By Uthman Isa Tochukwu
There is a pervasive realisation and admission in Nigeria that our current leadership system does not have what it takes to decide our path to the future. Hence, we seem to be left with just one option: recreating another generation of leaders to lead us into the future.
This could be achieved by introducing ethics, governance and public policy at secondary school level up to our higher institutions to inculcate leadership culture into the next generation of leaders. This will create national consciousness devoid of religious, selfish and ethnic chauvinism. Through this, there will rebirth of a new Nigeria which would have been based and inculcated with a ‘National Agenda’ of altruism and patriotism.
Also, there is need for continuous reorientation across board which propagates that a new Nigerian dream is not a one-man’s task. Every citizen of this country must embrace the wakeup call for this dream; it is not by handpicking a select few to champion this cause.
That means, pursuing the cause would be seen as a national burden with our collective mandates. Wherever we find ourselves, the language should be: what parts or roles are you playing to better Nigeria? Or are you sitting on the fence or you are the fence? We have introduce a new ‘National Identity’ as a Nigerian; not the divisive ‘I am Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba.
Furthermore, our discourse should be hinged on asking the national questions. How is a nation built? What makes a state or a nation develop? Which and what type of people should occupy the state of affairs in a country? Where a nation has failed such as ours, what do we do to chart a new course for the future? These and more should be on the fore as our national discourse.
Basically, a nation is built by first recognising the fact that we all as citizens hold an unfettered allegiance to our country – Nigeria, irrespective of our tribe, religion and other ancestral inclinations.
Also, one of the major things that develop a state or a nation is a worldview! How we picture Nigeria in the next 50 to 100 years. We have the mandate to rally round a leader who has demonstrated certain level of competence and mastery over leadership skills and who has this kind of worldview and we must do that as a matter of fact! Nigerians must look away wherever these certain persons come from and their religion.
Likewise, where a nation has failed, what next? We are stuck obviously because we have allowed the enemies of state such as tribalism, regionalism, religion, ethnicity, etc. to determine the compass through which our state of affairs must be governed. It is high time we charted a new course by disarming the monsters of ‘zoning’; thereby paving way for a new Nigerian leader who could come from any part of the country; irrespective of his ancestral origin and inclinations.
Importantly, we must diversify our educational curriculum and economic sources if we must move forward as a country. Oil and natural resources are not the secret of wealth of nations. And that is why most of the developed countries today do not even have these natural resources; yet, they lead the world. We must, therefore, look inward to thinkers, innovators, tech enthusiasts and inventors to take the lead in our next generation of leaders and leadership. There is no time for blames any longer; but rather speaking in unison about solutions!
Tochukwu, a final year Law Student at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, wrote in via Isauthman50@gmail.com