igeria will require corrective leadership in 2023, that is, a government that is willing to listen to counsel and the voices of the people, because no government has all the answers. While a government may excel in infrastructure development, it may be a disaster when it comes to security and managing diversity. Leadership that is progressive is also corrective leadership. Every following administration is expected to surgically address the previous administration’s cancerous afflictions and unproductiveness.
Under the previous regime, insecurity and corruption were commonplace. To correct these wrongdoings, the Buhari administration rode on a Messianic chariot. However, these issues are still very much alive today. In reality, widespread discontent and ethnic tensions have exacerbated them. Nonetheless, the government has reaped enormous benefits from infrastructure development and the fight against outright corruption.
As a result, in order for Nigeria to progress, subsequent governments must be corrective where performance gaps exist and consolidatory where gains have been made. If we see through uninvolved bifocals, a government may not be all that bad. We will undoubtedly uncover faults and be illumined if we apply ourselves to observe from both sides of a crystal ball.
Nigeria will require a government in 2023 that can better manage the country’s diversity, retool the economy, deal decisively with insecurity, and expand on the Buhari administration’s burgeoning infrastructure records. Above all, cure the national umbilicus, which has been injured and beaten.
The year 2023 should be designated as a year of national recovery.
Nigeria, not Igbo, Hausa, or Yoruba, will require a President in 2023. Nigeria requires a visionary, a therapist, a healer, a builder, an architect, and a carpenter who can assist in driving that nail (clear point/vision) through and taking the necessary action. That is the kind of leader the country will require cum 2023.
Why are we not having debates about a “healer president” in 2023, a Nigerian President who will mend the broken and potentially put humpty-dumpty back together, if we all want to heal from nearly six years of hate-slinging, recriminations, and animosity? Why are we discussing the primordial – ethnic origins and religions? Have we not already paid a high price for our irrational choices?
We lose sight of the core yardsticks of leadership — antecedents, competence, credentials, successes, verifiable records, and tested abilities – while we obsess on ethnic background and religion as the major criteria for electing the next President. Yes, these traits exist in every ethnic group in Nigeria, but my issue is that they are not highlighted in our electoral process or discussions. Rather, who should be President is chosen based on their ethnic and religious identity.
We will not be able to progress as a country unless we can overcome our racial and religious prejudices. Do we inquire about the Doctor’s ethnic background before receiving treatment at the hospital? Do we care whether the mechanic is Igbo, Hausa, or Yoruba when we need our automobiles repaired? In these situations, acquiring competent solutions to our health and auto problems is considerably more important. So, why are we so focused on ethnicity and religion when it comes to the Presidency — a position of power that has the potential to create or break our lives and future?
In the same manner, we would not put our health at risk by seeking treatment based on ethnicity rather than competency, the same manner we should not put our future at risk by emphasizing ethnicity and religion over competence, antecedents, and proven track records for leadership roles. When ethnicity and religion become the combustible emulsion that defines leadership, failure is a foregone conclusion. If we continue down this primrose path, we will fail repeatedly as a country.
The focus should be on the 2023 ‘’Nigerian President,” a figurehead who is not characterized by ethnic or religious affiliations; a healer, unifier, commander-in-chief, and consoler-in-chief. Nigeria is in desperate need of healing. Nigeria requires a President who will say openly, both in words and action, that “I am for every Nigerian, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation.”
The Nigerian environment is littered with people with ichors of leadership. Every group and zone has them. In terms of leadership talent distribution, no location is better than the others. We might have a magnificent Nigerian President from the North or a great one from the South. There are a plethora of leadership candidates here.
Power, I understand, must be sensitive to diversity, thus the mantle must be orbital. For the interest of inclusiveness, justice, and fairness, after one region of the country has had its turn, another should have a shot. This is to be expected. While I agree that power in the center should orbit, I believe that the content of any candidate should take precedence.
Nigerians should evaluate candidates based on their track records. If there is one thing we have learned recently, it is that context is important. Any candidate who claims to be anti-corruption yet has a track record that contradicts this is clearly a dud. We should not dismiss rumors about any candidate; instead, we should investigate the rumors and suspicions. In the case of Nigerian political contenders, everlasting truth is occasionally exposed in idle talks and hearsays.