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I have the urge to choose this topic this week conse­quent upon my conviction that a lot of people do not really realise the fact that whatever we do today is what we shall reap tomorrow.

The law of Karma cannot be over-emphasised, but unfortu­nately many people are igno­rant of this reality.

It was William Shakespeare who once said that “the evil that men do lives after them.”

In as much as the above assertion of Shakespeare cannot be disputed, yet I must establish here that people have already started reaping their evil deeds.

On the dying bed of an old man, he summoned his family to pray for them. Surprisingly to the man, his eldest daugh­ter said to him “Father, it is unfortunate that, at this point of your death, you have no money in the bank. In fact, you are a total failure and I pray that I will not die like you.” Soon after these words, the old man gave up the ghost.

Years later, as the lady was searching for a job, she was summoned for an interview in one oil company. As the man­ager saw the lady’s surname, he inquired if she had any relationship with a particular man he knew bearing that same name.

“Yes, he  was my father,” exclaimed the lady. And the manager went on: “Your father signed the paper that brought me to this position I am in today and he did it without charging me a dime. You do not need any further interview as this job is already yours.”

The lady, hearing this, broke down in tears and, on getting home, went straight to her father’s grave and gave him the honour she never gave him while alive, with a promise to live the rest of her life emulat­ing him.

Integrity! That one word sums up all that our leaders need today. That word sum­marises all that we need in our world today in order to build a better tomorrow. I have realised that a lot of people lack integrity; a lot of people have no conscience; they do not use their thinking faculty. Yes, a lot of people do not live as though there is tomorrow. They do not see tomorrow as a possibility. They just think about today and nothing else. If you happen to find yourself in either of the aforementioned categories, then, this topic is specifically for you.

Last week, I took time to address the youths. I reminded them that all for which they perpetrate evil today will soon vanish and their conscience, which they mortgaged in the course of this evil, will hunt them forever. I made it clear to them that generations unborn will hold them responsible if they allow Nigeria to collapse while I encouraged them to look beyond their now, as a greater tomorrow awaits them.

Today, it is imperative to es­tablish that what we do today as a people, nay a nation, will go a very long way in deter­mining the type of future we are leaving for our children.

Building our Tomorrow Today, is systematically structured in order to take our minds to the reality that posterity is depending on us to get it right. Yes, coming gener­ations are looking unto us and one day, they will judge us for what we have done today.

In Nigeria, it is unfortunate that politics is now a do or die affair; politics is now bloody, as people now do anything in or­der to get elected. If politics is a call to serve the people, why then are we killing ourselves just to get there? I ask again, if our desire to get to a certain position is to serve, why do we go to shrines, soak ourselves with innocent blood in order to be elected? Why do we see pol­itics from the eyes of evil and wickedness? Why do we have to kill in order to serve?

Personally, I have tried, in many ways, to put on record my passion to serve my peo­ple, but that does not mean that I will go all out to waste innocent blood in order to get elected.

As I write, I am still inspired with the words of our beloved President Goodluck Jonathan, who once said that “my polit­ical ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.” What a better way to go! What a better approach to politics!

Of a truth, if killing people is what politics is all about, then politics is not worth it. If integrity cannot be associated with politics, then politics is nothing but evil and should not be in existence.

An erudite American scholar said: “Look for three things in a man: Intelligence, Energy and Integrity and if you cannot find the third, do not bother looking for the other two!

Yes, integrity is the qual­ity of being honest and hav­ing strong moral principles, or moral uprightness. It is colloquially a personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards, yet it is highly essential in the pursuit to building a better tomorrow, as our topic here demands of us. There should be integrity in politics; there should be human face in politics; yes, there should be passion to serve the people and not to swallow them. This understanding is expedient, especially as we appreciate the fact that building a life that will yield a positive fruit tomorrow begins with us as leaders. It begins with us as politicians.

If we realise this reality, then we will be well guided in our day to day approach. If we appreciate this truth, then we will become role models, so that our tomorrow will not take us by surprise.

According to Stephen Grellett: I shall pass through this world but once. And good that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now and not defer it. for I shall not pass this way again.

It is noteworthy that the purpose of this column was never to witch-hunt anybody or to ventilate anger against anybody, but an opportunity to speak the truth that sets free, the truth that liberates, the truth that unites, the truth that triumphs, the truth that transcends inter-personal and political involvement and paints the picture of liberty, thus living true to the over-all purpose of the Orient Daily Newspaper, which is setting the bound free.

Yes, we must set the bound free, we must do things in the right way and we must put it straight today, so that our tomorrow will not condemn us.

