Re: Run­ning a state from a plane

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Ac­cord­ing to Prof. Chinua Achebe, “The trou­ble with Nige­ria is sim­ply and squarely a failure of lead­er­ship. There is noth­ing ba­si­cally wrong with the Nige­ria char­ac­ter. There is noth­ing wrong with the Nige­rian land or cli­mate or wa­ter or air or any­thing else. The Nige­rian prob­lem is the un­will­ing­ness or in­abil­ity of its leader to rise to the re­spon­si­bil­ity, to the challenge of per­sonal ex­am­ple which is the hall­marks of true lead­er­ship.” The lead­er­ship style of Zam­fara state gover­nor is in­ept and un­favourable to the masses. A gover­nor sup­posed to be ac­quainted with the af­fairs of his peo­ple to en­able him knows their need and al­le­vi­ate their pains. It’s sad and dis­hearten that the said state gover­nor spent his twenty per cent in the state and eighty per cent were spent on jun­kets. The masses are suf­fer­ing from dif­fer­ent pains rang­ing from hunger, ab­ject poverty and lack of in­fra­struc­tures.

If the gover­nor stay at home any­thing that oc­cur he would give at­ten­tion to it but his ab­sence will make things move awk­wardly. What is the essence of a jun­ket that won’t ben­e­fit the masses? The said gover­nor stated that he is an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness­man that is the reason why he de­voted much of his time to his busi­ness. Lead­er­ship is a sac­ri­fice and as such a leader needs to de­vote much of his time to the pub­lic af­fairs. If the gover­nor knows that he prefers his busi­ness more than serv­ing peo­ple, why did he as­pire for the post? A com­pe­tent leader needs to be with his peo­ple, spent his qual­ity time with them and prof­fer so­lu­tion to their prob­lems. For a leader to pi­lot the af­fairs of his peo­ple out­side the state sig­nify a wrong lead­er­ship style. I would like to im­plore the gover­nor to spend his qual­ity time in the state to en­able him prof­fer so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of the state.

Im­ran Has­san, Kano, ihas­san896@gmail.com

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