In Search of Positive Leadership, and Matters Arising on the Biafra Front By Jimi Bickersteth
The polity is being heated up quietly and questions begging for answers thrown up in droves and on all fronts- economic,climate, security et al. Roses with thorns for PMB especially, while it is good to do some diplomacy and junket around the world, (but, not as an international salesman, )for the travels to bear fruit, he has to as a matter of necessity create an enabling environment.
The job he has at hand and to which he should attach priority and urgency more than the travels, is to dare and beard the devils of corruption and mindless fleecing at home, because so long as PMB didn’t try,dare or do, his job review won’t go well, and for not doing enough,the job would be taken away,which is what the opposition want. Why? Well,in this job, you have only one chance to get it right. If you can’t get it right the first time, you can’t get it right,this sticks in mind like a pebble in my shoe. You may disagree. Yes. You are perfectly in order. It’s a matter of perspective.
In March, Nigerians looked for someone who would stand before them in the gap. The gap is the distance between what is and what can be. The ballot trumped up PMB. Nigerians are not thrilled now with PMB, and he should start to make motions as if he is dealing with real people and real problems,-a people with a yellowing remnants of a bastardised prosperity and a fading suture line of a mismanaged nation.
Nigerians were left bleeding, anaemic and prostrate in a comatose state. Still in its drowsy posture and with the sweetness of rest gone,there comes,the coldness of irritants, seeking cheap popularity, terrorising the nation, attempting to replace the warmth of intimacy, camaraderie, friendship and its republican mien; deadening the roaring applause of awakening, in a nation of opportunity and a people languishing with possibilities.
There is an attitude and ethics problems in the land. Take the subsidy circus show in the land of absurd, for an instance, in the Yaradua years Nigeria spent approximately #300bn in subsidy, for 2 years, under GEJ, in one year, spent over a trillion Naira, and thinking all of these were cooked up and therefore false, but, now in the PMB era, the sport has commenced. We still pay subsidy to some aliens from Mars. We seem to have rested the subsidy gate of$600000-I laugh!
Back to the Biafra bid and there conditioned reflex,all part of the orchestra in a mistimed beats, sounding mere sincere sentiments that were sincerely wrong. One patently disagrees with the naive reaction of government, albeit,it was meant to have a calming effect. But rather than try too much to complicate things with unqualified advice,the only hope for Nigerians and help for PMB in the infirmities is to pray that God gives our leader the wisdom to do what’s right for Nigerians.
The nation’s problems is that, Nigerians fill their minds with thoughts that hold us back and paints a picture of a people caught in life’s storm, rowing in the dark with no sense of direction. Of course, our expectations are so high,whether we are Hausa, Ibo or Yoruba, that often, we are tempted, just like the Biafra agitation, to focus on our leaders shortcomings rather than their strengths, and in the process, due to our limitations,and because we are not too good at knowing the differences between helpfulness and interference, we often want to be the Red Cross. However, we must still believe in our nation and in ourselves. We must bear it in mind, that it’s just as easy to be a part of the construction crew as it is to be a member of the wrecking crew.
PMB deserves consideration and deference from the Biafra campaigners, and see Nigerians as one big global family, and whatever happens to one happen to all.Family differences and conflicts brings out the best and the worst in all of us. But conflict itself is not the problem, character is. If only we could dare,if only we have a rallying, courageous and daring leadership.
PMB should concern himself with coming to terms with the problems that has plunged Nigeria deeper into the dark abyss of despair and self-loathing. The best government can do is to help Nigerians field the sorrow in the land, like children with clear motives and instincts straight from the gut.
Meanwhile, the moral one could glean from the threats to the nation’s unity and keeping Nigeria one, is that Nigerians don’t have to wait for flowers to arrive from Abuja, you have your own seed, start to grow some of your own. Its never too late. When you are less needy, you become more attractive. #
Jimi Bickersteth is a blogger and a writer. He can be reached on twitter @alabaemanuel @jimi.bickersteth www.Facebook.com /email@example.com