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​OUR MANY TRAVAILS AND THE NEED TO CONSOLIDATE OUR DEMOCRACY

By: Moshood Muhammed

Generally speaking, the people constitutes mainly the element, admissible and permissible in democracy, the Nigerian system of government, with whom the decision of who becomes what, get what and at what time is taken and for.

With reference to the definition a former President of United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, participation of people, who are an indispensable element of government and leadership of a country, is believed to be non-negotiable. But, reverse is sharply the case in the issue of Nigeria, the most populous black-skinned people country in the world.

The rare magnanimity of the then military ruler and Head of State, Rtd. General Abubakar Salami saw Nigeria return to democratic rule in 1999 with Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo as the democratically elected President. After he exited office, Nigeria has successfully transferred power from one leader to the other and most recently, from a political party which Nigeria started with, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the now ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in a very peaceful and uncommon manner, alien to the African politicians and its many years of political sojourn. This remains one of the feats we have achieved as a country.

On return to democracy eighteen (18) years ago, expectations were high, no thanks to the ‘nightmares of military rule’ and having seen what democracy infers in other climes. Nigerians could not hide their joys when the Obasanjo administration came on board; many were promised with very infinitesimally done so far and nothing done in many cases, even by successive occupiers of the Aso Villa and other public positions in the yesteryears up till now.

Power supply has remained consistently out of supply in many homes, villages, cities and factories, forcing Nigerians to make darkness their neighbours, while many businesses went out of operation, with others relocating to neighbouring countries; education is yet to recover from the colossal damage done to its structural and administrative hitherto strong rooting. Same is the case with Agriculture, which was formally our source of national financial muscle depleting into a business of very few with little concentration from government, not until recent time. The list is endless.

As much as it incontrovertible that all is not so well, coupled with corruption fast becoming regalia of our political actors, it does not translate to the end of the road for the country. The country has despite the political upheavals that greeted the preparation for last general elections among other issues emerged, a united country, though with affray from some parts of the country.

As Nigerian democracy gets a year older, concerted efforts must be made by all in seeing the birth of the new and assuring country Nigerians would be proud of.
Now, the leadership of the country and government structures across board must be sanitized and made to work in the interest of the people, while the trademark of corruption on most political office holders is ‘confiscated’. Our leaders must be aware that if everyone who has at one point or the other occupied the office did not leave, they would never have the opportunity to get there.

Furthermore, the central government must not surrender in its struggle for a well respected country in Africa and beyond, flush out, in sincerity the demonic corruption tendencies, that has almost brought the country on its knees, out of the country; wipe out the inkling Boko Haram insurgence stint, rescue the remaining Chibok School girls, get back home Nigerians leaving like foreigners on the own soil, neighbouring countries. Also, our economy which somersaulted must also be revamped, with the diversification plan executed speedily while ensuring an enduring, stable and uninterrupted power supply to all nooks and crannies of the country. This will do doubt help recover our hailing economy and set us forthwith on the path to prosperity.

On the other hand, Nigerians must see The New Nigeria project as a collective assignment, on which the destiny of millions of our country men and women are tied to, and indeed that of many generations yet unborn. Should the war against corruption be won, proceeds recovered and ultimately pumped into the economy, Nigerians can be certain of a speedily developed country. Hence, everyone must resolve to join the campaign, reject proceeds of crime and never be involved corruption. Charity they say begins at home.

Similarly, our parents, families, religious leaders, teachers and schools must note that they are either partner in crime or partner in progress, depending on what they make of the flock in their care. There is therefore a great need to have them support government and by far, the popular view, rid the country of many rots she has found herself in. This implies that the song of anti corruption, transparency, accountability, hard work and perseverance should be continuous on their lips.

The truth is, should we fail to augment our resolution for the ‘hell-lots’, vent our displeasure with the widely affirmed abysmal state of things, by participating meaningfully in the affairs of the country, our complaints would be mere noise. In other words, our political affairs, call for accountability, responsive and responsible government should not be left in the hands of politicians and the acclaimed ‘opposition’ parties, we must all make Nigeria work for our good. The rumoured military take-over is not and will never be in the interest of majority of Nigerians. As such, we must all defend our democracy and make it stronger.

Though, all may not be rosy for us as a country, it is never a time to give up; our participation in governance should be strong, defiant of oppression tendencies of any public office holder, bad governance, misrepresentation among others, like never before. Surely, we would get there.

If you are not participating, it is not making sense. #Standwith9ja

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria

When Leadership calls, Responsibility beckons!

Reflection on Leadership

 

By: Moshood Muhammed

Has anyone ever wondered what a free society would have been like? Are you thinking of what leadership entails? What does leadership even means to you? This is for you.

When Adam and Eve were created in the beginning of the world, God made Adam the head and by extension humans above all other creations. This is the anatomy of leadership.

The decision of the most supreme being underscores the importance, indispensability and inevitability of leadership in the societies of the world. Management of general affairs, conducts of people, regulations and other resources will lead to unending crisis without the position of a leader or leadership.

The concept of leadership has evolved overtime; philosophers, scholars and thinkers have come up with different postulations and explanations of what leadership represents, its organs and workability. Premised on this, the system of leadership differs from a society and environment to another.

Regardless of the shape a leadership may take, it is important to note and take to fore that certainly, a particular individual or group of persons take charge of affairs of a particular setting.

Purposeful, responsible and responsive leadership is the hallmark of representation. The people or the led deserve accountability and transparency, without which abuse of power, anarchy, impunity and corruption would be as good as to have taken centre stage.

Many who are in leadership positions today see it as opportunity to take advantage of the ‘vulnerable’ followers. It is essentially necessary to point out that the notion that there is always a beginning and an end is nothing but the truth.

While you hold sway in a leadership, every reasonable leaders must bear in mind that it can’t be all rosy, that is why I’ve continued to say that leadership is not just position or opportunity to relax, amass wealth and or possibly wield unnecessary influence but a call for action of service delivery. This suffices that every leadership position comes with its ‘enourmous’ responsibilities.

It is therefore imperative for all those who are in positions to know that it can never be a easy task, just as it is usually not an all-comer affairs. Leadership simply infers hardship.

While only a few may perform well while in position of leadership, others have on the other side perform below par. That is undoubtedly what life is, anyway.

Whichever way one falls, however, there is always a ‘reward’. If you buy your way through people and court of public opinion, you can never escape the court of conscience and posterity.

A leader who wishes to lead successfully must be ready to be all-embracing, accept advises, take his or her stand without fear or favour and shun the mischief of hailers and praise singers. You can’t be a good leader without being able to make the right and yielding decisions.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that whether for good or bad, every leader and leadership shall be remembered. What do you or your leadership want to be remembered for? What you will be remembered for is dependent on what you stand for, the problems you are able to solve it those berthed by you.

Nothing is certainly hidden. Whatever you do while in power will count for or against you later. History hunts; have a scan of the society and you will confirm this in affirmative.

Best regards!