The selfless leaders Nigeria needs
SIR: Leaders who act wrong in society are worse than the led who act in like manner, because experience and common sense should have taught the leaders not to act that way. When a child is born, it studies its environment and adjusts. Growing up, it learns and practises what it sees its parents and outsiders do. This is the current politico-cultural matrix in Nigeria.
‘Bullion Vans’ dominated the media in the past and has remained fresh in the memory of Nigerians. Serving as a window through which the corruption and political backwardness in Nigeria can be glimpsed and at the same time offering temporary succour to the needy, ‘Bullion Vans’ is indisputably one ugly development that has left Nigeria in bad odour with countries that practise democracy.
As the clock ticks and the whiffs of 2023 elections caught from afar, we readily read the minds of the 2023 contestants. One or two politicians have indicated interest in the presidential race whereas some are yet to throw their hats into the ring. Generally, the hardship experienced currently in Nigeria makes it easy for electoral candidates to buy the electorate. The voters themselves, by throwing caution to the winds, also endanger balloting in Nigeria.
Nigerian leaders make rules that favour their families, themselves and cronies: rules they make and break at will. Every sector they head lacks good leadership. In the health sector for instance, it is bad leadership on the part of NCDC that compels Nigeria to send genomic sequencing of coronavirus to laboratories in countries like China and South Africa.
When the voting system of a nation goes awry and corruption is at large, imperfection sets in. In Nigeria, one sees graft cases settled out of court and the elite class over-protected by the law. It is also in Nigeria one sees a Pension boss smile and wave gaily at the crowds on his way to jail whilst pensioners in Ekiti and Benue states whine and wail. Without recourse to statistics, I maintain that just few Nigerian leaders have all it takes to fix the country.
Great leaders are actuated positively by the love of their countries. Quality leaders bring growth not retardation to their countries; quality education and health care delivery, not sickness and brain drain. Learned men and women of integrity, whose presence in politics will reposition the Nigerian voting system abound in the country. They are quality leaders one looks forward to for public offices in 2023.
For voting to count in Nigeria, President Buhari must, with expertise and gravitas, assign his workers formidable tasks.
Aladesohun Sola wrote from Port Harcourt.