Leaders like Pst Umo Eno with conscience are underrated. Leaders who do not become mini gods with puffed up sense of capacity to do and undo. Leaders with a humane disposition towards the masses are worth a life time of accolades. This is the kind of leader we should pray for always, thanking God for them, one who thinks beyond the immediate Political gains, never threatened by the Goodwill of another nor are they materialistic with public funds. Leadership with contentment, that's Pst Umo Bassey Eno for us.
Will he be able to satisfy all diverging political Interest? I doubt, for no man can but when it has to do with conscience and availability of resources; His Excellency Pst Umo Eno will do his very best for his people devoid of needless Political pride.
His skill in navigating the murky Political scene of Nigeria as a Governor in the opposition Party is proof of his willingness and capacity to put the interest of the people first before Political differences.
Is it that some of us are born without conscience or we killed that still small voice, the unseen judge of our thoughts and actions?
Pst Umo Bassey Eno must have certainly been born with one and has nurtured same to be at alert on almost all issues that bothers on the comfort of the society cum humanity.
When Valentin Rasputin, an historian and philosopher said
"living without one (conscience), it was obvious right away, everyone lived an open life then. There were all kinds of people then, too. Some would have been happy to follow their conscience, but what do you do if you're born without one? You can't buy it with money."
Pst Umo Eno has differentiated himself from the crowd of Conscienceless opportunists who stumble unprepared to leadership positions. Within seven months in office we have witnessed his empathy towards our senior citizens who served the State by disbursing backlog of gratuities ( just as his predecessor: Mr Udom Emmanuel did) as he promised during the campaigns. He has surpassed expectations based on conscience that a labourer is worthy of his wages.
His sensitive leadership approach to issues that could naturally get the polity over heated speaks volume of the golden future we desperately yearn for considering the prevailing economic gloom which is biting hard on the common man.
His collaboration with the All Progressive Party Government at the centre with ease towards attracting Goodwill to Akwa Ibom State can not and must be underrated. This in itself is pure good conscience at work.
Pst Umo Bassey Eno has brought in a kind of Politics pundits find hard to comprehend. What barrier breaking approach, what selfless cooperation for the good of Akwa Ibom State! What near Political impossibility made simple by this man of God who is our own Governor!
When I look at what gratuities are doing in my village as fathers and mothers who had no hope of building their dream houses have started moulding blocks to that effect, one can not but thank Pst Umo Bassey Eno for allowing conscience to guide him through diverging interest seeking limited funds from the State coffers.
His reward system is nothing short of conscience. It's no gainsaying that Pst Umo Bassey Eno is meticulous in rewarding deserving Party faithfuls which is daily counting. If we have more of his approach duplicated in our Leaders at different levels life will certainly be more interesting for Akwa Ibom People.
Pst Umo Eno's Politics of conscience can best be summed through the gospel which is undeniably his guiding book of principles
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
He has become all things to all of us just to see to it that we do not miss any good thing as deserving citizens of a great State named after God.
For the good of Akwa Ibom State, Pst Umo Eno has kept Politics aside to celebrate every Akwa son or daughter, with particular reference to the Senate President; Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium. It takes a lot of Conscience to do that and it's worth commending and emulating his core essence across board.
The unprecedented consciousness of Pst Umo Eno has earned him the find words of
Mrs. Remi Tinubu, Wife of The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
"I want to celebrate the Governor of this state. We thank you for hosting us today, and I believe that other people should learn. When we are campaigning, everybody is campaigning but once it is done, it is left for us to go into governance, proper governance, and you have shown that today. God bless you. Politics is over, let us now govern the people."
-Mrs. Remi Tinubu, Wife of The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, saluting the heart and character of Akwa Ibom Governor, Pastor Umo Eno.
In the same vein The Senate President; Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio could not hold back in acknowledging the beautiful maturity of Pst Umo Eno's Political Conscience when he said
"I want to particularly appreciate the Governor of our dear state, His Excellency, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, who knows that when the dust of politics settle, the seeds of patriotism and unity should germinate. We appreciate your patriotic spirit."
President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, commending the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno on his brand of politics and style of leadership.
In conclusion, the more leaders in the cloak of Pst Umo Bassey Eno we have in this country and the State, the easier it will be to bring in good governance with attendant dividends of democracy to the people.
© Micheal Joseph Okon is an Associate Chartered Economist and a Public Affairs Analyst