“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
– John C. Maxwell
Respected dignitaries, Men, and women of honor, and my dearest countrymen,
It is with a heavy heart I am standing before you to humbly ask where we have gone wrong?
Africa is filled with so much potential and economic prospects. We are blessed with the best of natural and human resources, yet, the average African is hanging on the verge of despair.
Corruption and gross incompetence seem to be the order of the day, and all the sectors of the economy are bearing the brunt. It’s no longer news that the citizens of this great continent are getting the short end of the stick. You don’t necessarily need atomic bombs to destroy a nation. Leaders who value their pockets than the life of citizens do that every day.
Every single day of the week, airports are filled with Africans leaving their country home in search of greener pastures, better education or medical care. The African continent has become a burial ground, only good enough to bury our brothers and sisters in the diaspora.
How long are we going to deceive ourselves? How long are we going to manage the decadence and desperation that is growing like a malignant tumor? How long are we going to act like all is well?
The citizens have become like the child who gets beaten and is warned not to cry. But today, I am saying it’s enough! My tomorrow, and that of my future generations to come is not yours to plunder today or ever again.
Despite the hopelessness, there is still a ray of optimism in the hearts of the African people. It’s never too late to begin again, it’s never too late restrategize, it’s never too late rebuild the ruins, it’s never too late to do away with selfish governance and establish a great democracy.
And finally, I conclude with this, what you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven in the lives of people who chose you to lead them.
“Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions.”
— Henry Kissinger