Wednesday, 18 May, 2022


The Conversation: Political Leadership in Nigeria.

Amina: I am not a politician, never was, and have no intention of being one. In my view as a grassroots enabler, you can not influence the political climate in Nigeria if the man on the street continues to go to bed hungry. That is why politicians are getting it wrong.

Adebola: We start from here to resolve this. This is why we are having the conversation, we cannot really on the council of elders for every answer.

Amina: Yes, but fools grow old, don’t they? we need a complete moral re-evaluation or persuasion. The masses that are aspiring to become leaders must have a mindset that is geared towards service instead of self.

Uche: Well it sounds like you are suggesting a form of leadership is missing?

Amina: I don’t think leadership is missing. What is missing is accountable leadership. Whatever their ideology, it must be progressive and geared towards people-orientation and service provision. As of now, the core leadership I believe is missing in Nigeria and we owe it to ourselves to only vote or elect focused leaders that can provide us with such

Uche: True, but then the State misappropriates the taxes that have been paid, who do we now balance trust? who is(are) the state? what constitutes the state? it’s you and I.. so the problem is you and I. This is  represented by the leader and his/her cronies who do not see themselves as accountable

Adebola: exactly my thoughts, not a spirit or a ghost. so it’s when we (you and I) are elected into positions and we lack leadership qualities, we will embezzle funds and steal and stuff like that. If the leaders or leadership lacks accountability then leadership is flawed The State is the leader who does not feel accountable, Not at all.

Amina: Let us drive this narrative, be part of the conversation going forward, and see if we can finally engage good political leaders in view of us landing good leadership in the process. Very well put, “Community Building”. Our leaders only respond when it is time to buy votes it seems, so it’s crucial to be one step in front of them.

Adebola: Together we all can start to push the narrative. As someone said here, it has started. The real question is how can we harness this drive?

Amina : I think Nigeria should go back to regional Government.

Uche: Yes that sounds do-able but I think our biggest problem is corruption, lack of obedience to the rule of law. No matter what kind of constitution we have, if corruption is allowed to thrive then we would not make progress. Let’s suggest best practices. How can we begin to think of new and good leadership? We have had leadership that were never allowed to thrive so we can always reference history and learn from it.

Uche: I can only imagine, hope will have to be through education, from a very early age. We need to teach citizenship as a subject matter. If it is taught, the curriculum needs to be revisited and refreshed to accommodate the need for citizens to learn patriotism, through the right orientation and sanitisation of the minds of the people, We need the leaders to drive this.

Adebola: This goes back to integrity and trust. please if we can share points on how to activate success this kind of success that would be grand! we never know who is listening, do we?

Amina: Very through, amplified knowledge has no limits.

Uche: We can only affect change with the right people in Government I think our leaders know-how, they just do not have the will. A few may have the will, but as the many are not being challenged, they sit back. We are trying to push the right leaders through, but look at what happened in some of the states.

Amina: we have to keep trying. Thank you. Never stop trying, but as a collective and not individual units

Uche: It’s absolutely key to bring everyone’s level of literacy to a level that they would understand simple means by which they live in a society. We will never get rid of religious differences because that’s everyone’s human right to believe in whatever they need. What is required is cohesion, tolerance, understanding, and accepting each other regardless of all of these differences. We have to keep talking and taking action to chip away at those things that separate us.

Adebola: I agree 100%, Education is key. We keep saying Nigeria has over 200million people, what we must realize is that about 10% of that population is educated and it’s the 80% that are not well educating that are being targeted to vote in our leaders. A certain level of literacy is needed to fix the system. I would just add that it starts with us in this conversation. We can start by being an acting patriotic, taking responsibility and making the active choice about the narrative we share about our nation

Uche: We can identify good people in the present day government and amplify their voices. So the question is, How do we activate political success, and if we already have are we simply mplementing it wrong? 

Amina: The right people in Government?. People in Government will not move aside for the right people.

Uche: They  will soon. The voices are getting louder and the people are coming together more

Amina: Apart from the right people can we try to get certain legislation in place especially legislation that holds d people in government more accountable?

Uche: The Civil Service needs to be reformed, and should be non-partisan.

Adebola: We need mass education and orientation for Nigerians to enable people to understand their rights as a citizen. If people are aware of their rights, they won’t keep electing the same set of leaders who are very insincere.

To be continued!

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