Open Letter to Prof. Soludo by Anambra Based Lawyer



In an official public letter, Barr Anthony Kelechi Agbasiere popularly known as Celebrity Barrister has congratulated the governor elect of Anambra State, Prof Charles Soludo while also addressing some issues he would love him to really pay attention to in his leadership. The lawyer who is the principal Partner of the law firm, Anthonio Lex Firma and CEO of Sierra Foundation hopes that with this new leadership, there could be some changes and improvements with the situation of the State.

His letter goes this;
Permit me to first and foremost seize this medium to thank the Almighty God for the inestimable and immeasurable gift of healthy life to all of us, clement weather, enabling environment, and the wonderful people He has used in conducting this nationally adjudged peaceful, free, and fair election in Anambra State.
I will not fail to specifically thank President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring a level playing ground for all the political parties and their respected and celebrated candidates. A good deed is worth commending and a bad one, condemned. The same appreciation goes to the various security agencies, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), and other federal and state bodies that contributed in one way or the others to the success of the just concluded gubernatorial election.
To my beloved and beautiful people of Anambra State; voters and candidates alike, my gratitude knows no bound. Your comportment before, during, and after the election has once again proven that we are a unique and exceptional set of people. I am proudest of you for your astute individual personalities which have come to play in one of the most tension-filled, yet peacefully conducted Anambra State conducted elections of all time. Jidekwanu ka unu ji.
To all the members and leadership of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), your strong will, doggedness, and indefatigable spirit are one of a kind. You held your head higher when others were losing theirs. I salute in particular; Akpokuodike global, the Executive Governor of Anambra State. His Excellency, you have fought a good fight by giving us this precious gift of a professor to succeed you. Permit me to also say that it will not be out of place to wear the crown of victory by ensuring you reconcile all the warring and aggrieved parties.
To our able and amiable governor-elect; Prof. Charles Soludo aka Charlie Nwa Mgbafor, the divine sojourn has just begun. An era unfolds the brand new before us, one which has been entrusted to you to steer the ship of its affairs to our collective desired destination. Our minds are at peace and our hopes stand high because once again the compass that directs our sail is held by the chosen competent captain. Without holding back words, I would like you to know that the unanimity in your election is not based on your preference as a candidate over your competitors but because of the peoples strong belief that this one (APGA) is our own and no one would take from us that which belongs to us. Irrespective of our differences in desires and visions, our people didnt loose sight of the fact that the anger between brothers doesnt go beyond the flesh and our name (APGA which is synonymous with Igbo) was not lost (Afamefuna). It is not far from the fact that APGA has a history that has to do with the marginalization of our people in Nigeria. So, it is safe to say that each vote for APGA represents that voice of Igbo men or women who are yearning for justice, equity, and fairness in Nigeria. This is a vote calling for a fair trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu which we know that you have a good relationship with the presidency. Heavens will not fall if the Presidency who has already promised to work with you releases Nnamdi Kanu to you.
Charlie Nwa Mgbafor my governor-elect, there is a myriad of taxes placed on our people and these taxes have saddled on us a huge burden which has not only left so many of our people in economic stagnation but has also left many businesses nose-diving. How do u expect someone or a business owner to pay personal income tax, company tax, electricity bill, business premises, signage, Environmental (ASWAMA), security, fire service et al. and still take care of his/her personal responsibilities? We voted for you to look into this.
Sir, the extortion of our market men and women, motorists, keke and okada riders by motor park agents (Agbero), police people and other uniform men/women is also part of the reasons why we voted you to address it squarely.
His Excellency, the issue of unemployment and underemployment among the youths in this country is no news to you and Anambra youths are not left out. Many of our youths have resorted to the negative development of individual talents to make ends meet. The problem of unemployment and underemployment among the youths can be easily tackled by building companies and creating industries where this large number of youths of different levels of qualification can be employed or find themselves employed from the opportunities the existences of these industries would create. Also, investing in entertainment which happens to provide a glimpse of hope for so many talented Anambra youths would not only reduce the issue of unemployment but would project the state further ahead on the social ladder. The erection of companies and industries, and also investing in entertainment will help to create a whole new array of business ideas and also boost existing businesses in Anambra state and among the youths emphatically.
Investing enormously in sports which is most underrated yet one of the most lucrative businesses in the world would be a wise way to go. It will not be bad if your administration erects a stadium that houses diverse sports facilities, equipment, and infrastructures. This will not only be a landmark achievement as there has never been any in existence but will create employment, encourage talent development and wealth.
Every Anambra youth deserves a fair chance for a favourable competition. Let the best person emerge!
The civil service should be a pride and not a scourging journey. Akpokuodike has done nobly in this area but you can do better. No civil servant should be left out in this divine mandate. Head-aching issues of pensions and gratuities should be a thing of the past in your reign because we collectively believe that we have a man who has what it takes to see the silver lining behind the dark cloud. Many retirees from Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University came to me and were complaining that over 10years of their retirement, they have not received their gratuities/pensions. I told them to defy the security challenges and go and vote for Soludo that hes the solution and they did. Please, do not disappoint them!
Sir, health they say is wealth, and knowledge is power. But this wealth is definitely far from us when we are unable to boast of good hospitals, credible pharmaceutical companies, and well-trained healthcare professionals. The power obtainable from education will only remain a wild goose chase if we cant boast of a standardised public education for the average and below-average members of our society. Our development is dependent on how much we carry the masses along. In view of that, I urge the Soludo-led government to invest in building and equipping standard health and Educational facilities like good public schools with an innovative curriculum, standard hospitals, colleges of nursing, and government-owned and monitored pharmaceutical companies. And this establishment should be made accessible to the masses in the best possible ways.
Our development is in most cases hindered as a result of poor accessibility into the various parts of Anambra. This is as a result of bad and non-navigable roads. Anambra state cannot be the light of the nation, yet rent candles to light up its own very home. Investors and business developers want profitable and good sites for establishments, and one of the most important attributes of these sites is accessible roads. In the light of this, the Soludo-led government has so much to do in extending accessibility into the various parts of Anambra and also standardising and maintaining already existing roads; especially those within the capital city of Awka.
At this juncture, I wish to let you know that this victory/war was won by many warriors in the villages you do not know. They defied the security threats and turned down juicy offers and then voted for you so that they will enjoy the dividends of Democracy. Prof., theres no other better way these unknown warriors will be known to you or appreciated than by conducting peaceful, free, and fair local government elections in the state.
Conclusively, I am convinced and optimistic that your government will run an all-inclusive government where the best brains regardless of the persons religious belief, political affiliation, and others will occupy appropriate positions for the common goal and will of the beautiful people of Anambra State and to the glory of God.
I hereby enjoin all my beloved Anambra State men and women of goodwill to support Soludo to succeed so that Anambra will not only be the light of the nation but a home for all, the Dubai of Africa.
Thank you and May God bless us, amen.

Bar. A.K. Agbasiere (KSJI),
aka Celebrity Barrister.

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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