My Commitment To Change, By Femi Royal
This is the third article in my change-series archive. After welcoming Buhari, the President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I wish to emphasise in this article my commitment and role in the change process that I believe is already started.
I understand that human beings naturally resist change. They find it difficult to embrace change and it as well takes them quite a while to adjust to changes made that concerns them, this is my discovery from my interactions with different people across the world birthed from my numerous travels.
I have tried as much as possible to picture the change we want in its entirety and from my psychological instinct, I sense that Nigerians think GMB is a miracle worker who would bring our anticipated change to reality in isolation. Our expectations of him are so high. We are ready to also vote him out if he doesn’t do well after 4 years.
I have decided as a Nigerian to build solidarity with my leaders for what I anticipate. I don’t want to leave him alone to hold the mandate. I know he needs a formidable team as explained in the APC broom concept, ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’. A bunch of broom as a against a stick of broom is what is needed to clean a house.
I want to assist to curb corruption by first eschewing corruption from my household, friends and family, learned and un-learned colleagues. I won’t cover any man’s sin, even the holy book says, ‘he that covers his sin shall not prosper’. I won’t steal what doesn’t belong to me. I won’t use PR (bribery) to get favours. I won’t magnify favouritism above merit.
I want to help civic leadership to appear easy for public officers. I want to engineer social change and suggest great initiatives to my local, state and federal government such that if embraced can pilot positive change.
I want to pray for my leaders rather that speak ill of them. I want to obey the holy-book’s injunction to me to ‘pray for my leaders and those in authority’ and ‘pray without ceasing’.
I want to be accountable to the government by paying my tax as it applies to me to show exemplary follower-ship such that they can be accountable to me and my fellow Nigerians about the financial statement of my local, state and federal government.
I want to embrace cleanliness and avoid littering the environment when my state has provided waste disposal mechanism. I want my vicinity to be free of dirt and as well I wish to encourage my friends and family to emulate this attribute.
I want to uphold great values, some which includes: patience, not overtaking unnecessarily and driving recklessly so I can reduce accidents rate on our roads. I can reduce the Nation’s mortality rate by this. I don’t want to pick unnecessary fights that can result to loss of lives and properties. I want to live in peace with all men in my locality rather than relate with abusive words.
Other values include: contentment, I want to be satisfied with what I have though I will pursue my aspirations jealously. This will deny me of stealing and consequently robbery.
I don’t want to constitute nuisance in my neighbourhood, I want to be a source of joy to all and sundry. I want to lead by example.
I want to embrace growth, as a teacher, I want to grow to be the best in my field and this applies to every profession that I might uphold anytime in life.
I want to be a giver, I don’t want to be selfish. I want to remember the poor, who live below 1 dollar daily, I want to remember the orphans who can’t afford good education, food and the goodies of life. I want to give to them in plenitude to assist in poverty alleviation.
I want to take my education seriously and utilise every opportunity to succeed aside cheating, as a parent, I won’t allow my kids go to special centre rather I will encourage them to attend tutorials. I hope that by this, success rates in JAMB, SSCE etc will sky-rocket.
I really want to do a lot of things that are positive as I join the train of change which will officially commence by May 29th, 2015. If I can do all this and every Nigerians can join me to make this commitment, I make bold to say that change has come to stay. Cheers!
Femi-Royal is a political commentator and Leadership Expert who writes from Abeokuta