Temple Chima UbochiMonday, October 24, 2011
Bonn, Germany



Every noble life leaves its fibre interwoven forever in the work of the world (John Ruskin)

He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so (Walter Lippmann)


ew years ago, Nigeria lost one of its finest police officers, who was every inch a thorough breed cop and gave his all to make the Nigeria Police Force a better security outfit. Haz Iwendi was a wise and virtuous police officer; he knew and did what he can for the force, just as David Star Jordan (1851 - 1931) noted that "wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it". Although Haz is dead and gone, his good name lives on, as Jim Elliot (1927 -1956) wrote that "he is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose", Haz was an officer so dedicated to his job that he forgot to live his own life and in that process lost it (his life), but, gained the name not even death can take away from him. Haz Iwendi died on 5th May 2008. May his indefatigable soul (when he was alive) continue to rest in peace! Using the words of Bill Shankly (1913 -1981), above all, Haz Iwendi would be remembered as a man who was selfless, who strove and worried so that others could share the glory, and who built up a family of people who could hold their heads up high.

Before continuing, better to understand a little of who Haz Iwendi was by reading this article below (If you had read it before, refresh your memory now)


Haz Iwendi is gone, but, never forgotten, as his name would remain engraved for ever because of the positive impact he made on the Nigeria Police Force, just as Norman Cousins (1915 - 1990) said that "if something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality". True love never dies! We love Haz Iwendi not only for who he was, but, for what he did when he was with us, and his family and loved ones will continue to love him, because, a man is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it, even in death.

Since his death, the Nigeria Police Force Haz Iwendi envisaged is still far fetched, infact the force is now worse than he left it and he must be a sad man watching how rag-tag the force is turning into everyday. Since his death, the image of the police force has taken more beating. The Police Diary Programme of Radio Nigeria (Haz's brainchild) has been off the air and the public relations department of the force is everything other than what a PR department should be. Haz Iwendi was one in a million and lived a life for others; he was generous with his time and expertise, he gave more and took less, just as Kahlil Gibran (1883 -1931) wrote that "generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need". Haz Iwendi, unlike his colleagues, superiors and subordinates, was not corrupt and amassed no wealth for his family, just as Douglas Adams (1952-2001) wrote that "to give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity." Haz died as a "poor man", but, he touched so many lives in so many positive ways when he was alive, and no riches is greater than that for the Bible says "by humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life (Proverbs 22:4). According to King George VI (1895 -1952, who was King of the United Kingdom), "the highest of distinctions is service to others", and, Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) noted that "the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." What Haz rendered to the Police Force in particular and Nigeria in general was pure service noted by Damien Hess (born 1973) as "giving what you don't have to give. Giving when you don't need to give. Giving because you want to give"!

Sri Sathya Sai Baba (born1926) wrote that "selfless service alone gives the needed strength and courage to awaken the sleeping humanity in one's heart", and, that "the body has to be utilized for service to others. More bliss can be got from serving others than from merely serving oneself." Haz Iwendi epitomized selfless service and that has made his family to continue from where he stopped in its own little way. A good tree would always give forth good fruits (a good tree cannot bear bad fruit-Matthew 7:18); now Haz Iwendi's family has started a foundation in his name to continue his good work. It's a well known fact that as a Commissioner of Police, Haz Iwendi single-handedly trained 700 policemen in Kaduna. This foundation is a continuation of his idea and vision just as Gandhi said that "the fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose" The foundation was commissioned by the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Tsafe, (represented by ACP Anozia) on the 13th of October 2011. See this: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150415671276323.409012.553621322&type=1&l=1aec97408c

