There is nothing I can say that will change the failures of our very own Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and our hurt that he failed will trouble my people in the Niger Delta for generations to come. But know this: The hopes of our people and our nation are made better by the effort of the Lion of Ubima. We can mourn the decay of the Niger Delta under the Leadership of our own SON.
I am sure Nigerians joined us in grief that was why they fought the battle to change the system, so that we the people of this region can be truly developed. And we add our faith to those of millions of Nigerians to ensure that the dreams of our fathers in this region due to the tragedy of oil will be overcome. For those that believes, The Scripture tells us: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Everything — Everything; Rotimi Amaechi did, he did with passion. But his truest passion was helping the people of the Niger Delta realize that those we called our own were duping us and wasting our resources without developing our people. CRA, made the cares of Thousands and Millions of his constituents his own, seeing to it that schools were provided with benefits, Healthcare with benefits and elderly with care that they deserved, that government in Rivers State worked for ordinary folks in Rivers State. He Supported #MohammedBuhari, because PMB was ready to do what he loved; Fighting the people’s battle and seeing how Nigeria can be great again…..Men like Rotimi Amaechi remind us that heroism is found not only on the fields of battle. They remind us that heroism does not require special training or physical strength. Heroism is here, in the hearts of so many of our fellow citizens, all around us, just waiting to be summoned; as it was during the General Election. Their actions, their selflessness poses a challenge to each of us. It raises a question of what, beyond prayers and expressions of concern, is required of us going forward. How can we stand fearlessly in the face of unprecedented threat? How can we be true to Nigerian Nationalism?
But at a time like this when our discourse has become so sharply polarized; at a time when we are far too eager to be swayed by trivialities and lay the blame for all that happened to Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Rotimi Amaechi’s feet, because he dare to think differently than most of the politicians in the Niger Delta. It’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that helps in the development of Nigeria, not in a way that separates us. Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, “When I looked for light, then came darkness.” Bad things happen, and we have to guard against simple explanations in the aftermath of monumental State Corruption of the past decades.
After all, that’s what most of us do when situations change suddenly; especially if the loss is unexpected like it was for so many Jonathianians. We’re shaken out of our routines. We’re forced to look inward. We reflect on the past: Did we try to change the direction GEJ/PDP government was heading? we wonder? The loss of the election cause us to look backward; but it also forces us to look forward; to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we work towards changing our country and our lives.
We must ask ourselves if we are being angry at Rotimi Amaechi for helping Nigerians change the evils of the past? If Yes what would we have rather preferred? The status quo? Can we then claim to having enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the betterment of the Nigerian State? Perhaps we should question ourselves whether we’re doing right by our children, or our community, whether our priorities are in order. We recognize our own weaknesses, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame -– but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better. And that process, that process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions…….
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