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Lead­er­ship and in­tegrity

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As a coun­try, we are go­ing through one of our most try­ing pe­ri­ods. Nige­ria is still a very poor coun­try with over 75% of the pop­u­la­tion liv­ing be­low the poverty line while a small num­ber live in op­u­lence.

I beamed for days and my po­si­tion is dic­tated by my con­vic­tion that this coun­try is pre­cious enough to be saved.

Some­times our rea­sons are flimsy, my­opic and un­con­scionable that this coun­try will never be the same again. This is utopian vi­sion and dog­matic idea. We must choose hope over fear.

Democ­racy in Nige­ria is sit­ting too un­steadily on sundry prob­lems. It is not as ex­cit­ing and stim­u­lat­ing as it should be - be­cause of mount­ing prob­lems caused by the des­per­ate politi­cians who ap­peared to be above the law.

His­tory has shown that coun­tries with democ­racy tend to be more just, sta­ble and suc­cess­ful. For 21 years of un­in­ter­rupted democ­racy in Nige­ria, we are still wait­ing in sus­pense and liv­ing in il­lu­sion.

It is only in Nige­ria’s def­i­ni­tion of democ­racy that votes do not count. It is high time we woke up from our slum­ber and de­fended our­selves from des­per­ate politi­cians be­fore 2023.

Mak­ing anal­y­sis, one should re­frain from join­ing the par­ti­san brawl when dis­cussing the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion be­cause there is ten­dency for peo­ple to read ul­te­rior mo­tives and in­vent con­spir­acy the­o­ries in re­ac­tion to oth­er­wise sim­ple anal­y­sis.

Lead­er­ship has been de­scribed as “a process of so­cial in­flu­ence in which one per­son can en­list the aid and sup­port of oth­ers in the ac­com­plish­ment of a com­mon task.”

Lead the front from the back. Put en­er­getic peo­ple in the front. This is ex­actly what Nige­ri­ans ex­pected from Mr. Buhari con­sid­er­ing his vast ex­pe­ri­ence and age. Lead­ing the front from the back is how a leader should do his work.

A leader will be blamed for every­thing de­spite the fact that he does not have con­trol over every­thing. But a leader should lead peo­ple in a cer­tain di­rec­tion, chang­ing the di­rec­tion of their think­ing and their ac­tions.

Pres­i­dent Buhari needs to know that con­di­tion plus prin­ci­ples de­ter­mine strat­egy and when con­di­tion changes - strat­egy and mind change. With due re­spect, Mr. Pres­i­dent failed to take this into con­sid­er­a­tion. His in­ten­tions from the on­set are rooted in an out­dated eco­nomic model, old maxim and a puerile view of Nige­ri­ans.

The lead­er­ship of the coun­try had re­peat­edly let the na­tion down in crit­i­cal times. With the in­ces­sant al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion from top to bot­tom, the fra­cas in the Villa, the drama between State Min­is­ter of Labour/ Pro­duc­tiv­ity and Na­tional As­sem­bly, the in­ces­sant rev­e­la­tion by Sa­hara Re­porters against the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice among oth­ers.

One could draw a line and say that the lead­er­ship of this ad­min­is­tra­tion is char­ac­terised by chaos and ran­cour within the rank and file of the APC as rul­ing party as well as the Nige­rian con­sti­tu­tion.

The re­sul­tant ef­fects of not giv­ing se­ri­ous at­ten­tion to se­ri­ous is­sues by this ad­min­is­tra­tion are in­ces­sant protests from the four corners of the coun­try with the calls among var­i­ous peo­ples to re­form the se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture of the coun­try - civil dis­tur­bances, ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment, in­creas­ing wave of ban­ditry and kid­nap­pings, pen rob­bery and a lot of atroc­i­ties all over the coun­try.

There is ap­par­ent fail­ure of se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus in the coun­try. Ab­di­ca­tion of du­ties, breach­ing the con­sti­tu­tion and feather­ing the nest of cor­rup­tion in all ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

Our lead­ers are per­ilously steer­ing the coun­try to the cliff.

A coun­try with al­most 250 lan­guages and over 400 di­alects. In­deed, Nige­ria com­prised of an area of 923,768. 64 square kilo­me­ters - one of the largest coun­tries in Africa with an es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion of over 200 mil­lion which makes it equally the most pop­u­lous coun­try on the African con­ti­nent.

This coun­try con­tin­ues to run out of time and ideas. Our lead­ers have sim­ply mis­man­aged our econ­omy and in­sulted our rep­u­ta­tion and abused our coun­try.

At the mo­ment, we seek in­ter­ven­tion from Al­lah to guide us through th­ese fright­en­ing days. We need a few good peo­ple of char­ac­ter and spirit to build in­sti­tu­tions that will back-stop and out­live even in­com­pe­tent lead­ers at na­tional and sub­na­tional lev­els.

The re­sul­tant ef­fects of not giv­ing se­ri­ous at­ten­tion to se­ri­ous is­sues by this ad­min­is­tra­tion are in­ces­sant protests from the four corners of the coun­try with the calls among var­i­ous peo­ples to re­form the se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture of the coun­try - civil dis­tur­bances, ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment, in­creas­ing wave of ban­ditry and kid­nap­pings, pen rob­bery and a lot of atroc­i­ties all over the coun­try.

Muazu Muazu (muazumj@ gmail.com)

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