Choose Only Credible People in Your Govt – Ex-PG Tells Soludo


Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state has been advised to be mindful of characters of perons he appoints into his government, to avoid involving people with questionable backgrounds who may put a clog in his wheel of leadership.

A former President General of Isuaniocha Community in Awka North Local Government Area, Chief Tony Onyeagolum, gave the advice while briefing journalists in Awka.

Onyeagolum was referring to the recent appointment of One Mr Cosmos Okonkwor, as Special Adviser to the governor on Security matters, despite the fact that he had allegedly been declared wanted by the Nigerian Police. He said such actions cast doubt on the general belief that the new administration means well for the people.

Chief Onyeagolum said such the appointment of personality alongside others who were accused of atrocities in Isuaniocha community is not in the best interest of the people, especially on security matters, when their crimes and actions were still being investigated.

The former PG said the administration of former governor Willie Obiano had set up Panel to investigate the remote cause of the incessant crises in Isuaniocha and wandered why persons identified as key players in the matter would become advisers to Governor Soludo on security, which is the major bone of contention.

“We have somebody in Awka North called Chikodi Anara who is the new Commissioner for Homeland Affairs and former Adviser to Willie Obiano on Security. He is the one that is behind the entire issues in my community Isuaniocha. We are worried why governor Soludo will appoint persons declared wanted by police and close allies with Anara to deepen the problem we have.

“Governor Soludo recently set up a committee for people to report injustice, Corruption and Insecurity matters in all the communities including Isuaniocha, which is a well commended step. But why will such persons with questionable backgrounds be appointed. There are lot of credible persons in our Community and entire local government area,” Onyeagolum queried.

He called on the government to always run a background check on the characters of persons he appoints into his administration, especially security to avoid bringing people who will be working against his noble ideas and manifesto.

“I think Chikodi Anara made the recommendations in order to sabotage the ongoing investigations into the atrocities committed in our Community. So I am pleading with the amiable governor to look into the matter.

There have been crisis in Isuaniocha, the former PG who recalled that the crisis in the town started in 2018, and would have been resolved if not for some persons working inside the government and using their influence to cause trouble in various communities in Awka North.

“Isuaniocha case started in 2018 when some few elements including the ones now appointed as Advisers started selling Community Secondary School Isuaniocha land. Under my watch as the President General, I opposed to it and that led to my removal. They connived with the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters , Mr Greg Obi to remove me without even hearing my own side of the story.

Isuaniocha people elected me as their President General in May 2017, I was removed on 7th of December 2018 by the same set of people. Even after my removal, another PG came on board , they also sacked him, molested him, destroyed his property .This is the same set of people who don’t want peace in my Community doing all this.”

Efforts to.reach Cosmos Okonkwo on the allegations against him.probed abortive as his mobile number remained unreachable.


Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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