Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Godwyn Akabogu’s Exclusive 2: “America cares for citizens while Nigeria cares for infrastructures” + Why I took my daughter off Covenant University


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Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika...'Right now i dont want to participate in Politics, my business in America is enough for me'
In this concluding part of the rare and exclusive interview with Pennsylvania, United States of America bases international business man and politician, Godwyn Akabogu, he opened up to Asabeafrika on the need for Nigeria to start looking at paying more emphasis on the human beings than on infrastructure. Akabogu who is also an American citizen lament the poor state of security at a popular Nigerian airport and connected the malaise to the poor remuneration condition of the workers.  He rounded the encounter up with the story of how he relocated one of his pretty daughters from Covenant University owned by capitalist Bishop, David Oyedepo to the United States of America due to high-end fees on her education and why Nigerians must rise against arbitrary living condition foist on them by their leaders. The American based Imo state indigene didn’t forget to talk more on his mentor, Owele Rochas Okorocha and why the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria must take him serious. Enjoy the excerpts on your Africa’s number 1 celebrity encounter blog, Asabeafrika.

Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika...'The Igbos suffer from a desease called PhD'
What do you think is the problem of an average Igbo man, because the average Igbo man makes his breakthrough so quick and life gives him so much but his political intuition is always towards leading Nigeria or his Igbo nation. Do you think an average Igbo man is confused?
It started right from the of late Sam Mbakwe. You see, there is this syndrome that is prominent with an Igbo man, Pull Him Down Syndrome (PHD). So, no average Igbo man wants to see the other man arise above him.  But we should go beyond that right now. The world is moving forward, let’s make use of the best instrument that we have and for today, Anayo Rochas Okorocha is the best instrument that Igbo have; so, we should stop slandering him. 

“You see, there is this syndrome that is prominent with an Igbo man, Pull Him Down syndrome (PHD). So, no average Igbo man wants to see the other man arise above him”

Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika....'Sending money for my daughter's school fees at Covenant was a tough deal but on relocating them to America they got Government grant'
You just left Imo state and tonight you are on your way out of the country, what do you intend telling Igbos in Diaspora about Imo State?
See, from my individual perspective, I have been hearing but I didn’t see. Now, I came, I spend time, I travelled the length and breadth of the three senatorial zones. I saw a lot of changes and that is why I am granting this interview.
Godwyn Akabogu aka American Bobo
Rochas Okorocha has charlatans in his cabinet…
So, why do you think people have a contrary opinion about the governor’s reforms?
Because there are lots of charlatans around him; see, this guys are Rochas by mouth they are not Rochas by heart. They are not Rochas by blood. All the political sermons he is giving to them, they are not digesting it properly. So, all their doings is for their own personal aggrandizement. So, tell me, you are a commissioner, you are an SA, you are PA and you benefitted from this system and yet you cannot open your mouth and say something good about the system. There is something fundamentally wrong about the person.

 “That is the major difference between America and Nigeria; they put more emphasis on human beings not the structures. Because when you take care of the human beings, they will now yield the resources that will take care of the system”.

Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika...'Count me out on talks about churches that uses free offerings to establish costly schools'
The GDA with Godwyn Akabogu after the interview session
Are you still interested in serving in your state either as a Local Government Chairman or a commissioner?
Well, they say ‘once a General always a General’ but for now, I am not keen in any political office or any political contract. And that is the way it is, for now, I am not interested. What I am doing in the United States, I am comfortable with it. I am comfortable with the business I am doing in the US and to God be the glory.
But what if you are called to come and serve, would you reject the offer of your people?
When I get to that bridge I will cross it but for now, it has not crossed my mind.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika...'For Nigeria to experience a total change, we must work the talk'
How Nigerian Leaders can change citizens’ fortune…
What is your advice for the Government of Nigeria, how do you think the new government can change the destiny of our people?
Yeah, that is a good question. You see, the present regime should think more of human being. That is the major difference between America and Nigeria; they put more emphasis on human beings not the structures. Because when you take care of the human beings, they will now yield the resources that will take care of the system. But here, people are not properly taken care of. We are careless about human beings and the human beings are the main engine room.  You see, an average American has a good life because he gonna pay tax. Tell me one particular mineral resources America has, none. The only mineral resources they have are human beings. They take care of them; they give them free medical care called ObamaCare. Everybody gets it and at the end of the day you pay a token to government to have a good health. Once you have a good health you go to work and once you go to work, you pay tax and when you pay tax Government use the tax you pay to take care of the system. That is the way it works.

