Even though the speed is weakened, the currency of hope will ride the waves, reckons Ronke Bello

Hope has been defined as a source of eternal and inexhaustible strength in any or most situation.
To Martin Luther King, Jr. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”  King’s
thought rhymes with Desmond Tutu who opined that “Hope is being able to see that there is light
despite all the darkness. Robert Green Ingersoll romanticized hope in all its nature’s effect when he said, “Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.”

In fact, Paul Tremblay’s own definition is scary as he went financial in his assertion which sees “Hope as a desperate man’s currency” and that brings us to the question of whether hope is a currency that is
expendable and exhaustible. For the sake of this article, I will answer in the affirmative.

However, I belong to the school of thought that in the developmental journey of any nation hope
remains a currency (not one of desperation) especially of the masses who in a democracy will always have the choice of choosing their leaders every four years as practiced in Nigeria but a “desperate “ wake-up call to the leaders on whom “all rises and falls”. (John Maxwell).

With every sense of responsibility thousands and I served with all our strength and might in the
“Renewed Hope” campaign team where we took on the very challenging issues of religion, regional bias, et al. No regrets then, no regrets now and for some of us eternally no regrets and this is because a lot of us have for many years been silent students of ‘The Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s School of Democracy’ which is anchored on fast track development, reward system and belief In an egalitarian society. It was just a
matter of time for him to someday lead our great country and that moment presented itself.

Everything we marketed during the campaign not just as APC PCC members but as patriotic Nigerians and as defined in the ‘Renewed Hope’ action plan for a better Nigeria document encapsulate the doctrine of that School Of Thought. Of course governance isn’t politics and leadership especially of a
multi ethnic, multi interests and highly or as some will say over populated nation like ours can’t be a
walk in the park.

In fact some of us teach leaders that your popularity comes to a halt after the campaigns and the win for
the next leg which is governance comes with decisions and policies that if not carefully thought through and executed deepens that thin line between love and hate.

Our president came in prepared. His words were deep which can only come from someone who is
indeed ready and have a plan (in fact a strategy) of how to bring the people and nation to a prosperous
position. He indeed hit the ground running fully abreast of the burden he had requested, we don’t pity him for a job he has taken on. He has said repeatedly that he hears the people, after all “the ears of a leader must ring with the voices of the people.”

As Nigerians stand today, is the currency of hope still strong? I guess not. Even the propagators of the currency have taken covers; some tired of the trolling, some angry and disappointed, some unsure… but we must encourage ourselves that we can’t renege or give up on the renewed hope mandate we marketed. Our hope as an idea and reality must remain strong and this leads to what is happening to.our currency of hope. We couldn’t have so soon spent it off? Have we? How can?

In another light, a leader is as good as his team, thus the current team must be encouraged to give their upmost bests at not just playing their roles but understanding, supporting and equally marketing the policy thrust of this administration . The team must tell the leader what he needs to know and not what he wants to hear. They owe the president that much, they owe the nation that duty. Many might have to learn fast and learn hard for a team can’t call the people to buy in on a policy or policies they
themselves cannot interpret or implement!

Nigerians are a great people: industrious, patient and with a never -say-die spirit! Nigeria as a country is respected and still has the sub region in fact Africa as the focal center of her foreign policy. On these, our
President, H.E Bola Ahmed Tinubu is holding the former and latter together and with our heads high.
However for the many people of Nigeria, particularly we the masses what matters is having a modest
lifestyle with food on the table, medicare, security in our homes, schools, our farms and roads. Good
infrastructure, an education system that can compete globally, employment that guarantees a decent
life and tempting enough to “tempt” all citizens leaving in their droves to come back someday. Truly, good governance can be seen, felt and touched!

The information managers and publicists of the government must do more because communication is the art of governance. The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has been revived which is great. However,
we must speak to the people at their levels, in their languages and locations using the very best
practices of mass/public communication.
Mr. President recently appealed to the Governors to do more. That appeal should be followed up and
followed through for they control the states and local governments and that is where the currency of
hope is worst diminished.

Technocrats, bureaucrats, financial experts, economists, publicists, policy analysts, politicians,
statesmen and stateswomen, every group, everyone that can keep this currency of hope afloat should
see this period in the history of our nationhood as a call to patriotism, in fact a call to duty not for a
political party, not for a friend or foe but for Nigeria, a country we dare to call our own.
Currently the entire global space is seemingly challenged with different riots, protests, strike actions, etc.
Nigeria isn’t in isolation. However, every strong nation with hope keeping citizens and leaders that lead with capacity and sincerity of purpose know that rebound is possible.

Policies especially as it affects the people can be smooth sailing at times and sometimes painful, we owe
the led continuous engagement and leaders must proactively keep evaluating, re-evaluating policies

which can equally be tracked and measured by the citizens. These will also avoid un-necessary policy
summersaults .
Our currency of hope is strong in form and spirit reaching out to every zone in Nigeria and offering a non-bargaining seat at the table especially in the center.  Politicians are quick to show where this
particular “currency of hope note “is torn or where the coin is cracked. We need the buy in of majority
of the led and urgently too.

 Bello, Ph.D
Academic, Publicist, Public Policy Analyst and Author writes from Abuja.

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