I’m Not A Politician; I’m A Public Servant
It’s baffling to listen to that some Nigerians are discovering it obscure the assertion made by the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, that he’s not a politician. He maintains that he’s a public servant. He’s proper. The assertion is unambiguous.
If we place it in context, the phrase ‘politician’ has received a brand new undesirable which means primarily based on the present apply of politics, whether or not within the International North or International South. Ideally, a politician must be an individual who practices the artwork or science of presidency. As Webster Dictionary defines ‘politician’: “an individual skilled within the artwork or science of presidency”. The identical dictionary additionally defines ‘politician’ as: “an individual engaged in PARTY POLITICS as a occupation”. Moreover, the identical dictionary defines ‘politician’ as, “an individual PRIMARILY keen on POLITICAL OFFICE for SELFISH or different NARROW, normally SHORT-SIGHTED causes”.
It was James Freeman Clarke who stated, “A politician thinks of the subsequent election; a statesman of the subsequent era. A POLITICIAN seems to be for the success of his PARTY; a STATESMAN for that of his COUNTRY. The STATESMAN needs to STEER, whereas the POLITICIAN is glad to DRIFT”.
A public servant as outlined by Webster Dictionary is: “a authorities official or worker”. A Minister is a authorities official.
Amaechi is a person who has over time, as a public servant, remodeled right into a statesman by all requirements. He has used public service to vary lives and society. His entry into politics and the concomitant impact inside the Nigerian political area has left extra fascinating outcomes. A public servant understands that he’s not a grasp of himself and as such is acutely aware of accounting to his masters (the folks) with whom he derives his mandate. Transparency and delivering the nice change into the hallmark of his actions. With calls for and expectations in torrents, he masters the important thing in useful resource allocation and distribution aimed toward satisfying the folks throughout board.
Suffice it to say that not all public servants are statesmen and never all statesmen are public servants within the sense of holding positions in authorities. Dedication to duties, precise performances, rising above self and an perspective of being holistic in dispassionately coping with native, subnational and nationwide points assure one a spot within the statesmanship of a given polity.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has as soon as served because the Chairman of all Audio system of Homes of Meeting in Nigeria. His efficiency was the rationale his colleagues reelected him for one more time period as their primus inter pares. When he turned Governor, similar feat was recorded as Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board (NGF). He was primus inter pares in that platform for 2 phrases. He was appointed Director-Common of the Buhari/Osinbajo Marketing campaign Group for 2 consecutive occasions, 2015 and 2019 respectively. He satisfactorily delivered on his assignments again to again. Presently, he’s a serving two-term Minister within the Ministry of Transportation the place his wealth of expertise in public service has positively modified our methods of shifting from level A to level B and vice versa. Immediately, cargoes are moved through the railways.
Amaechi is a public servant. He’s a statesman.
—Achor Omodu, Esq is public affairs analyst primarily based in Port Harcourt.