The great democratic path of the society begins to crumble when it is full of thorns and shades of darkness. It is observed that despite fights and struggle for power in Nigeria, there is nothing to show for it.
One keeps wandering in the wilderness of democratic flows like a drunkard who slept off its worries as there is no savior for all bleeding hearts.
There is no doubt, most of us have forgotten the colonization of our country, the Biafran war and other inter-community and tribal wars where many lives were lost in a twinkle of an eye. If the British colonized Nigerian, should Nigerians colonize their fellowmen? And if the colonists enslaved us, should we also enslave ourselves? There are reasons for the amalgamation of the Hausas, Yoruba and Igbos after 1914 but the question that agitates the mind is “can three sailors control a ship or three drivers control the same car simultaneously? The answer, which is yes or no indicates that nothing is impossible if love is the order of the day. If the masters are to rule, love comes first, cooperation follows while unity remains important.
Our heroes, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Dr. Nnamidi Azikwe who ruled as the Premier did their best for Nigeria. They developed each region with what is available within their capacity and their works still remain firmly till today.
However, in the Western region then headed by Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he developed human and laid a good infrastructure foundation which some of his disciples now build upon since he left office. In education alone, he established a prestigeous world class university which has produced great professors in the society.
In industry, some of our past political leaders left a good legacy by establishing industrial estates that housed some of the industries that propelled the economy and engage a lot of young ones in the country.
Therefore, a good leader must promote good governance at all cost which will benefit mankind.
But nowadays, reversed is the case among our leaders, they only have pleasure in perishable materials, not thinking of developing human resources.
All they understand today is embezzling the public fund, they convert government properties to their own in the name of greediness.
Therefore, it is a basic duty of voters to promote good governance within his or her domain by making good use of their voter’s card during the periodic election. An average voter can make life better for himself by making sure that he votes in line with his conscience and not for money.
The duty of a good and responsible leader is to promote the welfare and ensure the progress of his people; it is a duty he owes them!