Indeed Rivers State, the Treasure Base Of The Nation has berthed countless eminent personalities, leading lights of the nation, corporate moguls and frontline politicians who have played no mean role in shaping the social economic and political conditions that have propelled the nation forward in the crucial scheme of things.
Undoubtedly state’s intellectuals, political activists, leaders of thought and elder statesmen played a decisive role in the Nigerian civil war to keep the nation united thus dealing a fatal blow to the secessionist agitations of the late 1960s.
In this regard, few would fault the assertion that in the socio-political milieu of the state, Distinguished Senator Magnus Abe, erstwhile Chairman, Senate Committee on FERMA, Secretary to the State Government of River State (SSG), Commissioner Information, and Member River State House of Assembly, is a political colossus who is widely admired and respected throughout the broad spectrum of the state’s society be it the political class, the corporate sector, the students, youths, professionals, the trade unions, market women, the artisans, the mass media and the ordinary folk.
An encounter with the inimitable Senator Magnus Abe, tall, athletic, handsome, calm, composed, comported, sharp-witted with an inclusive, accommodating demeanor that quickly disarms friends, foes and partisans alike will leave you in no doubt that here is an unrivalled political plenipotentiary and technocratic avatar in our present democratic continuum.
Throughout his political trajectory, Senator Magnus Abe has always steadfastly adhered to his immutable mantra of One Rivers, One Destiny that seeks to unite all the diverse ethnic, linguistic, cultural and partisan entities in the state under this all-encompassing banner that emphasizes unity in diversity, which translates into highlighting the strands that unite rather than the ones that divide the people.
In fact no leader in living memory has been able to garner the undiluted admiration, loyalty and support that Senator Magnus Abe presently commands among the grass roots population in Rivers either within the riverine, upland, rural or urban parts of the state for that matter.
A charismatic Senator Abe swept the River East senatorial polls by a positively intimidating landslide in the 2011 to 2015 general elections and had he chosen to contest for a third time, the results would have still been the same, as the fear of Senator Abe’s political hurricane is the beginning of wisdom amongst his foes and adversaries.
Despite his hyper power political rating, Senator Magnus Abe is surprisingly humble, amiable and accommodating to all persons, ideas, opinions, and perspectives as far as they are geared towards moving Rivers State forward in all positive ramifications. He is well attuned to Winston Churchill’s famous exhortation that in victory, one should be magnanimous; while defiant in the face of defeat.
However despite the forces of atavism, reaction and retrogression ranged against him by those that seek to perpetually oppress and enslave the Rivers people, an ebullient Senator Magnus Abe has remained undefeated and unbowed taking the battle to the camps of the back warding elite while adopting a take no prisoners approach that has scattered his foes to the wind, many of them scampering for safety in the face of his superior political strategems.
The main reason for the upper hand that Senator Magnus Abe has consistently wielded to the confusion and consternation of his adversaries is his close affinity and unapologetic identification with the legitimate aspirations of the Rivers people, his unflinching determination to improve their wellbeing and ensure fastrack economic progress, rapid and evenly spread infrastructural development, social mobility, affordable housing, sound educational, health and social facilities, provision of clean pipe-borne water, industrial and manufacturing renaissance, rural and urban transformation, civil service reform, enhanced security, manpower development and women and youth empowerment through vocational training in skills acquisition programs.
Crucially Senator Magnus Abe does not only talk but decisively walks his talk as was evident in his trailblazing days as SSG of Rivers State and his equally eventful two term tenure as a Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
As a fortuitous SSG, Senator Abe recalibrated, restructured and re-invigorated the state’s civil and public service thus raising morale, productivity, efficiency and efficacy to record highs and was on the verge of transforming the state to the Singapore of the Sahara but for the treacherous shenanigans of some self-styled despots that were hell-bent on stagnating and short changing the state and its people for self-promoting, self-perpetuating and self-aggrandizing ends.
Senator Magnus Abe’s unwavering insistence on the strict observance of probity, transparency, accountability, due process and the rule of law in all governmental operations and activities did not go down well with the parochial elite keen on feeding fat on the spoils of political patronage, godfatherism, cronyism, nepotism and favoritism in all its negative manifestations.
If not for the negative pushback and unrelenting opposition to the structural, institutional and administrative reforms put in place by a foresighted Senator Abe as SSG, Rivers State may well have become an oil, gas and industrial Shangri-La, rolling in economic growth, prosperity, peace, stability and progress rather unprecedented in our epoch.
However, all is not lost as a confident and irrepressible Senator Magnus Abe believes in the shining light above the horizon, that the better days of Rivers State are far ahead and with his vast wealth of knowledge, experience, charismatic personality, renowned integrity, and mastery of the political process fortified by the unflinching support of the River people, is set to once again re-ignite the eternal flame of liberation, a beacon of hope and promise of a brighter, more rewarding future for the present and future generation of Riverians. He has done it before and he, Senator Magnus Abe will do it again. To God be the glory.
BY COMRADE AUSTIN ASADU OF THE CITIZENS UNITED TO SAVE HUMANITY.