Obiano Takes Over in Anambra, Preaches Love, Healing
Society's enduring virtues of love, unity and brotherhood are some of the central themes that dominated the Inaugural Address of the new Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano after taking an oath of office, Monday, in an elaborate ceremony in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
Chief Obiano, ex-banker and technocrat who won the November 16th and 30th 2014 gubernatorial elections on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) took over from the immediate past governor, Mr. Peter Obi whose 8-year reign has been largely described as successful
In a highly inspiring address titled, Expanding the Frontiers of Excellence; Obiano who is the fourth democratically elected governor Anambra State sought to rouse the consciousness of ndi Anambra by reminding them of the Igbo industry and ingenuity when he said 'a people who astonished the world with their ingenuity and resourcefulness during wartime can lend a weighty hand to efforts to re-make our world in peace-time.' The time has come to prove to ourselves that the entrepreneurial spirit for which we are known all over the world can take firm roots at home; that together as one we can be masters.' He asserted.
Obiano's call for love was further affirmed by President Jonathan through his representative Senator Ben Ndi Obi, an adviser on Inter-party affairs who said that the present peaceful dispensation which the state enjoys evidently displayed at the celebrations should be sustained. President Jonathan confirmed public speculations about Governor Obi political career at the Presidency as a soon to be federal executive council member.
The celebration marked a united front by politicians in the state with all local governments and their officials present despite their political inclinations. It is the first time in the history of Anambra State of a successful transition of power between two governors in a civil and democratic atmosphere.
In an emotional laden speech the outgoing Governor Obi in clear terms advised Governor Obiano that 'Your agreement is with the children of Anambra state. Give them a better future, give them a better Anambra and it will be well with you. You are not indebted to anybody. I am not indebted to anybody. I came with my car I leave with my car back to my home.'
Celebrations were held in all local governments presided over council chairmen aside the state capital, Awka where the inauguration took place to usher in the new government. It was a colourful display of dancers, masquerades and female groups who took to the streets to celebrate the transition.