His Grace, Most Rev. Dr Emmanuel Olisa Chukwuma, OON, Archbishop, Anglican Communion, Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Anglican Communion is a household name in Nigeria and beyond. He is a clergy, social crusader and an analyst. In this interview with MAUREEN IKPEAMA he assessed the governor of Anambra State, Chief (Dr) Willie Obiano’s first tenure and offered advice for his ‘s second tenure. Excerpts.
YOUR Grace, the governor of Anambra State, Chief (Dr) Willie Obiano and his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke would be sworn-in for their second tenure in office on the 17th of March, 2018. Could you assess their first tenure?
Thank God for the success of the election. The election that gave Chief Willie Obiano second tenure was credible. We thank God, We also thank the people of Anambra State for believing in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the only Igbo party in Nigeria. We thank God that Anambra people identified with it and voted for him.
In his first term, he did not discriminate against anyone. As Anglicans, he did his best for us. He will no fail to maintain the good work.
On community development, he gave all the communities money to develop their places. He has proven that he is a good leader. He has been able to release money to churches for development as he used to do.
On agriculture, Governor Obiano has done well in his first tenure to the admiration of the people. He was not vindictive. He has an open mind. He is somebody you cannot frustrate at anytime.
There were some problems in Governor Obiano’s first tenure like flagging-off roads and not completing the roads but his attention to salaries and pensions is very commendable as he is starting his second tenure, he should address those issues he could not address during his first tenure.
Your Grace, how did you see Governor Obiano’s relationship with his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke?
His relationship with his deputy has improved. We thank God for that. Gossips must not come between them.
What advice do you have for the people of Anambra State?
Anambra people, continue to pray for Governor Obiano, be united and support him to maintain peace in the state. They should make sure that there will be no discrimination. We have supported him now, we hope Anglicans will be given the chance to become the governor of Anambra State after Chief Obiano’s second tenure.