Senator T.A.Orji: A Courageous Leader


Charles Ajunwa

The recent attacks from certain quarters in Abia State against Senator Theodore Ahamefule Orji, the Senator representing Abia Central at the Red Chamber, are gratuitous. Without glorifying the names of the attackers on this page since they are superfluous, their attacks on Senator Orji give him courage and strength rather than annoy him as could be the aim of the traducers.

He is not perturbed having been representing his constituency very well. Having served Abia State deservingly, the records are there that Senator Orji was not a failure and is not and will never be. He has the much courage to continue to excel, knowing that success is infinitum.

He has taken courage and become whom he really wanted to be. And this can be seen is the envy of these persons, hence their unjustifiable attacks.

Senator Orji is a great leader. Many people know about this fact while a few who take pleasure in attacking him do not. The later has done everything possible to pin him down, but he has remained resolute.

He has continued to dedicate himself to the service of humanity without envying the achievements of others. He does more than his detractors do not want him to do. These have made the great leader he is.

As a great leader, Senator Orji cares for other people more than people think and has become a mentor to many people who are also improving on their leadership qualities. Senator Orji is not scrawny, but caring.

Mr. Travis Bradberry, a contributor to Forbes edition of January 13, 2016, as if referring to the qualities known of Senator Orji, said: “One of the toughest things for leaders to master is kindness. Kindness shares credit and offers enthusiastic praise for others’ work.”

Senator Orji has mastered kindness even as Bradberry continued: “It’s a balancing act, between being genuinely kind and not looking weak. The key to finding that balance is to recognise that true kindness is inherently strong – it’s direct and straightforward. Telling people the difficult truth they need to hear is much kinder than protecting them (or yourself) from a difficult conversation. This is weak.”

Senator Orji does not use his kindness in a self-serving manner. Bradberry has said that using kindness in a self-serving manner is weakness and self-serving kindness is very skeletal, bony. Senator Orji, as Governor of Abia State, led without any selfish string attached.

Laden with strength is all he sees as the best way to grow and he has never disappointed. Unlike one other leader that had emerged from Abia State, according to Bradberry, such leader “mistake domineering, controlling, and otherwise harsh behaviour for strength.”

Bradberry has invariably condemned the opposition against Senator Orji but in his different opinion, saying of their type of leadership: “They think that taking control and pushing people around will somehow inspire a loyal following. Strength isn’t something you can force on people; it’s something you earn by demonstrating it time and again in the face of adversity. Only then will people trust that they should follow you.”

Senator Orji may not turn back to the voices of traducers pushing for such an attention. One Veronica Roth in – Allegiant – said, “There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”

If anybody thinks that the presence of Senator Orji is blocking his or her way, the person should know that life’s challenges are for people to change, instead of pretending that all is well. One Eric Roth warns in – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay – saying, “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

For the opposition against Senator Orji, they should know that he is a man that sticks to his commitments and promises. He is not an untrustworthy leader to people. People have confidence in him. He is a most committed and hard working person leading by positive example. Senator Orji has without doubt shown what real courage is, whereas others think that courage is about a man blackmailing Senator Orji for no just cause. No man would want to be a victim of his life; Senator Orji has shown that he is a hero of his life. As the best of leaders, Senator Orji does not give excuses, because great leaders don’t. He is simply a courageous leader!