KWENU: Our Culture, Our Future
Diaspora Political Rescue Mission
EZEJIOFO SUNNY UDEH, Ph. D.
January 4, 2011
Precisely September 4th, 2010, after two and half decades (Quarter century) of sojourn in United States, my flight remarkably touched down on the tarmac of homeland to launch the genesis of the expected exodus of reverse brain drain I had preached about in my series titled Pathway Home for Diaspora Igbo. http://www.kwenu.com/publications/udeh/2007/brain_drain.htm
Armed with well crafted pledge to serve free of charge, proposals of ten bills to be presented to the National Assembly in the first year, I was at home and comfortable amidst my Udi-Ezeagu people listening to them, seeking their blessings and canvassing for their support in my quest to represent them in the Federal House of Representatives in Abuja.
Three months into the game, the race impressed amazing educational experience upon me about Nigerian politics and campaigns, but most of all, it provided me a keen insight into the rut of deprivation and neglect in Nigeria. As I hit the pavements, I met thousands of ordinary folks and elite and learned things about our present day Ndiigbo and Nigerians that are shocking, surprising, and humbling. Although, the race is just beginning, the experience thus far, has reinforced the enormous task awaiting us.
Based on this background, I call for a rising urgency to
reshape our Nigerian ship teetering on the brink.
I urge the Diaspora Nigerians to embark on overt collective actions and
tackle the work of righting the numerous wrongs perpetrated on our people for
many years of inept leadership and misrule of ‘democrazy’ on the guise of
democracy. As wards of the much-touted
brain drain, the Diasporas stand the opportunity to seize this moment of hope in
2011 to enthrone effective leadership on our only known fatherland
In so doing, I recommend we anchor our efforts on providing effective leadership that displays mental alertness, impeccable honesty and doses of integrity that are conspicuously lacking in the governance of Nigeria today especially in the National Assembly where members gobble as much as $1.8 million per annum in a country with a paltry per capita income of $2,600. I advocate a leadership style that espouses competence, good character and penchant for charity. In addition, I advance a leadership that inspires and motivates especially the ordinarily people who have suffered electoral abuses and economic neglect reassuring them with comprehensive programs and proposals outlining what leadership intends to use governmental resources to do for them. Most importantly, I encourage the need for all to focus on achieving collective benefits as opposed to selfish pursuit, which had been the bane of the so-called democracy of since 1999.
Moreover, you can agree with me that Nigeria needs a humble leader who is not just effective, but who possesses individualized consideration and attentive to the economic growth needs of fellow citizens and the country as a whole. My kind of leader must exhibit enormous intellectual sagacity through widely promotion of innovation and propagation of creativity as well as provide inspirational motivation by giving meaning to the causes and challenges ahead. Above all, this leader must comfortably display idealized influence by being corrupt-free, ethical, and moral in all dealings.
To conclude, my experience indicates that the best starting
point is for Diasporas to step into the political and power arena and start
making waves for sustainable democracy guided by insistence on free and fair
election. We cannot really make any
impact operating from outside. We
have to be in it to make it happen.
Through overt activism, the Diasporas should join the rising chorus for a free
and fair election in 2011 as we educate our Western Union beneficiaries to
register and cast their votes for the best and brightest characterized by
Diaspora candidates. Above all, we
should encourage and support our fellow Diasporas who are risking all to partake
in the political rescue mission of
Dr. Ezejiofo Sunny Udeh, an aspirant for a seat in the Federal House of Representatives, Udi-Ezeagu Federal Constituency, writes from Enugu, Nigeria. Support my campaign at www.sunnyudeh.info .
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