The second in command to the grand commander of the rescue army in Imo State, His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere has been variously referred to in several terms. He has been called humility personified, the epitome of humility and the specimen of loyalty. Many see him as the man who has manifested unalloyed faithfulness and unflinching sense of cooperation in pursuit of his boss’s avowed goals. Eze Madumere has also been known as one who is in bed with truth and veracity, comfortable in his own skin and capable of working with others—friends and foes alike.
However, in several occasions when the issue is Madumere’s disposition and character most of the pundits have appeared to have more words to offer about his inclination to humility and loyalty than any other trait whatsoever. At any rate, the curious readers, the closer observers and those of us who care about details peer beyond loyalty and humility.
Prince Eze Madumere has risen steadily and towered high under his present boss as he did in God’s own country, particularly in Texas. The poser that comes to mind without doubt is: Could loyalty and humility alone in and of themselves catapult the prince from ordinary worker to several managerial positions in the private sector over there in USA in a record time? Or could they have propelled the one from a friend of Owelle Rochas Okorocha to the Chief of staff of Governor Okorocha and the Deputy to the Governor on appointment and then the nominated Deputy running on the same ticket with his boss and finally the current Deputy, and Oh! did I say, the most known, best recognized— known even by infants and toddlers in Imo state and famous beyond his state of origin; most ebullient and most performing Deputy Governor within the four walls of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If loyalty were all it takes to excel in both private and public sectors so rapidly then a milestone could do just as well.
And don’t get me wrong loyalty is good, in fact, it is great and humility is awesome. Some of us are disciples of loyalty. I am one. As a matter of fact, Dr, Nnamdi Azikiwe, the erstwhile political guru and doyen of African nationalism once observed that given the opportunity to choose between loyalty and merit he would choose loyalty. Nevertheless, the question presented is whether or not loyalty and humility alone could perform the Madumere magic. In relation to the matter under discussion the answer is a resounding No. To expatiate, loyalty and humility yes, but it is also the brains, the performance, the sense of industry and the merit that did the trick in Madumere.
Interview those who lived and worked with him in USA and they will tell you that Eze was the one to beat when it comes to job performance. That he was never satisfied with just a satisfactory performance. He must exceed expectation of the designers of his job description. The supervisor would teach him the job and then he turns around and began to show him some other details the supervisor did not think about.
Here at home, when Owelle calls Madumere his beloved son in whom he is well pleased he is not just talking of humility and loyalty. The governor himself has explained it at various times. By that description Owelle means predominantly performance. He means that this is a son who burns the night oil with him when the chips are down and it seems the heavens would kiss the earth in a rage.
The prince is handy and participates actively in decision making, in tightening the loose ends and formulating the policies. Owelle would give Madumere a job to do and he gets it done in a timely manner and exceeding expectation. This Deputy is a man who understands administration, a scientific tactician, an astute planner and strategist whose knowledge of project implementation has attained proverbial heights. Madumere is in full grasp of Imo landscape. He has for years felt the pulse of Imolites, and above all, feels their pain as one of the them.
In sum, what makes Eze Madumere a unique Deputy Governor is rooted in his great efforts and infinite capacity for taking pain. They are not predestined and, or ascriptive endowments from above. Loyalty and humility are but additional attributes that have gone a long way to buttress and highlight the man’s towering personality. A study of the personality of Ezeakonobi Madumere is instructive of the fact that our destiny is not carved for us but by us.
Geoffrey Ifeanyi is a Social Commentator and Public Affairs Analyst