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Published On: Tue, Oct 6th, 2020

The African trajectory of poor leadership: Nigeria in focus at 60

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By Richard Odusanya

The position of the Vice-president Prof Yemi Osibajo SAN, validates that of Former Heads of State: Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen Abdusalam Abubakar, the Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka and many other patriots whom have spoken against current administration that isn’t working for the majority of Nigerians and is on a steady decline.
African continent and its inhabitants are blessed people with unquenchable desire for excellence and unimaginable resources both natural and human per capita.
Unfortunately, we have failed generations and unable to maximize our potentials by the singular reasons of poor leadership leading to: mal-administration, corruption, nepotism, recklessness, lawlessness, plundering of resources and squandering of riches.
The well educated citizens are resilient, resourceful and productive. However, fearful attributes, docility and lack of courage to demand for a responsive leadership is our short fall. But never before has there been great cry for a better Nigeria where Nigerians can breathe peacefully.
Major General Muhammad Buhari uninspiring independence day message is clearly a reflection of the inner workings of a section of this current regime that is constantly blaming her predecessors and the hapless citizens for all wrong doings without thanking any responsibility.
Thankfully the Vice-president Prof Yemi Osibajo SAN, clearly admitted that Nigeria situation is in a precarious situation and needs something urgent to remedy the situation. This was subsequently supported by the position of our revered Pst Enoch Adejare Adeboye who warned of a possible collapse of Nigeria if the Muhammadu Buhari-led government looked on while the country plunged into various insurrections and criminalities.
The Renowned Pastor said, “the restructuring of the country must be done “as soon as possible” to forestall a breakup of the various social-ethnic components that made up Nigeria.” He disclosed this on Saturday 3rd October, 2020 at an event to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of Nigeria co-organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Nehemiah Leadership Institute.
The position of the Vice-president Prof Yemi Osibajo SAN, validates that of Former Heads of State: Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen Abdusalam Abubakar, the Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka and many other patriots whom have spoken against current administration that isn’t working for the majority of Nigerians and is on a steady decline.
However, a statement emanating from the office of presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu on Sunday night, 4th October, 2020 made it known that President Muhammadu is not moved and vowed not to succumb to pressure of agitating calls for the country’s restructure.
The statement said: “This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the Covid-19 health crisis.”
One of the greatest nation-building challenges that we face today is how to manage our diversities and also exploit them maximally for greatness. So far, our actions and inactions point to the fact that we are more interested in expanding our fault-lines on a daily basis and even in areas the indulgence is preposterous.
Suffice to say that it is only Major General Muhammad Buhari that seems to be indifference about the union. Major General Muhammadu Buhari attempt to intimidate citizens will fail. Some of us are willing and fully prepared to pay any price, even if it is the supreme price.
The unprecedented clannishness and bigotry perpetrated by this government has further aggravated the worsening decay of the country.
Malam Garba Shehu a personality and friend of over two decades, that I have tremendous respect and admiration for, is totally incorrect and out of tunes, because a small clique are currently benefiting from the nepotism and religious sentiments that are ongoing, does not make it right.
Nigerians have become endangered and are not safe in their own country nor outside the country. A nation where the leadership tirelessly abuse the populace in numerous ways, and turn around to accuse them of not being patriotic. And when the masses protest, it is deem treasonable. After orchestrating “Occupy Nigeria” to discredit the previous administration this current administration have now vowed to never be protested against.
The actions of the officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a controversial police unit in Nigeria that was adopted from the British has become oppression against the citizens. It’s so sad their abnormalities ( brutality and maiming of life) have been going on for several years without documentations.
Think of innocent youths who are aspiring for greatness, bread winners, only child of their parents that those Special Armed Robbery Squad have killed cold bloodedly. How can citizens be more scared of SARS whom are supposed to curb armed robbery and other forms of criminal activities than armed robbers. They break into people’s home in the middle of the night. They torture, rape, and kill at will.
These security personnels are more interested in financial gains than bringing criminals to book. Within the last few Month Amnesty international documented 82 cases of extra Judiciary assassinations of unarmed civilians. Apart from the issues of ethnic cleansing, kidnapping, boko haramist and hunger virus, Nigerians are facing various challenges.
It’s pertinent to reiterate again, that leaders have a legal right to correct societal abnormalities through the constitution and the citizens have legal rights to correct the wrongs in the society through protests, civil disobedience, strikes, revolts and revolutions. However, whenever there’s a protest people get shot or the leader are going to be bribed and he will keep shut.
It’s sancrosant we come to the realization that we have no other country but Nigeria. Let’s focus on solving our problem as a nation and stop running away from home. You’re all aware of the hatred and bitterness, Nigerians are experiencing from other countries. Let’s collectively build a new Nigeria.
We salute the courage and resilience of our elder statesmen who kept the flags flying despite the situation on ground and courageously spoke with honor on the way forward: Octogenarian Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai OFR, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Pst Enoch A. Adeboye, Archbishop Emeritus John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Bishop Matthew H. Kukah and many other patriots. We thank the International community, men of good conscience and leaders of faith for adding their voices.

Odusanya is the Convener AFRICA COVENANT RESCUE INITIATIVE ACRI

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