Date Published: 07/31/10
‘’A More Perfect Union’
Upholding Peace, Unity in Diversity, a seamless political will for good governance come 2010 in Ikwuano Local Government Council of Abia state. By Monday Ironcho
I have watch with keen interest over years the political road map of Ikwuano and the desire of our people to share favourably in the benefits of good governance especially in areas of good road, water, electricity and security. Several opinions have been shared, discussed and analysed by scholars and concerned indigene of Ikwuano in time past and all of these discuss are pointing to the fact that our national challenges hinges on bad leadership as pivotal to the disgrace we have and continued to suffer present. It is against this back drop that i make this clarion call to act as reminder and more importantly reawaken the consciousness in us as people to inquire reasons for such a great lax and neglect to our communities. In all sincerity, our people have not had fair sharing of the honour roll in the state as a result of this harbinger of woes which we must fight against collectively and redeem our image and past glory.
In the absent of this unresolved riddle, I would like to state briefly and simply about a serious national issues requiring an immediate attention. It is a national feeling of fear and frustration that could result in national suicide and the end of everything that the people of Ikwuano hold very dear. It is a condition that comes from the lack of effective leadership at Village level, Community leaders, and mischievous government appointees to either the Legislative arm or the Executive arms of our Government.
That leadership is so lacking that serious and responsible proposals are being overlooked and in most cases abused by those we appoint or elected into executive positions in our national polity. A share objective is critically the needed leadership we look up to for emancipation of our people especially as the world brace to unite globally for peace and development. This has not only become a major concern but an endemic plague that must be served if ikwuano people truly expect the needed leadership to overturn our values in the state.
Sincerely too much harm has already been done with irresponsible words of bitterness and selfish political opportunism. I write as briefly as possible because the issue is too great to be obscured by eloquence. This is true as I write simply and briefly in the hope that my words will be taken to heart.
The people of Ikwuano have long been denied of their rightful honour roll in the state. But recently that questionable character has too often been debased to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination sheltered by the shield of congressional immunity.
I believe that it is high time for our people and her members to do some soul-searching—for us to weigh our consciences—on the manner in which our leaders are performing their duties to us as a people whose vote saw them into power. It is sad that the House of Assembly, Representatives or the Senate cannot account for a stewardship to our people—as we cannot remember or identify any meaningful project executed, nor seen their foots or presences in our land despite our political contributions and allegiance to their honour role as member representing our various constituencies both in debate in the house, directly or indirectly, by any form of words, impute to our people, their conduct has remained personalised without concrete benefits to our immediate community. This is contrary to the oath of stewardship which they sworn to uphold and defend the unity and developments of our various communities. Incidentally this has remained an illusion.
Those of us who shout the loudest about Democracy in Ikwuano making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of true democracy although not too impressive in Nigeria:
The right to criticize;
The right to hold unpopular beliefs;
The right to protest;
The right of independent thought.
The exercise of these rights should not cost one single Ikwuano indiegne his reputation or his right to a livelihood nor should he be in danger of losing his reputation or livelihood merely because he happens to know someone who holds unpopular beliefs. Who of us doesn’t? Otherwise none of us could call our souls our own.
The Ikwuano people are sick and tired of seeing innocent people whitewashed and guilty people celebrated. But there have been enough proved cases, such as the disunity of the power players in Ikwuano that has adversely affected the growth and performance of our leaders both at legislative or executive arms of government in the state. Our elder state men have a major role to play if our people must move forward.
As our dear country goes through her positive reformation, I say to my colleagues on this side of the aisle that the leadership of our people on party platform faces a challenge today that is not unlike the challenge that it faced back in pre-colonial day. These leaders under Party allegiance has failed to meet successfully the challenge that has emerged from the previous leaders of our constituency in Ikwuano—in addition to being a non visionary leaders spending more time and energy in less results oriented programs.
Today our Local government is being psychologically divided by the confusion and the suspicions that are bred in the stringent political believes and acrimony bedevilling us. We only see ourselves as individuals rather than collection of people with common ideals and values. The current political formations and administrations which have developed strong appetite for sponsorship of mediocrity would continue to contribute nothing towards our political, economic, social and well being in the means of opportunities available in our world today.
The record of the present Democratic reformation in Nigeria has provided us with sufficient campaign issues without the necessity of resorting to political smears. Ikwuano is rapidly losing its position as leader of thought in Abia state simply because the Partisan political Administrator have pitifully failed to provide effective leadership. Our leadership have greatly eroded the confidence of the Ikwuano people by its complacency to the threat of maladministration borne out of visionless administrators here at home. There are enough proved cases to make this point without diluting our criticism with unproved charges.
Sincerely these are sufficient reasons to make it clear to our people that it is time for a change and this is necessary to the unity and development of our people. Surely it is clearer now that our local government will continue to suffer as long as it is governed by the present ineffective Political Administrators. I still have doubt if the present political leaders could make a desired change because I don’t believe in a system that puts political exploitation above national interest. I don’t want to see these creams of questionable leaders steal our pride again. We gave them ample years with seamless zero score cards to show at the end.
As a patriot of our great community, I do not have the primary authority to formulate the policy of our Government, but I do have the responsibility of rendering constructive criticism, of clarifying issues, of allaying fears by acting as responsible citizens. This I have expressed base on my little findings in our community.
I don’t like the way our leaders have been made a rendezvous for vilification, for selfish political gain at the sacrifice of individual reputations and national unity. I am not proud of the way we our elders smear our image before outsiders, and hide behind the cloak of party immunity.
As an a son of the land, I condemn our past leaders just as much I condemn the partisan politics They are equally dangerous to you and me and to our great land. As an Ikwuano blood, I want to see our communities recapture the strength and unity it once had when we fought the enemy instead of ourselves.
It is with these thoughts that I have drafted what I call a “Declaration of Conscience.” I am gratified that we can still boast of having good leadership if we put our ass together and move like a people of same mind, faith and believe. Honourable Barrister Stanley Ojigbo I personally and unequivocally share your passion, ideals, believe and the vigour with which you laid your indelible marks in the anal history of our beloved community. I believe there are still persons of like minds and I also know that when we decide to return to Zion, your partnership would still count. You did well anyway, but I also know that you would have done more if unity, cultural diversity and love had prevailed among our people.
If there a word I would like to live in your hearts as your read through this clarion call, it is need for Patriotism; it is define as true love for one’s country or zeal in the defence of one’s country. Patriotism does not necessitate a programme of action: it stimulates and informs nationalism. Let embrace it and prove to our worlds that we are designed to fulfil Gods purpose and the destiny of our next generations.
God bless us as a people, God bless our constituency, God bless the people of Ikwuano, God bless Abia state and Nigeria in general.