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THE PEOPLE’S MAYOR: Just before he climbed the fifth floor…

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He was born as the fourth child and second son in a family of six — a child of destiny fit for the gold mean. However, neither the Shakespearean silver nor proverbial ivory spoon accompanied his birth. But his Dad, a veteran Technician in Demonstration Lab of faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria Nsukka didn’t spare the spoons available in his time and cadre to give him the best of treats.

From birth, he was endowed with graceful comeliness and a well cutout disarming pulchritude, which shaped his stature to adulthood.

Character wise, he was stern and articulated. And he grew up, believing that failure is not inability to fall, but lack of will power to rise and dust oneself up after each fall. This was where he drew the virtuous courage that astounded his peers. Any man with this rare principled disposition to life will always be successful, because neither social stigma nor personal introspection can affect his drive to achieve set goals.

According to renowned American author, Eric Butterworth: “two categories of people exit. Those who go through life, and those who grow through life.” Our Man belong to the last category. He grew and still grows through life.

Self-belief breeds self-confidence. And self-confidence leads to self-mastery. He was a man before he grew up. He fortified his mind and trained his heart in spartan discipline. This way, no emotion could becloud his judgment, and neither did impropriety restrain his kindness.

He is true, straight, blunt and uncompromising. Like Oprah Winfrey, he believed that “we can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” Thus, innovation and progressive dynamism were his watchwords.

Little did he know that he was imbibing a character that will help him navigate the murky waters of future political leadership whenever the time arrives. He came into politics as a fighter for social justice and equity. He represented what G.K Chesterton meant when he said: “true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

Despite acquiring all moral arsenals needed for remarkable public leadership, he still subjected himself to due process, and grew through ranks to attain enviable heights as he currently is. He was under the tutelage of thorough-bred political leaders of the new era — Late Chief Sen. Bernard A. Eze (Oko Ugbabe) and Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Dunu Gburugburu of Orba) the executive governor of Enugu state.

He was a federal legislative aid for over four years, before his stint as Commissioner for Lands and later Commerce. At the risk of sounding monotonous, it begs repetition to say that he distinguished himself in all offices he held. And the electorates of Udenu LGA gave him the legitimacy of their mandate to preside over their common good. Since he held sway in the Local Government, peace and security (the most prized asset in today’s Nigeria) have become common souvenirs across the length and breadth of Udenu.

His people now benefits from the “strong man” that he is, and which he spent his early youthful years building. Each time he is accosted with the question: “how do you manage security that keeps Udenu safe amidst endemic insecurity in our neighbouring communities,” he would answer: “I did nothing extraordinary, my security plans just aligned with God’s omniscient design for our people.”

But some of us who knew his conscious efforts and well schematic security plans are aware that he deserve some accolades. We don’t deny the fact that Udenu witnessed peace during previous administrations, as we had it under Dr. Godwin Abonyi, but those were not the age of widespread terrorism as we have them now.

Here, our Man made it look so seamless and easy.
As a mobilizer of men, he assesses himself in the mirror of impartation. Though he commands huge followership among young people, he nevertheless checks the rear mirror regularly. “A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren’t still there, he’s no longer a political leader” so said Bernard Baruch.

He doesn’t discriminate. He loves all men with equal affection. He perfectly understood and avoided the caveat raised by great philosopher — Banksy that: “we were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us, and wealth classified us”.

Then comes his humane nature.
A large-hearted individual with strong affinity for generosity; he succours any weary soul that comes to him in need of help. He is a disciple of unconditional love, and ordered his life in line with the ordinances of Christ on christian charity (Matt. 25:31— 40).

On the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th independence celebration, he spent quality time with the sick in hospitals around Obollo Afor and the inmates of Nigerian Correctional Center in Nsukka. He offsetted hospital bills of those who could not afford it, and provided logistics for the welfare of prisoners respectively.

Typical of him, he loves every soul, and strives to empower the poor. He don’t just give fish to the needy, he teaches them how to fish, and empowers them with hooks, liners and bates needed for to make a successful fisherman.
He owns a conglomerate of Agro-business — Onwudiwe Farms Ltd. In his employ is over 70-man workforce.

The Farm is one of the drivers of Agricultural value chain in Enugu State. His human capital development index is topnotch.

He is aspiring to represent Udenu Constituency at the Enugu State House of Assembly in the next four weeks when the state assembly election comes. To turn the fortunes of our constituency around, the holders of our political stakes unanimously agreed that he is the best candidate to go for us.

He has seen it all in politics. But one outstanding quality of his, is that he, (like his mentor, Gburugburu) has never jumped ship.

He has remained steadfast in one party, even during episodes of existential storm. He is a diehard PDP man, and a quintessential team player.
His political philosophy rhymes with that of the 34th president of the United States— Dwight D. Eisenhower: “I despise all adjectives that try to describe people as liberal or conservative, rightist or leftist, as long as they stay in the useful part of the road.”

Ladies and Gentlemen!
We present to you The People’s Mayor, Hon. Solomon Izuchukwu Onah (Jack Solo) whose birthday we celebrate today 11th day of February annually. This is his 49th birthday anniversary. By this time next year, he will be at the revered fifth floor of age, marking his golden jubilee.

Just before then, join us in wishing him long life and prosperity. We toast on prayerful mood, that God who caused his birth on this day will bless him in two times eleven different ways in Jesus Name. Amen.

Long live Jack Solo
Long live the digital Mayor
Long live incoming House member (Deo volente)

— Solo Support Group for Gburugburu (SSG4G), Udenu LGA.

Below are Goodwill messages from friends and well-wishers

Hon Innocent nweze. Immediate past councillor, Obollo etiti ward
“Happy birthday in advance to one of the most innovative people I have ever met. May your wisdom never diminish. Working with you over the years has been a period of learning to me. Happy birthday, boss, our success in the forthcoming election is assured as the good people of UDENU have spoken” 🙏🙏❣️

“Birthday shout-out!!!
Mayor, as you commemorate your birth anniversary today, may God continue to strengthen and bless your efforts with success. Happy birthday sir…”

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