Forbes, EFCC and Orji Kalu |- by Eberekpe Ogho

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Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has been listed as one of the tenth richest and wealthiest men in his country by the Forbes Magazine. Maybe the EFCC should take note of this; the corrupt and the fraudulent do not have a place in any of the lists of the magazine, so, it is apparent that the magazine usually carries out a proper investigation before any business person can make any of the lists.

Here is what a staff of the magazine, George Anders said in two thousand and thirteen as regards what it takes for any business person to make the Forbes’ lists: “Here’s a nice explanation from one of Forbes’s top wealth editors, Kerry Dolan, that explains how the numbers are compiled.

Methodology: How We Crunch The Numbers. You’ll want to read the full piece for details, but the takeaway message is that some candidates share a lot of information, some provide very limited assistance, and some don’t engage at all. Forbes can work up estimates in any of those circumstances.

Forbes in 2012 drew on the work of more than 50 reporters in 16 countries to create its list. I contribute part-time to Forbes; I’m not a full-time staffer. But from everything I’ve seen to date, Forbes’ methodology is quite thorough and based on sound judgments.”

‘Thorough and sound judgment’, to reasonable thinking, it means a lot had to be taken into consideration for any individual to make the list, and with the information available to the world, especially, if one should think with a magazine as worldly recognised as Forbes, a country as corrupt as Kalu’s country with men and women with a mental case of stealing themselves blind things they need and do not need; one cannot make that enviable recognition if one personality has been dented.

In the citation by the magazine, Kalu was described as a young man who cut his business teeth at the age of nineteen and from there had gone to form a conglomerate known as SLOK, which has in fingers in Shipping, Airline, Banking, Oil, to mention a few. One thing that was not said in the citation was whether he embezzled his state’s money when he was the governor; if he had, Forbes would have known because it has all the tools of finding out and if it did find out, Kalu would not have been enjoying the listing of Forbes to date.

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A brief history of the magazine. Forbes is an American business magazine. Published bi-weekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, politics, and law. Its headquarters is located in Jersey City, New Jersey. Primary competitors in the national business magazine category include Fortune and Bloomberg Businessweek.

The magazine is well known for its lists and rankings, including its lists of the richest Americans [The Forbes 400] and rankings of world’s top companies [The Forbes Global 2000]. Another well-known list by the magazine is The World’s Billionaires list. The motto of Forbes magazine is “The Capitalist Tool”. Its chairman and editor-in-chief is Steve Forbes, and its CEO is Mike Perlis.


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Notably, one of the core subjects of the magazine is politics, so, one can be sure for it to have all the politics and the politicians that make up the politics in its finger tip and Nigeria cannot be said to be left out. So, it knows the corrupt and those who are into their legitimate businesses to make its list in spite of the numerous submissions to pick from.

The question is, the nine men and woman mentioned in the Forbes’s list, are they really the ten richest and wealthiest persons in Kalu’s country? No, one should not think so; there are millions of Nigerians richer and wealthier than the Kalus and Dangotes of the country, but why do not these people also make the list? The answer is simple. Their source of riches and wealth, if you want to ascribe both as such, are not traceable to any responsible business or businesses.

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These are men and women who become rich overnight with no particular business they are engaged in save for the fact that they are into politics and they are mental cases and milking gullible Nigerians dry instead of rendering service to the people and making society a better place for all instead for a stealing and thieving few only the heaven has deem fit to bless why others must suffer because, perhaps, hell has unleashed its suffering on them.

When one have characters of this nature, you can flaunt all the riches in this world for Forbes to see but you will never make the list for the simple reason that you are a thief and evidently corrupt.

These are the kind of characters the EFCC should point the nozzle of its gun at; the political idiots that are everywhere in the country who steal and continue to steal and they go about in the country with the deceit of impunity, and not men and women who, all their lives have not stopped working their brains out to get to where they are.

While the EFCC must not all together be blamed- though it must be reasonable and professional in handling some of its cases by looking at some of the myths and psychologies of the cases- those who petitioned the EFCC as regards Kalu should revisit their conscience.

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Because if one should travel memory lane, one would recall how the whole buhaha started. With the little resources available to Kalu then as the governor of his state both from the state and allocation from the Federal government and with political jobbers coming around to demand their own share of the state cake, Kalu knew he was going to be in trouble then and after because he was prepared to say no to their request.

Not only were there political jobbers who felt the only reason to be in politics was to go about with their leather briefcase upsetting the political setting of the state if their selfish interests were not met, there were also traditional rulers who thought and felt the state house was their traditional footstool and that stool must be oiled by state fund when they have done little or nothing to advance the traditional and cultural value of hard work and the reward for such in the people.

To all these, Kalu would say no, and in the future that is being thrown everywhere by the EFCC, he must suffer?

Like Forbes, the EFCC should be professional, thorough and perform its job which has made the body to be respected to some extent, feared, with sound judgment. It should go after the real thieves and not those who have striven all their lives to be on the high rung of the ladder.

If EFCC does not know these thieves outside or inside the political room of the country it only needs to ask the forgotten many in the country.

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