According to Beninese proverb, “Fear a silent Man, he has lips like a drum”. It is no longer news that the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere is a silent man who everyone sees as one that cannot hurt a fly.
In the Igbo proverb as well, it is said that “when a fowl pursues one at noon, the fellow should flee since he never could tell if the fowl developed teeth overnight”. In our everyday life, we can ascertain the fact that empty drum makes the loudest noise, but the ones filled with water make no hut.
Come to think about it, one may struggle to understand my postulation, while others will believe that Prince Eze Madumere can be likened to that drum filled with water which makes no hut even when hit hard for the sake of peace.
The 2019 general elections have come and gone but its good and bad experiences still reverberate in our minds. Prince Madumere in his quest to ensure that Imo people heave a sigh of relief sacrificed his comfort like the biblical Samaritan who abandoned his destination for the rescue of the downtrodden.
Eight months prior to the general elections, one would agree with me that Eze Madumere was seen, called and addressed as a “spare tire” who could not make a change unless instructed by his estranged boss.
Surprisingly, never could anyone believed that Madumere accepted to swallow the pill of maltreatment, humiliation and insults from his then supposed boss in the interest of unity, oneness and peaceful coexistence of the state.
Not comfortable with the fresh nickname to our gentle Deputy Governor as a ” political weakler”, I was consoled with a Nigerian proverb that “when the moon is shining, the cripple becomes hungry for a walk”. On the other hand, suppression, insults and assaults are ingredients of motivation to undertake risk even at individuals’ detriment.
Eze Madumere having been motivated and influenced by the humiliations and assaults from his then boss, down to his supposed juniors in the rescue government proved Imo people wrong by combating his “problem” down to nothing which gave rise to a liberated Imo today that everyone is celebrating.
Imo people would not have known the political capacity of Eze Madumere if the nine newly elected House of Assembly members in his Owerri zone were not against his estranged boss’ wishes, Imo people would not have understood his individual political bulldozing if the choice of his former boss for Governorship was realized.
Imo people would have seen him as indeed political “weakler” if he had not risked his life for the liberation of the state. Also, Imo people would have remembered him in the future as that Deputy Governor to a tyrant who contributed little or nothing to save the masses.
But miraculously today, every corner, every beer parlour, every church, every school, every hospital and every place you go, the discussion that rant the air is how Eze Madumere rejected government largesse, booties and Senatorial ticket on a plater of gold in order to save Ndi Imo from political wickedness, and administrative “gbasaqueenism”.
This is indeed an added political applause to the crowned Mbieri Prince, which every Imo person should put into cognisance. His great demonstration of capacity and political straightforwardness is a confirmation that if given higher task, maybe at the national level, he will never abandon Imo people.
At this juncture, the message and song for every well meaning Imolites should be ” Eze Madumere one, Eze Madumere two and Eze Madumere three” as the song continues…remember, in the history of Nigeria, Eze Madumere is the only Deputy Governor who did not enjoy the privileges of his office for four years even when several attempts to purportedly impeach him failed woefully because of his INNOCENCE.
Esogibe Ikenna is an Opinion Moulder and Social media editor