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Introduction  We Need a leader that is transparent; a leader that can deliver the people from political bondage. We are saying, we...

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Leadership

Introduction

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

 We Need a leader that is transparent; a leader that can deliver the people from political bondage. We are saying, we need a MESSIAH, an achiever, a go-getter, a trailblazer, an initiator, a paladin of a good cause, a champion of success who is visionary, and can change the environment, make new discoveries and proffer new thoughts and ideologies that will move the nation forward. One who will step out from the crowd, finds the need to reach out and inspire others to positive action. This is the quality of the leader we need now – a leader that will unveil fundamental truth on character development, stir a patriotic zeal and motivate success in us.

We need a leader who will restructure the system for the people to know their fundamental human rights, so that they can take advantage of such rights and privileges. These are rights and freedom to which all humans are entitled. We need the man that can embrace national issues, to enhance all-encompassing sustainable development. Unless someone who will play down on ethnic pettiness becomes the leader of the modern Nigerian state, the tall dreams of the nation’s earliest heroes would never be realized. Such a man is whom we need now. We are a people haunted by indignation, gross poverty, hunger and disease, and seriously looking for a leader; and not, anyhow leader, but the one we can trust. A leader that is patriotic, broadminded, and ready to lay foundation that is sustainable. These are the virtues expected of someone that will deliver this nation. Thank God that most Nigerians have found semblance of these virtues in President Muhammadu Buhari. The people say they have waited for too long and were yearning for growth and development, which they believe will come now.

President Muhammadu Buhari is one of the world’s most transparent and remarkable leaders of the twenty- first century. He is the first Nigerian leader to speak of change and also put into practice what he says. He is the first transparent democratic leader of the most populous black nation.

We believe that we can trust him going by his antecedent. We believe that his being the president of this country today is divine and nobody should question it but rather join hands to see that he succeeds. He was overwhelmingly voted by Nigerians and this is why we say that his choice is divine. When you give someone a job and you don’t give him the right tools, how can such worker do well? This is why he needs the support of the people to be able to fix this country. The invincible hand that made this arrangement will enable him to accomplish the onerous task. If we fight, throw things down and maim people, we are not fighting him but that imperceptible hand that put him there. We should be wise.

 Some Great Leaders of Change

Abraham Lincoln

In the American history, the legendary Abraham Lincoln is still referred to as a great leader. He brought change to the people. In America, after the abolition of slave trade, the black people were not regarded as American citizens. They were not allowed to vote. Abraham Lincoln was a man of vision. He said within himself, ‘how can someone live in a country, used in all sorts of labour, has no claim to where he or she resides i.e. is not regarded as a citizen and with no right to vote? When he entered office as “The President”, he did not want to do it directly; he allowed the circumstance that would create the justification for him to change that law.

However, there was a war whereby the citizens participated and won, so Abraham Lincoln said that, whoever that participated in the war and brought such greatness to the nation deserves to be a citizen. After that, the people became angry because the majority of those that fought were blacks. It was one of the reasons why they plotted and killed him. Abraham Lincoln became a legend and a folk hero after his death. He remains one of the foremost products of American democracy and an eloquent spokesman for its ideals. He was a rare determined man who did not give in easily in what he was ever out to do e.g., he contested elections at different levels of governance and failed but never gave up until he won his presidency at the seventh trials.

This is the idea that determination can propel someone to change an unusual situation, fostering sense of purpose, firmness and sheer confidence to achieve the dream. Abraham Lincoln is a man who had gone through the same process like any of us. As said above, he contested for the Senate and lost. He went for
governorship race and lost almost everything. He subsequently won his presidency, the one God wanted to use him for to achieve a peculiar purpose of liberating enslaved blacks. This is the office that needed the willpower more than mere talk or policy formulation to bring that change and accomplishment of great achievement for humanity. He made hard and great decisions that brought change to the people. Abraham Lincoln was a hero, a great achiever and a brand for American presidential office. He stands out among great presidents of America.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you preach message of peace and change, you have to be an example of peace, denouncing violence, arm- twisting but dialogue to achieve your ultimate goals.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was a humble peace loving and people centered man. He was not talking for himself but declared what he stood for from the bottom of his heart believing that one day a positive change will come for the liberation of blacks in America. Even though, he died for what he believed in, that strength and determination to champion a course for common good even for generations yet to be imagined will draw great strength from such altruistic course. He was a great orator with the power of words, a voice with eloquence that always made his listeners to be touched and wants to hear him again and again. In one of his soul searching speeches which shook the White House, the camp of Ku-klux Klan, has inspired many to greatness and brought freedom to a whole generation of enslaved race in a strange land.  

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

This was a true leader who fought for a common course which from the stand point of what he believed in, “non-violence” even from the pulpit which ultimately brought unending hope to Black Americans and other minorities. He fought with a genuine selfless disposition for human dignity.  Late President John F. Kennedy, popularly called JFK made his government to have human face by always having quality time to dialogue with Martin Luther King Jr. and his group by accepting demands of the Civil Right Movement in a systematic way.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a great leader even though dead, remains alive in the life and character of many around the world today. January 15, of every year has been set aside as public holiday to honour this great American and Black hero.

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, popularly with reverence called Madiba fought a good fight for his people in his land where the majority blacks were subjected to inhuman treatment by minority whites. The minority whites refused the majority blacks from taking part in the scheme of things in their country. They had a system called Apartheid which segregated against the blacks. African National Congress (ANC), major black’s political party which was formed to fight against the minority rule was formidable but Apartheid government under President Bother, outlawed it and members were arrested and jailed. Madiba was in jail for 27 years in Robins Island, a God forsaken settlement, until released in 1990. Pressure from other well-meaning countries of the world made the government of President W. F. Duclerk to release Madiba. American and British governments under President Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher respectively adopted and insisted on constructive engagement policy to end the debacle which was a desperate ploy to delay collapse of Apartheid government.

