Nigeria News: Lessons From South Africa

Nigeria News takes a look at the recent resignation of South African President Jacob Zuma and the lessons Nigerian leaders should learn from it.


The resignation of South African President Jacob Zuma on Valentine’s Day is a big lesson for Nigerian leaders. The Nigeria political elites will need to sit back and draw inference across Africa continent.


From November 21, 2017, when the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe stepped down as the country’s president, I have thought deeply that the tide will move across the continent in a short time.


Africa is not a shithole but some leaders are real bullshits I believe. Africans are brilliant and enlightened beings but suffering under misrules by selfish rulers, some of whom took power through guerrilla warfare.


It was always a jubilation galore in Nigeria whenever a new set of soldiers took over power through coup d’état. Their voices reverberated on air with National Anthem followed by “Fellow Nigerians”.


May this experience never happen again. The military singlehandedly put Nigeria in this comatose. Military Head of State hardly resigns. They prefer to die in office or forced out by another coup.


Or to put it better, Nigerian leaders do not resign even when advised to do so, they rather die. This country is very complex and at times one begins to ask if the skins of the leaders are different from that of others.


Zuma was celebrated, a few months ago, in Nigeria when the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorochas erected Jacob’s statue as his mentor. A few months after, Okorocha’s adoring South African President was forced to resign by his party African National Congress.


The South African were tired of Zuma’s corrupt life. He was alleged to have involved in allegations that millions of dollars of public money meant for poor dairy farmers were syphoned off by a Gupta family.


The Gupta family are Indians that Zuma had been using to syphon public funds. Zuma’s deputy former businessman Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn-in on Thursday.


This should be a big lesson to Okorocha and the likes. Nigerians have been facing serious xenophobic attacks by South Africans. As bad as the hoodlums in South Africans have been, one should not forget that there were Nigerians in the country who gave support to the scandalous rule of Zuma, just like Okorocha.


Hear his words, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hilemariam Desalegn, as he tenders his resignation on February 15, “the unrest and political crisis in Ethiopia have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many. I see my resignation as a vial in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.”


Nigerians are feeling more pains than Ethiopia at present. More Nigerians had been killed in the last eight years more than in many African countries. While their leaders show remorse and sympathy, what matters most to President Muhammadu Buhari is how to win the next election.


I could remember that the most popular record of resignation was of the former US President Richard Nixon. He was the 37th American President who resigned over Watergate business issue. His resignation did not come due to sex scandal or incapability to lead the nation but because he was involved in a shady business deal.


Just like Nixon, Zuma resigned. Just like Mugabe, Desalegn quit for justice to prevail and for peace to stay and for democracy to rule. I do not call for Buhari’s resignation though, but judging by allegations of clannishness and corruption among the president’s allies, there is a need for Buhari to take a closer look at the two letters from former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida. They only advised him not to contest again.

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