RE:WHAT ARE THE GOOD MEN DOING OUTSIDE THE POLITICS?
I initially thought it was unnecessary to further react since I have made my point and I wouldn’t want it to look like altercations between me and my beloved friend: Abdulateef Ishowo. However, something happened recently and I was spurred to further this discussion. My cousin married her daughter; Shukrah away to Yusuf last week Thursday-Friday and she assigned me to supervise some activities but I dodged the task because I wouldn’t want to offend anybody. When those who were assigned misbehaved and I complained, I was told I lacked moral right to complain since I avoided the task when it was assigned to me. Initially I grudged but I latter agreed to take the blame (volentis non fit injuria).
Comrade, I carefully read your reactions to my primary write up on the above subject matter and I observed thus. Firstly, this was not the position you took during the offline discussions couples of weeks ago but shifting goalpost is allowed in an intellectual game like this. I will be right to summarize your online position thus: “there are no good men anywhere but opportunists and as such, people with competent disabilities should be left to play the game of politics and others should watch and follow or better still the bad and the good people should find common ground to lead the country”.
You arrive to this position by bringing Oshiomale, Jega, Keyamo, El-Rufai, and our own Madibbo to their characters twist while in power. You lost me in this analogy and l think I should describe my position weather you can put me back on the understanding part of your track.
I think I should first take the choice of president Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 for instance. Nigerians were short of sincere leaders and they needed one to lead them to avoid looting our dear country out of map. That we got in the choice of the leader we made in president Muhammadu Buhari. It is unfortunate that we didn’t consider his strength and age to actualize the missions.
The additional qualifications we are currently demanding from him are afterthoughts. How do you expect him to give what he doesn’t have? Oshiomale, Jega, Keyamo, El-Rufai, and our own Madibbo are strong activists who would lay down their soul to have their goal achieved and I know that this single quality is inseparable from them. That was what was admired in them. If people wanted more, they would have discovered their deficits in other areas.
Oshiomhole was never a democratic union leader and and that was not the value his people saw in him. Radical nature of Oshiomale as a Union leader fetched him twice victories as governor of Edo State. This rare quality fetched him the chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress and he was recessed for that same strength. Up till this moment, the doggedness of Oshiomale still remain with him.
You have not succeeded in differentiating the unionist Jega from the Jega as an INEC Chairman who changed the sixteen years status quo of PDP in Nigeria .
The effort of Keyamo in forcing National Assembly to comply with law was unprecedented in his donkey years of activism. He is still the Activist Keyamo that I know.
As to my precious brother Kawu Madibbo, we should know better that leaders don’t write while leading. They act what they had earlier written while off power (Oba okin daba: Ase ni Oba npa). Moroso, Madibbo did well as an NBC Chairman but he was politically played by his big brother. It is a normal game that Madibbo lost his strength when Kyari died. That is a good reason why good people should join politics to team up with the few insignificant good men to make radical and beneficial transformation.
El-Rufai was discovered and appointed FCT Minister because he was a brave man. When Federal Capital Territory lost its purposes, he demolished hundreds houses belonging to who is who in FCT to restore sanity. That was the record that earned him his two terms as Governor of kaduna State. It will take a while to have a governor who will take a good but dangerous step towards reforming education of his state against all odd.
I think you should try to tell people what changed in these leaders you brought under character review.
No failed leaders deserved second chance if good men wouldn’t stand akimbo. What do I need to learn from bad leaders than to avoid their paths? It is unfair to equate good men who have sacrificed their comforts to build their good names with political jobbers.
It is unfortunate that I was unable to attend the tête- à-tête called by Akaje Ibrahim, I was busy in preparation for constitution review at Minna as at that time. If the opportunity repeat itself, I will emphasize more on youths working for themselves and what they believe in rather than propagating bad leaders who will only end up denting their own image since they have their own name to protect. Nothing is bad in propagating a good government or good leaders if they are actually good but youths should know when to quit.
Youths should get busy building themselves without having to rely solely on government. Being financial independent will not only help the youths, it will further threaten an irresponsible government. When you depend solely on the stipends from government to survive, your orientation will definitely be shaped towards their bad ways and our opinions will always be myopic.
Those who have wasted their goodwill on bad leaders are temporarily in regret. It may not be juicy at the moment but when we work hard and harder, we would definitely be greater and be where we want to be. It is unreasonable and unintelligible for anyone to think that the only help to render to any good government is blackmail and promoting bad government is equally unfair.
There are good men everywhere bro, it is just unfortunate that good people may not be willing to take the rough path available to lead politically. It is incumbent on us to smoothing this political path to allow good men in politics.