After Madiba’s release, ANC became relevant again, election was conducted and ANC worn with Madiba becoming the first black President of South Africa. He stepped down after just one term in office, a rare leader with integrity.

Nelson Mandela is a living legend and quintessence of a leader of all time. He is presently suffering from respiratory problem which affects his breathing ability. He is under intensive care and steadily recuperating in the Durban hospital.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama of the United States of America as the first non-white American president is a trailblazer and straight-shooter that has carved a niche for himself. He is a man from African descent whose father came from Kenya to America in search of a golden fleece. He married an American that gave him Barack. The man has walked successfully through   terrain which even white Americans from renowned families with political clout have not been able to achieve easily, a battle that core Americans find a hard knock to crack.

Osama Bin Laden had bedeviled and dared America from the time of President Clinton to the two terms of President George Bush Jr. but President Barack Obama without making noise wittingly, crushed Bin Laden and his dreams, a feat that deserves thumps up for a great leader who has proved his mettle again in this daring issue. Good must and will always overcome evil and it machinations.

Osama Bin Laden was the man who created the Al Qaeda terrorist network and terrorized the whole world, most especially the Americans. June 1996, American military base in Saudi Arabia was bombed and 19 US citizens killed. September, 1996, Bin Laden declared the start of a guerrilla war to purge the Middle East of all American forces. February 1998 Bin Laden issued a “Fatwa”, saying every American must be killed wherever in the world it was possible to do so. In August 1998, Al Qaeda operatives bombed US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dares Salaam, Tanzania, killing more than 200 people and 5000 others injured. October 2000, a suicide bomb attack on USS Cole, an American warship with the death of 17 people.

September 11, 2001 is the day the world cannot forget in the history of America, the bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York and the American Pride – the Pentagon in Washington. September 11, made America to look deep into the effectiveness of its security and policing of the country to impede any planned terrorists attacks. Casualties recorded from the bombing of the World Trade Centre was monumental because there is hardly any country that was not touched in terms of human life’s lost.

Bin Laden, had been a big concern for the United States Government since the presidency of Bill Clinton, who gave presidential order authorizing the CIA to apprehend Bin Laden and bring him to the United States to stand trial or kill him, but was never achieved. On August 20, 1998, 66 cruise missiles launched by United States Navy Ship in the Arabian Sea struck Bin Laden’s training camps near Khost in Afghanistan but Bin Laden who was the target was not hurt. In 1999, the CIA, together with Pakistani military intelligence prepared a team of approximately 60 Pakistani commandos to infiltrate Afghanistan to capture or kill Bin Laden but the exercise was futile.

In Bush’s Administration, immediately after the September, 11 attacks, US government officials named Bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda organization as their prime target and offered a reward of $25 million for information leading to his capture or death. On July 13, 2007, the figure was doubled to $50 million. The Airline Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association offered an additional $2 million reward.

Like the David-Goliath ancient bible historic war, Barack Obama emerged, aspiring to become the President of America. On October 7, 2008, in the second presidential debate, on foreign policy, this slim, tall, and energetic young man, Barack Obama, then presidential candidate, vowed, “We will kill Bin Laden. We will crush Al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority”. Upon being elected, Obama renewed US commitment to finding Al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden. America has a lot of enemies but Obama wisely instructed the secret service military intelligence on this very important national assignment of bringing Osama Bin Laden to book, dead or alive. Special military squad meant for special and secret assignments was informed of the importance of the assignment anytime called upon. Osama Bin Laden was traced to a hideout at the out sketch of Karachi, Pakistan, a strategic military facility town through intelligence report of a Medical Doctor who pretended to be on national assignment of vaccinating in the compound. This assignment made him to confirm that Al Qaeda’s leader has been living there with his family. Can Pakistan which claims to cooperate with America and receiving substantial military aid claim it did not know that Bin Laden had been living in the country for the past three years before the strike? There is a double standard here on the part of Pakistan. Through this information, secret service and the military were informed and preparation for the special force to attack was made and carried out successfully. Americans broke the protocol by flying from Afghanistan into Pakistan, finished the job in less than 25 minutes and carried away the body of Bin Laden to bury him in the sea. Pakistani’s military was greatly embarrassed that Americans could come into their country near where their military base is located, finished their assignment neatly within minutes and fly out without them taking notice.

President Barack Obama’s achievements have proved Martin Luther King Jr. right. He is a great leader who means well for his country. I remember during the economic melt-down of 5 years ago, how he reacted swiftly for the federal government to financially assist some strategic corporations to bring them back to their feet. That hard decision which President Obama did not find easy to convince Congress paid-off with resilience to take the benefiting organizations back to economically operational level with a multiplying effect of creating jobs and wealth for America.

President Barack Obama is a great leader, visionary, purposeful and much ground breaking decisions and achievements should be expected. However, he has not forgotten Africa as during his last official trip that took him to Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, he has proved he means well for sustained economic strength for Africa. President Obama in this package is to enable African countries beneficiaries to be able to go back to work instead of receiving aids for consumption which used to be the case.

As long as one is a leader, he must make decisions and they should be for the general good. God is the one that fixes us wherever we find ourselves. We should be wise to know this and lead, knowing that there is a master that is greater than all of us. He appoints the King and as the Bible says in Daniel 5: 21 “The most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and that he appoints over it whomever He will”. If leaders realize this, they will be careful to rule for the good of the people.

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