Qualification without conscience
SIR: Nigeria never lacks politicians with long educational credentials. The problem is that the fantastic qualifications never amount to the nation’s growth. It was a delight watching the Senate screening of ministerial appointees by President Muhammadu Buhari.
An open-minded analysis of their performance will raise one’s hope to the sky irrespective of one’s political leaning. It is another debate altogether whether the President went to heaven to bring down accenting angels or that he dug down to earth to recycle the usual suspects. In my view, the argument will not dim the shine of these ministerial appointees. They took the questions thrown to them during screening and chewed them to digestible bits and spat them out for the relish of the Senate.
I can cynically posit that time has proven this exercise to be another dance of fools in the rain. Politicians leave us to perish in the cold after the glorious shower of loquacious fantasy. They dazzle their fabulous qualifications before our eyes to win out trust. Their action in office does not resonate to brightness of our society. Jackals employ their wicked ingenuity to sort brilliant minds without morality from among us to blind us from their evil scheme. It always works. We see faces we respect and we trust that they will serve our interest. Masterminds sit in the reserved balconies and laugh at our excitement.
Our country stays in the dark at the end of each administration. The crops of illustrious citizens that dumbfound us with their qualifications during screening become a mirage once they are sworn in to office, only to resurface again in their grandiose opulence as our statesmen. I think it is absurd.
We must wake up from this state of mindlessness and seek our true leaders. I cherish the oratory of our ministerial appointees. I pray that their action matches the force of their eloquence.
• Pius Okaneme, Umuoji, Anambra State.