Osita-Chidoka

From Ejike Chinedu

Vice President Namadi Sambo will on Saturday be a guest in a new yam festival in Obosi, Anambra state. The annual event known as Obiora Obosi will also witness the reception for the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka who is a son of Obosi. 

Osita Chidoka holds the title Ike Obosi which qualifies him to seat in the traditional council of the “Eze na ndi Ichie”. The title means power and authority. 

Vice President’s visit to Anambra state, which will also attract a number of state governors, is the second high profile visitor the state will be having so far in October. Last Saturday, wife of the President, Patience Jonathan was a guest at a rally organized by a group 4J, led by business tycoon Arthur Eze. The rally was a mobilization for grassroots women ahead of the 2015 Presidential election.

The VP’s mission may be a thank you visit to Obosi community and indeed the South East, for giving Osita Chidoka to the country. 

Chief Chidoka became the Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission in 2007 when he was just 36.  For the next seven years or thereabout, he turned around the commission into a 21st century ICT compliant organisation.

His appointment as minister of the Federal Republic was an attestation that the path to ones destiny sometimes begins from unfamiliar spot and through undefined process.
HOMELAND NEWS gathered that while the search for Former Minister of Aviation, Stella Odua’s replacement was on, Chief Chidoka’s name was not mentioned anywhere as his tenure in the FRSC was still alive. While attempting to add his voice in favour of his personal friend (name withheld), the contending parties saw him as one who should have been thought about all the while.

His rise through the ranks of fame right from his university days negates the regular belief that one must be a son to a former that or this to be found worthy to occupy esteemed public offices.

Obiora Obosi is a prime traditional festival that is usually undiluted with other occasions but for the importance attached by the community to receiving a worthy son. Traditional ruler of Obosi, Igwe Chidubem Iweka said no sacrifice will be too much in recognizing “one who has washed his hands and so should dine with kings.”  

The Vice President’s visit to Anambra State in honour of Ike Obosi may not just be of traditional value but a toast to “a man whose pears have been roasted by the gods.” 

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