NIGERIA IN SEARCH OF TRUE, SINCERE AND
Leadership and the issue of coruption is not a one man business. It is an issue that requires concerted effort from all Nigerians. Nelson Mandela fought coruption in South
Africa (Apartheid) he was not alone: Jerry Rawlings fought coruption in Ghana he was not alone; Dora Akunyili fought fake drugs in Nigeria she was not alone. Therefore, all Nigerians need to join hands to fight this monster.
Nigeria need a Nelson Mandela, Nigeria need a Jerry Rawlings, Nigeria needs another Dora to fight corruption.
Corruption in Nigenia requires astute, charismatic and determined personalities like the above mentioned. Nigeria need bold, true, sincere and honest leaders with political will to fight and liberate Nigeria from the shackles of coruption.
I wish to use this opportunity to call on Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Professor Wole Soyinka and Chief Mike Adenuga to leave their comfort zone and delve into politics to save this great country from total collapse. I totally believe that these individuals have seen everything about money in their private life and will not loot the Nations Treasury like others have been doing, that was what Abiola was trying
do but was denied the opportunity.
Tobert Kiyosaki wrote in his Rich Dad Poor Dad (2009:36) on what his rich dad usually say, “Poor people are more greedy than rich people. He explained that if a person was rich, that person was providing something that other wanted. Relate this to the Nigerian situation, compare and contrast Abiola and Rochas Okorocha’s philanthropic gestures With some of our leaders who were not rich before ascending leadership positions. The latter ended up using state resources to enich themselves rather than enrich the state and the people. This trend is still ongoing, it is very unfortunate.
Nigeria needs the likes of Donald Duke the former Govemor of’Cross River State for he is the architect behind Tinapa and a transformed Obudu Cattle Ranch. During his
tenure, Cross River became a paradise, imagine what Nigeria would have been if Donald Duke was the President.
Nigeria needs the likes of Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Adams Oshomole of Edo State, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. These men have development IQ.
Finally, I wish to use this opportunity to advice our leaders and politicians that leadership comes from God and it is a call to serve God and humanity not a call to serve ones Interest. Moreover, the dichotomy witnessed at the just concluded National Conference is not in the best interest for
the nation and our future as a united entity. Our leaders Snould as a matter of fact derive inspiring leadership and oneness shown by our early leaders. Mallam Umaru Altine
according to Emefiena Ezeani in his book, “In Biafra Africa
Died” (2013:200) said, Mallam Umaru Altine a core Muslim was elected Mayor of Enugu two (2) times. Late Senator Joseph Saawuan Tarka brought his friend from Borno State and gave him a Tiv name Gatie, this man was
voted to represent Tiv people in the House of
Representatives. Benjamin Uker said that his father Pa Uker in the 1970/1980s use
to give land to his Fulani friend (Gabo) from Borno State to settle and pasture his cattle right behind their house. (Uker 2015) This was the situation of things in those good old days. The good old days have suddenly disappeared in the thin air because there
is moral decay in our society. The situation has degenerated to a level where Fulani and Tiv people that were friends in those days no longer see eye-to-eye. Elders in those days
were known for truth but these days elders are the worst set of people, once they see money truth suffers. The inspiring leadership qualities shown by our early leaders in person of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Ahmadu Bello and leadership example
shown to the whole of Africa and indeed the world by Late Nelson Mandela is very instructive here for Robert Kiyosaki advised us in his book, “Rich Dad Conspiracy of
the Rich” (2009:119) that we should learn from the past to succeed in the future.(Uker 2015)