By Chijioke Odoh
Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action; and in Nigeria we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we must truly be a great nation, we must not merely talk: We must act. Leadership is influence and not leverage. Leadership is sacrifice and service to humanity. A leader should influence his followers as a function of his political ingenuity and vision. Unfortunately I cannot reconcile any of this moral virtue with the present leadership in Nigeria. In all fairness to my conscience, I have listened to President Jonathan talk in many occasions and I don’t see him as an individual who has the capacity to sway another individual based on his creative understanding or perspective about real issues that affect Nigerians.
President Jonathan was addressing some 5000 youths in Lagos recently and I for the first time ever, I regret the fact that I had to be a Nigerian under his 6 years of presidential administration without a sense of Purpose and clueless style of leadership.
I listened to President Jonathan and he said, the PDP governed states have built the best presidential lodge in the country under his watch. Seriously! How on earth does that translate to a dividend of democracy to the unemployed youth on the streets? How does that translate to a dividend of democracy to the many Nigerians who have lost there lives in the North East of Nigeria? How does that translate to the dividend of democracy on the devaluation of our Naira? I can mention a thousand devastating and heart breaking instances of the failed Sectors in his administration.
At the “Meet the President Event in Lagos recently” they said we have not witnessed any Political Assassination in Nigeria under President Jonathan’s administration. Very laughable indeed! On the contrary, we have witnessed Political genocide in the North East. Which is worse Nigerians?
This administration has boasted endlessly about building new universities. Very laughable again! How many Companies/Industries have this administration built to absorb and engage this students when they graduate from the so called universities? How many of their children are in these universities? Each time I listen to President Jonathan, I seriously recommend an enquiry into the PHD he claims he has.
Barrack Obama said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”. We are the change generation. That change is about an individual re-creating their moral values and principles, especially the youths.
In the “Meet the President event in Lagos” sadly President Jonathan was in company of an Ex-Niger Delta Militant (Asari Dokubo); who was acclaimed wanted by DSS for his alleged war threat against Nigeria should Goodluck Jonathan not win re-election in 2015. That singular gesture is an embarrassment to the Nigeria State that our President will be associating with a common militant. Who is deceiving who? Does Asari Dokubo enjoy a surreptitious support of this administration for all his escapade and war threat against Nigeria?
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. If President Goodluck Jonathan has done well in his 6 years of administration as widely proclaimed by his benefactors, then in the name of all the Gods that exist tell him to allow the electorates decide his fate on March 28.
Whatever Nigerians hope to achieve in this world, must first come to pass in the heart of every Nigerian. The vote they say is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice, corruption and destroying the terrible walls which have imprison common men because they are different from other men.
By March 28, we will come face to face with our destiny as a nation. And we must dare to be great; realizing that greatness is the fruit of a relentless struggle, sacrifice and high courage.
By March 28, we start a journey of Change: We start a journey of re-defining our National heritage.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle; so we must straighten our backs Nigerians because it’s a long walk to freedom.
CHANGE, A FACTOR OF DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
By Chijioke Odoh