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I can't stop writing without a way forward to Crisis in Nigerian Leadership

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  • I can't stop writing without a way forward to Crisis in Nigerian Leadership

    The coming of Gen AbubakarAbdulsalam could be described as an accident of history. He neither thought of ever being a Head of State. In fact he was contemplating on his retirement from a regime which has made senior officers to be prone to extermination through phantom coup plots. Nevertheless, the sudden death of Gen SaniAbachathrusted leadership on his shoulder. He was cool headed and compassionate though he emptied the reserves in the name of democratic transition. His competence in nation building and transforming his immediate environment was not particularly challenging.

    The second coming of Gen. OlusegunObasanjo as a civilian leader was believed to be a political compromise arising from the impasse of the annulment of June 12 election. His government recognized that corruption remained anti-development and perhaps the greatest enemy to good governance. His effort at combating the evil of corruption has gained momentum. He has introduced various reforms which are targeted at repositioning governance and the entire polity. These efforts are still to bring about the desired socio- economic development for national cohesion.

    The above graphic analysis of past and present Nigerian leaders may not have been a comprehensive nor value free analysis, but there are evidences of massive failure on the part of successive leadership. This does not in any way absolve the followers who sometimes collaborate in the wasteful and predatory enterprise. When and how can the nation be rid of these crops of leadership? Who does not think contextually, both in terms of space and time in the dynamic inter-relationship of factors, (it) reacts only to the immediate and cannot see beyond, it has a mind that thinks in terms of limited causes and not of successive causes and effects; as a creation of habits and is not critical of the foundation of its own thinking inconsistent and its not analytic in (its) but descriptive (Nwankwo 1989:156) These crop of leaders lacked the mental energy and always follow the line of least resistance and cannot speak at a higher level of abstraction without contradicting reality” (Ibid)

    This is not to say that there have not been few exceptions in the leadership cadre in Nigeria worthy of emulation, Chief ObafemiAwolowo’s achievement in the old Western region remained unequaled in the history of productive leadership. Presently, Dora Akinyuli, NAFDAC director general remains a symbol of pride to the feminine gender in leadership just as NuhuRIbad is performing wonderfully well in Nigeria’s revered anti-corruption machinery- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    The Way Forward
    How do we solve the problem of leadership in Nigeria? Providing solution to the problem of leadership in Nigeria remains very difficult but not impossible. Since leaders play great roles in nation building and promote socio-economic development, pragmatic solution to the problem of leadership can be offered as an antidote, this can achieved through:
    · The promotion of civil patriotism over local or ethnic nationalism is important.
    · The encouragement of an Ethnical rebirth that lays emphasis on integrity and transparency
    · The promotion of Social goods for commonwealth over selfish consideration
    · The promotion of positive social values and leadership study
    · The immortalization of leaders who had done creditably well
    The import of leadership is more synonymous with national development. It is a critical element that makes nation building and development realizable. There is no doubt that productive leadership has eluded Nigeria nay Africa for decades, it consequences are therefore grave for sustainable development.