By Prince Emmanuel Paragon Mbong
“When people respect you as a person, they admire you. When they respect you as a friend, they love you. When they respect you as a leader, they follow you.”
“When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.”
There is also an adage that says that there is no hiding place for a goldfish.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
There is no way in the Land of Promise whereby the name of the Eket Senatorial District Political Leader will not be given pride of place in the annal of history when the events shaping these two decades of uninterrupted democracy are being chronicled.
His sonorous name is always synonymous with truth, integrity, honesty, sincerity and cool-headedness.
Chief Nduese Essien was in the vanguard for resource control, joining forces with the likes of the Father of Modern Akwa Ibom State, Arc Obong Victor Attah to bring justice and succour to his people.
After a five star performance in the Lower House of the National Assembly for eight years, a clarion call still came for him to serve in the Federal Executive Council.
He did not shy away from this responsibility as he brought his wealth of experience and finesse to bear in his assigned duties.
As someone who had served in two out of the three arms of government, He knows his onions and also where the shoe pinches.
The elder statesman, as a stickler for truth, does not know how to speak with both sides of the mouth because of his urbane nature and strict upbringing. Sometimes, He is blunt and too straight forward to a fault. He is a nightmare to bread and butter politicians who will want to sell their birthright for a mere plate of pottage.
If you like, employ the services of spin doctors, hatchet men on social media with PhD, that is Pull Him Down syndrome, we all know the true son of our father.
No amount of blackmail, intimidation mudslinging, political treachery will deter his numerous followers from adoring him and seeing him as a symbol of hope and justice.
A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
Do you know the difference between leaders, followers, and losers? Leaders stretch with challenges. Followers struggle with challenges. Losers shrink from challenges
Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.
The federal lawmaker emeritus lives in the consciousness of his people and his good name will still continue to be a recurring decimal in the politics of Akwa Ibom State For years to come.
After all, Rome was not built in a day. Chief Nduese Essien rose through the lower rung of the ladder by dint of hard work and sincere dedication to duties to hit the limelight.
Chief Nduese Essien is indeed a shining light that can never be put out by enemies of progress masquerading the corridors of power today. Today’s men will also become Yesterday’s men if power still remains transient.