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If we anticipate a better society, then we must appre­ciate a remarkable today. We must live a glorious today. We must pursue a beautiful today. There is no doubt that our desire to be united today, as a nation, will determine our journey to a fulfilled nation tomorrow.

If we are united today and consequently build a unit­ed people, then there is no amount of force that will separate us tomorrow. Again, if we swallow our pride today for the sake of our desire to build a great future for our children, then we can be certain that Nigeria will be a safe place for generations unborn.

Let it be known today that I am taking the pain to put these words together in the pages of this newspaper just to paint the picture of my undy­ing passion to see my country better than we all are witness­ing today. I call on people to live their lives conscious of the fact that it is our tomorrow that counts. I call on all of us to begin now to realise the fact that it is our today that de­termines our tomorrow. I call on people to desire to build a tomorrow that will bring good tidings to all of us.

I am not saying what I am saying here to please anybody or to attract any favour, but to sound it loud and clear that the society we abuse today, will accuse us tomorrow. I am saying all these in order to let us know that time has come when we must put away our differences, our selfishness, our pride, our stupidity, our re­ligious fanaticism, our self-cen­teredness and our political insensitivity and embrace the spirit of love and oneness.

Frankly speaking, I weep for my country Nigeria, especially as I realise the fact that those that should be leading us to the Promised Land are those that are betraying us. I weep every day, as I realise that those we entrusted our lives in their hands are those slaugh­tering us like animals. Yes, I weep for my country, because I wish to wake up one day and see a better Nigeria, a better people, a brand new people, a great nation, enveloped with the beauty of oneness. I antici­pate a glorious tomorrow, even as I earnestly pray that the bitter today will no longer be remembered.

I look forward to a time when the brightness of a new dawn will enthusiastically awaken all of us, thus eter­nally inscribing in our hearts, the testimony of a liberated people, a united nation. Then and only then, shall our hearts know peace and our joy know no bounds. Then and only then, shall our children rise up and appreciate us for building a future for them. Then and only then, shall our tomorrow, the tomorrow of our desire, the tomorrow of our dream, the tomorrow of our passion come with a very resounding great­ness. I have the urge to choose this topic this week conse­quent upon my conviction that a lot of people do not really realise the fact that whatever we do today is what we shall reap tomorrow.

The law of Karma cannot be over-emphasised, but unfortu­nately many people are igno­rant of this reality It was William Shakespeare who once said that “the evil that men do lives after them.”

In as much as the above assertion of Shakespeare cannot be disputed, yet I must establish here that people have already started reaping their evil deeds.

On the dying bed of an old man, he summoned his family to pray for them. Surprisingly to the man, his eldest daugh­ter said to him “Father, it is unfortunate that, at this point of your death, you have no money in the bank. In fact, you are a total failure and I pray that I will not die like you.” Soon after these words, the old man gave up the ghost. Years later, as the lady was searching for a job, she was summoned for an interview in one oil company. As the man­ager saw the lady’s surname, he inquired if she had any relationship with a particular man he knew bearing that same name.

“Yes, she was my father,” exclaimed the lady. And the manager went on: “Your father signed the paper that brought me to this position I am in today and he did it without charging me a dime. You do not need any further interview as this job is already yours.” The lady, hearing this, broke down in tears and, on getting home, went straight to her father’s grave and gave him the honour she never gave him while alive, with a promise to live the rest of her life emulat­ing him.

Integrity! That one word sums up all that our leaders need today. That word sum­marises all that we need in our world today in order to build a better tomorrow. I have realised that a lot of people lack integrity; a lot of people have no conscience; they do not use their thinking faculty. Yes, a lot of people do not live as though there is tomorrow. They do not see tomorrow as a possibility. They just think about today and nothing else. If you happen to find yourself in either of the aforementioned categories, then, this topic is specifically for you.

Last week, I took time to address the youths. I reminded them that all for which they perpetrate evil today will soon vanish and their conscience, which they mortgaged in the course of this evil, will hunt them forever. I made it clear to them that generations unborn will hold them responsible if they allow Nigeria to collapse while I encouraged them to look beyond their now, as a greater tomorrow awaits them. Today, it is imperative to es­tablish that what we do today as a people, nay a nation, will go a very long way in deter­mining the type of future we are leaving for our children.

Building our Tomorrow Today, is systematically structured in order to take our minds to the reality that posterity is depending on us to get it right. Yes, coming gener­ations are looking unto us and one day, they will judge us for what we have done today.

