By Christian Aburime
Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s uncommon leadership style is one that is profoundly reflected in his pro-people government policies. His government policies are driven by care, compassion and empathy for the masses. He will never take a decision without considering its effects on the masses. That is why Ndi Anambra will always call him Charli-Nwanmgbafor. A nickname suggestive of his humble background
His recent decision to abolish tuition fees and other charges in public schools marks a bold step towards ensuring universal access to quality education, a fundamental right that had been previously hindered by financial constraints.
This move is not just an investment in the future of the state’s youth, but also a tribute to the governor’s belief in the inherent potential of every child, no matter their socio-economic backgrounds.
Similarly, his commitment to empowering Anambra youths through skills acquisition programmes and funding initiatives for self-employment demonstrates his understanding of the importance of investing in human capital. By equipping the youth with the skills and resources they need to succeed, Soludo is laying the foundation for a more prosperous and self-reliant future for the state.
It gets even more interesting when one notes that Soludo’s patriotic leadership is also distinctively marked by his conscious effort to promote local products and foster a sense of pride in Anambra’s heritage. His patronage of Akwete fabrics, Ogbunike-made shoes, local palm wine and Innoson cars, all symbols of Igbo and Nigerian craftsmanship, is not merely a symbolic gesture but a reflection of his belief in the power of domestic innovation and the importance of supporting local businesses.
What is more, the governor’s trust in local healthcare facilities, as recently demonstrated by his decision to have his late father admitted and treated at Odimegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, instead of flying him abroad as the elite would do, further underscores his commitment to supporting the development of the state’s health institutions and his belief in the capabilities of local medical professionals.
All these intentional actions of a genuine ideology to make governance simple and its benefits accessible to all, in a world where leadership is often associated with grandeur and detachment, affirms Governor Soludo as a refreshingly human and relatable figure. His policies, his actions, and his very persona embody a leadership style that is truly down-to-earth, non-elitist, inclusive, empathetic and egalitarian.
He is a leader who walks among his people, not above them, and who understands that true leadership is not about wielding power but about serving the people. He demonstrates that leadership can be both effective and compassionate, that it can prioritise the needs of the people while upholding the dignity of office.
Indeed, in Soludo Anambra State has found a leader who embodies the true essence of servant leadership!
Aburime is Chief Press Secretary to Anambra State Governor, Professor Charles Soludo