Celebrating Chief James Ibori @ 60

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Chief James Onanefe Ibori
By Kparobo Ehvwubare
The concept of leadership has always been of tremendous interest to classical thinkers as well as contemporary political, entrepreneurial and empowerment scholars as our world continues on the path of progressive route. 

Similarly, astute leadership theory rose to prominence in 1980-90s, and can be traced back to the political sociologists, Max Weber and James Macgregor Burns, who did justice to leadership evolution.
Classical leadership fitss have a twin focal point on ‘who a leader is as well as what a leader does’, merging both the trait and behavioural theories of leadership would be met.

Replica leaders are exceptional because they possess a deep sense of personal purpose coupled with an unshakable self-confidence in the ability to realize this purpose.
They also have a willingness to take personal risks and make sacrifices in order to get their destinations.
They anticipate change and are proactive, rather than reactive to events cum challenges.
They focus on opportunities, not on problems. They have a winning mentality and will never rationalize failure.
A real visionary leader accomplishes great feats by drawing on innate inner strength and as such is not often moved by external challenges.
In Delta, Oghara is commonly regarded as the State’s political Mecca, where the faith and destinies of people are taken, especially in every political year.
Truly, it remain Delta political Mecca, in as far the ‘Odidigboigbo’ is alive, his political permutations are always apt, occasioned by his war chest coupled with decisions taken where the people’s interest are taken as priority.
No doubt, since the return of democratic rule to Nigeria, Delta State has been blessed with leaders of a class whose vision and thoughts have molded the state to the path of sustained greatness.  
One of such leaders is Chief James Onanefe Ibori, popularly referred to as Odidigboigbo of Africa, the state’s first executive governor.
One of the golden eras in the socio-political evolution of Delta State was, without a doubt, between May 29 1999-May 29 2007 when Odidigbiogbo held sway as governor.
From the outset, he had clearly promised to give Deltans purposeful leadership.
Upon inauguration, Ibori pledged to revive Delta past glory and make the State a peaceful place for investors to strive, that which he never lost focus on.
Upon resumption of office, he immediately set up a committee to look into the remote course of inter-ethnic crisis in the State, with the view of putting a stop to all ethnic crisis. Prime among the ethnic crisis then was the hitherto Ijaw and Itsekeri crisis, oil facilities vandalism, hostage taking among others.
Chief Ibori being the Chief Security Officer of the State then, never advocated for vendetta of any sort, he always preaches peace among the different ethnic groups in the State.
He acted accordingly to all the recommendations of the committee and the hitherto Ijaw and Itsekeri crisis, militancy among others were amicably resolved.
Ibori development firmaments knew no bound, as he developed all the knots and crannies of the State.
He made the impossibilities possible;  Bomadi and Omadino bridges, establishment of three Polytechnics across the three senatorial districts, Colleges of education, roads networks among others too numerous to mention were handwork of his.
Even when he was out of government, he was/is still a factor to development of the State.
Ibori travails taught me that no matter the challenges of life, how and mighty it is, one would live his destined life.
When he was facing political persecution, many a pundits believed that all was over for him, especially his political journey unknowingly to them that they were not God.
But being a faithful man, God saw him through in all the travails that is capable of rotting ones destiny.
If you may ask me, Ibori travails was part of his destiny fulfilment, because if it was not, he would not have survived the battle, he did not just come out from the ordeal but came out stronger and more healthier.
During his travails “we” the people of Oghara were sober looking up to God to see our brother through in the hand of his oppressors, and God being a merciful God answered our prayers and today, our brother is marking his 60th birthday sound and happy.
On behalf of the good people of Oghara kingdom and Delta at large we are grateful to God for preserving you for us in the face of the crucible ordeal.
Destiny is Real.
Oberire, Orivweghoro
Happy birthday to you sir, “Odidigboigbo of the Universe”.
Kparobo Ehvwubare is a journalist, online publisher and social commentator wrote from Oghara-Delta State. Could be reached on marksbare@gmail.com or +2347067546856

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