The best way to achieve purposeful leadership is the determined involvement of the people. As long as the people refuse to take active part in deciding their fate, few elements will continue to take undue advantage of us.

We are so much in our shells. Part of the reason why we do not have productive leadership is that we feel contented with heavy and unbearable load. We cry inside and laugh outside. We fail in our responsibility yet, we blame the leaders for failing us.

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we have been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We are no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we have been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back”- Carl Sagan.

The lowest level of political participation is experienced in the South Eastern part of Nigeria, most especially, Abia State. This sense of aparthy shown by the people leaves the entire society bamboozled by the few smart ones in government.

These bad eggs we have in government are constantly coasting home with the largesse and booties of public purse, without questioning from the people they are meant to serve. How often do they return to us in a town hall meeting to feel our pulse? These things are strange to our people. Since we do not demand for accountability from our leaders, they supply us with irresponsibility and fraud.

The time has come to rise from our docility. The time to be mindful of who runs our affairs on our behalf is now. We have the collective will and strength to negotiate our future. The time of silence is gone. Let us begin to ask questions. Who are these people that occupy the seat of power, year in year out? Are they really serving our interest or there for parochial and primitive accumulation of wealth? Are they better than the rest of us? Why are things not getting better for our state and people despite their many years of holding sway?

The only option staring us on the face is mounting strong and formidable resistance, as a people, to the continued reign of charlatans in Abia State. The call and support for honest leaders, those with revolutionary capacity and administrative acumen should be embraced by all. May I remind us that the greatest power of revolution lies with the people, and we cannot continue to feign ignorance.

May we trigger the potency of our number in flushing out self-acclaimed life time politicians. Political leadership should not be a career, but a popular call to serve the people. This call genuinely should emanate from recognizable track record of resourcefulness.

As the search and permutations for new crop of leaders intensify ahead of 2023, it is germane to look inward for technocrats and resourceful industrial bridge builders with good social standing, while jettisoning old, regular, unproductive and unfamiliar spirit of career politicians. They have outlived their usefulness. We can never again be cowed by those who come on their own but claim to have come to answer the call of their people.

Jaja Martins

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