PRATIQUES DE LEADERSHIP: L'effet de l'utilisateur final sur les Nigérians
Toutes les pratiques de leadership d'analyse critique annotées des dirigeants passés et présents impliqués dans le fonctionnement du gouvernement nigérian va produire un tel mélange indigestes – une sorte de tragi-comédie.
Par le calcul de Christian Nwadike: « Vous trouverez le Nigeria, un pays très intéressant, si vous avez la bonne combinaison de narcissisme, sarcasme et de sadisme « .
Since its independence, the civil war, chains of military coup d’état, and consequent military interventions with intermittent democratic dispensations, fate have fashioned a Nigerian political environment that is not always seen as stable.
There has been a constant and utter lack of rule of law on the part of government, which engenders inexplicable confusion and volatility on the part of the governed. The most urgent issues in Nigeria today are lack of management of public trust by the elites, occasioned by impunity and poor maintenance of decaying amenities and infrastructures in the nation.
A root cause analysis of all these issues will implicate lack of pragmatic political philosophy among our leaders for the common good of the people.
The solution for addressing Nigeria’s problems and strengthening democratic governance in the federal republic lies in having a leadership that works on the principles of good governance and is, le plus important, accountable to the Nigerian people.
Good governance in Nigeria is essential to its stability and growth and that of the economies of West African countries in the Sub-region. While corruption and abuse of power have long been features of Nigeria’s economic and political landscapes, they do not have to remain in the country’s future.
In assessing the leadership situation in Nigeria, one would easily discover that most of the policy formulators as well as those involved in implementation of enacted policies are engaged in bribery, egoism, power drunkenness, and endemic corrupt practices. They are distracted to an extent that they forgot the nation’s emblematic motto aimed at improving the lives of people in the society. Bien que, people in a normal society are expected to be honest, law-abiding and hardworking, but in Nigeria, the lukewarm and unethical attitude of some of our leaders (and those who are supposed to maintain and enforce law and order) are leading the people to engage in corrupt behaviors. And that’s where the undoing of the masses stems.
Ici, corruption is not just about embezzlement of fund, but perversion of values. It was poor understanding of what corruption entails that made us think that only political office holders can be corrupt, because we believed, it is all about stealing from the coffers of government. We forgot that corruption is entrenched when a citizen or group of citizens (irrespective of status) pervert values, as little as non-compliance with road safety laws, like use of seat belts.
toutefois, cette évolution devrait nous inquiéter en tant que pays parce que l'avenir est sombre pour une nation dont les jeunes responsables politiques gaspillent fonds public la façon dont nos dirigeants font dans un style de vie qui ne reflète pas le sous-développement dans notre pays.
Entre 1983 quand Prof. Chinua Achebe de la mémoire immortelle a publié son livre, “Le problème avec le Nigeria », et aujourd'hui, quand nous célébrons 20 années de démocratie ininterrompue, beaucoup est arrivé à prouver le droit Achebe, que « le problème avec le Nigeria est le leadership. »
Bien que, men of books had maintained that bad leadership springs from bad followership, the truth remains that while one can accuse the followers of imprudence in choosing their leaders in a democracy, the leaders have the buck of the blame, in that power was vested on them to support or amend the trust of the people who elected them.
The wielding of power is what makes the difference between leaders and the led. And what one does with the power as a leader is what makes the difference between the good leader and a bad one.
Nigerians have had varied tastes of leadership styles. Career politicians have mounted the saddle, technocrats have had their time, and business moguls have been entrusted with the mantle as well. But in all, what scares people the most is that we don’t seem to be making progress. If all these class of people have failed, then who else could save us?
Mais alors, we should not be oblivious of men and women of honour who have walked our sociopolitical space since our return to democratic rule. Think of the days of Mrs. Due process, Prof. Dora NAFDAC, Soludo of CBN, the short-lived Yar’dua years, and the Peter Obi exploits in Anambra State (that made This Day newspaper give him the Governor of the decade excellence award).
Truth is that no government official (whether elected or appointed) can attain such quality by accident; they get the same largesse that accrue to others in their offices.
Being a good leader, free of corrupt practices, is a product of fiscal discipline backed by financial modesty and realistic style.
Cela signifie que les dirigeants devraient aborder la gouvernance comme une entreprise et comme une base et faire la responsabilité primordiale dans toutes leurs relations.
pendant ce temps, l'expérience de mauvais goût du leadership dans notre pays est née d'une analyse comparative. C'est-à-dire, nous comparons les régimes à des régimes, au lieu de les idéaux. Et donc, vous entendez les gens disent: Les jours de Jonathan étaient mieux que les dirigeants d'Obasanjo, ou le mandat de Yar'dua était mieux que Gen. Le régime de Buhari etc.. Par ces comparaisons, nous perdons de vue ce que le leadership idéal était censé être. That is an unnecessary acceptance of mediocrity as a way of life.
If we sincerely, go by the standard of ideal government, we would easily discover that all our leaders (past and present) failed us!
Although few exceptions abound, but averageness among majority obscures the good qualities of the few archetypical leaders. While we enjoyed the innovation of Prof. Akunyili in NAFDAC, her contemporaries in other ministries, departments and agencies of government were busy embezzling funds meant for dividend delivery to the people, like the power sector scandal of 2002 – 2005.
As a country, we need to have a template for exemplary leadership in all strata of governance.
While the likes of Govs. Makinde and Zulum are trying their best to give tasty representation of quality public leaderships in their states, Nigerians had kept yearning for more.
The ancient latin nugget: “De Rex num quam satis” – “for kings there can never be enough” is the slogan of the masses in Nigeria. We can never get enough or be tired of good leadership, et donc, the urgent need for selfless detribalized champions to lead us remains endless.
This call becomes clarion, when one considers the ugly situations of ordinary citizens who are at the receiving end of bad leadership.
To those who make good use of power, nothing can be more desired of them by the masses than their continuity. But to those who abuse it, the reverse is the case.
En conclusion, we can echo with the deposed Emir of Kano in his last days in office, when he said: “May God bless us with good leaders.”
Par Eze Jude