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IBAGWA-AKA RICH MEN EMPOWER YOUTH WITH ALCOHOL, BY SAMUEL ISAIAH CHUKWUDI

IBAGWA-AKA RICH MEN EMPOWER YOUTH WITH ALCOHOL
Dear Abdul and Oloye,

I felt the need to appreciate you openly for your thought-provoking contest which you sponsored that was/is directed towards finding answers to our dear community developmental questions. I was privileged to be selected by the independent judges among the top ten persons who suggested best developmental models for our community.

Personally, I didn’t participate because of the prize but out of the love I have for our dear community. Hence, I didn’t observed the rules of the contest because I was never writing for anything in return. Infact, that contest motivated me susbsequently to write openly to our hardworking, competent and indefatigable administrators to encourage such kind of initiatives in this group: IB LOUNGE.

I’m of the school of thought that such development and purpose driven topics will attract and make who is who in our society serious with us here and of course, will encourage them to extend helping hands to us and our community when the need arises.

Our parents have done what they could to develop our community and it’s clear that most of them are either late or aging. Hence the onus is now on us, the youths to attract development in our community through our character, proffesions, influence and so on. We owe our children who will be arriving soon a better Ibagwa-Aka. There is no way we can develop our community without unity amongst us.

I’m pleased with the fact that the chairman of our dear local government, Igbo-Eze South is not only a friend but a brother to many of us whose intimidating legitimacy he enjoys is as a result of his pedigree in governance, especially the grace which he has contracted from our Governor who is adjudged by many to be an uncommon blessing to our state-Enugu.

On this note, I want to officially congratulate him for his recent electoral victory which he has not taken for granted to the best of my knowledge. So far, he has initiated so many projects and executing them with conspicuous speed. He has cut cost of governance by having limited aids and living altruistic life style. He has made governance nearest to the people by making himself accessible through his zero protocol policy. He is redefining the leadership narrative which hitherto was an absolute joke. No doubt, he deserves kudos.

However, I will like to remind him, Comr. Peter Andy that he has a lot to do in terms of developing our community. First, he needs to ensure that under his reign Ibagwa has a known commercial bank (not microfinance) that will ease business transactions.
Cultism especially among teens is becoming a menace and is already affecting the image of our community which was an example for others hitherto. Thus, Your Excellency, you need to something about this anti-social activity by initiating policies that will ensure our youths have meaningful sources of income. It has been proven academically that men resort to crimes sometimes because of lack of empowerment. The popular saying that an idle man is a devil workshop prove my assertion more plausible.

Ibagwa Boys Secondary School is an eyesore and most painfully, a hideout for criminals. The need for the renovation is an urgent one. Agu-Onitsha where my grandma still lives till date is in dire need of tarred road, electricity and standard health care. For age-long, Agu-Onitsha citizens have been treated with no regards by the past governments. That village has come of age and the need for government to do something is necessary. That government is yours.

Meanwhile, as an abreast citizen of Nigeria, I’m aware of our sorry enconomic state which affects all angles. But then, governance is not a one man responsibility. As a charismatic leader, I urge you to employ your influence to attract development projects through well to do individuals in our community and beyond.

For instance, Gwogwo and G-best were born in Agu-Onitsha and Agbapata respectively. God has endowed them with wealth. Please seek their support towards developing Agu-Onitsha.

Ibagwa-Aka is blessed by men who are quite wealthy and generous. Going to them for developmental aids is a great idea. It’s not your fault, Your Excellency that you emerged chairman of our local government when economy is in shambles. It’s therefore unfortunate you have to beg. But if begging will bail us out of this developmental quagmire, please beg. I’m and I know, majority of our people are/will be in support of you.

On this note, I want to thank an examplary Muslim, a philanthropist and an astute business man for his developmental projects amounting to uncountable millions in valued foreign currencies which he has expended in our community. Alhaji Jimo aka Kuzal whom I haven’t seen all my life is a man whom Almighty Allah is using to bring the light the holy Bible talked about in our community. His generous heart is rare and thus deserves encomiums.
There is something about Kuze that makes him more appealing and outstanding to me. Unlike some so called rich men in community who empower our youths with alcohol for praises in return. Kuzal on the other hand has directed his philanthropic activities to raising of men and our community to achieving their potentials. His home I learnt is now a place where destitutes get succour.

Dear Kuzal, I know this piece may not reach you but I join faith with you as you fast and pray in this holy months of Ramadan, may Allah answer your prayers and forgive all your shortcomings. You shall live long in good health. Death is a dept every man must pay. When your time comes as ordained even before your birth by your creator; the Almighty Allah my His paradise be your final abode. Amin.

In addition to this, I will recite suratul Fatiha for your sake for twenty days, as that is the verse I can only recite in the holy Qur’an.

It will not be fair if I fail not to give thanks to Iche Gboria aku 1of Ibagwa-Aka for his many supports to our community. You have shown love with your wealth to both the have and have nots in our community. I will not delve into mentioning what you have been doing in our land because I will definitely can’t mention them all. May your sources of income never cease in Jesus name. Amen. I need to pray this prayer for you because so many destinies are tied to yours. You’re a ladder that many connected to you must climb to reach their potentials. Your downfall will be catastrophic to your immediate family and our community. Hence, my prayer is that all the cherubims and seraphims in heaven should always protect and guide you.

Dear King Jay, for being relentless and tireless in whatever that will bring about unity amongst the youths of our community, I say thank you. You’re an inspiration to us who still believe in the greatness of our community.

Of course, this platform (IB-LOUNGE) which you’re playing a role as one of the admins has bring Ibagwa youths closer more than our annual Christmas football competition.
Most of us living outside Ibagwa-Aka are willing to come home because we want to see one or two friends we made here.

Peter and Oloye, for being thoughtful and showing commitment to bless us, I say I very big thank you. I have this feeling that you will one day be recognized as wealthy and influential beyond the boundaries of our community.

For all of you who are making impacts in our community without announcing, I pray for your continual divine elavations.

To this end, it’s germane I state that the growth, development and progress of our community are our collective responsibility. Thus, always think Ibagwa-Aka first in whatever you do.

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