At the risk of sounding like a broken record or an alarmist, the need for a TRANSFORMATIONAL leadership has become absolutely necessary if Nigeria must come out of this quagmire. This is because transformational leaders have the Midas touch to tackle these worrisome issues using systemic approaches to local solutions, which require intimate and empathetic knowledge of the contexts, needs, and culture.
Nigeria is entering a crucial period in its history. Surely, given the state of the nation today, it would appear perverse to be exercised by the 2023 elections. So weighty are the problems that we grapple with and so fluid their composition that many worry that there may not be a country after the coming year. Today, as a people, we confront our worst identity crisis since the end of the civil war.
As a nation, we are, on daily basis, confronted with issues ranging from killings, banditry, kidnappings, insurgency, hunger, job loss, 33.5% unemployment rate and separatist agitations in the South West and the Eastern region of the country. In reality, it is our light, not our darkness that most frightened us. To my mind, this is part of the reasons why we need to strike a balance for equity and peaceful coexistence.
The economy crisis seizing our beloved country Nigeria; fuel scarcity, tariff increase on many levels and the killings all over the country is worrisome particularly in the North-East, North Central and the South East of the country.
The insecurity has become so alarming. The recent news of bandits killing 23 persons in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Southern Kaduna on Sunday night with several others injured, while 20 others were killed in Ganar-Kiyawa village of Adabka District, Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State, on Sunday morning sent cold shivers down my spine.
Disappointedly, leadership is a very big challenge in Africa, and Nigeria in particular. Having a competent, effective and purposeful leadership that is capable of turning its highly chorused great potentials into real economic and political power has been quite elusive for over six decades of her independence.
This is simply because of the failure to identify the essential values that sustain developed societies and infuse such values into our social system in Nigerian so as to balance the issues of equity, fairness and justice.
It is often said that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing the same way and to expect different results. Therefore, as we approach the 2023 general elections, it will be insane for Nigerians to cast their votes for the same caliber of people that plunged them into this mess in the first place.
At this point in the country’s national life, what is needed is a creative and transformational leadership that can reunite the country as a nation destined for greatness. Nigeria needs a leader that can stop the rot and stem the tide to oblivion the country is sliding into; an innovative and creative mind as a leader.
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