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With The Metaphor Of Okonkwo/Ikemefuna, Uduaghan Serenades Daughter, Hits At Imaginary Foes 

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

FORMER governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has felicitated with his daughter, Orode, on her birthday with a terse, but metaphorical message to her adversaries on his official Facebook page.

Uduaghan’s daughter, a single mother, Stonix News recalled, lost to Fred Martins during the battle for the Warri North Constituency candidacy for the Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA) at the PDP’s primaries in May.

But in his message to her daughter on her birthday on Sunday, the Itsekiri-born PDP chieftain deployed a literary allusion to Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart which he did not further expatiate.

“God has protected you from the “Okonkwo/Ikemefuna” treatment that was meant to break you,” he quipped.

Stonix News, however, recollect that the character, Ikemefuna, who’s a ritual code from a warring neighbouring village meant for the gods in the classic novel, called Okonkwo ‘father.’

When it was time for Ikemefuna to be sacrificed and Okonkwo was meant to carry out the ritual, Ezeudu, Okonkwo’s close friend, advised him not to have a hand in the killing since the 15-year-old boy, though a stranger, was already calling him ‘father.’

In its analysis, cliffsnotes.com puts it this way:

“Ikemefuna is a fifteen-year-old boy from a neighboring clan, Mbaino, who is given up to Umuofia as a sacrifice for killing one of the women of Umuofia.

“He lives with Okonkwo’s family for three years before the elders order him to be killed.

“As the boy’s back is turned, one of the men strikes the first blow with his machete.

“Ikemefuna cries out to Okonkwo, ‘My father, they have killed me!’ and runs toward Okonkwo.

“Afraid to appear weak, Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna with his machete.”

But Uduaghan, deploying the allegorical figures in his birthday message to his daughter, wrote: “Happy birthday my darling Princess and the mother of my grandchildren.

“God has protected you from the ‘Okonkwo/Ikemefuna’ treatment that was meant to break you.

“Our heavenly Father will continue to be your shield. Enjoy your day my dear daughter.”

Without Uduaghan actually mentioning names of those he accused of meting out the ‘Okonkwo/Ikemefuna treatment’ on her daughter,’ the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, in his characteristic manner, has reportedly responded to the message.

Said to be fielding questions from journalists on the loss by Uduaghan’s daughter, he said Okowa saw Orode as a daughter, just as Orode sees Okowa as a father – the very reason she got an appointment in the Okowa administration.

“Governor Okowa did not work against Uduaghan’s daughter. The former governor’s daughter is a staff of this administration and she is doing well in the job committed to her.

“For instance, if governor Okowa has something against her, he wouldn’t have given her a political appointment.

“We encourage her to try her luck next time; you are aware that the governor is not from her constituency for him to determine her victory,” he retorted.

Recall that Dr Uduaghan opted out of the senatorial race during the PDP primaries for Delta South due to James Manager’s insistence in returning to the red chambers.

Angered by the betrayal, he abandoned the gregarious PDP ship and boarded the rudderless ship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in actualising his dream.

The dream was, again, shipwrecked in 2019 in spite of having emerged as the APC Senatorial candidate for Delta South as he was trounced by the Ijaw-born Senator Manager in the poll.

Obviously disenchanted with the ruling APC at the national level, the former governor returned to PDP under which he had earlier begun his political sojourn until he emerged governor for two terms between 2007 and 2015.

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