Leadership in an ideal environment is what many will not like to touch with a long fork. It is huge responsibility. It is commitment, dedication to the cause of the led. It is not often what the leader can get but what it can help the governed and the led to achieve. A leader leads and does not rule. A true leader combines the heart of a lion with a dove. Focused, brave hearted, bold but acts with love of the community in the mind.
True and outstanding leader blaze the trail, makes things happen positively and ensure society is better off. In many developing Countries, the intrigue and power play, dynamics and the circumstances that produce our leaders need a lot of re-examination. People aspire to leadership position to grab, get and loot. The society we live also is not helping matters. Not many people are asking questions. A pauper yesterday becomes a millionaire today, invite us to come and wine and dine with his new found wealth and pronto we will jump at his offer. We go ahead to offer him a traditional title which is supposed to be for decent and honourable member of the society. We are producing leaders who want their ways, wills to be done.
Nigerians kept the blame game on for a long time. They claimed British colonial masters were responsible for their undoing for a long time. But after fifty four years, many are waking up to the realities. Nigerian leaders are torturing the people with bad leadership and policies. The followers are also to be blamed. A people deserve the leaders they get. Many will rather collect ten US dollars on the day of election instead of voting right. Unfortunately many enlightened professionals will stay at home and watched the news or how events unfold. Only to continue their charades when the wrong people win election they never participated in.
In every political and policy process, it is obvious there is usually many vested interests; both seen and unseen. These interests struggle for dominance. At the end, it is the people that suffer most. The age long traditional institutions are now also being infiltrated. Traditional positions that used to be referred in the past is now also subjected to lots of manipulations and attack. Africa and Nigeria must retrace its step, find out what went wrong and make necessary amendment if we hope to remain strong and healthy.
Few days ago, the highly referred traditional ruler of Kano popularly called ‘Emir’ was declared dead. The late Emir, Ado Bayero, built a name for himself and the entire emirate during his reign. According to Muslim rites, and as a major leader of Muslim community, he was buried immediately. A new Emir was supposed to be selected and enthroned. From available sources, four contenders were prominent. One of them is the embattled former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Sanusi has being involved in a legal battle with the federal government of Nigeria over his unceremonious removal from office few months before the expiration of his tenure as Governor. Sanusi, a financial expert, banker from day one has never minced word in his desire to become the next Emir of kano, being a son of former title holder in the emirate.
Yesterday, Sanusi was announced by the four member king makers of kano emirate. The Kano state government has officially confirmed his selected. Since then and up till now, there has been outbreak of riots among some disgruntled youths in the city of Kano. The question many have been asking is who did Sanusi offend, whose interest is the rioting youths serving?
From every indication, this exalted traditional position will soon suffer some image issue and backlash. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is said to be eminently qualified for this position. Why do we have to fight over position if we truly mean to serve? Taken for granted political process in Nigeria and Africa has been infiltrated, why is traditional position becoming objects of ridicule? The dynamics and intrigue need to stop here or else Nigeria and Africa may consume itself in a needless fight for relevance.