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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Ubah And Chuma Nzeribe As "Politicians With Plenty Of Money And Very Low IQ", October 17, 2012
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In "There Was A Country", Chinua Achebe (without mentioning names) described Rep. Chuma Nzeribe and Senator Andy Ubah as "Politicians with plenty of money and very low IQ." The sections of this Achebe's latest book that chronicled the state of decay and corruption in Nigeria to me is a must read not just because it paints a clear picture of how deep our crisis is but that it enables us to start taking steps and actions that will halt and hopefully reverse the decline.

So, rather than dwell on Achebes' account of the genocide perpetrated by Gowon and given economic strength and dimension by Awolowo, which has been universal knowledge just reinforced by Achebe for posterity, I want to focus on something that is happening and what could happen to Anambra State if these "Politicians with plenty of money and very low IQ" are allowed to have their way.

It was primarily because of these politicians who Achebe called renegades trying to turn Anambra state into "a bankrupt and lawless fiefdom," that made him (Achebe) reject being among six recipients of Nigeria's second-highest award, the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2004. These are men with distorted minds and evil in their hearts. They lit series of fires and watched the radio and TV houses began to take a new ugly shape and face as smoke billowed into the early morning sky. The smoke got into their lungs, caused them to cough but delighted their evil heart all the same. On that faithful November morning, we all asked was this real? Tears spilled down our cheeks. We listened and watched without comprehension. We felt a sudden pain behind our breastbone, vulnerable and defeated.

Paraphrasing Achebe from his 2004 letter rejecting the award of CFR; conditions in Anambra state is still "too dangerous for silence." These negative forces with insane intentions, `plenty of money and very low IQ' that held our state hostage for years are still lurking round the corner.
Prof. Chinua Achebe did not keep mute about the atrocities of the civil war. Anambrarians should not allow themselves to be subdued to the level of keeping mute and allowing these politicians with low IQ but plenty of money to buy the heart of our dear state.
churchill.okonkwo@gmail.com
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Initial post: Oct 18, 2012 1:57:53 AM PDT
Dear Churchill, If I didn't already want to buy this book, I would have after reading your review. I will pray for your country and your people. Sincerely, Kathleen Cornelio

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 6:09:06 AM PST
Politicians with plenty of stolen money from crippled Nigerian-Biafran economy; result of low IQ.
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