This 317 pages non-fictional, historical and political publication is exactly what it is entitled, a recount of movement and events that led to the creation of Abia State in 1991.
Similar to the usual issues driving demands for state creation, which amounts to the guarantee for equal opportunities for even development across a nation’s states, author, Prof Samuel Nwabara, details the establishment of a movement pushing for the creation of Abia State by Dr Michael Iheonukara Okpara, who also chaired it, the drafting of an Abia Charter of Equity, a blueprint containing explicit information of the proposed state’s operation. These include – the equitable distribution of amenities, principles for office rotation and distribution of key political posts.
Nwabara further reveals in book, the charter’s statement on the executive, civil service commission, local government and state electoral commission offices, which chiefly provides that the governor, and his deputy, the chairman and head of civil service commission, the local government chairman and the state electoral commission chairman mustn’t emerge from the same senatorial zone.
Attention was also given to the source and logic behind the state’s name, Abia, drawn from the beginning letters of the four major towns that constitute the proposed entity, Aba, Bende, Isiukwuato and Afikpo divisions; and the state’s extensive biblical derivation of its motto – God’s Own State.
With the attainment of statehood in 1991, under the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Abia State produced its first governor, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, now minister of Science & Technology.
Published in 1993, if one overlooked the motive behind the publicity rather than textual revision, the book is a valuable text for Nigerian youth keen in the politics and political landscape of the state. It can function as a guideline of sorts, to monitoring and evaluating the democracy, equity and development of the Abia State since its creation.