By: Sam Onwuemeodo
Mister Chidiebere Anyanwu is an Mbaise man. Senator Ifeanyi Araraume is an Mbano man. All in Imo State. And the story is that, Senator Araraume (Mbano) employed Mr. Anyanwu (Mbaise) in his Exclusive Stores, Abuja. And also accommodated him in the company’s quarters. He has been working in the establishment for years and earning his Salary for a living. It was not an Mbaise man who employed him. And there are also many Mbaise people, both big and small, in Abuja. None employed him. Or even considered him fit to be employed. But Araraume did that. And not only engaged him but never considered where he comes from before doing that. That was a good Spirit. And a good action.
That being the Case, Mr. Anyanwu, first and foremost, owes God who Created him, gratitude. And indeed, loyalty. He also owes his biological parents, loyalty and respect. The next person in his life is the man who employed him and where he earns a living. That person is Araraume. And if Araraume didn’t consider that he is an Mbaise man while employing him, it means that in demonstrating his loyalty to Araraume, he should not also have remembered that the man is not from Mbaise. In other words, the issue of where any of them comes from should have neither been here nor there. It should not have come into play at all. At all, at all.
Every human endeavour is adjudged to have had certain rules of engagement. When you are employed by somebody, you are expected to be totally loyal to that person. And equally, trustworthy. At any given time you feel or think that you can no longer be loyal or trustworthy to the person “feeding” or paying your bill for a living, you honourably quit by resigning from your appointment or even absconding. As long as you remain in that employment, you owe your employer total loyalty and trust. Anything in the contrary, is insubordination. The height of indiscipline or ingratitude, as the Case may be. And no employer that worths being recognized as such, or that knows his onus, should tolerate insubordination or high level of indiscipline. Anybody who has been to the Corporate office of theChampion of Newspapers at Isolo Lagos would have noticed that the moment you step into the reception office of the establishment, you see a boldly written inscription “Where you work and earn your living, you owe your employer loyalty and Commitment to the job”. That is the truth of the matter as far as employer and employee relationship is Concerned. And the Case of Chidiebere Anyanwu should not be an exception. What is his Case?
Mr. Anyanwu was working and earning his Salary and perhaps, other allowances at Exclusive Stores owned by Senator Araraume. He was seen and also captured on Camera dancing and rejoicing at the Court premises with the Supporters of his fellow Mbaise man, Chief Emeka Ihedioha after the Judgement of the Election Petition tribunal which favoured him. While in that Celebration, the Managing Director of the Store, Barr. Ifeanyi Araraume (Jnr) was said to have sent a message to him and ironically asked him to continue with the Celebration. And at the end of the day, he was said to have been sacked. Remember that Anyanwu was not only employed and being paid salary at the end of every month by Araraume, but he was also quartered in the Company’s apartment. By his own account, on the day the tribunal Judgement was delivered, he got a phone call from a member of Mbaise Youth Association to proceed to the Federal High Court Jabi Abuja, venue of the Judgement. And he went without permission. And also snapped pictures with Uche Onyeaguocha while the celebration was on, which he posted on his status. That’s part of his own account contained in the interview he granted Owerri-based newspapers. That was not good of him in any way.
A day after the Sack story came, one Diamond Agu issued a Press Statement as the Press Secretary to Senator Araraume trying to deny the Sack story. I read it onWhatsApp. And I posted that if the guy was actually Sacked, he deserved to be treated as such and there should nothing to defend about that. The guy himself had also in the interviews confirmed what he did and his Sack too. And he was arrogant about the whole development. To him, Governor Ihedioha could compensate him for his action and as his fellow Mbaise man. But if I were Ihedioha, I won’t talk to him. Such elements could be danagerous or deadly. The guy does not have conscience. If he had gotten conscience, he would not have taken such unintelligent action and also celebrating it. No matter his reason.
