At various times In Nigeria’s national history, it has experimented with some systems of government. Precisely, the parliamentary and presidential systems. These experimentations, with all their goodies and challenges, were not devoid of military interregnums.
Nigeria no doubt, through the thicks and thins, has made some progress. However, is the recorded development good enough to situate us on the pedestal we so crave for?.
With all that the experimented systems of government have had to offer us , it is worrisome to note that the nation still searches for the right leadership to contend with the dynamics of a 21st century Nigeria.
Little wonder, some Nigerians have continued to agonize about the turn of events and are expressly worried why we have not gotten our leadership compass right, 58 years after independence.
Even after keenly contested general elections , not much seems to be seen and felt, especially as it relates to the leaders’ manifestoes. Our leaders have failed to understand that a leadership model that is based on account of our peculiarities remains imperative for the much needed development.
They have failed to understand that our strength lies in our diversity so as to explore and exploit that diversity as a huge potential.
But come to think of it, the choices we make as a nation regarding the leadership question of this country, had always appeared to be far withdrawn from our vision for our political, economic and religious future. And because they are not determined by the kind of change that we need, we have hardly pursued and gotten the kind of change we need.
From the placement of more emphasis on partisan politics instead of on honourable personalities who are capable of delivering good governance, to our failure to place premium on undiluted commitment of our leaders to a resurgence of the moral and ethical foundations which kept us as a pluralistic and multi-ethnic society, our political style had been one fraught with misgivings.
There is therefore, no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria has continued to rigmarolE around the same idea and mentality of leadership, where the old political players of our nation are trusted to hold the key to the reservoir of the knowledge to fix the country’s problemS.
The result is a change of individuals as figures of authority where nothing changes, after all. This situation, I suppose, has not only relegated the country to the seeming stagnated political corner it has found itself, it provided an enabling environment upon which crime is sophisticated in the country.
Perhaps this is an indication that the country has got to the point where it should know what it needs and go for same. According to a former Nigerian head of state, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd), this can be achieved by deliberately provoking systems and models that will put paid to this recycling leadership experimentation to embrace new generational leadership evolution with the essential attributes of responsive, responsible and proactive leadership configuration to confront the several challenges that we presently face.
For me, in our quest to find the right thesis that would resolve the leadership question, 2019 general election in the country, should provide us a room to choose new breed of leadership with requisite capacity to manage our diversities and jump-start a process of launching the country on the super highway of technology-driven leadership.
This is the time for us to reinvent the will and tap into the resourcefulness of the younger generation, stimulate their entrepreneurial initiatives and provoke a conduce environment to grow national economy both at the micro and macro levels.
In line with the dynamics of modern governance, I align my thought with that of the retired general to say “enough of this analogue system. Let’s give way for digital leadership orientation with all the trappings of consultative, constructive, communicative, interactive and utility-driven approach where everyone has a role to play in the process of enthroning accountability and transparency in governance.”
By: Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi.