To lead or not to lead….?

Leaders are to pave the way for others to follow. Leaders are to have sympathy if not empathy for its followers. If this dangerous trend is replicated or allowed to thrive without  opposition,then there’s a problem. A serious one indeed.

I tried hard to ignore this but couldn’t,it just refused to go away. How can our leaders be this greedy and self centred! A couple of people wake up and put into law a provision that would take care of them and their families for the rest of their lives, just because they have served as governors in Akwa Ibom state,and no one is doing anything about it.

The other day someone posts on Facebook” I wish I was a past governor of Akwa Ibom state” and you wonder why? It is really very sad indeed that our leaders will in the face of gross unemployment, hunger and terror attacks come up with such a rediculous thing. N100 million and N50 million annual pension for “All” past indigenous governors and deputy governors of Akwa Ibom state respectively.This also includes those that served when the state was still Cross River and would be for the life time of such a one. Tell me, why wouldn’t anyone not want to be  governor of the state?and for all the wrong reasons too!Why would there not be mass rigging of election to secure such a juicy pension for life??

Soon other states of the federation will adopt similar if not more outrageous laws for themselves.They are probably just waiting to see how this plays out before going ahead to do the unthinkable.

2015 is election year and It can only be imagined how this would affect the process and eventual outcome of election in this and other states.

It’s also a pity that the Akwa Ibom state chapter of NLC or is it TUC that promised a protest rally against this bill passing into law either had their legs and hands weighed down by “Ghana must go” bags of money or could not find enough courage to rise up to the occasion.

By the time the State house of  Assembly decides on the “pension for life amount” due each past member, the Akwa Ibom people will have nothing left for them in their treasury.

If this could happen in our time, I wonder what the generations to follow will have to face. It is really a sad one indeed.

And we call Shekau and his team terrorists??…

Rain on the Children’s day Parade

Anyone familiar with the expression”Dont rain on my parade”will agree with me that this year’s children’s day celebration has not only been rained upon by the activities of the Boko Haram sect but it can be regarded as an all time”high” in thunderstorms.

I believe other states of our dear country Nigeria should take a cue from the Niger state government and either cancel whatever activities are planned for this particular occasion, make it all about the Chibok girls or have it on a very, very low key indeed.

And guess what else has taken thunder strikes from activities of the same sect-“The Nigerian Millennium Development Goals on Education by 2015”, especially with the death of no fewer than 173 teachers. This I believe,is a forum where stakeholders promise all sorts of reforms and ways forward in the education sector and expect to be believed by everyday you and I Nigerian.

I have children of my own who look forward to children’s”stay at home”day celebration with lots of cartoons and all other things that children love that has nothing to do with homework or studying. As parents, let’s use this opportunity to reflect and say a prayer for the Chibok girls and their families.

May they be found even before May 27th so that this Children’s day celebrations will be a memorable one.

Do you know what else is happening next year that is suffering from the strikes of heavy thunderstorms? ?

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