As we navigate through the melodrama of our recent past, you will agree with me that the just concluded election of Nzuko Arochukwu worldwide which has been adjudged the best in the history of world’s most prominent town, calls for special thanksgiving to God. Let me also congratulate the new executive members who I understand are men of repute.
The commendable performance of the electoral officers and other stakeholders cannot be swept under carpet. Our Royal Father, Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro has once again demonstrated his cardinal virtue of peace by his fatherly role. Charity, we all know begins at home. The current leadership of Nzuko Arochukwu will do well not to renege on their electoral promises to take the great town to the next level, God helping us all. It will also be good to draw the attention to of the new executive to some year-long developments that hamper the progress and development of Arochukwu town.
All the major roads connecting Arochukwu to other parts of Nigeria or the other way round are in deplorable conditions. Arochukwu/Ohafia and Nkana roads are typical examples. A journey through any of these roads is no funny an experience. The government should be compelled to fix them, courtesy of those who represent us. Our visitors and friends as well as enemies now make mockery of us over our bad roads. Not even the devil is happy with this. The out-gone administration did not fold their hands to this but it was a herculean task for them. The new leadership of Nzuko Arochukwu has what it takes to take the bull by the horns this time to break this jinx. Their pedigree and wealth of experience can prove this. Please don’t disappoint.
The rate of moral decadence and anti-social activities in Arochukwu today is quite alarming. Young people are seen at all corners indulging in one immoral act or another. A good number of them smoke Indian hemp with impunity, even at open places. Some break into people’s houses, either to steal or carry out other evil mission. Under-aged girls now give birth in their fathers’ houses. A good number of them receive kudos for it. This is a worrisome situation that can still be brought under control by calling families to order and spelling out the appropriate punishments for the culprits, irrespective of who is involved.
Arochukwu cultural centre is more or less, a shadow of what it should be. There is nothing to show the world. Incidentally, this is a big project which is still begging for attention of whoever cares. The new leadership of Nzuko Arochukwu can single it out as one of or its major achievement. Little drops of water they say make an ocean. Rome was not built in a day but the project was never abandoned.
Eze Aro’s palace can be made to wear a better look than it currently does. The need to strengthen the branches with a view to building a more unified Aro nation cannot be trivialized at this point in time. The out-gone administration tried a great deal in this regard but more needs to be done through innovations. Our politician brothers, loyalists and supporters should not forget the Aro blood (ihunanya) that runs in us. They will do well to have this as their guiding principle to eschew internal rift during politics.
Our big brothers who make empty promises and unredeemed pledges at Aro events and gatherings should turn a new leaf. This is a bane of development in most cases. Our leaders will do well on their own part to create room for trust as the world yearns for credible leaders. All hands should be on deck to give them every support. The success of every leadership revolves around the synergy between the leader and the led.
Time is most importantly, ripe for Arochukwu town to be re-dedicated to God as the only panacea for our misfortunes. This is feasible if the right thing can be done. Men and women of God in our midst have their spiritual and moral contributions to make if we can create the platform. With their wealth of experience and other natural endowments, our new leaders can make us proud. May God bless you all with countless gain as you offer to serve your fatherland in these hard times.
Written by Henry E.Nsidinanya (E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org). Nsidinanya is the immediate past secretary, Atani Welfare Union Arochukwu Lagos Branch and a member of Nzuko Arochukwu Lagos Branch.