Popular social entrepreneur and 2019 presidential aspirant, Dr. Elishama Ideh has enjoined Nigerians to join forces with the new breed of leaders who have chosen to leave their comfort zone to take back power from the clutches of mindless leaders who have nothing to offer but poverty and strife among citizens.
She made this statement at a media conference that occasioned the merger of two great platforms, Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM and Alliance for a New Nigeria held on Wednesday, June 20, 2019, at the CAPS building in Ikeja Lagos. While assuring Nigeria that the merger will go a long way to create a formidable force that will comprise the polity shakers and technocrats who know their onions on the ideals of true leadership, Dr. Elishama, urge Nigerians to be hungry and angry to take back their country.
“We have come to a place where we must all decide which way we want to go to. We must be hungry and angry to want to take our destiny into our hands and nobody will help us take the task but ourselves, we have to get to a place where we desire the Nigeria that we have all discussed here this afternoon. A Nigeria where we all fight together, come together, believe together, share a common value; a common vision and common responsibility towards making a new Nigeria happen.
“The New Nigeria cannot happen outside us, nobody can do it for us we have to a place where we don’t sell our birthright anymore. I love when our master of ceremony was saying the first year, when you go out from here now begin to give more exposure to the faces in the political terrain.
“All of us have things to do. We all have different responsibilities. In fact, somebody like me has no reason to be in this terrain. But I’ve gotten to a place that I say, if I perish, I perish.
“We should not continue with this anymore and see I have come in through the emotional intelligence of a mother and its not even a gender thing. It goes far beyond that. It is the role of a woman to every nation and the totality existence of the earth, it is not by mistake that humanity has accepted the reality that earth is being called a mother, nature is being called a mother, establishments and everything that we refer to are referred to as SHE. There’s a nature role for a woman in every environment on earth, and when you remove her presence or she’s not totally or fully represented, a decay will come upon that environment, location, nation or continent. We don’t have enough representation of women in this terrain.
“I was telling my people the other day, I have ministered or nurtured the faces of people that are a representation of 61 % of our nation; the poor, the abandoned, the less privileged, the hopeless, the destitute, orphans. Those faces represent what our nation is now. 65 percent of the nation living in abject poverty is an anomaly. It should not be accepted. It should be totally fought against. I don’t have any reason to want to come to this terrain.
“In fact, I was doing what I was doing, and I was doing it even 15 years as a widow. I was telling somebody that I just got married march again. I should be enjoying my husband and say oh, I have waited 15 years. But I cannot be at ease in this situation that we found ourselves as Nigerians because I see it clearly that we might not even have a chance in the next four years to see Nigeria alive again if people like us don’t go in, put our lives on the line and change the status quo. I am here to let you know that we can, and we will”, she stated.