Since yesterday that Oke Nwanguma broke the worst news so far, I have been thinking of what to write or say. The shock took me down memory lane when in Onitsha, during the burial of my boss, Comrade Emma Ezeazu, I had discussions with ‘Oga Inno’, as I fondly call him, on the need for senior Comrades to pay more attention to their health while working to hand over the baton.
Reading Prof. Chidi Odinkalu’s release, my worst fear was confirmed. I really do not know why our celebrated comrades and quality citizens are becoming victims of sudden death. I have wept and consoled myself. I have known and worked with Oga Inno, the gentle giant, from my days in Community Action for Popular Participation-CAPP. When he facilitated the establishment of Network of Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN) which one of the most successful coalitions in Nigeria, I became the first Coordinator for North Central Zone.
That singular initiative empowered me to tackle lots of police brutality and Human Rights Abuses in north central particularly Abuja. I also extended my exploits to Imo state particularly in Ehime, obowo and Ihitte Uboma that was too notorious then. Each time we hit a brick wall, Oga Inno will put up a call or refer us to Oke Nwanguma, the then National Coordinator, and success will be recorded. Oga Inno also engaged me in the setting up of Security and Governance network in the southeastern zone. That experience also was another major propeller.
Do you know that because of these success, which liberated many communities including my community,
I was given the title of ARIRI ERI MBA, which I planned notifying him before the news of his death hit me like a thunderbolt. What else can one say about a good man who is no more.
After reading Prof’s release, I know that when next I call ‘Oga Inno’, he will not answer. I therefore beckon on Almighty God to grant mercies to his gentle soul for eternal rest while also asking God to be with the family and entire CSO community, where he used his God’s given talent to work for a better nation.
Adieu Oga Inno. There is nothing more to say since it is all over.