Private sector champions who have forayed into Nigeria’s politics would attest to the fact that their lives have never remained the same since their arrival in the jungle.
In their moment of solitude, they eagerly searched their minds for the reasons behind the costly decision that has turned their successful private lives to items of public discussion.
Most often than not, popularity is bestowed upon them for the wrong reasons; and as a result of their resolve to replicate the successes recorded in their private endeavours in the public service, they end up with deep hurts.
Politics in Nigeria is a different kettle of fish entirely, but this fact is not always known to this group of achievers whose passion for transformation make susceptible to the meandering of the professional politicians that dominate the landscape. In reality, professional politicians and their cohorts would not want the state to function properly and its apparatus sink into their bottomless pockets to ensure that they are in permanent control but for the class of reformists, motivated by their accomplishments in the private sector, their mindset is entirely different, they seek to fix the problems and let the nation move on.
Now, there is a point of divergence. These are the two categories of people steering the affairs of this country, and the different classes have been at each other’s throats for decades but unknown to many Nigerians who casually interpret or take charily orchestrated allegations of corruption, inefficiency and abuse of office against any individual who resolves to genuinely serve the nation and end its exploitation by the legion of self-serving leaders lurking around the nation’s treasury, most victims of orchestrated attacks are people-minded nation servants who have refused to play by the rule governing the contract-state.
The latest victim of these political vampires is Stella Oduah, the country’s aviation Minister whose efficiency has overnight transformed the sector. Her transformational efforts and achievements as an unrepentant driver of development in the nation’s aviation sector have been acknowledged by many but she has consistently been hitting newspaper headlines for undeserved reasons.
She may not be enjoying this ugly development and perhaps be wondering what pushed her into politics, and the word “service” keeps returning to her mind. There are several others like her who have had similar terrible situations created to discourage them from fixing the problems holding down the nation from taking its place in the comity of nations.
Stella’s record achievements in her role as the nation’s Aviation minister have undoubtedly earned her a reputation as a reformist, change-agent and an achiever. Evidences of her achievements are visible and known to objective and sincere minds, and they are mindfully following the manifestations of the calumny designed to derail Stella’s moving train of accomplishments.
Will Stella Oduah want to give in to these known antics? Well, as a very private person she might have imagined that remaining in her successful enterprise at the Sea Petroleum and Gas (SPG) would not have exposed her to this level of persecution but Stella needs to know that true success is measured by impact made beyond one’s cocoon. Stella, sacrifice is the word, perseverance is the attitude, focus is my message to you. Nigeria might not have rewarded you appropriately for your contributions to nation building but be rest assured that the ancestors of this land are appreciative and will ensure that history chronicles your activities with pride and honour.
Mrs. Omotayo Jolayemi wrote from Otukpo, Benue State.