By Nwachukwu Obidiwe
That stern image of the late AIG Raphael Ige, commanding greater than 2 hundred and fifty absolutely armedofficers and males of the Nigeria Police, laying siege to the Authorities Home and the State Meeting refuses to vanish from reminiscence. That enveloping silence of loss of life, amidst marching shrills by these gun-totters, who demanded resignation nonetheless scares. These movie-like drills of shining metals, pointing at totally different course of the Authorities Home and ordering all in sight, wouldn’t go away. Recalling how the Meeting was assembled at gun level to obtain a compelled instrument of resignation rivets with absurd tragedy, recreating forgotten bitter moments below the jackboot. On that July 10, 2003, Awka, the Anambra capital metropolis shared the reminiscence of Hannibal’s invasion of Rome with 600 elephants ! However whereas it took Rome fifteen years of Fabianism below Scipio Africanus to interrupt Hannibal’s siege on the battle of Zama in B.C 202, Anambra was luckier because the avatar of liberation , Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige broke unfastened from captivity in 5 and half hours! Alternative Lodge, Awka was the theatre. It was there that the unusual braveness of 1 man, blunt refusal to yield to a cast resignation letter, at gun level, secured freedom for his individuals from the bondage of godfatherism.
The speedy impact was the impolite awakening on a dormant volcano as Ndi-Anambra burst in open help of their hero, with a military fashioned to guard the governor from each aggression. Anambra individuals are not like the retailers of Alexandra, who deserted Mohammed Karim, the hero of their wrestle in opposition to Napoleon invasion in 1798 by refusing to pay a nice of 10,000 gold coin, which Napoleon had demanded as compensation for the killing of his troopers. Because the retailers of Alexandria denied and denounced their hero, hear what Napoleon stated as he gave out Mohammed for execution, “ I’ll concede that the sentence of capital punishment be executed not since you killed my troopers , however for having fought for cowardly individuals , who care extra about their enterprise than about their integrity.”
Subsequently, a deserving commendation goes first to Ndi-Anambra whose help was the primary spine for the sustenance of liberation . How can one overlook these endless months of vigil, mounted by the individuals on Enugu- Onitsha Specific in everlasting vigilance over their freedom? A lesson from an introspection right here is for all workplace holders to put the individuals first. Self-love makes no hero. Ngige might have simply colluded together with his oppressors and go away the individuals as losers. He didn’t and the reward is one large life time political capital for causes of that close to self- immolation on July 10, 2003.
Expensive Sen. Chris Ngige, there is no such thing as a baiting that in case you had performed the ball, there would have been no Justice Nabaruma, whose verdict began making the rounds weeks earlier than supply. You selected the province of the individuals they usually have been devoted in rewarding you ever since. Ndi-Anambra acknowledge until at the moment that you just received the 2010 governorship election because the lots yearned on your return however for that normal huge rigging and strategic disenfranchisement in your Idemili North and South. The re-match in 2011 was their undoing as you once more defeated a mixed power of Governor Peter Obi, Dora Akunyili and the Federal Authorities of Goodluck Jonathan to emerge the Senator representing Anambra Central; the one opposition member of the seventh senate from the South East. So many have argued that in a distinct clime, late Akunyili would don’t have any enterprise being on the poll in opposition to you. However egged on by Obi, who tried in useless to delete your intimidating achievements and demystify you, Dora plunged into the sector and went dwelling bitter. The lots this time, stood between them and rigging.
A little bit digression right here is that even whenever you have been appointed the Minister of Labour and Employment in 2015, you didn’t lose your Midas contact. Your sterling labour diplomacy restored Nigeria to the Governing Board of the ILO when you additionally emerged its Chairman . That election was sequel to the frontline management that endeared you to the Africa regional membership of the ILO who had earlier in 2018, elected you its spokesperson on vital problems with African curiosity. You additionally midwifed the Nationwide Minimal Wage Negotiations, giving the Nigerian employee a vital base pay of N30, 000. Regardless of teething challenges since 2015, your sensible contributions enabled the Federal Authorities clear many years of unpaid salaries and allowances. On file is that no Federal civil servant has been retrenched even whereas Nigeria was in recession. Tens of millions of jobs have relatively been created by means of job-rich insurance policies. There may be relative industrial concord, the soundness wanted for optimum nationwide productiveness. The Director Common of the ILO , Mr. Man Ryder in his congratulatory letter, described you as a exceptional Minister whose reappointment didn’t come as a shock. Out of your work plan, the home of bricks you met in 2015 will glitter as marbles when the work is finished in 2023! .
Nigerians not too long ago noticed James Faleke hurl frivolous allegations in opposition to you on the ground of the Home in sheer abuse of parliamentary privilege. His actions have been comprehensible provided that one can see by means of the straws he was desperately clutching for allies who should stay untouchable, even when the NSITF collapses. Let’s go away the matter for the panel to get performed with its investigations, however it’s suspicious the Speaker would cede the ground for defamation of the spouse of the Minister who has nothing to do with the NSITF.
A Syrian poet wrote that “to revolt on behalf of an ignorant individuals is prefer to setting your self on fireplace to be able to gentle the best way for a blind man. And that’s the reason I selected to comment as soon as extra that Ndi-Anambra is the best asset to your 34 months revolution. Whereas individuals prioritize your armada of expansive street community that defied the weather until at the moment, I desire the underlying philosophy of credible supply in a horizon hitherto benighted by shoddiness . Ngige constructed for the subsequent technology. I simply recall that your successor, did all to discredit these roads, claiming they have been costly, however the mere indisputable fact that those he constructed lower than a decade in the past have all collapsed, greatest decides who chased the shadows.
You raced sooner and extra in fury than the livid flood and erosion encircling Anambra . Right now, journalist Tabitha Olisa Ogbonnaya received’t stop reminding social media followers of Ngige’s appeal that shattered the parable of Mmili Ele throughout Nnewi-Ozubulu- Ekwusigo freeway, whereas veteran Uche Ezechukwu retains acknowledging the mixing twine that Igbo-Ukwu-Uga-Umunze- Owerri Ezukala-Isuochi has develop into. The Oyeagu Abagana- Ifete Dunu- Otuocha is a portal vein linking the central to the northern axis of the state. Greater than 500 kilometers of strong roads!
However much more vital to survival is smashing the parable of secrecy round authorities earnings and spending, and making Ndi-Anambra co-owners of this assets . You introduced again accountability and we regained our satisfaction whereas our names as soon as extra gained headlines for the correct causes. Your Govt Order pushing the salaries of civil servants and lecturers to fist line cost early within the lifetime of your administration, completely buried the ghost of labour unrests that stored colleges closed for a 12 months and docs abandoning hospitals for rodents. The return of the colleges to the mission, a catalyst to high quality training was final tried by Jim Nwobodo when he returned St. Charles School, Onitsha and St. Monica, Ogunike in 1982. It needed to look ahead to over 20 years on your political will. The sequence of negotiations involving the non secular and the ventilated social dialogue that detonated the mine of strikes, already being laid by lecturers over the difficulty, all culminated within the return of the primary batch of colleges in 2005. You introduced improvements, enlivened the UBE and the state tertiary establishments. Let me save the remaining for July 2021!
- Obidiwe writes from Abuja