WHAT WE NEED TO FACEOUT CORRUPTION ARE LEADERS WHO TRULY LOVE NIGERIA
In 2019, Bill Gates opined that “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders would be those who empower others”. Going by his words, and considering the surreal effects of the pandemic to a population of over 200million, what else can we expect than passionate leaders with solutions to the felt need problems and sustainability of the nation?
Having said that we need great leaders, what do you think great leaders should be doing to pivot and meet the demand of its people in today’s harsh economy?
Unlike our pre-COVID19 understanding of leaders here in Nigeria/Africa, which involves our supposed leaders empowering their people by buying wheelbarrows, imported keke napep, motorcycle, machines for grinding pepper and so on which did not manage to liberate people out of poverty not to mention empower them, we must begin to look into the development of the human assets.
The need to empower people doesn’t change just because circumstances do, it is what great leaders do to set themselves apart from others by effectively influencing and empowering other human beings. These includes:
- Putting the people first.
- Looking inwardly for solutions.
- Investment in digital solutions.
China is what it is today because of the love the leaders/government have towards their people. The goal was to take millions of their people out of poverty (out of their archaic system into a digitalized market) and make them employers of labour.
So, they gave their people proper education to become competitive. This is what is called human assets development. They empowered their people by enrolling them in heavy machine manufacturing industries, so they may learn how to manufacture heavy duty machines. Some where enrolled in the electronic manufacturing industries, so they may learn how to manufacture consumer electronics like smartphone, wrist watches, TV, radio, laptops, etc. Some were enrolled in the building materials and manufacturing industries while others were enrolled in the textile industries.
They went as far as sending their citizens to USA, UK, Germany & France to get first class education, to learn whatever technological skills they need for manufacturing machines and electronics right in their own country. Today, China is an industrialized nation and indeed it has paid off.
China now sells to the USA, rendering manufacturing services to foreign nationals.
China is the envy of USA.
Unfortunately, corruption would not let the light shine in Nigeria for our “leaders” steal public money, which in return, leads to murdering the citizens because the money meant to build infrastructure for the wellbeing of the people, for improving the economy, for funding researches, scholarships opportunities and so on, if not used for its purpose thus have a vile impact on the people.
Now I keep asking what value will Nigeria/Africa sell to the world in the post-COVID19 era, because it’s obvious crude oil will keep loosing market value, and various events in the past have continued to prove to us that sticking to this crude oil-based economy isn’t sustainable. Imagine for the next 10 years, crude oil sells for $8/barrel. What will the Nigerian economy look like? What will be the exchange rate? I doubt if there won’t be a great depression. This is what will happen if the elites don’t quickly switch to developing and monetizing our human assets (not resources, as a boss of mine would say).
We have over 200 million people in Nigeria. We need leaders who would engage its people and transcend them to heavy duty machine makers. And put their brains and human energies to work for the betterment of the African continent. Enough of our dependency on the European giants or the G7. Some Asian countries took that step some years ago, today, they are refered to as the Asian Tigers. Statictics shows that Taiwan, one of the Asian Tigers, has the largest economy and it is the most populous state that is not a member of the United Nations.
Leaders of Nigeria government (Local, State and Federal level) must be selfless, love their people and be after their wellbeing.
And I think we will need a lot of community organizers across the 776 LGAs to educate our rural people in their local language on politics and economy.
Don’t forget we’re already in that year (2020) when we should be among the 20 largest economies in the world – the failed #Vision2020. Leadership is not title. In the words of Warren Gamaliel Bennis, “Leadership is the capacity to translate visions into reality”. For that vision to fail, it shows that we had no true leaders (need I tell you the president then was the Chairman of the National Council on #Vision2020)
I hope the very words of the Co-founder of Microsoft would resonate deep into our collective conscience.
Originally coined by
As edited by,
Oluwafemi Joseph Oguntimehin