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Nigerians Are Getting The Leaders They Deserve.
Author: Karo E.K.D. Akamune | December 21, 2009
Do you think Nigerians have been getting the kind of leaders they deserve (at least, to a large extent)? You most likely have heard that Nigeria is blessed... (2) Comment



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"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    December 21, 2009
Thanks to the writer for his critical thinking and analysis. This is the type of article that really gets my attention as it is meant to challenge each one of us.

However, it is hard for me to admit that Nigerians are getting the leaders they deserve. Nobody deserves this kind of leadership at all. It is like saying that an undiscipline child deserves the parents that did little or nothing about discipline when the child was growing up. The undiscipline behavior of the child is the result of the parents not disciplining the child; not the reverse.

Don't get me wrong; we all have predispositions, even as a child, as a result of our chemical and genetic makeups but behaviors can be modified.

Webster's New World Dictionary defines "behavior modification" as a technique that seeks to modify animal and human behavior through application of the principles of conditioning, in which rewards and reinforcements, or punishments are used to establish desired habits or patterns of behavior. The application of the principles of conditioning, as stated, means the application of rule of law.

Seriously, and predominantly, leadership is our main problem. There is a saying that no matter how thin you slice something, there will always be two parts to it. Our people are just dancing to the tune of their leaders. People say that if you can't beat them, you join them. I know not everybody will join them but majority will.

It is like the chicken-and-egg situation in which the first-cause relationship is unclear and people ask which one came first. Don't laugh, but my critical thinking and knowledge of science both tell me the egg came first. That's my position; take it or leave it.

As far as I am concerned, behavior is not congenital; it is learned. Corrupt behavior is learned and practised where opportunity presents itself; like where there is no rule of law or where rule of law is not enforced, or where you can get away with it.

To draw an analogy here, when you see a snake crawling, its tail always follows the head; and chicks always follow their mother; children always follow their parents; most people follow their leaders, if that's the one they voted for and not the one forced on them through rigging. So, don't blame the people, blame the leader. Don't blame the sport; blame the player.

In fact, the writer has probably unknowingly given a clue to where majority of the problem is, in the paragraph starting with "Nigerians can excel, shine and thrive...

If these Nigerians can do all of this under a different leadership, then our own leadership is to blame. Then Nigerians are NOT getting the leadership they deserve, period. Nigerians don't deserve barawo, ole and onyeosi leadership.
Nnamdi    Enugu, Nigeria    December 20, 2009
I totally agree with you Kari...I have always had that idea but anytime I try to explain it to people I know, I'll always get blown off. The fact is that Nigerians do get the kind of leaders they deserve. I was at a service center in my school and instead of the officer in charge of the place rendering his services to me with adequate efficiency and accuracy, he decided to use the time to chat with his friends and I had to wait for hours unending.

Its unfortunate but most Nigerians are not just patriotic, the aren't dedicated to anything good, they are not concerned with creativity and efficient productivity...and that's why 9ja isn't progressing like its supposed to
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