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Our leaders are not acting in national interest

11 November 2013, 15:47 Julius Ngbede Philips

Things are becoming messy and messier day by day among the former bed fellows whom we once know to be pairs feeding from one source.

Meanwhile, there are no permanent friends nor permanent enemies in politics they say, all there is, is but permanent interests, desperations, scheming, permutations, jumping ships, switching sides and constantly setting formations to achieve favourable results.

And this is how you described our leaders of today, as their official duties and mandates have been so interchanged with their personal and selfish interests instead of selfless service for the benefits of all.

Due to these mindset they possess, they no no longer see the government and the people they lead as an important part of the entire affair anymore, but a competitive game in which they must do all that they can to keep winning and stay relevant.

They have so personalised national affairs, such that all we hear in news these days is, so called politician is lambasting another politician or an honorable, or a certain governor is targeting insults towards the president, or a senior citizen is finding incriminating evidence to tarnish a minister's image and so on, but all these are for either political reasons or to gain grounds and take glory for a certain matter of national interest in contend.

They have so made it a race between themselves and forgotten the people that are under their leadership (the common man), they have indeed forgotten that they were called to serve and that the interest of the public should be their first priority. Our leaders needs to imbibe the spirit of selflessness to overcome these habits for this nation to move forward. Forums or workshops and seminars needs to be organised at least quarterly for our leaders of today, in which topics such as, national interest, team work, philanthropism, selfless service and transparency are thought them, so that they can really narrow their focus toward their call of duty and the development of this country, rather than them seeing their offices as an opportunity to serve themselves by looting and bankrupting the economy, the fact that these things are not taught in our schools in the first place made it so hard for us to develop much love and passion for our country so as to prioritise the country's dream.

I will also use this medium to recommend that the above mentioned topics in subsequent times be introduced into our educational sector to help the youths acquire these qualities against the future. I think by the time these measure are put in place, our leaders will learn to work hand in hand collectively with one goal and interest, towards a better and sustainable government.

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