I am not a spokesperson for Gov Ugwuanyi. So I speak not in his defence but I speak my personal truth from my rational and free mind.
May i start by quoting some parts of the letter Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of the blessed memory wrote to Dr Chuba Okadigbo also of blessed memory after the later had openly abused him and called his remarks “the mere ranting of an ant”. The great Zik of Africa in the open letter to Okadigbo started by blessing him as a father would and wishing him well in all his endeavours.
But came down to say “…But if it is not the tradition of our people that elders should be roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close…”
Clearly the young lady whose video is trending as she rained abuses on no small a persona than the Governor of a state – Enugu has presented herself clearly as someone who suffers from a deep lack of home training and if properly checked, is most likely having psychological imbalance too. If not, how does one explain why a young lady will call out names to a man old enough to be her father? There are no abusive word known to Nsukka dialect that she did not voice out against a man we all have elected to be the Leader of our State.
I commend the Governor and his handlers for not responding to such an outburst. Some people clearly do not deserve our response. Especially when they have chosen to be abusive, disrespectful and reckless.
I hold the view that whatever our opinion, observation or feelings may be, we can always find a polite and civil way to present same without vulgar & fowl languages.
On the issue at hand, the Governor have not at any fora endorsed the idea of having a RUGA settlement anywhere in Enugu State.
What the Governor did at Nenwe was to simply let the world know that the news that Herdsmen were ejected out of the town was a hoarse which is capable is distorting the peace and security we currently enjoy in Enugu State. It is the right thing for a Leader to do.
We agree that the Herdsmen had become a thorn on the flesh of our people. Especially those in Rural areas but we must be cautious of any line of action we chose to take. Security issues most times are not handled out of emotional outburst, it requires deep planning, information gathering and tact.
While I appreciate the concerns of our people, which are very right and reasonable concerns, we must be patient with the government as they seek to amicably ensure that lives and properties are not lost and tensions don’t rise too.
I hereby suggest and recommend to this young lady to tender an unreserved apology to the Governor of Enugu State, not just on the issues raised but mainly on the language used. It is savagely uncultured. It is wrong.
Nobody is saying we should not criticise those in power but we should know also that while they are public servants, they are not public slaves. So they too have their own right to the dignity of human person.
Hon. Barr. Chima Obieze
Member, Enugu State House of Assembly