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 Good Governance: Hopism Adighi Nma.

By Ekechi Gerard

When the herd loses its way, the shepherd must kill the bull that leads them astray.”

I have this theory which dictates that whosoever occupies a political seat in Nigeria will only be worse than his immediate predecessor. What a  shame Ihedioha did not get the time he needed.

When we talk about Imo State or Nigeria in general, I dictate that widespread illiteracy insures that the majority of the populace do not understand good governance and have little or no expectation from leaders so long as their subsistence livelihood can be sustained. By providing just the bearest minimum needed for survival, the leaders guarantee themselves unhindered access to public wealth and loyal subjects who see them as some kind of saviour.

Good governance means that processes and institutions produce results that meet the needs of a particular society while making the best use of resources at their disposition.

Good governance is participatory, conscious oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective, efficient, equitable, and follows the rule of law. It assures that corruption is minimised, the views of the people are taken in to account, and the voices of the most vulnerable in the society are heard in decision making. It is also responsive to the present and future needs of the society.

The docility of the citizens is being contented with the status quo even when it is unfavourable. It is  often learned from a young age that leaders are an act of god and must be obeyed and respected to avoid  lethal consequences. We adopt this life philosophy of a dysfunctional upbringing or a power hungry and selfish mind. The leader knows this and throws in a religious leader to reiterate his god-given legitimacy at any speaking opportunity.

So, it has been about 7 months since the soft coup d’etat, and  “god” in conjunction with with the Supreme Court of Nigeria installed the highly recommended  Hope Uzodinma as the governor of Imo State. 

The second coming. Our only ticket to salvation. But just as the previous archetypes, he plays the role of the devil’s advocate. Leaving Imo State in a dire state of tufiakwa!

In 7 months, the Supreme Court governor has stopped ongoing road constructions and  stifled Imo State’s 2020 budget for civil servants and pensioners, leaving workers financially starved. His major  achievements in 7 months are just  billboards and those fables written by his praise singers on social  media. 

Governor Uzodinma’s praise singers will only  show you pictures like this:

Like this

Or this

But they won’t tell you that Emeka Ihedioha started the construction of that road before his mandate was taken. Just like Buhari hijacked the Lagos-Ibadan road and took all the glory from Jonathan.

But they will never show you this

this

or this

The Nekede/Ihiagwa road

But it is difficult to fight what you are a part of. 

Our leader do whatsoever they please because we condone it and do not hold them accountable. We are used to bad leadership that we have become very numb about corruption, nepotism, greed and all its kindred.

No matter what happens, we just move on with our lives and we don’t challenge them . The moment someone becomes a leader, they immediately become disconnected from regular people. Our leaders are Bosses, not servants of people.

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