Leadership Beyond Party Politics
Nigeria News takes a look at partisan politics and the dearth of leaders in Nigeria.
I have captioned my piece thus because party politics have failed Nigeria in the last 19 years of the present democracy.
For 16 years that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was in charge of this country, it failed woefully and was voted out in 2015.
In December 2017, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC registered 21 new political parties. At present, there are 67 political parties in Nigeria but with no leadership.
True, the two prominent parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and PDP have their national executive in place, it is obvious that they are not really in control of the parties.
Both parties are birds of a feather that lack character, values, internal machinery and ideology to show leadership that has eluded Nigeria for so many years.
Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Late Chief Bola Ige once described the parties created by former Head of State, Sani Abacha as five fingers of a leprous hand.
I think Ige’s assertion will fit in at this period when one can hardly differentiate PDP from APC and others. Perhaps that was why former President Olusegun Obasanjo quit party politics.
Obasanjo like many Nigerians never saw any difference between PDP and APC. Both parties are congregations of gangs who have come together for personal gains.
Before now, there were parties but it is interesting to note that leaders of those parties lived beyond it because they used the platforms to create indelible legacies.
Yes, there were Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP), Nigeria Advance Party (NAP), Nigeria People’s Party (NPP) and People’s Redemption Party (PRP).
These political parties have become unpopular while some of them are dead with those who formed them but when it comes to name-calling, the leaders will always resurrect.
However, it is interesting to note that such names as Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ahmadu Bello, Sir Tafawa Balewa had continued to ring bells even while the parties they represented had been proscribed.
This is where leadership comes in and it throws up questions of who among the present crops of politicians, including President Muhammadu Buhari has got the quality to lead Nigeria out of the current quagmire.
Besides, the former Vice President Abubakar Atiku and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose that have declared their intention to contest the presidential election in 2019, no one else has come out boldly, including those who are nursing the ambition in APC to declare for offices.
The last three years of APC in government has shown that the party has gotten no inkling of what to do about the running of this country.
Yet, Buhari’s advisers have continued to praise him for a job well done. They have been commending a president who spent almost half of last year on medical holiday. They say without him, no other person can do it, except a Buhari who waited for six months to appoint his cabinet.
The president’s advisers say they love him and that they will stand with him, even when he lacks the strength to lead the country. Perhaps they love Buhari more than the God who created him.
They see every advice as a disapproval of a president who only fights corruption outside his cabinet. They prefer a president that hosted some governors to deliberate on election while 73 Nigerian were being given mass burial in Benue.
Theirs is that APC must not lose the 2019 election. For sometimes, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had lost his eloquence. Perhaps he is tired of a government whose president is a dictator.