From COLLINS Ughalaa, Owerri

Bishop Blaise C. Iwuogo of New Life in Christ Evangelical Mission, Lagos, has replied Senator Hope Uzodimma’s comment last week that Imo State needs experienced hands with drivers license to govern the state from 2019, saying that the Senator should know that such drivers license includes “exceptional leadership experience, education above and beyond Bachelor's Degree as enshrined in former President Olusegun Obasanjo's policy”.

Senator Uzodimma had during a meeting with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Orlu Zone at his country home in Omuma, Oru East LGA of Imo State said: “From what we have seen, when you allow inexperienced people to take over government, hunger, unemployment, non-payment of salaries and recession will become the lot of our people. Untold hardship will visit our people. That is what we have seen today and never again shall we allow inexperienced people to come and rule our state”.

But the Bishop said: “Senator Hope Uzodinma apparently says that the 2019 PDP guber ticket will be given to someone with a Drivers License, not a person with Learners Permit. While I applaud this commentary, I cannot  help but hope that the Drivers License referred to by the Senator includes exceptional leadership experience, education above and beyond Bachelor's Degree as enshrined in former President Olusegun Obasanjo's policy,  vision demonstrated through the individual's business experience, proven track record on personnel and resource management, and the unflinching hunger for human development.”
The Bishop called on the people not to follow politicians who feed them with sumptuous meals during election only to abandon them after the election, adding that the state should embrace the realities of the 21st century.
Warning the people against the antics of politicians who profess to be philanthropists, the Bishop said: “The time is now for the people of Imo State to move away from ancient 10th Century politics where the man that fed more people gathered more crowd. And after winning their support, he fed them crumbs and dispersed them in a state worse than he met them.
“Today, a lot of the so called philanthropists in our State do not have any business at all. They merely operate Foundations sponsored by foreign donors. As they receive funding, they use a meager 10 per cent of it to feed some few widows and orphans. They take pictures for their foreign donors and reserve copies for their future political campaign.”
The Bishop also said: “We have seen this as a trend in Nigeria in the last 20 years, with some of these people acting under the counsel of their acclaimed political consultants. You don't need a rocket scientist or a prophet to predict the apparent result.
“What we need now in Imo State must be leaders with proven track records and people with good leadership qualities previously demonstrated in business, education, religion, politics. We need people who have advanced exceptionally in their respective professions and careers.
“The Leadership we teach and profess is all about showing the people the way. If a person lacks knowledge of the way, he is not a leader. For he has nothing to show. Such a person lacking foresight cannot achieve anything meaningful.  Rather, he will plunge the people into disarray, confusion, and destruction. For this reason, Jesus said, "The blind cannot lead the blind. Both of them will fall into a ditch."


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