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South East Governors not weak— Nwobodo

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 04, 2020, 05:01:58 PM
By Dennis Agbo

ELDER Statesman and former Governor of old Anambra state, Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo has taken offence at the branding of Governors in South East states as being weak in discharge of their official duties.

Nwobodo said that as a former Governor who understands the intricacies in governorship, he takes exception to some Igbo leaders branding their state Chief executives as being incapable or weak.

In a statement he made available to Vanguard, on Friday, Nwobodo stated that there was a marked difference between weakness and wisdom, noting that somebody is gentle and meek does not make him weak.

He also stated that governance was quiet different from politics, but that a lot of people do not understand that the security and safety of lives and properties were part of the responsibilities of a governor or a president, which a responsible governor cannot act without knowing the true facts of what he is expected to act upon. “Just one wrong action of a governor that is based on rumour, falsehood and hearsay can set a state or country on fire.”

Nwobodo, who ostensibly was responding to media reports alleging that the South east Governors were weak, particularly on the killing of 21 Igbo youths in Emene-Enugu, said he was sad and pained when he heard about the killings and quickly made calls to ascertain what happened.

“I also know that the Governor (Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi) rushed out to get the facts before reacting. Again, I am aware that the governor has not rested since then, and as governor he cannot get the true facts by making inflammatory statements in the press. We cannot be in our homes and know what actions or steps he is taking.

“No rational thinking person would expect him to rush to the scene of the incident with his own army or police to return fire for fire. That will put the whole place in danger because more lives would be lost, and who are those going to die, the same Igbo, our own people.”

Nwobodo went on disclose that Governor Ugwuanyi has gone further to hold an enlarged or wide stakeholders meeting, with representative of all institutions, education, religious, former governors, youth organizations and all stakeholders, mainly because of the same issue of killings and security in general.

He also reminded that the south east governors, united and worked hard to ensure that Enugu airport was restored, which he witnessed the opening ceremony and saw a more improved version of what the airport used to be.

“They could not have achieved that without applying wisdom to their approach. I am happy with the unity and cooperation that I see among all south east governors. At a time in our country and indeed the whole world are facing multiple challenges, unprecedented in our lifetime, we must be careful what we say and the actions we take, especially we the elders.

“We should not incite or stampede our young governors into hasty and irrational actions that would jeopardize and endanger the lives of the same people they took oaths to protect,” Nwobodo advised.


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Re: South East Governors not weak— Nwobodo

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 04, 2020, 05:15:50 PM
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Nwobodo said that as a former Governor who understands the intricacies in governorship, he takes exception to some Igbo leaders branding their state Chief executives as being incapable or weak.

In a statement he made available to Vanguard, on Friday, Nwobodo stated that there was a marked difference between weakness and wisdom, noting that somebody is gentle and meek does not make him weak
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Fair point ... BUT...

The reason I added the "But" is because the core challenges that the governors are dealing with, which is mainly security, is not a binary issue whereby they cannot provide it without falling out with the Buhari government.

They act is if they would immediately fall into Buhari's "bad book" if they sign into law the Anti-Open grazing bill.
But that is exactly what the governors of South West did by setting up Operation Amotekun, and they are still playing love games with Buhari. They do what their people want, and still maintain good relationship with Buhari.
Our governors think that they only way to please Buhari or gain his respect is to betray their own people.

The Yoruba governors did not sign anti-open grazing bill, but they did something way more audacious.
They set up a security outfit and insisted that it would not work under the Nigerian police IGP.

Yet, just today, I saw the governor of Ondo, Gov Akeredolu, in Aso rock visiting and smiling with Buhari!
THAT IS THE TYPE OF GUTS IGBO DEMAND OF SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS.
They pussy-foot around too much, and there is absolutely no need for it.

Buhari will not eat them if they set up a join security outfit to check the activities of Fulani terrorists in Igboland.
So, yes, I agree that governing is not easy, but they put themselves up for service and were elected.

If they knew that they lacked the guts, the mental acumen, or the sophistication (as being demonstrated by Akeredolu or Ondo state), why did they run for office?

This is why I keep telling the Igbo that they should henceforth only test political contestants on GUTS FACTOR and nothing else.

What is the point of having the "best technocrat" who cannot even protect the people he is governing,
Or who would cower at the first sign of a threat and in the process sabotage the interests of his people?

THAT IS THE ISSUE.

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