The Nigerian leadership conundrum


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By Adekunle Adekoya

IT is often said, both by Nigerians and foreigners alike, that the problem of the country centres around its leadership. In fact, a global consensus has been formed about the leadership problem, such that it has now been articulated that leaders in Nigeria, especially those who hold the levers of power, now have a trust deficit: nothing they say or do will be believed by a people that have serially been short-changed, from generation to generation.

One of the most credible validations of the assumption that the problem with Nigeria is her leaders came from late president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in an interview with our own Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed in 2007. The revered Mandela had this to say of our country and her leaders:

“You know I am not very happy with Nigeria. I have made that very clear on many occasions. Yes, Nigeria stood by us more than any nation, but you let yourselves down, and Africa and the black race very badly. Your leaders…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper