The diary of Adams._


Dear Electorate,

At a moment when so called motivational and inspirational, or plagiarised and depressional messages have taken centre stage on all social media platforms, I wonder whether my letter will get a significant space in order to convey my precious message for you. But I'm compelled by the enormous magnitude of the issues involved to write it anyway.

I've been thinking quite a bit lately about what exactly we have done to warrant the current frustrations confronting us. The sufferings and murmurings have reached astronomical peak.

A narrow contemplation on the constraints being faced by the student body, links the main cause to leadership failure. Who am I to say our leaders are incompetent, I only have the right to say they are incompetent enough to make life on campus a daily challenge for the ordinary student.

But such is the price that must be paid when we mistake elections for beauty pungent. The stature of a person is not directly proportional to his thinking abilities nor ideas.

Looking at the exorbitant price that we are currently paying for electing officers based solely on their appearance, I hold on the notion that every student should allocate a reasonable share of his time to his duty in the political life on campus. Its only when we get involved that we can appreciate the fact that, the task is indeed laborious which demands leaders who are strategic in both thinking and planning.

The responsibilities of our leaders to take vital decisions cannot be over emphasized. Their choices and decisions on crucial matters which has a direct bearing on students' daily life should always stand on an unshakable rock of intellect and wisdom. This has nothing to do with appearance but has everything to do with ideas.

The chief reason for writing you this letter, is to put you on notice that the sudden encroachment of motivational speakers on all social media platforms is only a mere show, we are in a season of show and exhibition, never allow yourself to be swayed by these messages, because they will cease coming as soon as the exhibition is over.

However, what will not cease is the inadequate space for group-studies, frequent shortages of water, intermittent power supply. Whether you like it or not the plants will continue to shut down at 10 O'Clock pm, if we fail to do due diligence in choosing our next leaders.

The good news is that, we have able men and women who are capable of finding solution to our current predicament, but they can only do so when we entrust them with the power and resources needed for the task. We need to vote for these brave men and women, who are paragon of ideas, to take the mantle of leadership on campus, that is the most important step to take if we want to write a different story on campus.

The question remains who are these people, are they rocket scientists or robotics programmers? Don't let your imagination take you too far, they are our own colleagues, our friends and mates, who are deeply immersed with ideas and have long drank from the overflowing fountain of wisdom of great leaders. They don't exude flamboyance, they are quite simplistic by nature, humble but resilient and resolute.

They can easily be separated from the crowd of aspirants, but only when we follow the electoral process with keen interest. By electoral process I mean, the vetting, the debates, manifesto reading and the campaign. Let's test their sincerity by ambushing them with debates and rigorous questioning of their policies.

If we can achieve our greatest desire of voting for competent men and women, to take decisions on our behalf, then we must free ourselves from all extraneous qualifications, which are likely to influence our vote.

Let's all cogently analyse their policies against the key indicators of our wellbeing on campus, so we can filter those who want to rely on their department as a stronghold of the incompetent to drive their way to power from those with potent and realistic ideas, and also redirect those who perceive beauty to be a leadership material to the trending miss adorable.

This is one of the three letters I have in my diary for you, expect the names of the men and women of goodwill in my next letter.

You can also send me your exclusive findings via email;

_Yours amiable brother in activism,_

Adams A. Rufai.

Author: Denis Andaban

Denis Andaban is a young writer and practising journalist. He is also a young teacher who has an unrepentant passion for writing. He has written feature articles ranging from politics, social issues, academic and relationship. He also writes news for many online media portals. Currently, He is reading B A English Language Education at the University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi. Denis Andaban is a native of Fian in the Upper West Region

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