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The man, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, is like an elephant explored by 9 blind males. You respect him from the purpose of his personae that you've got skilled or explored.
To his teachers; former college students on the School of Legislation, the College of Nigeria, Nsukka, the place he taught Constitutional Legislation and Labour Legislation; to these who've listened to him current his many public lectures or learn his books, he's an mental.
To these accustomed to the arrogance that goes with energy in Nigeria, Ekweremadu is humility personified. I went in quest of his teachers to interview them for his 50th birthday documentary. Prof. Charles Ilegbune (SAN), his lecturer at UNN stated that apart from being clever, Ekweremadu had maintained an unusual humility regardless of his achievements.
To particularly the beneficiaries of his life-saving interventions via free medical care or beneficiaries of Ikeoha Grownup Literacy Scheme, Ikeoha Scholarship and Bursary Scheme, Youth Empowerment Scheme, Widow Outreach and Empowerment programmes, and so forth., he's one man who has an overflowing milk of human kindness.
These conscious of his charity and empowerment outreaches have been, subsequently, not shocked when the video of a widow, with an open bible in her entrance, invoking divine intervention for Ekweremadu, emerged on the day he was arraigned with the Senate President on trumped up expenses of conspiracy and forgery of Senate Standing Rule. It was just like the story of Tabitha within the Bible. The widows, orphans, and poor, virtually compelled Peter to carry Tabitha again to life as a result of her demise would spell doom for the numerous much less-privileged, whom she fed and clothed.
In the meantime, to these who've adopted his legislative odyssey, he's a lawmaker par excellence. Nominating Ekweremadu for re-election because the Deputy President of the sixth Senate in June 2011, Senator Zainab Kure (Niger South), described him as "a legislative wiz kid".
Elected Senator for 4 consecutive occasions since 2003, Ekweremadu, who had served as native authorities chairman, Chief of Workers at Enugu Authorities Housec and Secretary to Enugu State Authorities, additionally emerged as Deputy President of the Senate for a file third time in 2015. Subsequent, June 2017 marks his tenth anniversary as a presiding officer of the Nationwide Meeting, making him the longest serving presiding officer within the historical past of the nationwide parliament.
He's like an outdated broom that is aware of each nook of the home and has introduced this wealth of expertise in governance in any respect ranges and the legislature specifically to bear in his service to the nation. As an example, the quest for the modification of the 1999 Structure appeared jinxed till he took over the method in 2007. He piloted the primary, Second, and Third Alterations of the 1999 Structure in that sixth Meeting alone. The amendments resulted in far-reaching electoral reforms.
To the individuals of South East typically and Enugu West Senatorial District particularly, Ekweremadu is high quality illustration personified. His function in bringing to fruition a world airport for the South East is well-known. As for his Senatorial District, the President of the College of Ibadan Alumni Affiliation, Dr. Kemi Emina, captured Ekweremadu’s think about the event of his a part of the world most vividly in the course of the final annual lecture of the Affiliation delivered by his the Senator in Ibadan.
Ikeoha West Africa, as some choose to name him for his splendid tenure because the Speaker of the Parliament of the Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS Parliament), introduced the hitherto little recognized parliament to the consciousness of the peoples of the sub-area. In the present day, ECOWAS Parliament has remodeled from a mere discuss store to a semblance of a parliament as a result of Ekweremadu handed by it.
Much more endearing is that in an atmosphere of do-or-die politics, Ekweremadu represents hope that politics of frequent good, precept, and with out bitterness is feasible in our clime.
As an example, many anticipated Enugu to go up in flames forward of the 2015 basic election, however the Ekweremadu issue ensured it was politics of wits, not one in every of guns, bows, and arrow.
Certainly, in retrospect, the political faceoff forward of the 2015 common elections, which began as early as 2012, was completely avoidable. For example, since we're in a democracy, all that was wanted to retire whomever the system needed to retire was merely to vote them out in a free and honest main. That will have been the actual check of their reputation. Going by the use of decree, was tantamount to a battle line and political humiliation.
So, for Ekweremadu, it was a battle for political survival. If anyone brings battle to your doorstep and proper into your bedroom, you don't run away from your home since you don’t like conflict.
Nonetheless, in certainly one of our conversations forward of the elections, Ekweremadu made three statements that earned him my respect the extra. They usually underline his political philosophies. One, he stated it was going to be a battle of wits, not gunshots. Two, he stated that regardless of how we tried, if God mentioned his days on the Nationwide Meeting had been over, there was nothing we may do about it. At the identical time, if God determined in any other case, then no one would be capable of cease him. Three, he mentioned that the Ikeoha political household would however make the required sacrifices to make sure that the Enugu PDP went into the 2015 election united if it finally had the higher hand.
Though there have been immense pressures on him by lots of his supporters and associates to take whole management and in addition be sure that some individuals from significantly his senatorial district used to battle him didn't get PDP ticket, Ekweremadu maintained that since an understanding had been reached to forgive, he wouldn't be a social gathering to forgiving some, whereas nailing others on political cross. That's the type of coronary heart he has.
Certainly, in addition to particular grace, Ekweremadu’s sort of coronary heart is one cause Heavens all the time intervened and wrought for him political feats, which his return as Senator and most unimaginably, Deputy President of the Senate in opposition to all odds characterize.
Importantly, Ekweremadu’s model of politics, as captured by the Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Emmanuel Chukwuma, in the course of the Senator’s household thanksgiving at Mpu in December 2015, is one pushed by nationwide curiosity and loyalty to constituted authorities. That nationwide curiosity underlines his continued clamaour for true federalism, genuinely satisfied that it's the surest route to a united and affluent Nigeria.
Instructively, though Senator Saraki who later spoke at a civic reception organised for Ekweremadu by his kinsmen the identical day was not on the church service, his testimony collaborated Bishop Chukwuma’s assertion. And in line with the holy guide, by the testimony of two, the reality is established.
Born Could 12, 1962 within the rural neighborhood of Mpu, Aninri LGA, Ekweremadu is a residing testimony that good issues can come out of Nazareth.
Joyful birthday, my grasp, brother, mentor, kindhearted chief, and the calm river that wears off the mighty rock.
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