Open Letter To Abia Youths

By Ikenga Chronicles September 4, 2018

Open Letter To Abia Youths

–Patrick C. Anyatonwu

“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play with your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square”.–Michelle Obama

My dear younger ones, I bring you greetings!

I could not find a better forum to engage you than this open space. In case you are irked by this medium, kindly forgive me in advance. My aim is to agitate your conscious minds, provoke you internally, irritate your subconscious minds and possibly compel you to think.

The election year is almost here. The era of use and dump is aggressively knocking on your various doors. Election timetable is eyeing you menacingly.

As you already know, this month of September will define the political voyage of not a few politicians as many political parties have fixed dates for primaries.

You also know that elections can’t be conducted and won without you. Your population is intimidating. Your energy is mind-blowing. Your strength is raw. Your capacity to make or mar any system is not arguable and your knowledge of ICT is huge. Simply put, Abia state is in your pocket.

A Word For The Lifeless One

But, there is a problem–your inability to delay gratification is a major challenge.

Most politicians are shrewd and business-oriented people.They are not fools.They understand your inner workings. They watch every move you make, but won’t talk about it. They carry out espionage activities, spy on and pretend that all is well. Their keeping quiet is pregnant. They don’t want to shake the table. They are looking for power and they know that they won’t get it without your support, hence, they pretend even when you misbehave and siphon their hard earned funds. Always remember as political philosophers are in agreement that ‘the selfishness of man has limits, but his desire to acquire power has none’.

Abia Youths, kindly retire to a quiet corner, take a cool glass of water and search the inside of you. How have you fared since you entered the murky waters of politics? How come you are dumped once power is gotten?How come that you are not appointed to positions of power? Are you only good at violence promotion? Why have you made thuggery an industry?

Abia Youths, integrity is central in whatever mankind engages in. When you run from one aspirant to another, one candidate to another, collect money from the litany of politicians, like Nicodemus, holding secret meetings, be rest assured that these shrewd men and women aspiring to acquire power are looking for sons and daughters of men who are consistent with large deposits of ‘Emotional Bank Account’.
Just as Don Miguel Ruiz said, “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”

Democracy In America Is At Risk—Tillerson

I call on you this day, don’t follow the crowd. Many believe that lying is synonymous with politics. Like one political pundit said, “It is only in politics that you will know that someone is lying to you and you will still give him money.” When you come up with spurious programmes, collect money and take a walk, do you think that the giver of the money is happy?
Your guess is as good as mine.

Hear me today, businessmen hardly trust and when they do, they always verify.Like is it said in our local parlance, “Waka Waka leg, eyes are seeing”. I have been around for some time now and playing slightly within, my experience can’t be published.

Get organized and make a demand. Stop positioning yourselves to be used as canon fodders. Repent from snatching ballot boxes. Don’t assist in rigging. Warfare is not a game of draught, where you can be killed as many times as possible or film where actors are killed many times over.
This state, called Abia won’t work unless the youth population shuns filthy lucre. As 2019 draws closer, it is my belief that our narrative will for once change to the glory of God.

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Let me leave with the words of Ray Lewis, “Don’t walk through life just playing football. Don’t walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone’s life, that’s the ultimate vision, that’s the ultimate goal – bottom line.”


  • Patrick C. Anyatonwu is the author of Man and Money and What a Billionaire Told a Poor Man. He is currently the Lead Consultant to Pava Media, an online news outfit.