EDO 2020: Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha’s words on marble; our template for change

Iyoha John Darlington
Iyoha John Darlington

Today there is no restating the obvious that Africa’s biggest democracy, South of the Sahara, is at the crossroads and therefore in dire need of a moral compass to navigate her through the raging tempest.

On her part of the globe which has uncontrollably gone berserk with violence, turbulence and uncertainty with her nationals being targeted abroad by their host countries, it is high time we looked inwards to see how and where we got it wrong.

On what do we blame these perilous times staring us ominously in the face? We shall discover this in the course of this piece.


Nigeria’s untapped potentials – human, material and natural resources are more than enough to put her on a par with other global competitors but the reverse has become the case resulting from leadership failures.

In my countless adventures around the world, I have been privileged to meet and hobnob with the intelligentsias of many countries among which Nigeria my native country.

In the Summer of 2018, in a rare privilege my dreams came true beyond my wildest imaginations as I sat face to face with one of the most intelligent Nigerians alive in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja. A dream I have nursed in decades!

I recall this auspicious moment with nostalgia as I heard him speak on issues bordering on the regeneration of Nigeria which informed his interest and desire to throw his hat into the ring in the build up to the 2019 presidential election.

I departed Abuja satisfied, and like the Biblical Queen of Sheba that left her vast domain to hear the wisdom of Solomon, frankly I remained more focused and resolute than ever in my unbending desire to lead a salvage operation to my state.

Ay, I did listen to him with rapt attention as he spoke on a wide range of issues in this regard. I stood in awe of his unparalleled intelligence that eventually prepared and equipped me for the great task ahead.

It is an established fact that there would be no country anywhere under the sun without humans.

Today, insecurity of lives and property ravages every nook and cranny of our land considering the daily episodes of loss of human lives as our security architecture has broken down.

If this trend is not stemmed, there would be no country, hence this is why and where Al-Mustapha’s presidency comes in handy sooner rather than later to revitalize the obviously decadent paralysis.

In today’s Nigeria many places are far from civilization as many communities are without service infrastructures and other basic necessities of life.

This is what Al-Mustapha’s presidency was set to give Nigerians in our GPN days and his firm resolve in this regard has not waned and never will until he sees every Nigerian beaming with contented smiles as we collapsed into the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).

This is one great Nigerian I have always admired for his unparalleled leadership qualities, a man whose ability to give Nigeria purposeful leadership is not in dispute.

However, in his acceptance speech in Abuja in the run up to 2019 presidential election, this rare gem and iconic figure in Nigerian letters in sheer display of transparent honesty did say without ambiguity that his presidency has no earthly reason to fail Nigerians and if this ever happen by a twist of fate which he honestly does not anticipate, nothing “stops us from heeding the dictates of the vox populi and aptly surrending ourselves for prosecution”.

These words on marble emanating from a true patriot and democrat in whom there is no guile have today become our template for change in Edo State.

Your Excellency sir, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, to you I doff my hat to you as you continue to sit high in my heart.

More power to your elbow!

Written by Iyoha John Darlington
Edo State Governorship Candidate Designate
Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).

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