Okey Ndibe reveals secret about Ekweremadu


Okey Ndibe reveals secret about Ekweremadu

I knew Senator Ike Ekweremadu decades ago. He was then a struggling teacher in a secondary school in some bucolic community. I was a young journalist in Enugu. Some weekends, a young colleague and I would visit him. I remember him as an idealistic and driven man who relished reading and political debates.

He’d make us a pot of poor man’s rice, imitation jollof that substituted palm oil for tomato, and secure a gallon or two of potent palm wine for our enjoyment.

I left Enugu for Lagos, and then the US and never saw him again. In the intervening years, Ekweremadu took a law degree, became a politician, and rose to the rank of Deputy Senate President. For me, it was both all astonishing.

Now, in a strange or not so strange twist of fate, Ekweremadu has become a convicted human trafficker in a British court.

It’s all a bizarre paradox, a parable whose meaning I can’t claim to fully comprehend. But here’s a tentative lesson: if politicians like Ekweremadu would remember their past, especially their experience of poverty, perhaps they would focus on creating better conditions for all instead of just amassing illicit wealth for themselves.

By Ifeizu Joe

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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