AWKA — Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charley-boy or ‘Area fada’, has resigned his membership of the Truth, Justice and Peace Commission, set up by Governor Soludo to look into the causes of the rise in violence, unrest and criminality in the southeast since 1999, and then proffer a lasting solution.
In a message sent to Ebuka Onyekwelu of the West African Pilot News on WhatsApp by Charley-boy, accompanied by a video narrating why he resigned, Charley-boy noted that he was yet to formally accept to serve in the Commission before he was announced as a member of that Commission.
Worst still, he said, since then till now, he has not been formally communicated or intimated of any activity of the committee and there was no arrangement to bring him to join the meeting of the committee even during the inauguration which made him join virtually. “I personally thanked Governor Soludo for finding me worthy and requested that I be given a week to get back to him with my final answer.
However, I was awoken to learn through social media and by calls and messages that I have been appointed by Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo as a member of the Truth, Justice and Peace Committee”. According to Charley-boy, “To date, I haven’t received any formal invitation to be part of the committee’s work… there was no formal arrangement to bring me down to Awka”.
Speaking on another member of the committee, Onyeka Onwenu, he said he has it on good authority that she has resigned from the committee. “My sister Onyeka Onwenu went through the same experience but has since resigned from the committee”, he said because the handlers have been communicating to them “ineffectively” and have been “unable to engage us in their plans and activities”.
“I, therefore, withdraw my name and participation from this committee”, Charley-boy said. He however commended the governor for finding him worthy to serve in that capacity, while also appreciating the work of the committee and wished them the very best in doing the job before them.