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I am a political scientist by training but at heart I am a change maker with an insatiable drive to correct the injustices that plague Nigeria.
 
 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kidnapped: pleading for action


This story has so many dimensions of fraud, scandal, and disappointment. Where is the Rochas Okorocha government’s response? Where is the urgency regarding rescuing the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Imo State Nigeria, Lady Chioma Ogoke, with contradicting reports of her regaining freedom?. In the U.S. when an individual is missing, the person’s information is spread across media outlets. Law enforcement agencies from local, state and federal agencies respond with swift actions. If the person went missing near a body of water, divers are sent in to search. If the person went missing near a woods or forest, bloodhounds are brought out to track the person’s scent.

Volunteers come out in force to search for sometimes weeks. Families hold candle light vigils and are constantly reaching out to media for assistance. Unfortunately, none of this has occurred in this case by the Government of Rochas Okorocha in Imo State. This is a major government official Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Imo State Nigeria…it is scary to think of what the response would be if it was an “average Joe.”

Other government officials are consumed by fear. They are living in constant terror not knowing if they will be next. Do government officials do their best work under these conditions? The message that the Government of Rochas Okorocha seems to being sent to the kidnappers is to go forth because there is no reaction, no intervention, no justice. I ask of you Governor Rochas Okorocha is this the type of reaction/behavior that will move Imo state Nigeria forward?