People have been divided as to who should be blamed for bad leadership. So many have blamed the leaders themselves and calling them ‘Accidental Leaders’ and others have blamed the people who helped them to become ‘Positional Leaders.’ There are those who have taken it a step further by saying that God deliberately gave us the kind of leaders we get as punishment.
Now the question is if it is true that God gives us leaders who know next to nothing about leadership or are ill prepared for the task of leadership because he wants to punish us. You may take from whatever angle you like but I have seen, over the years and even from Bible references, that God can truly appoint a leader with no intention to punish the people. When the leader gets into power, the leader then forgets the reason he or she was given the privilege to serve and begins to misbehave in the office.
I also think that we must take responsibility for the kind of leadership that we have and not blame it on God. If this is what we get then it just may be what our system has already created the room for. If we can get something better than what we have right now then it means our systems can accommodate better leadership.
The right kind of leadership will not jump on us. It cannot also be imposed, as many people have falsely believed, on us. Some of the people that we don’t like to see in leadership positions today got there because we did nothing. A few others got there while we took to the social media and condemning politicians. Just as we spent time raking and shouting, they spent time strategizing about what to do, how to do it and when the right time is to get it done.
For years we told ourselves that our votes don’t count and we stayed out of the decision making process. The reason ‘our votes’ don’t count, for those who believe it does not, is not because it cannot count. It is because we have repeatedly sold that affirmation to ourselves.
We sometimes make the wrong choices and then do not want to be held responsible for those choices. At least it was not God who came down to share rice to the electorates that was supposed to vote for their future. It is not God that has been coming down to share money to market women and some street boys. How much is the money these people and some of those friends of ours who go about with them in suits and in natives really get? For some of them, it’s just enough to get a happy meal in one mush room eatery.
Let’s face it. If we have bad leadership we allowed it. We tolerated it. We have done nothing in the past and that is why we have the way it is now. God gave us choices to make and we probably didn’t make the most of it. That’s how we got here.
I remember that when I was on the Debaters’ TV reality show, one of our debate topics was ‘A nation gets the kind of leader it deserves. For those thinking that God is using bad leadership to punish us as a nation, you need to wise up and see how we have refused to do certain things or done them wrongly.
Just as another election year is approaching, all or most of the good people are staying away from politics. The best speakers are on radio and television. The most beautiful writers stay on social media to vent and the ones you call bad boys and the bad leaders are in their meeting place denying themselves of good night rest for the desired result in the elections.
Do you remember how many times your own parents refused to vote? Do you remember how they told you not to even vote when you came of age and how they asked you to stay away from the polling units? It just might be your parents punishing you after all, and not God, for asking you to stay away from where you were to make the right choices.
While I must not offend my very religious readers by not admitting that God ultimately decides who gets what, I need to remind you that God also respects the wishes of the people in a lot of cases and if we don’t pave way for him to put the right person there, there will be little he will do. When the right people don’t show up as well, those who showed up will have to be used because there can’t be vacuum.
For those who are good students of history and politics, let me refresh your memory a little. What did we do to the likes of Bola Ige when he came out to contests? What about the likes of Gani Fawehinmi? With all the beautiful propositions of Ben Bruce in Bayelsa what happened to him? The list goes on and you know the rest of the best that I probably did not mention.
The responsibility of the leadership we get is ours and we cannot blame it on God for whatever reason. We will soon be faced with another chance to take responsibility for our leadership. Are we going to whip up sentiments (political, ethic, religious) like we did the last time? The choice is ours.
Fola Daniel Adelesi
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