Governor Willie Obiano yesterday lauded indigenes of the state for their doggedness and creativity, saying that they had made strident marks not only in the state but also in the
Governor Willie Obiano yesterday lauded indigenes of the state for their doggedness and creativity, saying that they had made strident marks not only in the state but also in the annals of the nation’s history, achievements, which he said would linger through commitment, consistence and creativity.
Governor Obiano, who spoke yesterday at the School of Media and Communication Pan-Atlantic University Lagos, as the “8th Distinguished Guest Lecture Series on the theme: “Sustaining the legacy of Growth and Development in Anambra In State,” said indigenes of the state have and continued to significant contributions to the socio-economic and political development of the country.
The governor boasted of the calibre of dignitaries that Anambra State have produced with the likes of the great Zik of Africa, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe who he said continued from where Olaudah Equiano stopped and became Nigeria’s most iconic nationalist and the first President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to Obiano, long before the end of slave trade , Anambra indigenes had begun to astonish the world with brilliance and boldness, adding that Iseke-born Olaudah Equiano who was also known as Gustavus Vassa was the first African slave to write his story in print— “The Interesting Narratives of Life of Olaudah Equiano,” published in 1789.
Also, Anambra is the home of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the leader of the defunct Republic of Biafra as well as Dr. Orizu, first Senate President of Nigeria and the host of others.
Meanwhile, no other state in Nigeria can boast of such a glittering array of accomplished citizens, cutting across several generations to the present day, the governor said.
Speaking on the politics in Anambra, Obiano noted that any keen observer of modern Nigerian politics can easily testify that nowhere is the famous rivalry in the contemporary democracy as fierce as the South Eastern part of the country and nowhere in the south east is it more intense than in Anambra, however as a result of this our people are highly enlightened and not very easy to lead.
The governor further stated that one of the basic challenges facing the state is political challenge, “and this is based on our inability to fully understand that while our culture favours the flourishing of plurality and dissent, our political success as a group must depends on how we manage these differences in a manner that would not stand in the way of the state progress”.
However before APGA took over power from the PDP in Anambra in 2006, the state was experiencing a lot crime more especially kidnapping, drug barons armed robber, and human traffickers, but happily, their anxieties began to dissolve with the inauguration of the APGA government in 2006, and this is because in APGA we value imagination a lot.
His words, “ I observe that while it takes a few individuals to leave a legacy, it takes the collective resolve of an entire community to sustain a worthy legacy. It is my fervent prayer that Anambra will never lack the men and women to create a legacy nor a deeply perceptive community of people to sustain it”.
In his remark, Dr. James Tsaaior, Head, Mass Media and Writing Department, School Of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, facilitate the governor for his wonderful work he is doing for the people of Anambra, and the purpose of the gathering is to move the nation from one place to another.
He further thanks the governor for tackling the high rate of crime and improving security in the state. However Anambra is among the state that does not owe his workers. Tsaaior said. The governor express satisfaction on the support the people of Anambra is given him, and he promised to continue doing his best despite challenges facing the nation.
– Francis Moses