The general feeling is that he did that because he is an Mbaise man like Governor Ihedioha. And the danger is that, if Ihedioha engages him and tomorrow someone from his own town or community or family contests and defeats Ihedioha, he would also dance for that person against Ihedioha because elements like him do not have conscience They do not also have souls. Their one plus one gives more than two. And shamelessly, he has been granting interviews and by so doing, preaching clannishness without knowing that. Infact, he seems not to know the gravity of what he did.
His action has also awaken the Consciousness of other employers of labour with Mbaise people in their payrolls. The guy should have kept quiet because he didn’t act well. Which means that of all the time he was working for Araraume, he never wished him Victory or well. That is to say, he was a mole. He never appreciated that gesture. We should not be encouraging actions like that. It does not matter where the person comes from. We are only using Chidiebere Anyanwu as a Case Study. Perhaps if Araraume didn’t employ him, he would not have seen money to go to Abuja to Celebrate. And going for such Celebration, when he was expected to be on his duty post gives him in, as a cunny and wicked element.
If he didn’t reject the appointment or employment on the basis or premise of his being an Mbaise man and Araraume being an Mbano man, then, common sense would have told him that even if he didn’t want Araraume to be governor, he would have exercised restraint in his conduct with regard to the whole venture. His action has also created undue consciousness in the management of the Company about other Mbaise Personnel there. This is natural.
Ihedioha himself would not have retained an Mbaise man or Mbano man in his employment or camp who celebrated with Araraume if he had been favoured by the Judgement of the tribunal. Neither Ugwumba Uche Nwosu nor Hope Uzodinma would have kept anybody in their payrolls celebrating with Ihedioha. These are simple logics and facts of life. A spade should be called a spade. If you ask me to describe Mr. Chidiebere Anyanwu in a sentence, I would say, he is a bad ambassador of the Mbaise nation. He is not a good Mbaise convoy. Or a good liaison officer. He is a bad marketer. If he had known this basic fact, he should not have gone around granting interviews in celebration of his condemnable action.
On my side, I had sacked one of my Staff for posting a damaging material against Rochas Okorocha on face-book. By doing that post, he was also passing vote of no Confidence in his employer (me) who happens to be the media aide to Okorocha. The dangers of keeping such characters cannot be over-emphasized. You are either here or there. You cannot be neither here nor there. One must take a side. If Anyanwu’s interest was his fellow Mbaise man becoming governor or having the tribunal Judgement in his favour and not keeping his job with Araraume, he would have resigned or left Araraume’s employment. He could not be having interest in the job given to him by Araraume and also Celebrating the man’s loss at the tribunal. This is very unfortunate. Infact, the guy had mocked Araraume and telling him to hell with his job. The same man who has been paying him Salary with which he has been taking care of himself and perhaps, his family. These things must be properly situated so that we won’t be taking some of these wrong actions as the rules, in lieu of the exceptions.
People should not support this kind of action because they do not like or do not belong to the same Political camp with the victim of such ugly development. They need to rather add their voices in Condemning what is Condemnable because they could be the victims tomorrow. It is wrong to be earning a living from DUMEX Construction Company and paying homage or being loyal to the Management of MCC Construction Company. It is not done. When Chief Achike Udenwa was governor, he told his appointees that he wanted one hundred percent loyalty and that was what he had considered first, in appointing them. He told that if he had preferred expertise or Professionalism to loyalty he would have gone out to look for professionals or going to Universities to pick Professors. He was right.
So, Araraume or the Management of the Exclusive Stores was right to have disengaged Mr. Chidiebere Anyanwu. Retaining or keeping him after what he did, would mean unseriousness on the side of the management of the Company. And it could also send a very wrong signal to the rest of the staff. His Sack would be a good lesson for other workers not only in that store, but other places. Every action should not be politicized. If the young man is not made to understand that what he did was wrong, he would continue to act that way. Others would also follow the bad example. One does not expect Ihedioha to Celebrate that guy. He should be kept at arms length. While we Continue to Clap for Jesus.