The unease that attended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s delay in forming his second term cabinet was accentuated by the fact that the governor is not only the noisy type, but also his desire to maintain his singsong sobriquet, “Enugu is in the hands of God.” Those who work closely with the governor describe him as one that can hardly hurt a fly. As such he is said to be always willing to give up anything for the sake of peace.
However, it is not known whether the governor’s pacifist disposition is entirely a positive trait in the murky waters of Nigeria politics, but it is an attribute that clearly defined his politics in the first four years as Enugu State governor. That the Nigeria Police describe Enugu as one of the ‘most peaceful” states in the country could be in deference to Ugwuanyi’s style. But, at a point in the first phase of his government, the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, had seriously kicked against the governor’s brand of politics.
Ekweremadu had, half in jest, told the governor at a function at Government House: “Your Excellency, you don’t like to hurt anybody. You like carrying everybody along. This attribute is rare in politics. We shall see how far you can go with this.”