The Anambra governorship election that took place some days ago came with different events we may never forget so fast. One of such event is that of Mrs Eunice Ngozi Onuegbusi who rejected 5,000 naira from a party agent on the election day. The event which took place at Amagu village Ward 1, polling unit 04 in Dunukofia Local Government area of Anambra state was a memorable one.
According to the video about the drama that took place between Mrs Eunice and the unidentified party agent, Mrs Eunice was being persuaded to vote for a party besides her initial choice, and she stood to get 5,000 naira as her reward. Mrs Eunice rejected the offer and went ahead to vote for her choice candidate.
Mrs Eunice's patriotic deed paid off as she was later rewarded by the outgoing governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano.
Understanding what patriotism means.
Every citizen of a country is expected to be patriotic. It is one of the significant criteria that identifies such an individual as a citizen in the first place. Patriotism is the quality of devotion to one's country. It involves showing vigorous support for one's country. It should also be noted that one of the examples of patriotism is voting.
Mrs Eunice showed these qualities by coming out to vote for her choice leader and also rejecting an offer which wanted to manipulate her choice of leader. She understood that 5,000 naira would not solve her problems, the only way her problems could be solved is to elect the right leader to the seat of power.
Mrs Eunice also understood that no well-meaning leader would try to bribe his way to power, a leader must impress and gain the trust of the people before they can come out to support him genuinely. Moreover, bribery is not an item of patriotism.
Mrs Eunice is someone everyone can learn from. We all have our part to play as patriotic citizens of Nigeria. We should understand that one of the first, significant role to play is to always come out to vote during government elections. Furthermore, we should also never let anyone manipulate us into voting for a candidate different from our original choice. No monetary reward is worth it.
Patriotism is about ensuring that things are done the right way in making the country great without cutting corners.
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