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Leadership Disaster: Time To Join Nigeria's Red Card Movement

Posted By: Obayomi Abiola          In: Politics & Governance          284 Views         (Jan 10, 2018)

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 Leadership Disaster: Time To Join Nigeria

The word ‘disaster’ is not only limited to something that is devastating or sudden misfortune. It is also synonymous with utter failure. There are two ways in which disasters could manifest. It could take the form of man-made, or it may occur naturally. Natural disaster represents a devastating occurrence that is produced by nature itself. Most of the time, they occur not as a result of man-made activities. Nigeria is not known to be a natural disaster prone country. As a matter of fact, the Creator didn’t just bless us with plenty of natural and human resources. He also gave us a good territory that is not earthquake or volcanic eruption prone. Apart from yearly floods that occur sometimes during raining seasons, Nigeria is known to be absolutely natural disaster free.

But in actual terms, there is a major disaster that we have always known with this country. It is what I call ‘Leadership Disaster’ in this short article. Let me quickly take some few lines to explain what I meant by that. The development of any Nation no doubt is hinged on whom and who takes the shot in such nations. Apart from having abundant natural and human resources, leadership is what gives direction and also ensures that coordinated and articulated development takes place in any nation. In the words of Peter Drucker, “leadership is simply doing the right things”.

The reverse is what we experience in Nigeria. What Nigeria have experienced so far is nothing short of leadership crisis, and this is partly responsible for our stagnation as a nation, and why we are yet to take our rightful place among the committee of nations in the World. Leadership is about taking responsibility and not making excuses. What Nigerian Leaders are known for is making excuses. The APC led administration under Muhammadu Buhari currently will give you a million reasons why it is not performing. For almost two years, they blamed the previous administration for every woe that has befallen the nation. This may be partly correct, but the responsibility of this administration is to take the nation forward and not make excuses.

We have consistently been plagued by leaders, both at the national and local level; who make excuses as to why we have remained where we are today as a country. President Jonathan was once quoted saying “the issue of insecurity and insurgency did not begin with his administration”. No wonder his administration could not do much to solve the problem.


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ian leaders have publicly proclaimed that the late Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore is their role model. But none of them is ready to toe the path that the late Yew followed to bring Singapore from a third-world nation to the first-world in a single generation under his leadership. In the process of transforming Singapore, Yew forged a widely admired system of meritocratic, corruption-free and highly efficient government and civil service. Many of Yew’s policies are now taught at the Lee Kuan Yew School of public policy. Let me burst your bubble a little. How many Nigerian Leaders (both past and present) economic policies can be recommended to be studied in our Schools? I believe we do not have any answer to that question yet.

So, what should be the way forward? How can we salvage Nigeria from this leadership disaster? The answers to these questions are not far-fetched. First of all, we must stop electing idiots to be our leaders, both at the National, State and local level. We must ensure that at every elections or any opportunity to vote, we remove bad, ill-performed leaders and enthrone new ones. This is the time to look away from APC and PDP kind of leaders that have hindered Nigeria’s moving forward. It is evidently clear that for almost 20 years now of practicing party politics, these two political parties have got nothing to offer this country’s progress. It is time to give them Red Card! It is time to join the #RedCardMovement #RedCArdToAPCAndPDP

We have already initiated this process in our last polls by collectively electing General Muhammadu Buhari to be our next President. He has grossly under-performed, and it is time to send him parking out of Aso Rock. Secondly, we must ensure that our leaders are accountable. They must be able to give proper account of their stewardship while in office or after they have left. In the words of Bene Brown, “when we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated”. This is true for us as Nigerians. We must consistently demand accountability from our leaders.

And lastly, the development of Nigeria is a collective responsibility of all of us. Each and every one of us must be seen to be doing the right thing at every point in time. Doing the right thing now requires that we elect people that are responsible and are willing to sacrificially lead this nation. Sympathy is an hallmark of a great leader. We must ensure that we bring leaders who will be sympathetic with the feelings of the people – both in words and actions. This must be our collective responsibility as 2019 election

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