By Robert Ufedo Audu
A shinning light they say cannot be hidden even in the darkest of nights and the ascension of most elites to power, fame and limelight is not a strive for the swiftest citizens but a nest built over time through unquantifiable contributions to humanity and selfless sacrifice to nationhood; the raw materials utilized for building any willing nation is sourced from the idealisms of great minds embedded in the social and democratic tolerance of developing and developed nations. Leaders are born they are not made but for an icon like Sir Nnanyelugo Melville Ebo, a great mobilizer and technocrat par excellence, patriotism to the creed of nationhood should define the acceptability of any refined leader.
Over time, Ebo’s character, charisma and perceptions about life issues have defined what can best be described as the realism of a dignified citizen aimed at bettering the growth and development of Nigeria and Nigerians. For this trailblazer, the unity of Nigeria should be a watchword thus Ebo’s stand concerning the aberrations of his kinsmen during the endless but egocentric pursuits of secession sponsored by a self acclaimed sectional leader – Nnamdi Kanu – who is now at large is a vindication that he is a man of his word and can be trusted at all times.
Another important input of Melville Ebo towards the entrenchment of Nigeria’s democracy in recent time was his sincerity of purpose at the peak of the 2019 General Elections; the silent oracle as a result of his purposeful intervention kicked against the over zealousness of some of his kinsmen – a league of Igbo leaders who endorsed the Presidential Aspirant of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar under the auspices of Ndigbo – by preaching the doctrines of one Nigeria devoid of interest.
Admiringly eloquent and ethnically refined yet his approach to issues that concerns Nigeria is beyond parochial interest and ethnicity; Ebo is a lucid definition of a TRUE NIGERIAN who is interested in developing the prospects of his beloved country by preaching unity in diversity and canvassing for a good political order where grumblings and insincerity should not be rewarded but the cravings of nationals should be anchored on harvesting the gains of democracy.
It is noteworthy that Ebo is not just a passionate Nigerian who is interested in the dividends of democracy but a reputable icon that is worthy of emulation by the younger generation because he has succeeded in carving a niche for himself especially in the banking and corporate sector of Nigeria’s economy. Ebo’s career in the banking sector is measured on the margins of gold as he rose to serve as an Executive Director in Nigeria’s foremost mortgage bank mandated to ameliorate housing challenges in the country. It is also pertinent too note that since he mounted the saddle of leadership, the great Oracle has distinguished himself as an Honest and Trustworthy patriot with no case of fraudulent allegations or criminal charges unlike his contemporaries who were either indicted, probed or disengaged.
From the time of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples’ Party (ANPP) that later metamorphosed into the contemporary All Progressives’ Congress (APC) today, Ebo has continued to show the spirit of sportsmanship owing to his affection for his party and zeal to push Nigeria’s democracy to the NEXT LEVEL by supporting and promoting the leadership ideologies and of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.
For a man who has built a successful career, with diverse involvements in the fields of Banking and Finance, Human Resource Management, Corporate Communications and Strategic planning, it is instructive to tag Ebo a master strategist owing to the way and manner his political and corporate experience is been utilised in tandem by showcasing the ideals of democracy.
Ebo is a skilled achiever and a goal getter with working experience in the corporate world. He ventured into the banking sector at a very tender age when he commenced his career at the United Bank of Africa (UBA) over three decades ago. The young then Oracle contributed his immense quota through innovative Human Resources programs and recruitment policies during his stint with the Bank and rose through the ranks and eventually became a top management employee and later a consultant.
Ebo also garnerd experiences in civil society and social housing provision across the international arena by serving as a consultant to the Nationwide Housing Association, United Kingdom between 1996 and 1998 where he was involved in the provision of social housing to African refugees. He has also contributed his best to education and social developments in the country through various capacities; as a Member of the Board of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and as a Resource Person (on non-academic projects) to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, between 2009 and 2014.
The great icon professionally brings his brilliant abilities to fore as seen in his administrative creativity as a top Executive in the Board of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. He was the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Seventh-option Ltd, a position he held from 2005 to 2017, prior to his appointment as the Executive Director, Finance & Corporate Services of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. The organisation (Seventh-option Ltd) is a multipurpose company with operational interests in Corporate Communications, Community Relations, Conflict Resolution, and Crises Management.
Ebo is also a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management, and holds a BSc (Political Science) degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he graduated in 1979. He is also an alumnus of St. Gregory’s College Lagos. He is married and blessed with kids.
Above all, Ebo is a refined technocrat and a force to reckon with, using any logical parameters in scouting for resourceful hands to propel Nigeria to greater heights. He is a democrat full of hope and anticipation for a better Nigeria unlike a large number of his kinsmen seeking to divide Nigeria. The benevolent and thoughtful spirit of Melville Ebo reflected before, during and in the aftermath of the just concluded general elections especially during the presidential election. In pursuant of his firm beliefs in the leadership traits of President Muhammadu Buhari, the proactive nature of Ebo ignited a colourful phase of door to door campaigning in the Southeast region – a political zone renowned for their stiff resistance to Buhari’s candidacy – without fear or favour. This great Oracle singlehandedly raised campaign funds for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari by leading his team to penetrate and transverse the hinterlands in support of a man often defined by Ebo as the “greatest gift to mankind”. Ebo’s beliefs concerning the leadership style and and democratic tenets of President Muhammadu Buhari is hinged on the linings of selfless service and a spirit of denouncement against shady dealings and corruption; these attributes the duo share in common according to samplings of public opinion within and outside the Nigerian space.
As Nigeria celebrates another epoch making democratic event of June 12, Melville Ebo is optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari will steer the affairs of the Nigerian state to enviable heights before the end of his second term in office. For Ebo, the incumbent leadership of the country under the watch and democratic jurisdiction of President Muhammadu Buhari is set to upgrade the new Nigeria of our dreams; beyond sentiments, ethnic crave and personal interest.
Ebo is here to serve!