I was in primary six when my Daddy bought me a voluminous current affairs textbook, which helped ignite my interest in politics and governance. But sooner than later, my enthusiasm to keep up with the state of the nation dwindled by the day as there was rarely anything to be excited about.
As a religious follower of politics and governance right from my childhood, I have been devastatingly dissatisfied with the maladministration that is the hallmark of almost all of the contemporary African governments at all levels. Many a time, I wonder if I will ever witness people-centric governance and responsible leadership. I guess millions of other ordinary Nigerians have felt like that too at some point in time.
Miraculously, there is now hope for the common man on the streets of Kogi Central, Kogi State, and Nigeria as a whole with the appearance of Natasha H. Akpoti-Uduaghan, a beaming light in the overwhelming darkness of bad governance that has enveloped the most populous black nation on earth.
At a time when proactive leadership and good governance seem to be rocket science in Nigeria and Africa at large, there is no doubt that Natasha H. Akpoti-Uduaghan has distinguished herself as the grain among the chaff. Despite not being a public office holder, her record of service to humanity stands tall like the proverbial iroko tree in the middle of the forest for all and sundry to behold.
I learnt about the Amazon (as she is called by well-meaning Nigerians) through her fight for the revitalization of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex, and since then I’ve been awestruck by what Natasha H. Akpoti-Uduaghan continues to do for her people from her own personal purse.
Taking into account her antecedents, it will not be out of place to say the Amazon is the light at the end of the tunnel: the tunnel of bad governance, worship of mediocre leadership, misappropriation of public funds, enthronement of incompetence, and directionless governments, among others which have bedeviled us as a people and nation for a long time.
On this note, as an advocate of responsible and visionary leadership across borders, I humbly call on the good people of Kogi Central to campaign and vote for Natasha H. Akpoti-Uduaghan in the 2023 Nigerian general elections as the senator who will no doubt effectively represent them, the Kogi people, and the voice of the ordinary Nigerian in the Senate House.
– Egbunu Adejoh Jonathan.