The people of Yala, Cross River State, have been called to shun bitter rivalry for selfish gains as the ancient city is currently poised to recover her lost glory.
The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Supervisory Counselor on Health, Hon Gabriel Bravo Oluohu (JP), made the call at the just concluded “Project 1000 for Yala” held at the prestigious Jades Hotel in the nation’s capital of Abuja,
In a speech he delivered at the epoch making event, Hon. Oluohu commends the initiators of the laudable project for putting up a thoughtful event which according to him wouldn’t have come at a better time than now, as they have shared in the purpose of the unity, betterment and development of Yala people.
Oluohu believed that with an initiative like this, he is rest assured that Yala is on the verge of recovering her lost glory because if the older generation had conceived and implemented this noble idea before now, there won’t be need for the stagnation as witnessed today. He went further to stressed that “no man becomes, except he begins”. This he explains, is indeed the beginning of great beginnings for his people and an opportunity to harness their ideas, plan and motivate themselves to achieve a greater and more prosperous Yala nation.
He also stated that the days of rivalry are over as he encouraged them to see unity as the motivational force for every developed community. “We must not allow our background to put us backwards, rather it should be a motivation and propelling factor to strive to achieve heights never thought of, we must push for a purpose driven polity and eschew bitter rivalry for selfish gains, our story from this moment hence shall be that of unity of purpose and the good of our fatherland, words like I, me, my, and mine should be replaced with we, our, and ours. This is the solution for individualism” He added.
“We as youths, must do everything possible to outshine our forebears and current crop of leaders, how can we achieve this? with determination, courage, and can do attitude, we must kill fear and the only thing we must do, is to kill the fear in us in order to be bold and fearless to chart a course for more unified and prosperous Yala, we are often times too careful and seem to be too satisfied with everything including nothing, we sing praises to our own detriment where we are supposed to condemn and ask for more like Oliver Twist, we prefer peanuts and food on the table to a permanent job, we are too afraid to be successful, too timid to speak up against our failed and failing leaders, we mistake constructive criticisms to insults and prefer to die in silence” He explains further.
Hon. Oluohu went further to state that the so called leaders of tomorrow promised decades ago by the past and current leaders must and should start today for the future is now. In his own words “for some of us we have started years back to be self-reliant and independent, we have as well taken bold steps against all odds to speak against the ills of those in authority, we have been able to give some of our brothers and sisters jobs directly and indirectly, for us no sacrifice is too big and we are not resting on our oars. It has been quite challenging but the rewards and gains that accrue to our people are gratifying”.
“The task ahead for rebuilding, refocusing, reenergizing and re-strengthening our developmental strides begins this moment and I enjoin all to be watchful and prayerful, bearing in mind that to be successful in business, politics, and life. It is not about the godfather you worship or the godmother you sing praises to but God Almighty, for it is better to be indebted to man than to be indebted to God, the time to be Yalafied is now”. He concludes.