Dr. Stella Adadevoh’s Heroic Act; A Lesson of Selflessness to All By Odusote Oluwakayode
The truth cannot be denied, frankly and boldly that the Ebola virus would have been a plague but for the courage of Dr. Adadevoh. Her sacrifice gave the assurance that this nation will overcome the virus. In the dark hours of struggling with Sawyer’s condition, a leadership of selflessness and vigour rose, with that understanding and support of the nurses, the martyrs with whom she got that essential victory over Ebola and the alleged conspirators. Hers was a sacrifice that deserves a national honor, not those milking the nation dry, whose single sweat cannot be for selfless service.
We have gained with painful experiences that in such a spirit of selfishness and self centeredness lay our common difficulties; however, her uncommon sacrifice reminds us of values, the values that had eluded a nation’s majority. Values that have shrunk to fantastic levels: level of deceit has risen; level of political disappointment consistent; the withered leaves of infrastructure lie on every side; workers groan with little pay that rewards labor; farmers find no markets for their produce; and a legion of unemployed and underemployed individuals face the grim challenge of existence and an equally great number of courageous entrepreneurs toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of this moment – yet Dr. Stella Adadevoh sacrificed.
Against the usual discordant tunes of self centeredness, she thought differently and was not afraid to act wisely, for that, we have still much to be thankful for. Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of heroic act. Her sacrifice is relevant in teaching us that the joy and the moral stimulation of work must no longer be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent money.
Recognition of that falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in politics which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honors, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection of the constitution, and on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.
We can only emulate her selflessness by restoring our values; that moral restoration is important for the nation to succeed democratically. The moral restoration of selflessness will ensure that jobs are provided – this is important if it is wisely and courageously done.
Government cannot do it alone- agreed, the citizens would however not be willing to take the challenge if no assurance of a good life is coming from the government. Yes, the task of selflessness can be assured.
It can be assured by preventing realistically the tragedy of insecurity; it can be assured when the federal, state and local governments act genuinely to deliver and provide necessary basic amenities; it can be assured by transforming economic growth into development.
There are many ways in which citizens can be assured, but they can never be assured by merely aiding propaganda.
As a selfless Nigerian, Dr. Stella Adadevoh saved this nation from a plague. She saw beyond her own safety and well being, she was the good citizen: the citizen, who resolutely cared about others, respected the rights of others to live and be happy; the citizen who respected her obligations as a medical practitioner, and respected the sanctity of her oath to save life.
Her brave decision is relevant to the wise in making us realize, as we have never realized before, that our interdependence on each other cannot be underestimated; this is not a country for the Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo alone. We cannot merely take as ethnic or religious groupings, we must give as well.
If we are to go forward as a nation, our political, religious, traditional and all Nigerians must move with genuine and selfless commitment with minds willing to sacrifice for the good of a common course. Without such genuine commitment to selfless service, no progress can be made, irrespective of media propaganda, no leadership becomes effective.
We all, not only our leaders, should be ready and willing to commit ourselves and our earned resources to such discipline as displayed by Dr. Adadevoh – country first, because it makes possible a nation which aims at the larger good.
Dr. Adadevoh offered, in her decisiveness, against diplomatic and hierarchical pressure that the larger society be protected. If this selflessness is a culture imbibed by our leaders- mostly political leaders, the purpose of unity will be strong in the minds of the citizen, perhaps, we would not by now be burdened by the plague of insurgency and poverty.
With a purposeful leadership, citizens would hold dear, the will that bind upon us a sacred obligation to live in unity with a sense of service. With this mind set, our National Pledge presently written but never adhered to, honestly, would be relevant in our decisions.
Without manipulations, governance should be so simple, so practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs of the people without qualms especially as it concerns basic amenities. If our leaders are alive to the responsibility of the oath of office, our constitutional system should prove itself a virile and enduring political mechanism for positive transformation.
Genuine respect for a working constitutional system would guarantee assurances in government; electoral practice would be transparent, corruption would be alien and normal check and balance of executive, legislative and judicial authority would be efficient to curb carelessness and recklessness.
Dr. Adadevoh did not look at the untrusted leadership in our nation, she didn’t first of all sit to think, why should I make an unnecessary sacrifice for a nation that reward less, most time nothing for a patriot; she took upon herself, a responsibility of saving the nation from been plagued. It must have occurred to her that, as a nation, we face the arduous days that lie before us in the search for national unity; for clear consciousness of seeking moral values; for the satisfaction that comes from the outstanding performance of service by the government and the governed alike and for a secured society assuring equality.
With good values and selflessness, we cannot distrust the peoples’ future of true democracy. In our need, we have registered a mandate that we want direct, vigorous action that would propel the nation to progress. We have asked for discipline in leadership and selflessness in service.
For this scourge that Dr. Stella Adadevoh prevented from becoming a plague in our nation, we owe her thanks. I humbly ask the blessing of God to protect us, for leaders and followers to emulate her heroic act and for her soul and the souls of the innocent victims of this virus to rest in peace.
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