By Gab Ejuwa
VISION and determination are necessary ingredients to success in life. These two virtues are celebrated and adopted all over the world because they are responsible for a host of developments from one human society to the other. In Africa, our cultural heritage attests articulately to the primacy of these two primordial values. It is in the bid to drive home this salient human reality that one of our African proverbs affirms that “it is not only the fox that races in leaps and bounds that arrives at its destination but also the snail, ultimately, despite its slow speed.”
What matters here is the vision and determination to arrive home in the end in spite of the inbuilt strength of the individuals involved. In affirmation of this, the scriptures confirm that “the race is not for the swift nor the battle to the strong.…but time and chance happen to them all”.
Wisdom and inspiration
Certainly, the above rang true in the celebrated political case of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America. He was one of the greatest men in the land in his time. It is on historical record that he lost out in almost all the elections he contested for in his life and as if this was not traumatically castrating enough, even in his business and personal dealings as a result of which not surprisingly though, the famous word of wisdom and inspiration arose that “the dignity of man is not in never falling, but rising each time he falls”.
Coming closer home, Muhammadu Buhari our president, who despite losing out in three previous elections, kept faith with his vision and determination, and became the president. Buhari is certainly on fire imbued with the desire to wire the nation higher. This is the liberation into the next level of meaningful and positive change.
In comparison, it is most instructive that vision and its attendant determination should and must work for Great Ogboru in his long-running strategic enterprise to call the shots at the Delta State Government house this year. To start with, the visionary man Chief Ovedje Ogboru has come too long a time to miss out on his noble quest. Besides, he is a beloved son of his people and too connected to the political power grid to be shoved aside, being a bona fide member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. This is apart from the fact that he has successfully proved himself to be a capable manager of both human and material resources.
Going by exemplifying precedents, there is a Buhari in Ogboru in the sense of an ardent capacity builder and revolutionary who bluntly refuses to say die until he has lovingly cradled the object of his perennial quest and personal revolution. The simple justification lies in the fact that humanity and human experiences are the same everywhere. The same natural and human laws apply everywhere on the globe.
One of such laws is that of sacrifice or paying the price. It is a philosophical fact that life is ready to give those who know exactly what they want, provided they are ready to insist and pay the price. To say that Ogboru has paid the price is to strive to systematically discover the obvious.
That was why on the eventful Thursday, January 17, 2019 when the campaign train of President Muhmmadu Buhari came through the portals of the Warri Township Stadium appropriately themed: Liberation of Delta for the Next Level, APC chieftains, brilliantly attired in their contrastive colours designed for the occasion, their party’s symbol of brooms gracing the historic occasion, gave Delta State a day to remember for a long time.
One of the highlights of the landmark occasion was President Muhammadu Buhari delivering the party’s flag to the gubernatorial flag bearer, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, amidst other APC chieftains like Mr Adams Oshiomhole (APC National Chairman), Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta State ex-Governor and APC Senatorial candidate of Warri South) and APC Chairman of Delta State, Prophet Benjamen Erue and Senator Omo-Agege, APC Senatorial candidate of Delta Central.
The vision and determination of Great Ogboru to come on board has never waned, and now is the time to liberate Delta State from the grip of political hawks hovering over the heartbeat of the nation. Like Buhari, Great Ogboru with the power of the masses will achieve this long-sought feat this time for the betterness of his people, give him your support and usher a new dawn in Delta State.
Ejuwa, a public affairs commentator wrote from Lagos