“Ndi Igbo” is a very popular facebook page especially among my Igbo brothers. It gives regular updates on topical issues with photos and sometimes good graphic designs. It is one of the pages that attract most comments on any post. As at the time of writing this piece, Ndi Igbo page has 109,153 “Likes”
The page called for votes on who people think is the best governor in the South East?” As usual, there were several hundreds of comments with people making case for their preferred governor. I glanced through the comments and the names of Peter Obi (Anambra), Owelle Rochas (Imo) and Iheanacho Chime (Enugu). Of course Gov. Theodore Ahamefule Orji got more mention as “worst governor” I rarely post comment on posts on the page but sometimes read up the ones posted by others when I wanna get a sense of humour or ‘online idiosyncacies’.
To the consternation of many, the administrator of the Ndi Igbo page announced the result with this statement, “THE CRITERIA ARE: . Security: how well are the people in his state faring concerning the security of their lives and properties. Have their been any concrete measure to stamp out kidnappings, robberies etc and has it worked. . Infrastructure: Since he became a Gov, what has changed in his state? What has he built, are the civil servants in his state working in good environment? Has he built anything worthwhile, like markets, civic center etc. And the all important ROAD…how are the road networks, has he build new roads and rehabilitated old ones ETC. And then general assessment on everything else. …. IGBOISTS have spoken. The winner of the Igboist Award for THE BEST IGBO STATE GOVERNOR IS TA ORJI OF ABIA STATE! Security is the most important criteria and right Abia state has managed to rid their state of almost everyone criminal elements especially kidnapper and armed robbers. It is one of the safest states in Nigeria today. CONGRATULATIONS, ABIA STATE!”
The naming of Governor Orji as the “best” was greeted with a spontaneous expression of outrage from bewildered followers on the page. Below are some of the comments, posted unedited; (I will use the initials of the authors)”Admin… U shld apologise to us Abia state indigens for humiliating, riddicling us in dis manner nd to d general house, members of dis page 4 deceit n provocation… Dis is our page we av akceptd to b our own, so we arnt leaving!!” – K.N
“I always know that this admin is receiving money from TA Orji. The way she always say good thing about him. Chai politics have come into this page…..” – P.D
“i tink dis page hv becum page 4 joke n play…if u guys wnt b fuckin serious i wil unlike dis mudafuckin page..fuck u” – U.U
“Now i understand the origination of this page. Pace setter is an Abia state radio station and is like they are the founder of this page that is why the award was given to T. A. You talk of security while the security men are complaining abt bad leadership of T.A. You better withdraw that statement before is too late” – K.C.E
“Admin, u r and Idiot! U no get conscience at all. Am highly disappointed. I have not seen something like this on this page!! I can’t believe it” – D.A.O
“TA should be remembered as the most hated and foolish governor abia ever produced. Can’t wait to watch him go to jail” – D.A
And on a lighter note, one posted “B*R*E*A*K*I*N*G! EFCC set to probe Ndi Igbo forum over allegation of bribe taking frm Abia state Gov.
:/Admin on d run!” – K.O
I was only able to read through 102 out of 726 comments (at press time) and no one seemed to have agreed with Ndi Igbo admin. I come from Ebonyi State. My governor’s performance is widely believed to be terribly poor but when compared with Gov. T.A Orji , I think the word “better” to be used repeatedly for Governor Elechi. In southern part of Nigeria, many believe that comparing any governor with T.A. Orji in terms of performance in office would make him a saint. Several months ago on same Ndi Igbo page, photos of “ongoing/completed roads” in Abia were splashed profusely with superlative descriptions. Most comments that followed were everything but pleasant. The question is, why would ‘Ndi Igbo Admin’ adjudge Governor Orji as the best in South East?
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