“To change a people, you have to first change their thinking and mindset” MJ
That uncanny act of cutting corners has been the bend of civilization. Many Nations, Nigeria inclusive would have been soaring against prevailing recession if the wrong attitude of seeking short cuts to materialism were disdained and frowned at from the cradle of child upbringing.
Corruption is an attitude that can be changed, its a culture as it were in our daily interactions,yet we can do away with such destructive culture. Hardly a moment passes without accomplices of this heinous act not making a mockery of the few attempting to sanitize the mess we are in.
In changing the world, we must have the change at work first in our subconscious fabrics. Its our inner wiring that exudes to influencing our world that we are committed to the ideals of a better society.
Its corruption to wake up globetrotting for peanuts from politicians as Youths, instead of investing precious time in starting small. The politicians who embezzle public funds were acting nonchalant and reckless as many of our Youths are doing today,so stealing to make for lost time and creativity became their last resort.
In warring against corruption, Governor Udom Emmanuel has engaged the ICPC and EFCC of conscience. He has set in motion generational attitudinal change mechanism through exemplary leadership of transparency in public fund management, and this has always been his core values even in private business.
Look,change begins with leadership as it were then it flows downward. In Akwa Ibom State,everyone knows there no room for wastage, it’s no hidden truth that Governor Udom Emmanuel does have the stiff necked gust to deep his authority into public funds for private nor social political gains,if its not in the budget don’t even think of inventing subheads,and though its in the budget its no permission for self aggrandisement.
A leader who frowns at seeming minor negligence like early morning religious devotions by his aides, one who disassociates from peddlers of lies as acquaintance, one who only hails the best in character from friends and foes alike,setting high standards of excellence on himself only inspires from his subjects the desire to staying truthful and not be found wanting in matters of Integrity.
Mr Integrity as become a household name,that even opposition wish the society could ascribe to them also, but it’s not bought in the market,its built over time. You can not fake it.
The next generation of AkwaIbomites sure do have a model in Mr udom Emmanuel to imitate in character and spirit of the Dakkada philosophy programmed to strategically kill the idea of free lunch which breeds corruption. People who work hard to make a living with dignity and are contented with what they have,do not steal in secret nor in the open. Get your hands dirtied on the farm,keep proper records,stop going a begging for political peanuts and enjoy a future void of the fear of ICPC nor EFCC,that’s the gospel according to a performing Governor; Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
® Micheal Joseph Okon is the International President Coalition Of Youth Leaders(CYL) In Akwa Ibom State.
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