Why Leadership Is The Problem By ;Jerome-Mario Utomi—During an address by Harvard Political Professor, Samuel Huntington, on August 1995, at Taipei, he was among other things asked of his impression about Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s effort to develop Singapore, and he scantly summed it up this way; the honesty and efficiency Senior Minister Lee has brought to Singapore are likely to follow him to his grave.
However, like faith which is a belief in things not seen, coupled with the fact that ordinary calculation can be upturned by extra-ordinary personalities, not only did Lee’s efficiency survived him, but ,history has since assisted in providing answers to the correctness or otherwise of Professor, Samuel Huntington declaration.
Accordingly, it’s now on public domain those two years after the observation, Singapore- a country with a GDP of $3billion in 1965 grew to $46billion in 1997, making it the 8th highest per capital GNP in the world according to the World Bank ranking.
Clearly, a bracing account and unprecedented result! What is however left for those who are living is to learn the lessons from such history and gain wisdom, or ignore it, and wonder in dilemma.
Essentially, the crux of this piece is to use Prime Minister Lee Quen Yew account to analyze and understand the essential ingredients of foresight in leadership and draw a lesson on how leadership decision making process involves judgment about uncertain elements, and differs from the pure mathematical probability process.
From accounts, aside from the fact that the story of Singapore’s progress is a reflection of the advances of the industrial countries-their inventions, technology, enterprise and drive, a united and a determined group of leaders, backed by practical and hard-working people who trust them made it possible, It is part of the story of a leader’s search for new fields to increase the wealth and well being of his people.
From this new awareness, flows the major difference.
When one juxtaposes the above account with the current situation in Nigeria, it without minding what others may say, points at one direction; Nigeria current posturing is more of man-made than natural, more of leadership gaps than lack of resources. The challenge is further compounded by a misguided view of amalgamation by some segments of Nigerians as more of a historicized occurrence without any barefaced or hidden advantage to the nation; a mindset that further promoted deliberate demonstration of impunity, as well as superiority by one group or region against the other.
But in dramatizing this superiority, the point the people did forget is that never should one ‘be so foolish to believe that you are stirring admiration by flaunting the qualities that raised you above others. By making them aware of their inferior positions, you are only stirring unhappy admiration or envy that will gnaw at them until they undermine you in ways that you may not foresee’. It is only the fools that dare the god of envy by flaunting his victory’.
The sad news, however, is that this avoidable situation was allowed to complete its gestation and finally gave birth to what is now known and addressed in our political domain as ‘call for restructuring’ or agitation for resources control.
But at a more significant level, it is the leadership performance deficit which has plundered the socio-economic affairs of the nation to a sorry state; an occurrence that stems from an unknown leadership style described by analysts as neither ‘system nor method based’; without anything exemplary or impressive. While this appalling situation daily unfolds on our political space, the global leadership stage is littered with telling evidence about leaders that have demonstrated leadership sagacity and professional ingenuity that our leaders have refused to replicate their resourcefulness on our shores.
For instance, in 1932, Franklin D Roosevelt, the Democratic Party candidate, United State of America was elected president in the midst of the great depression. At the time of inauguration in 1933, one-quarter of the labour force was out of a job, with many thrown into poverty. Industrial production had fallen and investments had collapsed.
But within two years of his administration, he revived the economy and moved to the next stage of his agenda. He signed the social security act which introduced the modern welfare state into the united state pension at retirement, unemployment benefits and some public health care and disability benefits. When asked how? he responded thus;”extraordinary conditions call for extraordinary remedies” This to my mind is leadership accomplishment worthy of emulation.
Regrettably, here in the country, leadership challenge is given a boost by the ground propensity and penchant for corrupt, nepotistic practices of our ‘leaders’ since independence, a development that is gradually becoming a norm; a state of affairs vast majority of Nigerians claims was responsible for the inability of the nation’s successive leaders to alleviate the real condition of the poor, the deprived, the lonely, the oppressed or get into their lives and participate in their struggle.
Looking at commentaries, one can discern that the above fact is largely responsible for the youth’s restiveness and tribal aggressions as the masses continue to fight in order to register their grievance against state-sponsored socioeconomic deprivations.
It is also of considerable significance to this discourse to note that this leadership challenge has visited Nigerians with not just poverty but what analysts described as ‘island poverty’ or poverty in the midst of plenty; which has in turn promoted both hopelessness and powerlessness among innocent Nigerians.
But in all, one thing seems to stand out, our leadership challenge or bad governance was implanted by the leaders, encouraged by our unquestioning obedience to the ‘authorities and can only be reduced or erased by Nigerians.
Having discovered the challenge threatening the continued existence of our country, it becomes imperative that whatever measure the nation may want to use in tackling this challenge can only succeed if it probably puts in place steps that will guarantee leadership restructuring.
Catalyzing the process of building the Nigeria of our dreams that is laced with good leadership will among other demands require a sincere and selfless leadership, a politically and economically restructured polity brought by the national consciousness that can unleash the social, economic and political transformation of the country while rejecting the present socio-economic system that has bred corruption, inefficiency, primitive capital accumulation that socially excluded the vast majority of our people.
Above all, to completely put things right, the Federal Government must recognize, and position Nigeria to be a society of equal citizens where opportunities are equal and personal contribution is recognized and rewarded on merit regardless of language, culture, religion or political affiliations. If we are able to achieve this, it will once again, announce the arrival of a brand new great nation where peace and love shall reign supreme as no nation enjoys durable peace without justice and stability, without fairness and equity!
