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A new Nigeria is truly possible by Mathias Tsado

Mathias Tsado

I think majority of Nigerians see politics as a lucrative business, the rate at which everyone focuses on the pie is really disheartening as well as frightening, the main objectives of leadership is being relegated to the background and the quest for wealth, fame and prestige is now running the space.

Everyone is being encouraged to run for office regardless of whether he or she possesses the right qualities and leadership skills, people are clamouring for more shares of power, resources and raw national wealth, no one seem to be concerned about the responsibility of the offices they seek to occupy.

A lot has gone wrong over the years, government has always been seen as a pot of porridge, so everyone comes with forks and knives to help themselves to a fill, it has also been seen as a turn by turn scenario where a man and his cronies come at a point and run the shows while others wait outside and salivate praying profusely for their turn to come.

The biggest crime in all of these is there is a group that has perpetually been locked out, they do not have access to the national cake, neither do they have the privilege of being considered for left overs, they only watch the giants help themselves most often times on the screen of a box television from their neighbours house or at a viewing centre.

They watch the juggernauts struggle and tussle for the grab on the lion share, they admire their crispy babariga and their lousy turare (perfumes) they see the politicians cars and they are ecstatic, they love them, they admire them and they worship them especially when the politician is from their tribe, religion or state.

So the terrain is a battlefield, it’s a dog competition, it’s a fight to death, its a survive or drown, betrayal is to them just a game and honesty is when interests aligned and a deal is ultimately struck, blood means nothing to them and life is only useful when it’s on their side, to them it’s a game of the throne, you either kill or be killed, the political battle in our country has no room for ideology competition, it’s powered are driven by sentiment, this is the narrative that suites the political elite.

While the combat for supremacy rages on the core objectives of leadership is being neglected, people have become so fascinated with the throne and the perks of office and they ignore the responsibilities that comes with the perks, our nation has suffered and continue to suffer setbacks because of the quality of thinking of those who man the posts of leadership in the country.

We have continued to be ridiculed by our neighbours in Africa and elsewhere around the globe, not because we cannot do well but because those who are expected to drive the processes seem to be engulfed in the game of throne rather than offering quality, selfless and accountable leadership, the citizens are mostly left wondering like sheep without a shepherd, the leaders do not care about the wellbeing of their followers tankless of their productivity.

Read: PDP cannot deceive Deltans anymore - Oyibode

We continue to grope in darkness even while it’s day and our eyes could see clearly, this is the part that gets me really worried, how could a nation who is almost on her knees begging for survival be thinking of switching from one old captain to the other, when the real call is for us to have a complete paradigm shift, a departure from the old system, a new software installation and begin the rebuilding process of our country.

The power tussle and the quest for wealth has dominated our political deliberations, majority of the people are in the fight for personal gains only, hence the common narrative of “politics is all about interest” holds strongly, in this case it’s all about selfish interest, greed and an unquenchable appetite for power, here, the rules are that there are no rules, here monies move in billions within a moment and deals are done while the people admire the prowess and shrewd nature of the deal makers.

Nothing eventually gets to the man who fought for his Christian or Muslim brother candidates, the roads remain unmotorable, the schools remains conducive only for rodents and roches, our healthcare system remains one of the worst in the world, and while China is talking of solar powered plains we are talking about pencil manufacturing, while tesla is building clean energy we are yet to achieve 5hour a day power supply as a country, our data system is one of the worst in the world, security is so poor that governors have allocate hundreds of millions to secure themselves in the name of secure vote.

Elected officials treat themselves to whatever they like, they build mansions with the taxpayer’s money, they celebrate election victories like they’ve won lottery or jackpot, accountability and transparency is zero, impunity reigns supreme in their heart.

Yet the people cannot challenge them, because they control the army and the police.

We must begin to twist our thinking about the leadership system in our country and its recruitment processes, the people must rise in unity and challenge the old order, we cannot expect a different result by doing the same thing.

We need leaders who we can relate with, we need leaders who we the people sponsored to the office not those who buy their ways through looted funds, we need leaders who would be accountable to the people, those who would speak to the people, leaders who we could model our lives after, we need mentors as leaders, those who we can look up to with respect because of the quality of their thinking and not because of the size of their bank accounts, leaders who are innovative and creative, leaders who have the capacity to drive a change process, those who people will be eager to hear From, those who would lead by example, those who truly care about the citizens more than they care about the throne.

Leaders who can generate resources are create wealth for all citizens, those who would introduce new economic policies, those who would build a new economic system that is driven by the creativity, innovative and energy of our people not just who want to share oil wells to their friends and cronies.

We need selfless, creative and transformational leaders to help us deal with the current leadership crisis in Nigeria.

This people can only come from the new breed, a new breed of young men and women who are truly committed to the building of a New Nigeria.

In deed

Mathias Tsado


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