“Listen; that was no joke, that wasn’t a joke. I know how much I was paying at Covenant University for my children’s school fees but lo and behold when they got to US they had government grant. As a matter of fact, my daughter made a first class”.

Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika...'I discovered large security lapses at Oweri Airport'
What I discovered @ Owerri Airport…
If you are to have a ten minutes opportunity with President Buhari now, what will you advise him to do to the Nigerian situation?
The people are hungry, the people are hungry. I mean, I was passing through the airport in Owerri for instance, in America they call them TSL, but here they call them SACHOL (Luggage handlers), I saw the security lapses at the Owerri Airport and when I complained to the guy at the airport, he was like ‘men, these guys are hungry, they need something to eat’. So, they were busy looking at me, what they will extract from me, not the luggage that is passing through the security check point. Let’s call a spade a spade. And I was thinking within myself, when I go through a TSL in US, it is a serious affair. If you even tell them ‘good morning’ they are not going to listen to you. Everybody’s eyes are on that screen, everybody’s eyes are on that luggage going through the scanning machine. In Owerri, my luggage is passing through and the guy was scanning me from head-to-toe looking for what I am going to give to him while the luggage was going through. And I said to myself ‘what does this guy thinks, what if it was a bomb I put in the bag?’ So, the more we become more people oriented it is better for us. People will now have the interest to work and be committed to the work. An average American is prepared to die for America. I am an American citizen, I am prepared to die for America tomorrow, that is the way it is. To tell you the extent of love I have for the system, yes, because I benefitted so much from the American system.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika...'In Nigeria we are careless about people and that is why we cant develop like America'
How America handles shelter…
Here in Nigeria your landlord could wake up and just increase your house rent arbitrarily without recourse to economic trend. Paying school fees is like killing a game in the forest. How does America handle the issue of education, shelter and medicals?
In America, every working citizen is encouraged to have his own real estate. You got through mortgage issues, the bank is involved. The bank gives you the loan, you are put on a 25 years to 30 years re-pay plan and you pay install mentally. You pay depending on your income; you pay depending on your credit standing. But here, it is a different ball game. This place is like a cash economy. It doesn’t work that way. Cash economy doesn’t work that way oversea.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika...'President Buhari must promote policies that will take care of people not infrastructure'
May be that is why we have a lot of young deaths among the middle class in Nigeria?
Yes, there is a lot of stress in the system.
Why I took my daughter off Covenant University…
Because I noticed there was a time one of your daughters was schooling at Covenant University and at a time your wife withdrew her and relocated her to the United States of America? What was your experience like paying the outrageous school fees?
Listen; that was no joke, that wasn’t a joke. I know how much I was paying at Covenant University for my children’s school fees but lo and behold when they got to US they had government grant. As a matter of fact, my daughter made a first class. They came over to the United States of America and started all over again. So, I am attending my daughter’s graduation ceremony this Friday (6th of May). She did a first class. And by coming over to the US, the heat was taken off me. Because of my status in America, they became automatic citizens and they were able to go to school with grant. Such privileges are not in existence here and that is why people pay through their noses to raise their kids in school. Parents are going through hell, through a lot of stuff to pay their children’s school fees.
The GDA in a tete-a-tete with Godwyn Akabogu
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika...'Yes, i have a big plan for my people back home but when i come close to the bridge i will cross the bridge'
Let’s talk about churches that take offerings and tithes to build educational facilities and yet demand ambiguous funds from poor members who cannot afford it to get education for their kids. Do you think it is right for churches to use the money taken from the poor to build educational facilities for the rich?
I don’t want to discuss that (Laughter) I don’t want to discuss it.
Why don’t you want to discuss it, are you afraid of spiritual attack?
No, nothing. I don’t just want to talk about it. I don’t wanna (Laughter)
A word for Nigeria and Nigerians
I love Nigeria and I just wish the system will change for good someday. Nigerians should work the work and the change will come.
Godwyn Akabogu to Asabeafrika...'The Igbos will lead to handle Owele Rochas Okorocha with special care'

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