The leadership has, in the last five decades, exploited the patience of Nigerians and violated their integrity with impunity, while the masses have been made to put up with provocative hardship without losing their temper. Nigerians have cause to be angry or even cry for government having little to show for the enormous resources and opportunities offered this country by nature. Even when the abuses continue with little inhibition, Nigerians look forward with hope that the future could be better. The abuses have created heavy moral burden both on the leadership and the masses, creating a bleak future and uncertainties that have brought grief to many. Crazy appetite for power and wealth has led to reckless and violent struggle in the polity to which Nigerians have devoted so much energy and time which could have been gainfully deployed in more beneficial projects. The missed opportunities and headache of the over 30 years of military dictatorship with its distractions served as a journey with no clear destination. The distractions, irritations, frustrations and fears have led to fading hope and failed expectations. These have led to unwelcome reversals in the nation’s fortune. That notwithstanding, the less privileged Nigerians.
In life as grown-ups, we know that it is pertinent to emulate particular attributes that point to bravery and greatness. A stance we have sincerely maintained as a principle, believing also in its worth thus, that it shall be one of the greatest treasures that we would leave behind when we are finally gone. Significant of these attributes is the fact that it is life when we are no longer here, for only our good or bad deeds count as our legacies, when we would have departed this tough world for our ancestral sweet home - Heaven. A principle which also gave birth to this work, A Million Miles Away. About six years ago (17th October, 2003), the 33rd Osana of Keana kingdom was enthroned, an event which opened the gate way to the entire society to say what they deemed fit on the personality involved, Senator Sir Emmanuel Onyatikpo Elayo. A Million Miles Away is one of those works, adapting its unique dimension. It is basically an academic searchlight that beams all through the tunnels of the life events of the personality in his over seven decades in this world. Perhaps for the authors, the Philanthropic and Magnanimous qualities of the personality in question captured their interest in him. As such, it then behoved on us that no matter how much it rains on a leopard its beautiful spots do not wash away, rather they get brighter. And so like the leopard’s spots, it is also difficult to erase the ink when it has been printed on the slates.