In Nigeria, it is unfortunate that politics is now a do or die affair; politics is now bloody, as people now do anything in or­der to get elected. If politics is a call to serve the people, why then are we killing ourselves just to get there? I ask again, if our desire to get to a certain position is to serve, why do we go to shrines, soak ourselves with innocent blood in order to be elected? Why do we see pol­itics from the eyes of evil and wickedness? Why do we have to kill in order to serve?

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Personally, I have tried, in many ways, to put on record my passion to serve my peo­ple, but that does not mean that I will go all out to waste innocent blood in order to get elected.

As I write, I am still inspired with the words of our beloved President Goodluck Jonathan, who once said that “my polit­ical ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.” What a better way to go! What a better approach to politics!

Of a truth, if killing people is what politics is all about, then politics is not worth it. If integrity cannot be associated with politics, then politics is nothing but evil and should not be in existence.

An erudite American scholar said: “Look for three things in a man: Intelligence, Energy and Integrity and if you cannot find the third, do not bother looking for the other two!

Yes, integrity is the qual­ity of being honest and hav­ing strong moral principles, or moral uprightness. It is colloquially a personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards, yet it is highly essential in the pursuit to building a better tomorrow, as our topic here demands of us. There should be integrity in politics; there should be human face in politics; yes, there should be passion to serve the people and not to swallow them. This understanding is expedient, especially as we appreciate the fact that building a life that will yield a positive fruit tomorrow begins with us as leaders. It begins with us as politicians.

If we realise this reality, then we will be well guided in our day to day approach. If we appreciate this truth, then we will become role models, so that our tomorrow will not take us by surprise.

According to Stephen Grellett:  I shall pass through this world but once. And good that I can do or any kindness  that I can show to any human being,let me do it now and not defer it. for I shall not pass this way again.

It is noteworthy that the purpose of this column was never to witch-hunt anybody or to ventilate anger against anybody, but an opportunity to speak the truth that sets free, the truth that liberates, the truth that unites, the truth that triumphs, the truth that transcends inter-personal and political involvement and paints the picture of liberty, thus living true to the over-all purpose of the Orient Daily Newspaper, which is setting the bound free.

 

Yes, we must set the bound free, we must do things in the right way and we must put it straight today, so that our tomorrow will not condemn us.

If we anticipate a better society, then we must appre­ciate a remarkable today. We must live a glorious today. We must pursue a beautiful today. There is no doubt that our desire to be united today, as a nation, will determine our journey to a fulfilled nation tomorrow.

If we are united today and consequently build a unit­ed people, then there is no amount of force that will separate us tomorrow. Again, if we swallow our pride today for the sake of our desire to build a great future for our children, then we can be certain that Nigeria will be a safe place for generations unborn.

Let it be known today that I am taking the pain to put these words together in the pages of this newspaper just to paint the picture of my undy­ing passion to see my country better than we all are witness­ing today. I call on people to live their lives conscious of the fact that it is our tomorrow that counts. I call on all of us to begin now to realise the fact that it is our today that de­termines our tomorrow. I call on people to desire to build a tomorrow that will bring good tidings to all of us.

I am not saying what I am saying here to please anybody or to attract any favour, but to sound it loud and clear that the society we abuse today, will accuse us tomorrow. I am saying all these in order to let us know that time has come when we must put away our differences, our selfishness, our pride, our stupidity, our re­ligious fanaticism, our self-cen­teredness and our political insensitivity and embrace the spirit of love and oneness.

Frankly speaking, I weep for my country Nigeria, especially as I realise the fact that those that should be leading us to the Promised Land are those that are betraying us. I weep every day, as I realise that those we entrusted our lives in their hands are those slaugh­tering us like animals. Yes, I weep for my country, because I wish to wake up one day and see a better Nigeria, a better people, a brand new people, a great nation, enveloped with the beauty of oneness. I antici­pate a glorious tomorrow, even as I earnestly pray that the bitter today will no longer be remembered.

I look forward to a time when the brightness of a new dawn will enthusiastically awaken all of us, thus eter­nally inscribing in our hearts, the testimony of a liberated people, a united nation. Then and only then, shall our hearts know peace and our joy know no bounds. Then and only then, shall our children rise up and appreciate us for building a future for them. Then and only then, shall our tomorrow, the tomorrow of our desire, the tomorrow of our dream, the tomorrow of our passion come with a very resounding great­ness.

I am not say­ing what I am saying here to please anybody or to attract any favour, but to sound it loud and clear that the society we abuse today, will accuse us tomorrow. I am saying all these in order  to let us know that time has come when we must put away our differenc­es, our selfish­ness, our pride, our stupidity, our religious fanaticism, our self-centered­ness and our political insen­sitivity and em­brace the spirit of love and one­ness.

 

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