Poor Leadership And Its Implication For Nigeria, By Mohammed Salaudeen
Identified leaders manage Nations, corporations and communities and families with the expectation of bettering their people. Leaders everywhere are expected to inspire people to deliver value. We elect/appoint leaders to lead and whenever we do, there is need to deliver to the expectation of the people.
So, what do citizens expect from their leaders?
There’s no doubt that Nigeria has a leadership challenge. It is as if the country has been bedeviled by poor and insensitive leaders despite huge population of faith based religions, sound education and acclaimed cultural and morals values.
Like other African countries, we have leaders within the age range of 70 and 80 in the management of the nation’s affairs. Most of who have been in leadership position since their 30s and 40s. The citizens have not seen growth and development expected of an independent democratic nation for close to six decades now.
A large percentage of Nigerians are living below the average stipulated standard of living. With the poor quality of education, most of our University graduates are unemployable. Poor power supply, bad roads are also plaques to consider. The future looks bleak with a huge youth population without education and poor health due to drug abuse.
Just when one thinks we are slowly getting out of the hook, another set of incompetent leaders will emerge masquerading as demy gods. Unfortunately, while the struggle for making good leaders is in process, the ordinary people drive the illegal process of installing bad leaders. A case of people getting the leaders they deserve.
How will leaders govern a set of people that celebrate corruption and then cry when the damage is done? We all bribe to get our ways and expect to be bribed to do our jobs. How productive will we be when we spend more time in places of worship than at work? Nigeria even has more places of worship than places of work. Religious leaders now preach sectionalism and tribalism while beating the drums of war. It is indeed a sorry state of affairs.
We must get out of this unending choice of jokers singing the songs of tribalism that does not benefit the people. They claim membership of same religion without value addition as well as ethnic coloration without thinking of the people. Our leaders simply eat on behalf of the masses and perpetually leave them starving.
We must stand up; know our leaders in and out leave money politics. There’s also a need to see local Government and state positions as the most important because they impact the people more than our over concentration in the centre. More appalling is the level at which we celebrate incompetence; give awards to leaders for performing poorly or below average on sentiment.
When we learn and grow individual and families we would have add value to their lives they will in-turn be inspired to further develop others to grow.
Mohammed Salaudeen is an MSc and MPhil Economics graduate. Guest faculty at Lagos Business School with interest in Management and Leadership. Have over two and half decade experience in FMCG and Oil & Gas.