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Today, we continue to look at the role of hope in our doings as Nigerians.
In the present world, as seemingly unacceptable as many Americans and other parts of the globe find the Trump administration; Americans still identify with the 'American Hope' unleashed by Trump.

Today, we continue to look at the role of hope in our doings as Nigerians.
In the present world, as seemingly unacceptable as many Americans and other parts of the globe find the Trump administration; Americans still identify with the 'American Hope' unleashed by Trump.

The American hope is being chanted by all there, “America first!” “Hire American, Buy American!” Riding on the heels of these chants are upcoming bills against firing an American worker in America, building industries and factories to manufacture indigenous American products, spending less on non-American projects, etc. and this is the hope of the common American today. Where lies the hope of the common Nigerian today? With a leadership that wears anti-corruption as a necklace, but dresses in ambiguity, unaccountability, improper leadership and poor national image. Where would our hope come from?
Evident Hopelessness in Nigerians
Contrary to what is obtainable in other parts of the global village (e.g., United States of America, European nations, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, etc.) where people identify their problem, look it in the eye and describe it and then actively and effectively resolve it through votes, dialogues, unbiased media and press releases, daring demonstration, etc. the leadership of Nigeria and the Nigerian respondents act and react differently.
For example, despite the name calling 'Dishonest Press', it is already clear that Donald Trump has realized that the American media is not about to dance to his tone, there is no doubt in his mind now that the media won't spare him if he missteps. Therefore, the fear and caution is now part of his every rally. On the other hand, many Nigerians show their lack of hope, by exhibiting unquantifiable fearfulness and idiocy. This we do when we exchange our votes for a bag of rice; sell our freedom of speech and information for a Hilux; abandon media and journalistic power in order to preserve monthly salaries and job positions; quit a four year university education for a few months of bliss as a yahoo-yahoo chieftain; the list is unending.
Hope Treatment
 Yes! Positive Psychologists have given the world what is known as hope therapy. This intervention is based on several scientific findings that higher hope is consistently associated with better outcomes in academics, sports, health, business and I dare say in governance too. Considering all that has been proven in hope-related studies, it is clear that leaders who can instil hope, remind hope and enhance hope in their subjects would offer better governance than those who cannot. A hopeful leader would do the following:
Help the people create clearly defined goals (e.g., increase employment opportunities, enhance sources of internal revenue)
Produce numerous pathways to attain or achieve the goals (e.g., build industries and factories)
Summon the mental energy to maintain the goal pursuit (e.g., provision of basic needs food, shelter, health, security and light for the citizenry thereby forcing the people to focus on developing creative and strategic thinking styles as well as assist them to channel such to solve personal and societal problems constructively) and
 Reframe insurmountable obstacles as challenges to be overcome (e.g., enforce a unified goal and mission of sustainable development by proactively destroying the notion that we cannot move forward as a diversified people, a new orientation empowered by unity of  purpose)
Therefore, come 2019, the Nigerian society has to quell the fear that forces us into nonprofitting electoral and voting behaviours that has brought us to this point of near destruction. Having learnt about the importance of a hopeful leader who can rekindle the fire of hope in the nation, let us now as individuals, groups, political parties, religious groups, etc. begin an early and proactive search for the men and women who can lead us rightly in this times.
The new leaders must have advanced intellectual, knowledge and exposure base necessary to rule a nation as diversified as Nigeria and her states. Who realize that our various ethnic backgrounds, religious and political affiliations, geographical locations, tongues and natural endowments are strengths to be cultivated, nurtured and exported and not gold mines for them to envy, exploit and deplete. IT IS TIME TO SCREAM AND VOTE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, LET US MOVE FORWARD!!

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