By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group under the auspice of Open Leadership, (OP), has decried the inability of Nigeria to produce leaders who can innovate, motivate and encourage citizens to be productive and positive using Diversity for Growth.
Founder of OP, Mr. Valentine Idaewor, stated this during Nigeria’s 60th Independence celebration on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in Kaduna.
According to him, Nigeria can only rise or fall because of quality of her leaders, saying development is not always about population but about sound minds and vision.
The event tagged: “Redefining Leadership: Building The Nigeria We Want” according to Idaewo intends to determined the problems created by political leaders and leaders in general in the country.
He said the choice of topic is to enable participants have a clear view of the kind of leadership Nigeria’s political class ought to possess.
Idaewor said Nigeria is a country blessed with natural resources, but since Nigeria got her independence in 1960 from the colonial masters, her major problems has been on national economic development, health, education, industrial and agricultural sectors.
“Note from 1960 till date what really happened to our leadership model and what definition we’re following that has led Nigeria at this stage not to claim her stand, as the ‘Giant of Africa'”.
He explained that one is born to be a leader in area of giftings not over people; pointing out that when one discovers his/her gifts and put it uniqueness into action, then one has found leadership which inferably means one must first identify who he is.
“Unfortunately we find ourselves in a generation where we talk too much and not work the talk. We’re selective on who speaks the truth whether he’s from our ethnicity or religion,” he said.
The Chief Servant of OP, said to build Nigeria there is need to go beyond religious and regional sentiments, and tribes; “We need to collectively chose a leader not by party affiliations, but based on competence, character, vision, purpose, passion with interest of the people at heart.
“Although there are myriads of problems faced in building the Nigeria of our dream; what built a Nation is food security, shelter, basic services, economic; then political objectives can be pursued once these first order needs are met.
“It is against this background that Open leadership wants to Know why there have been persistent problems with the so-called ‘Giant of Africa’, with huge mineral resources and large populations yet one of the poorest country in the world as a result of poor leadership,” he said.
Also speaking, a Mental Health Counselor, McFrederick Edache, said there are psychological effects of bad leadership on both the led and the leaders, but the led bears the brunt more.
He noted that bad leadership also affects medically, spiritually and socially, and outlined effects of bad leadership on leaders to include; feeling of guilt/inadequacy, loss of self esteem, self efficacy, self worth causing loneliness and depression, suicide; insomnia due to fear of the unknown; feeling of apprehension and paranoia, among others.
The Mental Counselor said bad leadership affects the led as follows; “people adopt the learned helplessness technics -a behavior that occur when people endure repeatedly painful or otherwise aversive stimuli which they’re unable to escape from or avoid; people becoming a hardy personality.
Others are; “people develop unhealthy coping strategies using defense mechanism like suppression, repression, displacement denial; people suffers anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorders in particular), depression, somatoform disorders; feeling hate, anger, frustration and other negative emotions which affect the immune system and allow for invasion of the body by opportunistic,” he said.
On the way forward, Edache said the best way to minimized psychological effects of bad leadership is for the electorate to recalled or removed leaders whom they perceived to be bad and elect those they perceived to be of integrity and high pedigree.