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The major problem with African leaders especially of the Nigerian stock is they spend all their time struggling and battling for power. No time to consider nor think of what to do with power, government or governance.
They don’t take time out to learn or study the experiences of failed and successful leaders of the past. They know-it-all. They are poor students of history. They think quick fix. They care less about knowledge, wisdom, ideas or tactic,
They are like the man who uses all his time and youthful years searching (and sampling) for a wife. By the time he finally gets the wife, he either has “inherited” a spare tyre or he is so worn out with age to do the needful. Too bad if his wife is still young, beautiful and resourceful, he may not be able to meet up with the daily needs of such class of woman.
Our leaders travel far and wide to hold political meetings on how to annex or wrest power. They keep late nights during meetings because they don’t want to be seen nor pray for a leak of deliberations of their nocturnal meetings.. Between the time they commence their walks and talks for power and when power eventually comes, they become vegetables thus assigning mammoth responsibilities to hanger-on, jobbers, lobbyists and some very fortunate idlers roaming about in the corridors of power.
In the course of struggling for power, our leaders feel that power is all about control, order, commandment or authority. They don’t know that power is service…. because they are blindfolded by the thoughts of sweet, rich and comfortable ambience and paraphernalia of office when power comes.
What goes on in their minds is how they will play demigod….How they will punish or payback perceived enemies….How they will determine or destroy the future of many if not all….How they will call the shots….How they will be addressed as His Excellency….How they will travel and fly across the world….How they will acquire and acquire wealth for their children children children without challenge….and how they will acquire properties in exclusive cities and areas of the world among others.
When they finally assume office, they get overwhelmed by the task at hand. They get lost by the reality they meet. They get swallowed by the challenges of state duties. They have no ideas of what to do. No ideas of how to judiciously and prudently utilize the funds met or available and those expected. No ideas on how to scale priorities or preference.
Then politics starts. Blame game of predecessors follow. Excuses of likely failure begin. Endless borrowing to fund projects commences. Debt piles up…just as exotic lifestyle becomes uncontrollable. And then, it is time up. Time to take stock. Time to discuss their stewardship….and time to x-ray their performance. Since they know that they have already failed, they plot sit-tight measures or tenure elongation through manipulation or amendment of the constitution. They attempt to scare away opposition with death threats.
But at last, they are history of and with colossal failure. They live in and with regrets….and they disappear like smoke fighting the heavy and harsh harmmattan wind.