Major stakeholders in the maritime industry and those outside of it should by now, be sufficiently aware that a few individuals are making the oldest accumulation of Customs licensed corporates, impossible to play their major role in the advocacy against drawbacks in the Ease of Doing business at the international boundaries and gateways in Nigeria.
Once again, Tony Iju Nwabunike’s courage to look Chief Henry Njoku in the face, and tell him the hard TRUTH, failed him on Tuesday, 10th September 2019 at a rescheduled meeting between him (National President) and members of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA). Tony Iju was an immediate past BOT member, before he became National President on the 8th of March 2018 in Enugu, Enugu State.
Following the suggestions given to Tony Iju Nwabunike (NP), as the chief offender in the entire crisis that has engulfed ANLCA since April 2018, by the EFCC and the Nigeria Police Force (Ports & Maritime Commands), he decided to make another open attempt at inviting all Board members for a frank discussion on how to resolve the crisis in ANLCA.
Just as happened on the 26th of June 2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos (Ref-THE NEXUS BETWEEN THE LINGERING ANLCA CRISIS, ITS SUSTENANCE AND THE 2019 CRFFN BUDGET: A CONTRIVED CONTRAPTION INTENDED TO FLEECE NIGERIANS OF ITS COMMONWEALTH, by Adumaza Joe Sanni on 30/6/2019), Tony Iju once again feigned ill-health to stay away from meeting all the Board members at De Santiago Hotel, AmuwoOdofin, Lagos on 10th September 2019, and instead of informing the BOT members via the earlier channel of communication, or phone call to express apologies, he decided to once again humiliate the BOT members, by sending his subordinates who are not Board members, to talk down on them.
This same scenario played out on 26/6/2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja when one of his subordinates kept shouting down members of the Board, some of who were old enough to be his father. A cultural/traditional anomaly, you may say.
It is incomprehensible and resentful to be invited to a crucial meeting from all over Nigeria to Lagos, only for the convener to feign illness at the very point of the meeting, without due apologies. Incredible.
Again, as always discovered at every turn, Tony Iju is not cut out for leadership in whatever capacity it may be. His insincerity knows no bounds. As observed in this member’s several interventions on ANLCA crisis, Tony Iju has no competence to decipher between what is right and what is wrong. For whatever it takes, he is prepared to ride roughshod over especially all the Western Zone Chapters executives, leaders and elders alike, and he does not make any fuss about that.
A situation,where, for pecuniary reasons, some self-fish individuals are purposely failing to embrace TRUTH and abide by the rules of engagement and extant constitutional provisions, makes progress in the life of an association like ANLCA difficult.
Long before now, attempts have been made to appeal to the conscience of those who behave like lords of the manor, to see reason and come to the negotiating table, have always failed at mention. What else is needed to be done, to save the oldest umbrella body of Customs Brokers from imminent perdition?Everything in the books and out of space, have been tried without success. It is most likely that the twosome’s vow to hang on till February 2020 is what might continuously play out, with energies, monies and time meaninglessly dissipated along the line.
The unnecessary stubbornness of two particular individuals has always made it almost impossible to chart a course for the amicable settlement of the ANLCA crisis. Were it not for the calmness and level headedness of the West – populated by the undisputable high cerebral and dominant stock within ANLCA, there wouldhave been some form of drastic actions that would have foretold the splitting down the line of ANLCA into two distinct organizations. But wisdom is still holding sway, believing that the two persons that have caused ANLCA this entrenched and unrelenting stress will soon go away.
Alas, it is not going to be that easy, as a few persons, especially those around Tony Iju are not about giving up on their game plan – to continue reaping where they did not sow. They intend to keep misleading the National President, who, it has been confirmed, does not possess an iota of reasoning faculty.
He does not even believe that he has challenges worth ex-raying personally and dispassionately. So, the onus lies on those who can make a difference, to call him to order. He needs to be talk down on and told to quit or do the needful-recognize Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha as the BOT Chairman and every other thing will fall in place.
Tony Iju should know that he has failed to lead ANLCA morally, physically, intelligently, professionally, politically and as the numero uno “elected leader” (even though with just 3 fraudulent votes difference) of ANLCA.This definitely will be captured alongside his history.
He has failed to be magnanimous in victory by calling his opponent to discuss across the fraudulent slim divide, and that was his greatest undoing.
He has failed woefully to galvanize members. Instead, he has continued to listen to those who do not mean ANLCA well and, do not have electoral value.
A situation where in the Western Zone, the NP cannot at least call one chapter executive for audience, not to talk of the whole chapters to a meeting at the National Secretariat is really worrisome, and an indication that the gulf between him and western zone is so wide,and seemingly irretractable. It’s also right now impossible for Tony Iju to summon any western chapter’s executive and be courteously respected, and attend to the summons. It is that bad.
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