|ONONUGBO ALFRED OKWUDILI -|
My deepest concern as we transit the dungeons of our national uncertainties remains this question of our choice and content of leadership. When other nations present their leaders, the profile of such persons reveals their antecedents, performance and lastly qualities. Leaders are not media creations and public social figures. They are not products of quota nor ethnic bigotry. Leaders are not defined by acquired nor display of wanton material wealth. Lastly, leadership have absolutely no qualification with religious activism even though piety and godliness remains an undeniable virtue and consideration in leadership but leaders are not qualified by dictation or authoritarianism. They are not anti social nor criminally disposed in conduct.
In Nigeria, our social reputation can often be misplaced and misguided. Personality cults have evolved and assumed such prominence and so has manipulative philanthropy. These are consequences of poverty and poor administrative distribution of resources.
The suffering of the present time should not leave us without significant impact on our collective commitment to development. The situation has simply placed the burden of judgment and choice on all Nigerians and victims of inefficient public stewardship and resources management. We have been challenges to review the inputs from both political and cultural administrators vis a vis the guarantee of a secure social welfare and development of our entire society.
I will not be surprised if most Nigerians are pondering and making excuses while transferring the blames for the services delivery system failures to some individuals or class of the society considered as leaders and political authority. It is high time we accepted our roles in Nigeria not attaining her anticipated economic, social and political greatness. Laziness, indulgence and inefficiency in services are collectively attributed to our backwardness and under development. There is no justification for our nation to be suffering from unavailability of products and services which are locally sourced but externally supplied for our consumption.
A country of 180 million in population is large enough to drive the regional economy rather than starving of basic necessities.
Our Children and generations after, cannot excuse our inaction neither will they be content with endless excuses and blames. It is never too late to act. The time is now. The task starts with each of us taking affirmative action with compliance, considerations for mutually beneficial conducts and protection of our collective and not exclusive interests.
THE LEADERSHIP WE HAVE TODAY ARE THE DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF OUR VALUES, ACCEPTED CULTURE AND VISION
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