Immediate past gover­nor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Ahamefule Orji (CON), has decried the divisive politics in Abia State saying it’s harmful to the unity and vir­tues of the state as well as inhib­its development.
He also cautioned Abia politicians on the need to play politics cautiously putting into considerations the fragility of the society noting that politics is not a do or die undertaking.
In a statement signed by his Senior Media Adviser, Don Norman Obinna, the sena­tor representing Abia Central Senatorial District also admon­ished the youths on the dangers of being a willing tool in the hands of desperate politicians urging them to eschew vio­lence as well as actions that will engender hatred and conflict among them as no meaningful development can be achieved and sustained in hostile envi­ronment.
The former governor also took exception at the level of hate messages and propagan­das being sponsored and cir­culated in the media by some disgruntled elements wonder­ing if their desire was to cause conflagration in Abia State.
He pleaded with the purvey­ors of these evil news designed to cause dismay among Abi­ans to rather emulate him and other well meaning Abians in promoting the spirit of excel­lence by investing positively on the youths through meaningful empowerment programmes and scholarship schemes to en­sure their brighter futures.
“Instead of painting before our youths a state without fu­ture, why don’t we support the government in harnessing the potentials that abound in Abia State to the best rewarding pro­portion? Instead of sponsoring lies against the government on traditional and social media thereby stoking up the polity, let’s educate the youths on how to set up small scale businesses through seminars and work­shops and support them finan­cially,” Sen. Orji said.
Sen. Orji who maintained that leaders are not imposed on the people but emerge from them however noted that a state reproduces its kind adding that the kind of State we create and nurture today will determine the quality of the leaders that will emerge tomorrow.
He however praised the Abia youths for being law abiding in the face of the present econom­ic hardship as a result of the recession and further assured those with innovative ideas of his support. He also challenged undergraduates in his constitu­ency to take advantage of his annual scholarship scheme to make themselves relevant in the society stressing that edu­cation is the only thing that brings the child of a rich man and that of the poor to the same table.
He furthermore reaffirmed his objective to eliminate class status and enthrone egali­tarianism in his constituency through his annual scholar­ship scheme and other vari­ous youth empowerment pro­grammes which have so far produced over 1000 beneficia­ries.