In other to succeed in his second term and become the all-time best Governor Enugu State have ever seen, the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuani have been advised to stay away from certain pitfalls that have consumed others.
Speaking in a special thanksgiving mass organized to mark his swearing in and commencement of second tenure at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu on 30th May, 2019, the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev Godfrey Onah called on Governor Ugwuanyi to stay away from sycophants while focusing more on consolidating the many good works he started from his first tenure.
In his homily, Bishop Onah, decried the wide spread corruption in the country and the wanton greed that has become the order of the day and enjoined all to allow the personality of Christ to come alive in their dealings and characters. He said ‘when greed and envy blinds people, lies become their subtle truth’. He however urged the people to see themselves as stake holders in the quest to carry on the good work of Christ on earth.
Bishop Onah described Gov. Ugwuanyi as the most popular Governor in the country as well as the People’s Governor and a man loved even by his enemies.
In his words; “As we are marking the end we are also marking the beginning. He is about the most popular Governor in Nigeria, he is the people’s Governor, everybody including those who claim to hate him, love him.
His Lordship further described the divine mandate the Governor has from God. According to him, ‘the mandate given to the Governor by the people through his victory at the polls shows that it is an act of God and as such, the Governor is exercising power onbehalf of God.
His Lordship however, admonished the Governor to imbibe what he described as the three Cs that will help him emerge successfully after the next four years in power. He explained the three Cs to mean‘Consolidation, Correct and Creativity’ which according to Bishop Onah will help expand the beautiful reputation of the state as the most conducive and viable state to do business in Nigeria.
Baring his mind on the level of increasing sycophants around the Governor, His Lordship urged the Governor to summon courage and stamp out people he described as deadwoods dragging his government down. He reminded him that those who can’t bend him to their will, will abuse him of all sort of the things. He also told him that if, he, the governor after four years doesn’t see what he needs to do better, then,he has not been paying attention.
His Lordship however advised him to focus on things that will speak for his legacy in future which posterity shall remember him for. He reminded him of the challenges ahead and the need to get ready to tackle them head on.
On the many agitations and ill feelings in the country, Bishop Onah noted that Agitations from various segments in the country is as a result of failure of Government while calling for a revolution in the education sector of the country.
“The hope I see is that we need to go back to the root, this country took a wrong turn and has continued on that way. Military rule destroyed the country and one of the things they did was destroying the education system. You must restore the standard of education. And until we restore education, nothing will work out.
“We have to get it right, governance is not about the people in government, all of us have to play our part”, His Lordship said.
Speaking further on sycophancy in the country, His Lordship charged those who prey and sing praises for unsuspecting public office holders with the intention of swindling them, to use the opportunities provided already to be creative and function for their own development and growth. He urged the Governor to open his heart to the spirit of God to guide and help him achieve the great works he has in his heart.
Turning to the elected members of parliament , His Lordship charged themto rise to the occasion whileurging the citizens to get more involved with governance and ask their representatives questions. “Nobody has the right to rule us, only those who do good and what God asked them to do for us will rule us. Let us join hands to realize the mission of Enugu state”, His Lordship urged.
The thanksgiving mass had in attendance all the Catholic Bishops of Enugu, Awgu and Nsukka Dioceses. Also in attendance were the Governor of Enugu State, his Deputy and all the top functionaries of the state.