It’s not just our leaders; this is our direction

We have been fighting corruption for ages. We have mismanaged our diversity since the marriage of convenience instituted by the British merger to facilitate the administration of a large entity. To our problems are added the new twist of banditry, kidnappings and religious intolerance.

The desire for ethnic domination and so-called cleansing or Islamization results from the efficiency, self-centeredness and mediocre leadership process of our leaders that produces mediocrities to lead us. We have started another process leading to the enlistment of our leaders; 2023 could be the same as previous years.

It was sad to see more than 319 people crossed by the Amotekun Corps in Ondo State in two tranches. I felt so sorry for the supposedly innocent people who were used in a mission that has yet to be identified.

Where are our leaders and what have they done with our resources and our future? I wouldn’t blame or cling to popular Southern beliefs that the North that led us is not so smart. It’s stereotype.

I have met and had the opportunity to befriend people of Nordic backgrounds who run organizations. You will be amazed by their depth of compassion, humility and leadership skill. It is a mistake to think that one section of the country cannot run a large and diverse country like Nigeria. But it is fair to say that the army led by a section of power-seeking individuals had destroyed our country.

Our major problem is our leadership. Our leadership is flawed with its selection process that produces people who believe in regional or religious agendas above the secular nature of our society.

We have leaders who are so united to enrich themselves, spin power and focus more on religion, ethnicity and tribal feelings above merit. There is no doubt that the quota system has done a good job of balancing our skills and abilities. Yet it also created a culture of entitlement and pretense.

The leadership selection process in Nigeria is our problem. I can see some people’s excitement based on Peter Obi’s approach and presumed character. But Atiku Abubakar was right when he said over 70% of voters weren’t on social media.

He was right to say that the majority of votes will come from illiterate people who cannot make informed decisions about their lives and who lead or occupy our strategic positions. The northern vote is that power that entrenches what we experience to the detriment of all of us.

He is right because he knew the system and was one of the Oligarchies who deliberately imprisoned people’s minds using religious beliefs. But he is also honest in a campaign, using the rulers of the North as examples of people who had led but produced more beggars for the benefit of Adamawa’s Turaki.

An example of a leadership outing is the 319 people stored in trucks with cows and motorcycles en route to an unknown destination and for an unknown mission. Unfortunately, they are prisoners in their minds with the energy to wreak havoc against their will, but based on a directive from an ‘Oga at the top.

If you doubt the above submission, I will provide further clarity. Some political analysts who are emotional about Peter as the third force but logically unaware of voting patterns have used the final SARs to justify their unfounded optimism.

The question is how many ‘end of SAR’ related protests or unrest have occurred outside of Lagos? And Abuja? None in the northern states, except for a counter-demonstration in favor of “Say Baba”. They have sponsored protests on no basis other than religion and ethnicity.

These are protests from the people who suffer more than necessary in the land of plenty, but who smile and listen to the religious leaders who are considered gods.

I am optimistic about a better Nigeria. A Nigeria where these 319 secret passengers can move freely and, on mission, without being surrounded by danger to other innocent Nigerians. I believe in diversity where fairness and justice reign supreme.

The Nigeria of our dreams is only possible with a change of attitude at all levels. It must start with our leadership – the selection process that places competence above ethnicity and religion.

We’ve been so unlucky with the leadership. I will give two examples. One is the current president, who has never had any traceable contribution to the body of knowledge, business and the noble cause other than the management of his cows.

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Yet Nigerians have bought the lures of unfounded anti-corruption campaigns. It is also the same root cause of the problems with candidates without a stable party affiliation who have contested the same office seven times as if it were a traditional title. There is no surprise in the result we see.

My second example is what made Turkey the political and economic superpower of today and within its rights. Thanks to a decision made by a man who sees beyond religion. A man who sees limitation in a society ruled by religion as his primary ethic. Turkey, to this day, is a known Islamic country with secular ideologies that promoted development and civilization.

Mustapha Kemal Ataturk defeated the Ottoman Empire, sacked the sultanate systems (an equivalent of our traditional Obaship and Emirates) and shaped Turkey’s policy of Turkification. A policy that creates a homogeneous, unified and secular nation under the Turkish banner.

He eradicated the Ottoman alphabet system and gave women education and the right to vote instead of locking them into baby-making machines like we did. He asked for help from the Greeks to develop the country and focused on technology without leaving room for religious intolerance.

We have been so unlucky with the leadership, I repeat. Why didn’t our system produce leaders like Ataturks, Jerry Rawlings, Kikwete Jakata and Paul Kagame?

The 2023 elections are unlikely to be the turning point for Nigeria in electing widely accepted credible leaders, except that we can experience the unity of ideology devoid of religion and political affinity. And even then, will the Cabal be obedient to the Nigerians?

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