Chief Audu Ogbe is the one piloting the affairs of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, a sector in a moribund state largely dominated by peasants using crude implements for production, low yielding seeds, high pests and disease infestation, no price control of produce, poor storage and lack of post-harvest management, badge of degradation and stigmatisation on the profession, low incentives, lack of inorganic manure, demonic crisis between Fulani herdsmen and crop production farmers and several herculean challenges. There is really famine in the land.
Can Chief Ogbe with his quantum wealth of experience, hardworking, integrity, result –oriented mentality revive this sector again and make the country less dependent on oil? Will his antecedent speak for him again? The answer is yes. Indeed, he has been tested and trusted. Our prayer is for God to grant him sound health, knowledge and wisdom to sustain his integrity to enable him leave an extraordinary legacy in this sector that generations yet unborn will be proud of. I solicit for unflinching support that will make him succeed in his core obligations.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, as a party, Nigeria and indeed the entire world are today rejoicing on account of the epochal victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the last general election as the elected President of the Federal Republic Nigeria. It depicts the fact that our greatest needs as a people is to exhibit the principles of impeccable integrity, discipline, courage and vision.
Our societies need leaders who will earn the trust, respect and confidence of the people at the helm of the affairs and in position of resources to support and encourage others to fulfill their dreams and aspiration. We normally pay glowing tribute to a good leader who displays honesty, integrity, prudence, justice, benevolence and the spirit to deal fairly with every person they encounter, no matter the situation. He or she tells the truth, especially in an uncomfortable scenario.
The hallmark and effectiveness of this leadership principle lies in the bosom of integrity. Without integrity, leadership at any level becomes a mere management and ceased to be leadership at all. It connotes a deep commitment to doing the right thing for the right reason regardless of the hedonistic appendages. It is an important virtue that is expected to be demonstrated at all times by everyone in a leadership position.
Those who surrender integrity in order to pursue power, personal goal regardless of its worth, no longer can claim to be leaders. People who live with integrity are mostly incorruptible and incapable of breaking the trust of those who have confidence in them. Their lives and careers are marked with trust, praiseworthiness and noble behaviours. Their character is embedded in moral truth that stays with them and manifests itself most clearly when they are faced with temptations.
Our leaders must therefore change and be selfless in discharging their duties. Though, it’s no longer debatable that some public office holders in the country are largely deceptive and have soiled integrity. They lack vision, character and sense of purposeful leadership. They unfortunately view such privileged positions parochially through the prism of corruption instead of selfless service to the fatherland.
What is however consoling is that in the midst of this gloomy scenario, one can still find few persons who stand out as jinx breakers, distancing themselves from the motley crowd of nation wreckers in the spirit of patriotism. This is where Chief Innocent Audu Ogbe, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development belongs.
Can Ogbe replicate his success as a statesman, politician, agricultural experts in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development? He is a man of good conscience with evident patriotism for this country. He is a man who is determined to achieve good results at all times. A well cultured and detribalized Idoma man whose fame and flame continue to illuminate.
At a very young age of 32 he had become the deputy speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly under the platform of National Party of Nigeria, NPN, and by 1982 he was appointed as Minister of Communication and later became minister for Steel Development.
His services and politics were truncated by the 1983 military coup. During his unblemished services as a minister, he kept impeccable records and wore the armor of integrity which was what exonerated him from despotic, impulsive tyranny of military den as all other serving ministers were kept for long in the prison except him Ogbe.

Adikwu is public affairs analyst in Abuja

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