By Richard Odusanya
“Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.”-Alan Mulally.
Leadership must be visionary and accountable to the people. Strong Patriotic leadership supported by strong Patriotic followership to include our own national values which emphasizes respect, discipline, honesty, dedication and hard work. Nigeria is in dire need of such leadership and team to pilot us out of the woods to the promised land.
The trouble with Nigeria is simple and squarely a failure of leadership. When there is no vision the people perish. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a moulder of consensus. “Martin Luther King Jr.
The characters that emerged from our faulty system as leaders cannot be a reference point, role model or an inspiration to the upcoming generations. Two classical case out of the many shameful and sad examples, are that of a sitting senator and just a couple days ago, his comrade in national disgrace, a man who superintends over the bureau of code of tribunal (CCT).
Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo of the “sex toys” fame, who recently decamped from PDP to the ruling party APC, preparatory to a bigger reward and Danladi Umar the jurist who is in charge of the code of conduct tribunal CCT are two of a type. Curiously, both of them has a lot of things in common and may probably be on the same page and mission.
Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo and Danladi Umar seems to be enjoying the same privileges and protection. Danladi Umar is also the Code of conduct tribunal (CCT), chairman who single-handedly removed Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, former Chief Justice of Nigeria from office in a very controversial circumstances that suggest a hatchet job.
This are parts of the reasons for where we find ourselves as a nation today, in terms of leadership deficiency and ratings from international bodies, including Wednesday’s, 31st March 2021, the revelation and verdict on Nigeria by the department of state of the United States of America.
The U. S. Department of State 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Executive Summary Practice: Nigeria. BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY AND LABOUR MARCH 30, 2021. They reported significant human rights abuse which included unlawful and arbitrary killings by both government and nonstate actors; forced disappearances by government, terrorists, and criminal groups, torture and cases of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments or punishments by government and terrorists groups among others.
Nigeria is at the crossroads and the inhabitants of the once glorious Nation, are going through excruciating pain of unimaginable magnitude. Issues ranging from: insecurity, corruption, nepotism, poverty, hunger, and poor leadership.
As a concerned citizen, this is certainly not the best of times, but as an optimist, I believe that Nigeria will survive.
NIGERIA IS BLEEDING AND CANNOT BREATHE.