By Christian Aburime
For every man or woman created by God there is a value attached. That is why human life is sacred. Nobody can create a life except the all powerful Creator. This was explicitly made clear in the book of Genesis in the Holy Bible when God created man in his own image. Let us make man in our own image and likeness God had declared.
So God made man and enormously endowed him with awesome power, talents and skills to enable man to justify his existence and glorify the name of the Creator.
That is why we see the likes of Messi’s and Ronaldo’s of this world earning mega bucks just by using their God given talents and skills to mesmerize us with their football artistry. We admire them and praise their exploits.
It is the same talent and skill that man has deployed in the area of science and technology to change the world.
Ironically, in some environment, bringing your talents and skill to bear in advancing the cause of your community or society could be a daunting task. This is so, when you are unfortunate to find yourself, out of no faults of yours, in a system where such virtues are not reckoned with. A typical system where people root for mediocrity over merit. A system where hardwork, talents and creativity are discarded and thrown overboard.
The consequences are that in such a community progress is stalled. The community remain stagnant while the rest of the world move on.
The community suffers while its best brains find greener pastures abroad out of frustrations, anger and disappointments. The loss of that community ultimately becomes the gain of another.
Just last week, a scenario of the narratives above played out. Nigeria-born Kaycee Madu was appointed Minister of Justice and Solicitor-General of the Province of Alberta in faraway Canada. Suddenly the whole country went into a frenzy of ecstatic joy, commending and praising Madu for such heroic feat outside his fatherland.
President Muhammadu Buhari became the early Nigerians to share in Madu’s joy and accomplishments. The President was generous in his praises for Madu, describing the development as “landmark and historic”. He went further to say once again the development pedestals people of Nigeria descent as go-getters, who distinguish themselves in different walks of life.
The President added that, as the first Black Justice Minister and Solicitor-General in Canada, Madu has written himself into history books, and urges Nigerians, both at home and abroad to remain good ambassadors of their country.
The President response to Madu’s appointment on the surface, appears quite remarkable and deserving of commendation. But the question is, could Madu have been able to achieve this feat in his native country if he had stayed behind? Would the system we operate here have given him such opportunity? Your guess is as good as mine!
If the truth must be told, for us in this part of the globe to tap immensely from the bright brains that God has blessed the country with, we must begin to de-emphasise the politics of of religion, nepotism, tribalism and ethnicity.
This is the time to practice the politics of ‘all-inclusiveness’ in order to harness the ‘best of the best’ that will put the country in the right path of development and economic prosperity.
In the history of mankind, no nation has prospered without harnessing the best brains at its disposal. Nigerians in the diaspora who are making exploits and helping to build other countries will be encouraged to come back home if the nation purges itself of the vices that have persistently held it down.
It is in the light of the fore-going that the likes of Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo and few other Diasporan Nigerians must be commended for turning their antennas toward home to help build the country.
Even with the daunting frustrations and disappointments which have kept most talented and skillful Nigerians to relocate abroad, Prof Soludo has remained one of the very few Nigerians who believed in channelling their God given talents to the service of the nation
Many years ago, Soludo had declared unequivocally that it is not accident that God decided that he should come from Nigeria/Anambra.
When in 2000, a prominent American was wondering why Soludo was so eager to go back to Nigeria instead of settling down to work in the USA, Prof Soludo replied, “If God in His infinite wisdom decided to make me an African/Nigerian, there must be a purpose. That purpose, in my view, could not be fulfilled by living a comfortable life in the United States. I believe that on the judgement day, God will ask how I used the talents and gifts He bestowed upon me to serve Him by leaving society better than I met it.”
Prof Soludo indeed has made good his words above. He remains a home boy who is constantly in touch with his community in Isuofia, Anambra state.
Recently, he was the cynosure of all eyes when he joined the Igwe of his community, HRH Igwe C A O Muoghalu, to celebrate the annual “New Yam” festival.
On that solemn occasion, Soludo was enthusiastically received by his people.
The arrival of their prominent son ignited the people’s joy as shouts of “Soludo Solution and Odenigbo Orumba na Aguata” rent the air, ostensibly in appreciation of Soludo’s philanthropic gestures in the community, which has touched their lives in various ways.
As a home boy, Soludo attends village and Town Union meetings. He enjoys the company of his people and always willing to work for their cause.
It is therefore not surprising that His Excellency, Dr Willie Obiano, Executive Governor of Anambra state, made him the Chairman of Anambra Vision 2070. And President Muhammadu Buhari also made him a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council.
Soludo is always for the masses. His banking revolution was for the masses. His adoption of his community primary school, Amorji is for the masses. His numerous educational support for the less privileged in his community is for the masses.
Soludo was not born with a silver spoon. He knows what it is to be poor. He lost his mother at the tender age of seven. But through dint of hardwork and individual brilliance and the benevolence of God, he made it to where he is today.
It is therefore highly sacrilegious for anybody to claim Soludo is not on ground in Anambra state.
To the few misguided mischief makers masquerading in various fictitious names to disparage the eminent Professor of Economics, need to retrace their steps immediately and join the progressive movement with Soludo’s Supporters for a greater Anambra.
The distasteful and repugnant advertorial put up by some faceless mischief makers that ‘Soludo is not the Solution’ is completely off the mark and certainly does not represent the voice of the majority of Ndi Anambra.
As the 2021 Anambra Governorship election approaches, Ndi Anambra must go for the best!
Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo, unarguably, without any shadow of doubt, represents the best!
*Christian Aburime writes from Ewu, Edo State.