Addressing Nigeria’s leadership crisis – Tribune Online –

Nigeria is one of those countries that has inexhaustible natural resources.

Sadly, it has failed to utilize resources in a variety of productive ways, partly due to incompetent and rudderless leadership.

In his 1984 polemic “Nigeria’s Troubles”, renowned Nigerian novelist and author Chinua Achebe declared that “Nigeria’s troubles are a total failure of leadership”.

That was nearly forty years ago, and it still is today.

Then there is the question of the basic capabilities and competencies that leaders at all levels in Nigeria must have.

It’s not just a matter of college credentials, it’s a matter of moral and practical education, the ability to manage people and resources and engage with communities, the ability to reshape the past from a different perspective, and a sense of hope for the future. The ability to vision boldly. present and future, and mobilize Nigerians towards common goals.

In any case, Nigeria needs outstanding leadership on this point. Brilliant leadership is essential, but it doesn’t bring out the best in us.

It is in times of national crisis like ours that great leadership emerges.

It’s at times like these that you’ll meet leaders who have the three essential qualities of a real leader—the ability to listen to and understand the pain of those they lead, empathy, and a willingness to accept that they don’t have all the answers.

These qualities seem to have been lacking or gone in our country today. If leaders at all levels were listening, they would have heard Nigerians groaning loudly.

Much goodwill has been lost, but there is still time for our leaders to take a holistic look at the current situation and come up with solutions to address the urgent security needs of Nigerians.

Otherwise, it will only sink the country deeper and deeper socially, economically and politically, and may lead the country to an irreversible path of disintegration.

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