Address AU leaders in a room
It is my honor to be given this opportunity to address you distinguished leaders. Some of you came into power even before I was born and others not so long after. You’ve been given the authority to manage lands richly endowed with natural resources and rule over people with physical strength and diverse skills.
I’m sure you all accepted this responsibility with good intentions but along the line for some of you, priorities changed. The world never ceases to mock us by the caliber of leaders we have and that’s unfortunate. Because I believe, you are all highly intelligent men and women with a conscience about right and wrong. Scores of people have perished under your watch because of an action and most often an inaction.
But what happens afterwards? A façade of a concerned tour done, a promise-filled speech made, committees formed and nothing concrete happens. This has gone on for so long that the citizens hardly take you at your word anymore. If you lose the trust and confidence of those you rule over, you are basically on your own. What legacy would that leave you? None that you would be proud of, I’m sure.
I’m not here to take you on a guilty trip on your efforts but just so you know you have a lot to do if you want to win back the hearts of your citizens. We the people feel close to you during the campaign period leading to general elections. You make sure your presence is felt in every corner but after the election when you’ve been given the nod, it’s like their voice doesn’t matter and you only remember them when the elections are drawing near again.
Aside the blind loyalists who would vote for you along the lines of tribalism, the new generation is more enlightened and votes based on your works and the practicality of your manifesto. The time of buying votes is over. There will definitely be people who would sell their votes for T-shirts, bags of rice and handshakes. But for the majority of the citizenry that you would need their support to rule won’t have your back. I’m not sure if you are aware of this or if you even care but just in case you haven’t realized the importance, you need us our co-operation if any of your plans is to succeed.
And please don’t be afraid of incorporating more women in your governments. We are capable of doing more than preparing your meals and warming your beds. This generation is raising dynamic women who are ready to take up the challenge of changing the world. Please believe in us.
No matter how bad things look, I believe it’s never too late to make a turnaround. We the people are craving for change and we are ready to rally behind you to help rebuild our individual countries and the continent at large. This is the only home we have. All we need from you is your attention to our pleas concerning our needs and mutual co-operation on building our societies. I hope this is not too much to ask.
Thank you for your attention and may God bless our beautiful continent, Africa.
© Josephine Amoako 2019