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Governor Ali died from liver failure

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  • Pamela Mojekwu
    The death of a man, any man, is tragic and when that man was a governor of a state, the death affects more than his family. My condolence to the family of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2009
      The death of a man, any man, is tragic and when that man was a
      governor of a state, the death affects more than his family. My
      condolence to the family of the late Governor of Yobe State, Mamman
      Bello Ali and the people of the entire state. But at times like this,
      we must search for meaning and purpose of this loss and attempt to
      rectify any perceived or tangible deficits. While this may not apply
      to the late governor as he was in power for less than two years,
      others, however, that have been in power for a much longer period must
      learn of the salient lessons of mortality, fallibility and in the
      grand scheme of things; responsibility.

      Unfortunately, Nigerian governors have all proven to be incorrigible,
      believing that they are invincible, will be in power forever and will
      never taste death. They are mini-gods, tin gods, I may say, walking
      about like peacock as though they created the earth and all its
      elements. They move with a million bodyguards and endless
      convoy of cars disrupting traffic and assaulting innocent
      citizens. They fly at will to London, New York, Paris, Bonn,
      Vienna and South Africa, just to shop for their wives and
      children and return with ease through the presidential and
      VIP lounges at the various airports in the nation without
      harassment by the uncouth men and women of the Nigerian
      Customs and Immigration.

      The death of Governor Ali should serve as a somber reminder
      that they too can be extinct in an unceremonious manner as
      death is no respecter of persons; the death of Gov. Ali should
      remind them of the existence of higher being to whom they
      must account at the end of their Owambe parties and
      treasury looting sprees; they must remember as Dr.
      Azikiwe so opined, that `no condition is permanent'. While
      the poor Nigerian dies at home from easily curable diseases
      and ailments, the Nigerian governors and other corrupt
      politicians die overseas in foreign lands with no friends, relatives
      and family members by their sides; and this is the intriguing irony of
      the dichotomy between the rich and poor in Nigeria.

      With billions of dollars at their disposal, Nigerian governors cannot
      build hospitals and hire competent doctors to attend to their
      illnesses at home; they cannot equip hospitals to provide the basic
      health care needed. With every sneeze comes a trip to Germany for
      check-up; with every cold comes a trip to the most sophisticated
      hospitals in the US. When their wives are pregnant and about to
      deliver, they fly them to the United States where they will be taken
      cared off. Former Speaker Patricia Etteh, in all her wastefulness,
      flew to Maryland for medical check-up rather than using her high
      office to push for a legislative agenda to reform the country's badly
      shattered health care system. Former Senate President, Dr. Chuba
      Okadigbo, may have died as a result of poorly equipped ambulance that
      lacked the necessary live-saving equipments as he was being
      transported to the Abuja National Hospital after suffering heart
      failure; but he may still be alive today had he used his high office
      to effect an efficient health care system. And Yar'Adua has not towed
      a different path with his constant trips to Saudi Arabia under the
      guise of hajj and Europe for medical attention when he could equip
      local hospitals and enhance his "new kinds of politics" mantra. But
      Yar'Adua, like those before him, has proven to be doltish
      demonstrating utter irresponsibility.

      Rather than investing in the people and improving their lives,
      Nigerian governors prefer to buy hospitals in foreign countries and
      invest their stolen loots in faraway lands. Rather than proving jobs
      and security for their people, Nigerian governors prefer to launder
      money, buy mansions in European capitals and sneak away at will. Let
      us at this moment remember the wastefulness of the former governor of
      Rivers, Odili, who spent $50 million of the peoples' money to purchase
      two aircrafts which he claimed were air ambulances to transport people
      of the state across the nation and abroad for medical emergencies. In
      the four years he remained in office after the purchase of the
      aircrafts, not a single common citizen was transported for medical
      reason – perhaps, none was ill during those years.

      It was a few years ago we heard of the death of a former Minister of
      Works who did not bother to improve the hazardous road conditions in
      the country – at last, he died in a road accident, an accident
      attributed to the poor road conditions as he traveled from Abuja to
      Illorin. Had he bothered to fix the roads when he held sway at the
      Works Ministry, perhaps, he might still be alive today.

      The day of reckoning will come for each of the Kalus, Dariyes,
      Alamiesegha Egwus, Odilis and their co-travelers who have embezzled
      and pilfered state funds into their private accounts, they too, like
      the common man, will have to die and leave the stolen billions behind
      in the same manner the doltish Abacha bade farewell to these earthly
      prism so unceremoniously in the commercial arms of young Indian
      prostitutes. Until Nigerian governors and leaders learn how to invest
      in their people and improve their lot, they will continue to die in
      foreign land and hospitals with no friends or family members around;
      with their bodies bundled into a casket and thrown into the cargo hold
      of a plane. If these leaders are wise men they should learn the lesson
      of mortality from the demise of their colleague.

      Submitted by Tony Egbe
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