It was Theodore Hesburgh and John F Kennedy who posited that, “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”
and that “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”

In view of the above, Chief Nduese Essien , an Elder Statesman and Former House of Reps Member, is not new to Leadership positions.

He has demonstrated a high level of character in putting things right for his people in the community.

Chief Nduese has served as a rallying point between the Elders and the Youths, taking bullets for the community and insisting that the development of the community should be Paramount in the front burner of discourses.

Although, he stands out as the most vilified Elder in Eket, he has remained unperturbed, never giving up and still pushing for community development. He has continued to render help to the poor, and encourage those who are not doing well, to do better.

He has undoubtedly been a liason between Journalists, Media Practitioners and the stakeholders in Eket. Negative reports which used to be the order of the day in Eket, have been reduced to the barest minimal, on the efforts of Chief Nduese Essien.

He has continued to preach one gospel, that we have no other community to call our own, and all hands must be on deck to attract development to Eket.

Chief Nduese Essien, a true lover of peace, has reached old age, but he has groomed younger persons like us, to be development oriented.

He has remained fearless in his agitations for a better society, which he will bequeath to us his children and unborn generations.

Chief has bore the burden of Leadership and like a soldier he has refused to be tired, and has dedicated his life to the Eket course, for us to have a better society.

On this day, as he still breathes, we celebrate a man on whose knees we’ve learnt leadership, and community development orientation.

Our prayer is that Chief Nduese Essien will continue to be blessed and remain a leading example in the ladder of Leadership.

Eneh John is a Journalist and writes from Etebi Ikot Usekong, Eket.

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