IDOMA: Gifted but not lifted
By AMEH COMRADE GODWIN
Those who are current in the country will definitely attest to the truth that Idomas are one of the shakers and movers of this nation, particularly in the entertainment platform and otherwise with the natural abilities which God has endowed the people with canot be over-emphasized, It is never a mistaken identity that the number three man in the nation is from the area, unknown to many, award wining singer Tuface Idibia equally hails from Idoma, TerryG, Bongos Ikwue and former PDP chairman, Mr Audu Ogbe, Usman Abubakar, Ameh Ebute (former senate president) Sir Mark Onoja just to mention but few.
In fact, without the fear of exaggeration, the role of these Nigerians towards the development of the nation is multifarious. The question therefore is, have their efforts impacted on their community? The answer is capital no!
Otukpo which is the origin of the Idomas is crying for attention, the community is wailing and begging like a child deprived of breast-milk, also the sores and scars in the face of this dejected community noted for its agrarian endowment is incalculable, if you’ve been to Otukpo before, you’ll agree that the community is yet to perceive the scent of the modern civilization just as the wind of development blowing around nation is yet to move any tree in the area – pity!.
Our elders say akpandede kole sini oga wa iren (the swift does not enter a shattered home) – how can development come while the so-called influential sons and daughters of Idoma are self-centered and egotists.
Journey of development that started in Idoma since 1976 has not gone beyond two miles.
Otukpo which is the proposed capital of the yet to be created Apa State can not boast of even a pure water factory, as we they import this from the neighbouring Nasarawa and Enugu respectively.
“Imagine spending four billion years stocking the ocean with sea food, filling the ground with fossil fuels, and drilling the bees in honey production- only to produce a race of bed-waters!”.
Freedom is not the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives, freedom is first of all the chance to formulate the available choices to argue – and then the opportunity to choose.
According to Charlie Daniels the candle that burns at both ends, a bus wheel turning, a trend to share lonesome times, a handshake and a sip of wine so say it loud and let it ring, we are all part of everything, the future, the present and the past fly like a proud bird, when shall we be free at last?
In 1966, during the military regime of the late Gen. Sani Abacha, the quest for the creation of Apa state (which is said to be the panacea to the problem in the land) reached a crescendo but the optimism later turned sour and fell on rocky ground, even when Apa was the second on the list of the states expected to be created from the Northern region. The promise of Apa even captivated the interest of most Southern Benuens to cast vote during the 2007 senatorial election in the state, alas, Apa is yet to see the light of day.
Popular poet and novelist, Niyi Osundare once said that “the earth is ours to plough not to plunder” but many of our people are plundering the land in lieu.
In spite of the great men and women of honour that have emerged from the place; yet there is nothing good to write home about the area.
There is no no place like home, but this statement seems not to ring bell in the ears of the aforementioned opulence men.
Also alarming, is the fact that over 95percent of young girls in the area are no more visitors to the labour room, they’ve all visited the place on account of premature pregnancy because there is nothing for them to engage themselves in.
The question is, shall we fold our arms and see generations of promising youths wiped out of Idoma land? Or we are ready start something!
It’s a pity, we are Gifted but Not Lifted
Ameh Comrade Godwin (Ochu K’Idoma)
Is the permanent Secretary Idoma Performing Artistes Association