By Oseloka Afamefuna
John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address as the 35th President of the United States on January 20, 1961, said: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
The above quote in Kennedy’s inaugural address has inspired many people, especially those seeking public office. This is why many people seek public service for the development of their community, state and nation.
There are millions of people worldwide who have been motivated by President John Kennedy’s speech. And the above quotation by one of the respected presidents of the United States has encouraged and motivated great men and women to distinguish themselves in public office in different parts of the world, Nigeria inclusive.
Among millions of people who have made an impact in their community, local government, state, country, continent and the world at large in respect to what they can do for their country and not what their country can do for them is the Founder/Executive Director of Hope for Niger Delta Campaigns (HNDC), Comrade Sunny Ofehe.
He is a Nigeria-born, Dutch environmental rights activist whose activities focus on environmental degradation in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He has distinguished himself in fighting for the common interest of the people of Niger Delta and he has taken the advocacy and demand for a better life for Niger-Deltans globally.
Comrade Ofehe is one of the young Nigerians who fought tirelessly against the military junta during the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election and the aborted Third Republic. As a student of the University of Benin, he joined forces with other progressives, rights activists and civil society groups led by the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria on May 29, 1999.
Comrade Ofehe’s intervention without any iota of doubt has attracted some development to the Niger-Delta region through support from the international community, individuals and organisations at home and in the Diaspora. He has also used his international connections to empower thousands of youths in several communities through his philanthropic gesture.
Ofehe became an activist while in university during June 12 1993 presidential election.
In the last few months, there have been several clarion calls and demands that Comrade Sunny Ofehe should contest for Delta State governorship in 2023 because many believe he can use his magic touch to change the story of the state positively.
Therefore in response to several calls and demands, Ofehe believes it is high time for him to yield to the clarion calls and take over the baton of leadership from the incumbent, Ifeanyi Okowa, in May 29, 2023.
Ofehe will be contesting for Delta State 2023 governorship on the platform of the Young Progressives Party (YPP). YPP is a party with a youth ideology and it has proved its worth in Nigeria’s politics. YPP is one of the viable opposition parties in Nigeria and it has a sitting senator in the person of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah representing Anambra South in the Senate.
The party has provided a platform for young Nigerians to aspire for public offices in line with the “Not Too Young To Run” bill signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018. Ahead of the 2023 general elections, many young people are contesting elections at the state and federal levels on the platform of the Young Progressives Party.
•Afamefuna, a public affairs commentator, is resident in Asaba