The average politician, they say always prepare for the next election, while a good leader prepares for the next generation.
This statement truly summarizes the act in Hon. (Prof.) Steve Azaiki’s donation of 500 books to Bayelsan’s who indicated interest to own any of his literary master pieces.
According to him, 500 copies to Bayelsans during the nationwide lockdown is one of the best way he plans to change the narrative of underdevelopment and a low human capital development index in Bayelsa state and the Niger-Delta.
“This is the time to give what you have to community and society. We all can give of the little we have.”
For him, it was Roy T. Benett who said; “Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.”
I believe all of us have the spirit of giving and no one will say he has too little or he is too small to give. If you think you are too small to help, you have never been in bed with mosquito.
I am giving one copy each of my priceless work to five hundred Bayelsans and those who are resident in Bayelsa. The other books; The Yenagoa Boy, The Price of Loyalty, Oil, Democracy and the Promise of True Federalism can be bought at the Azaiki Public Library whenever God gives us the grace to re-open it.
Recall that on the 13th of February, immediately after the Supreme Court declared ruling on the Bayelsa state governorship election in favour of the PDP, some misguided youths loyal to the APC carried out mass brigandage, destroying properties in the state capital, Yenagoa, which also didn’t spare the Azaiki Public Library.
A library that practically put Bayelsa state on the global map was list expected to be torched by the hands of ignorant miscreants.
Although, Condemnations have continued to trail this barbaric act from both local, national and international observers, this however failed to deter Hon. Azaiki from continuing his quest to emancipate his people from what the late Reggae legend Bob Marley will describe as “Mental Slavery”.
To this end, Prof. Steve Azaiki has proceeded to donate 500 copies of some of his priceless life’s works to Bayelsans. The books are:
1. Inequities in Nigerian Politics
2. The Evil of Oil
3. Thoughts on Nigeria
4. Oil, Gas & Life in Nigeria,
5. Oil, Politics and Blood.
In his words, “these are for those who are hungry and seek knowledge. We have given money, food, information on Covid -19 and prevention kits; but just as Ryrie Brink said ‘the most truly generous are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward’.”
“I am using this medium (Facebook) because I want to give five out of my priceless possessions to only those who truly need it.”
“Please indicate if you want a copy and my team at the constituency office will compile the list and publish it in one week.”
“Let me leave you with the great words of Khalil Gibran “You give but little when you give of your possessions.”
“It is when you give of yourself (what is most valuable to you; books/knowledge and service) that you truly give.”
“If you are interested in Oil, Democracy and the Promise of True Federalism in Nigeria. Get it on AMAZON”