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Responsible leadership imperative for good governance

By Yahaya Balogun
21 December 2021   |   1:58 am
Every time you go out of your comfort zone or house here in the United States or travel to other states of the Union, it’s a sad reminder of the sorry state of our roads and situations in Nigeria.

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
 – Peter Drucker
 Good leaders don’t care about getting credit
for good intents and deeds but they’re envisioned
 by the courage of their convictions.
– Yahaya Balogun
 
SIR: Every time you go out of your comfort zone or house here in the United States or travel to other states of the Union, it’s a sad reminder of the sorry state of our roads and situations in Nigeria. It’s like our leaders and the led are under a national spell. How do you expect leaders to rehabilitate the roads and situations when they have not even rehabilitated their own mindfulness?
 
In real-time, the responsible government reacts to the sufferings of the American people, a sharp contrast to the ways of politicians in third-world countries. In the United States of America, politicians are held accountable at the polls. If one administration performs well to the expectations of voters, the administration will be given express tickets to sail through the next general election. The reverse is the case in third-world countries where vulnerable citizens are responsible for the corruption and irresponsible governance of their politicians. 
 
Unfortunately, voters are queens and kings in America. As a result, American voters sometimes ruefully and naughtily elect their leaders when cocooned in their comfort zones. This case in the 2016 general produced the unprecedented administrative maladies and chaos we grappled with for more than four years under a chronic divisive President. Every voter paid dearly for the chaos they voted into power in 2016. American voters are only getting wise after they’ve weathered the storms of political gangsterism and irresponsibility. 
 
Exceptionally, American voters dictate the swinging pendulum of their political lives. When voters cough in America, the politicians shiver. No politician, crafty, con, or decent, can mess with voters’ constitutional rights at the polling booths. You have constitutional rights to choose your leaders. President Biden knows that the best way to avoid the wraths of voters is to be a responsible custodian of their mandate. Consequently, the caveat is: the U.S. midterm and reelection is to make a reality the popular wishes of the people that put him in power with their mandate.
 
Elections have consequences. Political apathy and ignorance do have more significant consequences. President Biden is toiling a fine line with the people-oriented programmes he has begun. Those who are clogs in the wheels of Biden’s agenda will pay heavily at the polls in the 2022 U.S. midterm election and 2024 general election.
Yahaya Balogun wrote this piece from Arizona, USA.

 

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