This Thing Called ‘Loyalty’!
“Be careful to whom you give your loyalty. The height of your success or the depth of your failure depends on who gets your loyalty”
Loyalty is probably one of the most abused words in the political vocabulary today in Nigeria. Loyalty in the real sense literally means an act of being honourably committed to someone or a course. When we are loyal to someone, we support their course, we see their problems as our problems and their victories as our victories. In so doing, we knowingly or unknowingly inherit their enemies and ‘curses’ too.
The character, Lord Ned Stark of Winterfell, in the TV series #Game of Thrones, was a man that lost his life on the altar of loyalty. He was a trusted ally of King Robert Baratheon, and he fought for seventeen years to help Robert claim the throne from the mad king in a bloody revolution. When Robert failed to rule the Kingdom well due to his bad habits, he asked his trusted and ‘loyal’ friend, #Ned Stark, to come to the palace to help him out. The rot in the leadership of the kingdom was already cancerous, and Ned knew it, but he could not turn down the request of his friend.
By the time he got to the palace, he was a victim of the power tussle. He did not know that there was already a grand plan to eliminate the king under circumstances that would not look like murder. In haste to help his friend bring sanity to his home and the Kingdom, he was caught in the web of a grand conspiracy. With his friend the King dead, he had no one to save him. For me, the most painful aspect of his fall was when he was asked to turn on himself by admitting publicly that he was a traitor. This they did and the promise that he would be pardoned and granted his freedom. He conceded, not because he was a coward; he was constricted by the deep affection he had for his family. He however was beheaded after the forced confession!
Life is dynamic and the issues of life are multi-directional. There are tales of people that became successful by virtue of their loyalty. Even in the same series, Bronne of Blackwaters and Samwell Tarly were men that rode on the wheels of loyalty to become successful.
So you don’t have to be disloyal because of this lesson, but you have to be very discreet and meticulous in choosing whom you give your loyalty. Wisdom, they say, is profitable to direct!
Don’t give your loyalty blindly! Act circumspectly and with utmost discretion!
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IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.