Nimbo attack and efficacy of cautious leadership

May 20, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ NEWS and Gossip


IN the wake of the mindless killings at Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani council area of Enugu State last month, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi literally put on the apparels of a stoic philosopher. And he capped that stance with his usual steadfast clinging to invocation of God when grisly circumstances tend to violate the sanctity of his well-ordered administrative style, as the Nimbo attack really did.
There is no gainsaying the fact that within this trying period as the incident proved to be, the governor proved himself a good leader who knows the way, goes the way and clearly shows the way, just as philosopher John Maxwell postulates. It was a period when all manner of perceived and imagined enemies turned social commentators overnight using various platforms to throw unwarranted jabs at Governor Ugwuanyi on the propriety, the efficacy or otherwise of his strategic handling of the very delicate situation he had at hand as the chief security officer of the state. His hint at Nimbo on April 26 on how he did all that were humanly possible to nip the bloody incident in the bud did not really matter to the studied traducers.
However, always running his mind back to the saying that caution is the eldest child of wisdom, the state chief executive, after weeping on coming face- to-face with the mangled remains of a law-abiding headmaster of a school in the community who was felled by the marauding Fulani herdsmen, he quickly rallied his elements back to the daunting challenge at hand in line with the wise counsel of another wise saying- catch not the shadow and lose the substance.
Hence, when some called for irrational measures like reprisals or deportation of herdsmen from Enugu, even from Igbo land as a whole, the pacifist governor called for prayers and fasting while engaging Mr. President shortly at Aso Rock Villa for a more fundamental national salvage action to tame the dangerous scourge that has been literally scooping blood and visiting destruction on parts of the country. At the end of his various shuttle diplomatic moves in Abuja and within Enugu state, the present outpouring of commendations on the governor from very critical stakeholders for showing astute leadership in his handling of the crisis so far has profusely vindicated him. And they came from individuals and groups, including even the Fulani and Shuwa Arab leaders in the state.
Again, it is clear that his handling of the Nimbo attack has undoubtedly changed the federal official’s stance on the menace of herdsmen in parts of the country. Thus, the amiable Enugu governor has paved the way for a national road map on taming the scourge of Fulani herdsmen attack on farmers and members of the host communities.
Those who came calling in sympathy with the governor and the people of the state included representatives of forum of governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State who is chairman of the forum of APC governors led the delegation to Enugu on May3, 2016,  thanked Governor Ugwuanyi for showing maturity and for not allowing the matter to escalate despite its level of provocation. Also speaking on the occasion, chairman of the Northern Governors’ forum and the governor of Borno State and member of the delegation, Alhaji Kashim Shetima, commended Governor Ugwuanyi for all the steps taken since the Nimbo incident broke out.
Governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and some stakeholders visited twice and, through their spokesman and deputy president of the senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, declared on their behalf on each occasion that the governor had done them proud by his resilient leadership in the handling of the matter.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State had also come calling along with an entourage to show solidarity with the Enugu governor over the Nimbo killings, saying his government and the people of Anambra state were solidly behind their sister state in this crisis. Obiano had come just moments after a delegation of the South East Traditional Rulers’ Council departed Government House Enugu after their own sympathy visit.
Both group of visitors on solidarity visits on May 13, 2016, commended the governor for the caliber of leadership he exhibited that worked to stave off further bloody crisis in the wake of the Nimbo attack. And the monarchs led by His Royal Majesty, Eze Eberechi N. Dick particularly held the governor in high esteem as one of their sons in position of authority with a very clear level head for the arduous task of governing Enugu, the capital of the South East region.
On the day the Enugu State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) came to show solidarity with the governor, the spokesmen of the group were clearly on the same page with the governor in seeking the recourse to the path of peace and seeking God’s intervention in the herdsmen crisis. State chairman of CAN, Rt. Rev. Christian Obiefuna, came along with other notable clergymen like the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Archbishop of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Christopher Ede among others. They commended Ugwuanyi for his stewardship, peaceful disposition and recourse to God through prayers, especially during the period of the Nimbo crisis, stressing that the governor “did not abandon his people”.
Also from Governor Ugwuanyi’s kinsmen who came under Nsukka General Assembly made up of people of the Nsukka cultural zone of  Enugu state came a verdict of commendation.  Led by Emeritus professor, Lawrence  Ocho, and former information minister, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the group commended the governor for the effective way he has handled the sad incident which has remained a rude shock to the people of the zone.
Beholding the turn of events, that is, from the hectic time of mindless release of abuses when the incident broke out, to a situation where the presidency is wielding the big stick against the herdsmen for the first time at his prompting, and now being inundated with accolades for show of astute leadership, Governor Ugwuanyi now laughs last. And he keeps telling the people of Enugu that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal, and that neither heat nor cold abides always in the sky.

source: sunnews