By Uloka Chibuike
It’s now obvious that, in search of a solution, Anambra met with a problem in Charles Soludo.
Just like Buhari, Charles Soludo, a loud professor, had been speaking for a decade about his desire to transform Anambra State into Dubia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. However, today, Anambra, under Charles Chukwuma Soludo, has returned to the dark era.
Half of Anambra’s local government areas are under the command and control of non-state actors, which Soludo has long abandoned. The roads leading to other areas are collapsing fast, and there is no interest in maintaining them.
No community in Anambra State can point to one completed project by Charles Soludo in his 19 months in office. He seems more interested in enriching his family, while Dubia-Taiwan and Hong-Kong are vague and nebulous.
Following the fight and resignation of former Finance Commissioner Ifeatu Onejeme over who would control the state’s finances between him and Soludo’s in-law, who is the de facto governor, Soludo appointed his nephew, Okafor Moses, as the new commissioner for finance. This decision went against his own public statement that he would not appoint a commissioner from his Aguata, talk more of his own community, and kindred. (Perhaps if it had been Tinubu, Soludo supporters would have ripped him apart, but for a Soludo, it’s not nepotism.)
Again, through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Soludo’s daughter Adaora gets sixty million naira (60,000,000) every year for her lackluster fashion expo. This does not contribute any economic value to the state; instead, it is a channel through which money is shipped overseas and siphoned.
For the last 19 months, many have been looking for the solution that Soludo promised, but all they have seen are problems and Soludo family interest.
Charles Soludo’s knee is on the neck of ndị Anambra; we can’t breathe.
Uloka Chibuike is a Public Policy Analyst based in Awka, Anambra State Capital.