By Emeka Chiakwelu
?Obi is a man of vision, mission, focus, compassion, piety and
integrity?. His legacies will serve as a lasting guide for future leaders
in the state.'” – ?Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary
Every good thing has an end. It was just like yesterday that Governor Obi
began his journey as the executive governor of Anambra State but on Monday
March 17, he will ?bow out and ?hand over to another energetic and able
gentleman Wilie Obiano.
“Time and tide waits for no man,” as Geoffrey Chaucer correctly said.
Eight years ran so fast and Governor Obi would bowed out of office with
dignity and ?prestige that has been rarely seen or experienced by any
politician since the formation of Anambra State. In making this fabulous
history and achievement it is now on record in the chronicle and annals of
Anambra ?history that Obi is the first and only governor in Anambra to
have enjoyed two terms in the office. We hope that he will not be the last
and that Willie Obiano will follow put.
The point of this article is not to write down the achievements of
Governor Obi. These are the facts and the truth is that his achievements
and accomplishments are numerous covering ?provision of physical and
social infrastructures to health facilities. His achievements covered the
spectrum of human endeavors, propelling ?community upliftment.
What I am try to do is to ?explore his human quality and caring he brought
to bear in his eight years of occupying the seat of the governorship of
Anambra Stae. ?Obi cares for the people of Anambra and each time he
carries the burden of the people. ?This is quite important that a leader
feels and understand the pains his people are going through. Take for
instance you see Obi administering medical vaccination to children he held
in his hands as the mothers of those children stood in awe. ?He never
separate or distance himself from the poor and less privileges citizens of
One of the greatest tools ?a leader can posse is the ability to show
empathy to his fellow human being. Obi never gives excuse to be away from
the people. One thing that is outstanding about him is that all Anambrians
are taken seriously as ?stakeholders contrarily to selected few and
godfathers. ? ? When he celebrated his 50 years birthday, he did not throw
an elaborate party for his friends and colleagues instead he celebrated
his party in a remote primary school with children all around him.
OBI IS HUMBLE
Unlike most of our present leaders in Nigeria, whose commitments are
inclined to expensive cars, designer clothes, watches, shoes and worldly
accessories, Governor Obi is not imprisoned with vanity. He knows who he
is and does not need expensive suits and accessories to express his
profound intellectuality. ?As a governor he has an open door policy and he
is accessible to both rich and poor provided that you are logical and
OBI ?REACHES OUT
Pe’ OKWUTE may be one of the smartest politicians in Nigeria. He is
seasoned politician and he is a strategist. He knows when to make a move,
when to talk, when to hold back and when to be ?quite. He understood the
act of politics which ponderously rests on alliance and friendship. Peter
Obi is an architect of concord based on mutual benefits and respect.
Governor Obi orchestrated what maybe perhaps ?his greatest achievement:
The reconciliation of Ndi-Igbo South east and minorities South south
SE and SS Reconciliation is a momumental Achievement
One of his greatest breakthrough was extending his hands of friendship to
our brothers and sisters in South South political zone; when APGA
supported President Goodluck Jonathan for his presidency and APGA did not
file any presidential candidate. That was a great move and brought about
the reconciliation between SE and SS. Enhance forth the friendship between
President Jonathan and Governor Obi deepened and became a source of joy
and tangible returns to SE and Anambra State in particular.
Okwute Ndigbo distinguish himself from his contemporaries with ?hard work
and commitment to a vision of achievements and the ?strive to restore the
dignity of Ndi-Igbo. Governor Peter Obi feels and understands the heart
beat of Ndi-Igbo
Yes, I knew him in Onitsha when we were growing up. ?Obi went to Christ
the King College (CKC) with my brothers Damian Chiakwelu and ?Chuks
Chiakwelu. ?Even at that time he has been showing leadership quality and
was industrious. ?He always knows what he wants and God has abundantly
Okwute Ndi-Igbo ?I wish you the best – Godspeed. ?Agu Igbo daalu!
Emeka ? Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have
appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other
important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in
many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning
including tagteam Harvard Education. Africa Political & Economic Strategic
Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental
objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa.
To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable
green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and
probity in Africa.
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