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We will unmask those behind Kalu’s ordeal — Yerima Shettima

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 26, 2020, 05:55:11 PM
•It’s a betrayal for North to abandon him

By Obinna Eze

President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum Alhaji Shettima Yerima, yesterday,  disclosed they will unmask the conspirators who made sure a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu was convicted.

This is even as he appealed to the Northern leaders not to abandon Kalu to his fate citing Kalu’s long-standing relationship with the North.

Speaking with newsmen at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday,  the youth leader said the former Governor’s ordeal is more of political than the fight against corruption.  He revealed it’s about 2023 elections adding that Nigerian youths are watching as events unfold

Yerima explained that the former Governor’s glorious outing in the last general election and his perceived closeness to Mr President and those around him sent cold shivers into the camp of those positioning themselves to contest the 2023 election both within the APC and outside the Party.

Potential threat

According to him , “They see Orji Kalu as a potential threat based on the political permutation of the possibility of the Presidency going to the South East come 2023 and they feel the best is to seize the opportunity to stop him.

“You know we don’t support the presidency leaving the North at this time and we still stand on that ground, but that’s not what I want to address today”

“We are aware that some persons especially those within APC never believed Orji Kalu will succeed in winning the senatorial election. In fact they created so many obstacles to prevent him from getting the Party’s ticket and when he eventually succeeded they conspired and mobilized forces against him winning the election proper but they are not Allah who decides, so he won the election with landslide. Yet they went after him again through the electoral tribunal but because Allah has destined him to be in the Senate, he triumphed at the Appeal tribunal again. Yet this enemies re-strategised and again came after him through this long standing case and turned the table around. We know all the story”.

Yerima stated that in as much as he is not holding brief for former Governor Orji Kalu, that he must always speak the truth because it is only the truth that can stand the test of time.

“I will always stand and speak the truth at all times no matter what the situation is because it is only the truth that can set us free. We told Kalu when he joined APC that these people will frustrate him. Ask him and he will confirm to you that we warned him. I told him that he will regret joining the Party but he insisted he cannot be in a different  Party against the President who has been his long-standing family friend; he insisted that he wanted to work for the re-election of the president. We witnessed his huge contribution towards the reelection of the President even when people from the South East called him names.

” I must tell you that Kalu is one of the few people from the South East that understands this country very well. He knows Nigeria more than many other politicians from Southern Nigeria and he has remained steadfast till today. But how are they paying him back? Conspiring to put him away, to destroy him in the name of politics?

“This is why I said in my last interface with you that we the North must not abandon him (Orji Kalu) at his time of trouble. We all know the truth. Abandoning him at this time will definitely send the wrong signal to the rest of the country about the North. Everybody knows Orji Kalu and his relationship with the North and the Northerners, it’s not hidden and it didn’t start today. He is even more popular in the North than he is in the South and therefore the North cannot afford to keep silence while he suffers for nothing. He is a great partner in the One Nigeria Project; a patriotic citizen of this great country who has created lots of job for Nigerians before venturing into politics and we should not watch and allow him being rubbished by some selfish individuals who think it’s their right to become president. It is even more painful to know that some of those after him are persons he has done big favours sometime in the past because we are aware of his outreach, ” he said.

Further speaking, Yerima stated that “Everybody is aware the state of APC in the South-East before Orji Kalu joined the Party. In 2015 APC could not win even a single senatorial seat from the South-East; Rochas Okorocha was the only person in the region with electoral position, but in 2019 the region embraced and came alive for the APC because of the efforts of Kalu. Why would the party allow a man who made such impact for them to be slaughtered by over-ambitious individuals within the party?.

Traditional titles

“He holds Traditional titles from almost all parts of the North. In fact, after MKO Abiola (of the blessed memory) I don’t think there is anybody that holds more recognition than Kalu across Nigeria, he has received titles from every corner of the country and this shows that he is a bridge-builder. You must have noticed that each time there is a conflict involving the North and the South Kalu always intervene, Why? because he believes in One Nigeria. He believes in the peace and unity of this country; he loves Nigeria and the people.

“If Orji Kalu is a criminal do you think these Northern traditional rulers would have recognized him as their own by bestowing their revered titles on him? Of course, No. Though We are not the court of Law but the truth is like an open wound and the truth will always set us free”

“I am even surprised why the Ohanaeze Youths are keeping quite and watching as their bests are being destroyed. Why have they all of a sudden kept quite? Have they lost their voice suddenly? Where are the Igbo traditional leaders?

Why are they keeping their mouth shut, what are they afraid of? You see that is why I always said that the South East are not yet ready to produce a Nigeria President. Yes! and I stand by that; they have not shown any seriousness, any hunger that would make the other parts of the country relinquish power to them. If they keep quite when their own is being destroyed then by 2023 who would they come to the table with? I, therefore, challenge the Ohaneze Youths, I challenge the traditional rulers and the political class to show how serious they are.

Yes I have friends from the region and I tell them the same thing, that they are not ready and serious for 2023, when they are serious we the North will know”

“Allowing Orji Kalu suffer in jail will give credence to those after him. Kalu is a friend of the North and we will stand with him against his enemies, against those working to destroy him because of politics. The North must not allow that to happen to him.” He said .

Concluding, the Arewa Youth  Leader called on the North to intervene in the former Governors ordeal before its late. “Posterity will judge us the North according to how we respond to this illustrious son of Nigeria. We from the North cannot pretend that we don’t know why he is facing this trial and present ordeals. We can’t pretend he is not our own when the whole world knows his long-standing relationships with our people. Orji Kalu is more than our brother not only by virtue of his traditional titles from the North or his friendship with many of us; but also because he started early in life with us in the North. He has never betrayed the North and the North cannot afford to betray him at this time; we must stand by him and show him Love”

“At the appropriate time, we shall name those involved in this conspiracy against this peace-loving former Governor. Yes we shall name those behind this rubbish because they are the real enemies of Nigeria. We just don’t want to undermine the Court Process as an institution but believe me very soon the public will know who they are. Nothing is hidden under the sun for too long. He said.

Source: Vanguard

Re: We will unmask those behind Kalu’s ordeal — Yerima Shettima

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 26, 2020, 05:59:47 PM
The best thing to do in this thread is to share a comment (or two ) from Vanguard that I believe deals with this question.

The first goes like this:

Vita in Diaspora • 10 hours ago:

Yes, mala Yerima. The South East is not yet ready for the presidency, afterall they refused to form their own Boko Haram.
Abiola was murdered by the North and the South West threatened to release the South East they have been helping the North to pin down. The presidency was handed over to them in appeasement.
The Niger Deltans blew up oil pipelines and almost completely crippled the economy. The presidency was handed to them.
The North then quickly formed Boko Haram and unleashed hell fire upon the land. They were quickly appeased with the presidency too.
The South East has refused to do any of these. So, it is a sign that "they are not yet ready for the presidency". When they are ready, they will "act" and the likes of Yerima and the rest of the ZOO will hear and understand. That is the language the ZOO hears, understands and respects.
This is what mala Yerima has been telling you guys.

The second comment that speaks my mind is next:

John Okolie • 6 hours ago • edited:

When Orji Uzo Kalu boasted About implementing RUGA at Lokpanta, I remember warning him about the revenge of Ani.

Whether this is political or not, the fact remains that he committed sacriledge and offended the spirit of Biafra and no amount of political Friends are going to be of any help to him.

The spirit of Biafra has drawn a sword against him because he sinned against the People and the land.
NOBODY can help him now.

Only an efulefu Points at his father's compound with the left finger.

Maybe later I may add my own comment directly ...  8)

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