Political leadership is crucial for the development of any society. The progress, development and fortunes of many nations are tied to the type and quality of political leadership that they have had and continue to have. Several scholars have argued that the greatest problem confronting Africa (including Nigeria) is the political condition underscoring the importance of political leadership. Even within Nigeria, some states have fared better than others in terms of political leadership.
Delta State is one of the 36 states in the federation of Nigeria with a population of 4,112,445 according to the 2006 population census. The state is blessed with abundant human and material resources with oil and gas accounting for about 30 percent of the nation’s crude oil resources and 40 percent of the nation’s total gas reserve of 150 trillion cubic feet. Delta State was created on 27th August, 1991 when the former Bendel State was split into Edo and Delta States.
“Every generation out of relative obscurity must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it.”- Franz Fanon
“The future will have no pity for those men and women who possess the exceptional privilege of being able to speak the truth to their oppressors but have taken refuge in attitude of passivity, of mute indifference and in some cases of cold complicity.” - Franz Fanon
“For evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”- Edmund Burke
“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” – Plato, The Republic.
Over the years, especially since return to civil rule in 1999, there has been progressive degeneration in governance and development in Delta State. Violence, brigandage and mafia style behavior has been introduced into the body politic. Merit, professionalism and decency for which Delta State was known in the past have been completely jettisoned. The cliché Delta- Number One has gradually become Delta no dey carry last. Instead of our usual first position we now struggle for last position in many aspects of life especially the standard of living of the people. There is degeneration of values. The values of respect, hard work, integrity and self pride are being completely eroded. Deltans, both young and old have been turned to beggars in the name of empowerment. Begging which is alien to our culture as Delta people, is now being entrenched. Immorality is increasing.
THE NEED FOR COLLECTIVE RESCUE OF DELTA STATE
The present state of affairs in the social, economic and political affairs of Delta State need collective rescue by all well meaning Deltans. There is the need for awareness and re-orientation of who we are as Deltans. There is the need to introduce decency, professionalism and accountability in governance. There is the need to make the welfare of citizens and development of the state the primary purpose of government.
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