The fall of Mr. President: It's a reflection of how we handle things

A trending video of our president’s unfortunate fall while boarding a vehicle during the Democracy Day celebration has captured the nation’s attention. This incident is more than just a mishap; it highlights several critical issues about how we handle things in this country.

Key Issues to Consider

1. Age and Physical Condition

Our president is an elderly man. During the campaign, there were multiple instances where he nearly fell. These incidents should have been a clear indication that precautionary measures were necessary to prevent such an occurrence. Given his age and physical condition, it was essential to provide appropriate support and ensure his safety.

2. Lack of Preparation

One glaring question is whether the president practiced boarding the vehicle with the specific step used during the event. There is nothing wrong with bringing the vehicle to the Presidential Villa and having him rehearse. The height and descent of the step seemed mismatched with the vehicle, contributing to the fall. Practicing beforehand could have prevented this embarrassing and potentially harmful situation.

3. Proactive Measures

There should have been individuals stationed to assist and guide the president. In many places, such as churches where I preach, ushers are positioned by the steps to help people up and down, preventing falls. This proactive approach was missing during the Democracy Day event.

Lessons from Other Countries

In other nations, disaster scenarios are regularly rehearsed. For example, Israel conducts drills for various emergency situations. This preparation is not left to chance or prayer alone; it involves meticulous planning and practice. Similarly, although other presidents, like Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron, have had their mishaps, these instances are not excuses for our lack of preparation.

Security and Training

Our security personnel need better training and discipline. Often, they are seen at roadblocks, distracted by their phones or engaging in casual conversations, rather than focusing on their duties. This lack of professionalism makes our security efforts predictable and ineffective. Criminals can easily bypass such superficial measures, leading to ongoing issues with banditry and other crimes.


The fall of our president is a stark reminder of the importance of planning, preparation, and proactive measures. As a nation, we must learn to anticipate potential issues and address them before they escalate into disasters. Our approach to security, in particular, needs a complete overhaul, emphasizing rigorous training and vigilance.

Let’s take this incident as a wake-up call to improve how we handle important matters, ensuring the safety and dignity of our leaders and the well-being of our nation.

I remain your friend, Dr. Charles Apoki. Stay informed, stay proactive, and let’s strive for a better tomorrow.

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