Part of that effort will entail recognizing that the solution to our leadership challenge may afterward not be based on argument or debate but by the quality of the people in charge. This will be followed by frantic effort to create a ‘civil society that will help sort out the irresponsible from the response in leadership. Another inoculation that will cure this leadership challenge will demand development of mindset for details and history necessary for today’s leadership.
Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He could be reached via;firstname.lastname@example.org/
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This reliable platform gathered Okorocha was arrested in his office on Tuesday by EFCC operatives for alleged money laundering charges.
The arrest has also been confirmed by the spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, who told Vanguard in a telephone chat that: “Okorocha has been arrested by our men.”
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The UBA Business Series which is a monthly event, is an MSME Workshop as well as a capacity building initiative of the bank where business leaders and professionals share well-researched insights on best practices for running successful businesses, especially in the face of the difficult operating environment that dominates the African business landscape.
Through this initiative, UBA has been assisting with essential tips to help businesses re-examine their models and strategies and ensure that they stay afloat and remain thriving.
The topic for the next edition of the series is ‘ Managing Performance for Business Growth,’ and it will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 via Microsoft Teams. At this session, the Managing Director, Secure ID Limited, Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe, will be sharing useful tips and insights on the key strategies of performance management to boost business growth.
Akinkugbe is the founder of SecureID Nigeria, a MasterCard, VISA and Verve certified Smartcard Personalization Bureau and Digital Technology company. She currently serves as the Managing Director/CEO, Secure Card Manufacturing, – a Smartcard manufacturing plant producing high security identity cards and documents for the Banking, Telecoms and Public sectors across Africa and beyond.
The capacity building event is a virtual session which is open to all – including business owners and leaders – and will be held on Wednesday, April 14 th, 2021, at 2pm WAT. Interested participants can register via http://bit.ly/UBASMEWorkshopMarch2021
UBA’s Head, SME Banking, Sampson Aneke said of Akinkugbe, ‘with her vast experience garnered over the years from various sectors, she will help business owners understand how performance management strategies can be effectively implemented to ensure business growth’.
He emphasised UBA’s commitment and deep passion for small businesses, which according to him, remains the engine of any developing economy adding, “We know small businesses are the backbone of the economy in every country. In many climes, businesses with fewer than 100 employees account for 98.2% of all businesses. This no doubt captures the importance of SMEs to a thriving economy which is why UBA is committed to seeing them flourish.”
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BREAKING: Maureen Badejo Buried As Uk High Court Rules In Favour Of Dr Dk Olukoya In All Counts—-I Femi Oyewale started this article with gratitude to God for a time well spent. After almost a year, light has stricken out darkness. Marine Maureen finally gets the judgment that will put her in her place, which is the gallows.
I started the pursuit of truth on this matter many months ago with every conviction that this woman was on a mission from hell. Hence, I did all that is possible with the help of God and proper investigation to bring out facts against all the satanic allegations she threw at MFM and Dr D.k Olukoya.
Many abused me including the Maureen herself. She even promised to face me when she was done eradicating MFM FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH but today the reverse is the case. She seem to be the one that is going into extinction.
GOD CANNOT BE MOCKED as the judgment of the case sitting in the UK HIGH COURT AWARDS JUDGMENT TO DR. OLUKOYA AND MRS OLUKOYA against her in all counts, below is the judgment as it reads.
The High Court of London in the Strand, Queen’s Bench Division, today entered its judgment in a suit commenced by Dr. Daniel Olukoya and his wife Mrs. Folashade Olukoya against Maureen Badejo to stop her from publishing and/or broadcasting further defamatory statements and stories against them.
Dr and Mrs. Olukoya were represented by Mrs. Shubha Nath, Director and Solicitor of Nath Solicitors, a Firm specializing in defamation, and in Court by Mr. Jonathan Price, Barrister of Doughty Street Chambers.
In the course of the hearing which was listed at 10.30 am and concluded at 1.05 pm today, the evidence was so overwhelming that even Maureen Badejo’s lawyer conceded that her remarks in all those broadcasts were “serious and defamatory”
Upon conclusion of hearing, Master Thornett proceeded to pronounce an immediate judgment in which he granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining Maureen Badejo from publishing defamatory words against or concerning the Plaintiffs and ordered her to pay the legal costs incurred by the Olukoya’s in the suit. The erudite Judge opined in his judgment thus “…it is overwhelmingly clear that the nature of this defamation is severe and serious….. And that the numbers of publications are considerable”
With reference to the Counter Claim filed by Maureen Badejo claiming monies lost by her from the shutting down of some of her broadcasts by You-Tube and Facebook sequel to complaints from Dr. Olukoya’s lawyers, the Judge dismissed it as a frivolous claim and an abuse of process.
The London case will continue for the Court to forensically determine the quantum of damages due to Dr and Mrs. Olukoya for these defamations and to award the same.
It will be interesting to observe how Maureen Badejo treats this judgment delivered in a country which she boasts of being legally resident and where, in her opinion, things are done properly and in accordance with the law. This writer is tempted to challenge her to pour the same filth and disobedience she lavished on the Nigerian judiciary a few weeks ago.
This is a lesson to all that lies may go on for several years but truth will always catch up with and demolish it in a jiffy. Many people has expected Dr. Olukoya and his wife to be cowed into surrender but their dogged determination as persons who have no skeletons in their cupboard has served to show that meekness is not weakness.
I speak as a journalist and one who understand the power of truth, Maureen God is not done yet, after this earthly settlement that just happened, I know that God will start his own, because you cannot rubbish the house of God and his people and expect to go free, for your spectators supporters and all those who supplied you information that has buried you today, will have time.
I remain FEMI OYEWALE. Stay tuned for the continuation of this story.
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