Nigeria’s future is uncertain. Even more unclear is the identity of the leaders who will steer the nation in the coming decade. Will dynastic politics continue to define electoral trends? Do businessmen make the best politicians? The question we don’t ask and deliberate on today is what Nigeria leadership will look like in coming years.
Leaders, especially in times like these, are people who can inspire the public, change their opinions and attitudes, rather than working against popular opinion or inciting a bloody revolution. Nigeria needs a leader who understands Nigeria’s tailored needs. Text book solutions cannot be implemented directly; neither will trial and error work as Nigeria is a country with a complex set of problems. The leader, who understands her specific needs, would be able to steer the country out of the current dark situation. The question that came to my mind when for an example during the hay-days running up to the 2007 elections, The ADC presidential candidate Patrick Utomi was said to not be a “politician” because he has not been playing “politics” before. Why must all the leaders Present/future of the country be from the political sector? What about leaders in business, entrepreneurship, technology, science, health, education, rural development, urban development, human rights, legal reforms? Who says only a politician will be able to lead Nigeria? About time we define leadership in Nigeria more broadly to really reflect the diverse country and economy that we need to steer and put political leadership where it belongs –
Harold Pinter (Nobel Laureate) wrote and I concur “The majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed”.
As long as we remain ignorant and keep feeding on lies, tomorrow’s Nigeria is not going to be any different. It is more likely to be worse. Who is going to tackle the enormous problems facing the country? You name the problem, Nigeria got it.
1 Education. Literacy rate is abysmal after years.
2 Poverty. Nigeria had always been living on handouts from abroad.
3 Nigeria has many resources which are either not tapped or being misused.
4 Employment. The larger the unemployment, greater the problems we shall have.
5 Infrastructure. Nigeria has not improved on the colonial infrastructure.
6 Law and Order. I don’t have to enlarge on the mess Nigeria is in.
7 Politics. Nigeria eventually has ‘democracy’, but the way the politicians are acting it may not last very long.
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Source; Nigerian village square