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Is Soludo a magician? — By Christian Aburime

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Is Governor Soludo a magician? This is the poser most ndi Anambra are still grappling to decipher!

Magicians are known to be persons who can conjure something out of nothing, can perform ‘miracles’, or can pull incredible stunts to the awe of onlookers. That is normally in the socio-cultural milieu of society. But when a leader in the arena of governance does things that defy logic, people wonder if it is magic.

Is Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR, a magician? This poser arises as the professor of economics-turned-politician has become a master weaver of ingenious prudence and developmental economy in a society where the threads of fiscal responsibility often fray and unravel.

Since taking reins as governor, his governance philosophy of “Doing More with Less” has been brightening Anambra’s path through the economic shadows that loom over Nigeria and indeed, the world.

Really, Governor Soludo’s approach is not one of mysticism or sleight of hand, but rather a proof of the power of practical economics, uncompromising accountability, and a steadfast commitment to integrity. Where many leaders of states succumb to the allure of easy loans and quick fixes, Soludo is charting a different course, one that navigates the treacherous waters of economic austerity without resorting to the anchor of piling up debt.

The governor’s fiscal acumen is not even a matter of naira-pinching; it is a demonstration of responsible stewardship that has yielded tangible results across diverse sectors. In education, healthcare, road infrastructure, youth empowerment, agriculture, and many more, Anambra State has witnessed remarkable footprints with efficient management of available resources. Many a baffled observer would ask: how could a governor be doing so much without borrowing? Well, it’s doable and possible!

Today, Governor Soludo’s refreshingly contrarian approach to fiscal discipline has not gone unnoticed. Anambra State’s deserved consistent recognition, by BudgIT, as the most fiscally transparent and among the top five fiscally sustainable states in Nigeria is a resounding endorsement of Soludo’s innovative economic engineering.

So, is Soludo a magician? The answer is a resounding no. He is something far more valuable than mere entertaining abradacabra: a pragmatic, prudent, accountable, and responsible leader. His ability to achieve so much with limited resources is not the result of supernatural powers, but of a clear vision, strategic planning, and an unflinching commitment to the welfare of Anambra’s people.

In Soludo, we see a leader who understands that true governance is all about the patient, methodical work of building sustainable systems where it is possible to navigate even the most challenging economic circumstances without mortgaging the future.

In the end, Governor Soludo’s magic lies not in manipulation or trickery, but in the very real and transformative power of responsible leadership. And this is why Anambra State will continue to flourish under his stewardship through the diligent application of sound principles and avowal to the public good.

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