Tenure Elongation agenda, a misplaced policy priority.

All countries need a leader who possesses the necessary qualities to implement developmental programs. Certain question of what constitute the features of a good leader has generated diverse opinion and conclusions. A leader to a school of thought is a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal”, such goal must propose a direct impact on the follower. The advent of the political phenomenon called democracy is applauded to be the best medium of achieving a people oriented goals. It was practiced as directly as possible in Greek. Thus, everyone had a hand in determining their destiny. Procreation which lead to increase in population made such practice impracticable, leaving no other option than the introduction of indirect Democracy; a representative government emerging through election. Under this system, the people are the reason leaders emerge   and are expected to reciprocate the people’s gesture by absolute representation and protection.

Independence of Nigeria in 1960 gave her the opportunity to practice a system of government that ought go give rise to a representative government aimed at alleviating poverty, anguish and lack. Thus, institutionalizing a system that cares for the people, of the people, and by the people.

With this little insight into how a good democratic system should work, one will realize that the recent erratic attempt by the president at tenure elongation is unnecessary at this time of need for good economic and political policies to be channeled towards   ameliorating the devastated living condition of the people and reviving the dire image of the country (i.e. NEED FOR A SYSTEM THAT CARES BY A LEADER WHO CARE). While he remained the vice president, President Good luck Jonathan exuded a benign attitude, loyal enough to be considered a trustworthy and capable leader. He was quiet even to the most pronounced request by the people that he should take over the mantle of power.  Being the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for an initial period of about eleven months, it became, rather a necessity, more than an option, to work towards ensuring his re-emergence as the president to continue his supposed transformation mission. Now, three months into his new administration, his transformation mission and will power to effect positive and lifelong change is called to question. His proficiency, has a leader with problem solving capability was first put to test with the un announced introduction of the use of explosives by unknown people. Today, the menace called boko haram is enjoying publicity and are still committing grave havoc .The promised constant power supply remains a wish rather than a reality, roads are all in dilapidated situation, and standard of living is below average while cost of living sky rockets on a monthly basis. Although most school of thought have it that it might be too early to judge the presidents performance 3months into his administration, majority argue he didn’t do anything with the administration he inherited from his erstwhile boss, Yaradua.

Events from the past week however has raised certain issue on how capable a leader he is to rule the most populous black nation, a Nation so diverse and inconsistent. one begin to wonder if he can also maintain the status quo of a democratically driven society .Being a leader who emerged at a time when there was disorientation and instability in the polity, perhaps, one would expect the presidency to take germane steps, aimed at promoting living standard and economic development, as well as policies that will encourage cooperation and oneness in the country. Against the backdrop of political instability, one would expect the president to fashion out means of re organizing the political terrain and entrenching political platforms that gives preference to all and sundry but denounces political violence, rejects corruption and out rightly repulse nepotism in the system. The entire Nation expects an Administration that will hear the cry of the people, a president that will drive the country to the current phase of global development. The massive turnout during the election was an indication of how badly Nigerians want change and how willing they were to place their hope in the Jonathan/sanbo administration.

Surprisingly, the president thrust a suggestion that has potentially inflated anger in the minds of Nigerians, his efforts at initiating a bill that proposes a 6yrs single term for president and governors in the 2015 election has generated divergent opinions and reactions. He has presented himself for diagnoses by Nigerians, and such, will likely expose his uncharacterized leadership style and his governance that is undemocratic. As a leader who promised more than he can deliver during his campaign, his first few months in office was expected to be directed at redefining the socio-political and economic activities in the country in terms of protecting the life’s and properties of the people, provision of funds for infrastructural development and a cabinet of highly proficient individuals that can transform the country. Also, he is expected to work with the economic ministry and his adviser on bills that will engender economic stability, such that will encourage foreign investment and lead to increase in employment which was why  thousand of youths voted him in with high expectations and fear for a dilapidated state of the hospitals, roads, schools.

The global industrial activities has placed the entire world at God’s mercy . Bills could be introduced on environmental policies to pro actively deal with the effects of global warming (climate change). Nigeria is a mono-economic nation; our president could have introduced a bill to diversify the economy, to encourage exportation against importation. Thus, encouraging a working alliance with the west to increase our balance of payment and leave the country in surplus. While in a political system like ours, the people rule and office holders lead in line with the wish of the people. The president, single handedly assuming a 6 years single tenure is what Nigerians want is beyond comprehension. He could have initiated a referendum; consult with the people as well as stakeholders on such issue that affect them more.

Although, it’s quite early to judge the performance of this present administration three months into it, however, it remains a surprise to see the presidents policy priority. One would think policies that he will pursue will be such that will change the economic situation of the common man first and other policies afterwards .The president could have try to connect with the people by providing, protecting and improving on the living standard- these, will make the people see him as a working president and believe in whatever policies he thrust to them. Now, he appears to be after his own political ambitions rather than the peoples ambition.

Manuel Adesola

adesolasholer@yahoo.com

twitter handle : @manueladesola

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