Today, I spent more than 3-hours listening to our Constituents. They had a lot to pour out. They wanted a listening ear, and I gave them my ears. They had a barrage of problems and challenges bedeviling our Constituency. And while they were all talking, it hit me.
What has stopped us from meeting these challenges is not the absence of sound policies and sensible plans.
What has stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics – the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle big problems.
And as people have looked away in disillusionment and frustration, we know what’s filled the void. The cynics, the lobbyists, and the special interests who’ve turned our government into a game only they can afford to play. They think they own this government, but we’re here today to take it back. The time for that politics is over. It’s time to turn the page.
Every time, a new generation has risen and done what needed to be done. Today we are called once more – and it is time for our generation to answer that call.
For that is our unyielding faith – that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their constituency can change it.
As I told them that gathered for discussion with me today that we can change the narratives of Arochukwu Constituency, I am equally calling on all of you today to join me, and let us change the narratives.
Yes, we can!