hapless
Nigerians to suffer the way they do, even in the midst of plenty. I have
continually advocated the revamping of the economy in such a way as not to
bring unwanted suffering on the innocent citizenry.
Yes, I have nothing against reforms by your
administration per se but they should have human face. I had thought that
you should have first repositioned NEPA and other similar agencies to
prepare them for reforms. There is no way reforms can work when there is no
steady electricity supply, no good roads, no security of life and property.
If these things had been put in place before the introduction of the reforms
then life would have become simpler and less burdensome for the average
I wish to state categorically: reforms without
steady electricity supply is zero. Let us call a spade a spade.
What about unemployment? Millions of our
youths roam the streets daily in search of unavailable jobs. Even the
graduates among them do menial jobs to keep body and soul together. Those of
them who lacked the moral strength to withstand the debasement take to the
dangerous adventure of robbery.
What I had thought you should have done was to
use the first four years of your tenure to tackle the problem of NEPA and
use the next four years for reform. I am strongly opposed to the style and
purpose for the reforms.
Having critically studied the political situation in the country I do not think that there will be any more military interregnum. Nevertheless, I foresee the people’s rebellion if our leaders continue to conduct themselves in an untoward manner. Our leaders should be careful because the people are watching.
Now that the elections are over it behooves
our politicians to settle down to the business of governance. The present
pettiness among politicians should give way to dedicated leadership anchored
on the fear of God and love for the neighbour.
With due respect, Sir, I wish to advise you to
be more statesman-like in the way you govern this nation. You should work
very hard now to engrave your name in gold in this your last term because
posterity will judge by the legacies you bequeath the incoming
administration. I am aware that some power-drunks are goading you to seek a
third term in office even when this negates the spirit of the Constitution.
In my usual frank manner I advise you to spurn such advice as it smacks of
treachery and foolhardiness.
I have always believed that God brought into
leadership at this crucial time of our nation’s history for a specific
purpose. You can only fulfill that divine obligation if you can learn to
forgive easily. And when you forgive, learn also to forget.
I am writing this letter with the best of
intentions and with every sense of responsibility. I have done this letter
without malice or hatred. I have no bitterness in my heart whatsoever. This
period of lent is a period that challenges every believer to true worship,
to reconciliation, and to self-immolation.
It is my wish that you listen to this voice of reason and adopt a new spirit of service to the Nigerian people. The remaining three years can still be used to mobilize all Nigerians to help you in the arduous task of rebuilding the nation. In doing this, you need men and women of good moral standing and not scoundrels and political misfits whose only pastime is treasury looting and character assassination.
May I challenge Your Excellency to call Anenih
to order, and to take immediate steps to investigate this matter with a view
to ascertaining the facts. I am ready to surrender my mobile phone to the
investigators to trace the source of the anonymous threat calls I have
received, purportedly emanating from the Presidency.
But if Anenih or any other person for that
matter tries to carry out his threat then this nation will burn to ashes.
Enough is enough.
I am endorsing this letter to important world
leaders like Bush, Blair, Chirac, and strategic international organizations
like the UNO, AU and the Commonwealth.
Thank you, Mr. President, for the patience to
go through this complaint and for your anticipated prompt response.
Please accept the assurances of my highest
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