HIS MARUPO (Haz Iwendi Sustainable MAnpower for RUral POlicing) is an 8 point agenda for training rural policemen. The first phase entails basic computer training (msword, powerpoint, data management and Internet), which will take 3 months for 20 policemen at a time (just the first level as other levels would follow). The idea is to boost the moral of policemen serving in rural areas and Ogwashi-Uku in Delta State (Haz's home town) is the starting point, the next stop will be Kaduna (Haz's last duty post) in a few months time, and would then be taken to every part of the country in due course. Haz's family refurbished a hall at the Ogwashi-Uku Police Station, that was in a mess, with chairs and tables, bought 10 flat screen computers (spent about N2million so far on the project). A 10KV generating set and 100K were donated to the foundation by Ms. Anthonia Oguah, and Ms. Regina Mundi of Computer College Ogwashi-Uku was contracted by the family to give basic computer training to the participating policemen. Haz's junior brother, Celestine, who is in-charge here, who happens to be a security expert with computer expertise, will train the participating policemen in many other areas and is bringing in some other experts from within and outside the country. The daughter of a former Commissioner of Police, late CP M. Nzemeke, is the National Co-ordinator of HIS MARUPO, she is Ms. Anthonia Nzemeke Okoh. The Inspector General of Police and DIG Okoronkwo are aware of the foundation. The Delta State Commissioner of Police, his Deputy Commissioner of Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police and many other officers have all indicated interest to join the class. The DPO of Ogwashi-Uku Police Station (where the course is taking place), SP Niyi Ojopagogo, has been very cooperative. Exams would be conducted at the end of each course and certificates will be issued out. So far, the programme is the best rural policing training in the whole country. The family has spent a lot for this and needs help.

The man of honour (Haz Iwendi) must be happy and fulfilled, anywhere he is now, that his family is continuing his idea and vision, because, according to William Arthur Ward ((1921-1994) "lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!", and, just as Anthony Robbins (born 1960) wrote that "only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfilment". Haz did what he did selflessly and nothing now can equal what he did for his force and Nigeria. Haz, when he was alive, made his days to be perfect, just as John Wooden (1910 -2010) wrote that "you can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you". Surely, there is incredible value in being of service to others; infact Haz was so much pre-occupied with service for others that he left virtually nothing for his family that is stretching itself to the limit to get this foundation off the ground. Anyway, nobody is complaining here as everything is for the love of Haz who didn't live in vain, just as Emily Dickinson (1830 -1886) wrote "if I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin up to his nest again, I shall not live in vain".

Let's honour Haz Iwendi, any way we can, because, it's deserved. Haz honoured humanity and God; God and humanity have blessed him and he reaps his reward not only in heaven, but, here on earth right now, for the Bible says "for them that honour me I will honour (1 Samuel 2:30); and that "the memory of the just is blessed (Proverbs 10:7); and, "if any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour (John 12:26)". The foundation needs money, computers, tables, chairs, equipment and encouragement. Those who have no "silver or gold" to contribute can also send words of encouragement (nothing is too little) to Haz's foundation as it needs all the support, it can get, from individuals, businesses, governments, organisations, foreign embassies etc for the full implementation of Haz's computer idea for rural policing nationwide. Security is one of the basic needs of human life; if the police is able to guarantee security of lives and property in Nigeria, we all would be better off because of it. Let's at least try to help the police to help us. We have to remember that Rabbi Hillel (110 BCE-10 CE) said "if I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?"

Sally Koch was right to write that "great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily", we can't be Haz Iwendi, but, we can help others in our own little ways. Haz has blazed the trail; it's for us to follow by showing love and offering help to others selflessly, just as Bertha Von Suttner (1843-1914) wrote that "after the verb "To Love"..."To Help" is the most beautiful verb in the world". The question that should be on our lips everyday is, just like Vincent Van Gogh (1853 -1890) asked, "how can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?", and then, we should remember that Leo Tolstoy (1828 -1910) said that "the sole meaning of life is to serve humanity", afterall, according to Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) "one does not have to be an angel in order to be saint". We all have to support this great effort in honour of Haz Iwendi; we can contribute our little to achieve what is big for Nigeria, because, if the police starts to get its act together, it would definitely benefit all of us. Loretta Girzartis (born 1920) said it that "if someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen", and, Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915) was right when he wrote that "all success consists in this: You are doing something for somebody - benefiting humanity - and the feeling of success comes from the consciousness of this".

One can contact the foundation for now through this E-Mail address: ciwendi@abdn.ac.uk

Haz Iwendi is a lesson for all of us still living, and that's, if we do our work well when we're alive, if we eventually pass on to the great beyond, despite the fact that we're living in a wicked and sympathy-less world, at least someone will remember us for our good work. Jeff Warner noted that "we are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you".

Most of all, the Nigeria Police Force should immortalize Haz Iwendi by naming a police institution or building after him in honour of all he did for the force.

Here's the aim and objectives of the foundation: