By Ndubuisi Emedosi
Helen Keller captures it succinctly when she opines thus: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”.
The unity of dear country Nigeria right now should not be a luxury, but a necessity. Otherwise, she will go limping till we wear our thinking caps and carefully select a leader that will ignite the oneness of heart and purpose to emancipate our country, which stands wounded by many years of cumulative leadership failure. This leadership failure has resulted to a dysfunctional system that is almost peeling off our skin. Quite unfortunately, our current dysfunctional system rewards with unearned income and conspicuous consumption; allows university lecturers to remain on strike for almost 200 days; keeps our youths at home; and owes pensioners, who gave their patriotic sweat and their youthful energy to serve this country. Our economy is in comatose with a seemingly feeble currency.
Someone curiously asked me recently when we were discussing about the ills of dear country, thus: “WITH ALL THESE ILLS, WHAT THEN IS RIGHT WITH NIGERIA?”. In response, I made it known to him that we are alive and still in Nigeria, which is a MIRACLE. On further push to grasp my response, I reminded him that when there is live, there is HOPE.
It is noteworthy that anyone who would lead Nigeria into transformation must have the know-how, (deep knowledge of what to do, and how to do it), a compassionate heart, and a pan-Nigerian mindset (which understands that no constituent part of this country is more superior, and that fairness to all is critical to nation building). Anyone with these competencies will be in a good place to tackle the socio-economic challenges that plague Nigeria. In juxtaposition of the Presidential Candidates jostling to replace the incumbent, one man goes beyond standing out. In fact, he is standardly outstanding and most competent of them all. And that is HE Peter Obi. When you listen to him, it is hard not to get the impression that Nigeria has found her man at last. Obi seems to have all it takes to be the President of a 21st century Nigeria, and set the pace for taking the country out of the path of self-destruction that she has been travelling on forever.
Simply put, OKWUTE is the man that will unite Nigeria and set her on the right path for national development. One thing you can’t take away from him is that he is passionately consistent about his determination to rightsize the cost of governance, put the youths to work, put food on the table, and make Nigeria a more productive country than a consuming one. It is hard to take anything away from the former Anambra State governor’s grasp if Nigeria must remain a country of reckoning, post-2023 presidential election. The man is a welcome breathe of fresh air in Nigeria’s political space.
God has given us options of leaders. But the choice we make from them will determine how far we’ll go as a nation. In other not to retrogress, let’s file behind a nation builder, HE Peter Obi, to set our aspirations to an impressive height.
Emedosi writes for PO Express Media, POEM.