By Onuchukwu Hamilton
I am so optimistic that before the end of this month, the printing job for this my second text book, would have been completed for its official presentation to the public. The feedback from the adjudged voluminous book will determine my commitment in the exercise.
To the academia, the title alone exposes the content while the portrait of Hon. Chief Mrs. Ruby Emele that is boldly on the cover page, may look like the moonlight story of five blind men that were assigned to touch the body of an elephant but they brought different results. Hence, the public senses of wonder, curiosity, and speculating interest are kept alive.
To foster the habit of reflection, and broaden the public horizon of awareness, that funeral oration and tributes should no longer serve as a means to tell the world about one who is exceptionally wonderful. In fact, people like Mrs. Ruby Emele, should be told that the global village can never forget her lifetime on earth.
Yes, the book is thematically on the solutions against the African Leaders’ gross ineptitude cum negligence for the rural communities which now resulted to insecurity in not just the rural areas, but also the urban cities that should be safer. The book explains why African leaders left undone what they ought to have done. The problem of ideological disorientation, suppression of rural resources, human resources, and the issue of negative vices likes tribalism, sectarianism, greed and corruption as caused by ideological poverty.
President Yoweri Musceveni noted that many of the champions and proponents of these negative vices are parasites that do not produce anything because if they produce anything and yet encourage greed, corruption, they must regret their actions one day.
“Any African leader who can exchange life for oil and gas, do not deserve to be respected as a leader. Natural resources and Political powers should not be more important than human beings because it is human who should consume the natural resources. Population is the greatest asset of any country. African countries started getting independence in 60s, but did not attain economic independence, because of ideological and policy summersaults.
The book is equally advocating for the African women to rise to the occasion and begin to occupy the political spaces ignorantly vacated by these men that lost bearings. The women should rise and save their children like Jesus Christ commanded in the Book of John 19 vs. 25. Take it as a threat, African nations will remain economically backward until the home based selfless men and women like Hon. Chief Mrs. Ruby Emele are given higher leadership opportunities. A woman who knows that we feel physical discomfort, when we are in the midst of material disorder and moral discomfort when we are confronted with cruelty and injustice. A woman who understands that there is intellectual discomfort in the presence of fragmentary and confused views of the world. A woman who understands that without some unity of outlook and response, there may result a divided self which in turn may lead to psychological tension or nervous collapse. One surest way to gain unity in Africa is to achieve inner integration between the so called poor in the rural areas and the so called rich in the urban cities. To know what to approve, and what to disapprove and to gain a sense of the meaning of human existence.
Hon. Chief Mrs. Ruby Emele’ picture is qualified to beautify the cover page because she promotes the fact that an unexamined life, is not worthy of living.
It is in the domain of the intellect that we should also recognize the importance of someone’s deeds, plans, policies, management of affairs and aspirations.
Beyond Her Excellent academic records, other notable position held and litany of awards, Hon. Ruby Emele served as a former legislative aid to the Senate President of Nigeria in 2019.
She was elected in 2010 as the Executive Chairman of Isiala Mbano Local Government Area which also positioned her as the State ALGON Chairman. To all Imo Journalists, the discovery of a great woman like Mrs. Ruby Emele, and entrusting the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy matters, into her hands as a Commissioner, remains one of the greatest achievements of Governor Hope Uzodinma to Imo people. Her simplicity of personal attire complements her humility. She is a woman with the thickest body, showing great strength and extra-ordinary powers of patience.
A scholar in the dialectic method of success who is ready to engage you in a conversation as to elicit ideas on issues. With the failure of one African nation to guarantee equitable distribution of resources, others are giving the impunity to remain corrupt.
Therefore, My Book, African Socio-Economic Injustice to the Rural Populace is a historic move, intended to ensure that African leaders do refrain from encouraging impunity, and stop abdicating their responsibilities to protect rural economy and her citizens.