Part 1 of a 4 parts series on Buharism as a leadership philosophy
By; ALBERT IGIEBOR
Nigeria can take her turn to rule the world in compliance to the purpose for which all- inclusive natural resources are variously deposited extravagantly in our backyards. However, the self-constructed barriers to our nature-assigned throne have to be bulldozed out of vogue before we can gain access into our palace.
Change or innovativeness is the wheel of progress. Our indefensible poverty in a land of overflowing abundance is an irritant, a stigma and a devaluation of the dignity of the black race.
What is your opinion concerning this report? It was published that an international charitable organization lost more than $50m to corruption through over-invoicing, ghost workers etc in West Africa during ebola crisis. What a lamentable indulgence, the extent that people can go to endanger, not only a neighbours destiny but human lives in an uncontrolled desperation for unearned wealth. More frightening is some people’s extension of inhumane aggression for wealth accumulation to even funds that are pooled by charity, a love expression that, in the first instance, we have a strange distaste for. This is attitude disaster.
However, the announcement of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari GCFR as president-elect in 2015 general election kindled a silent and salient revolution, a renewed hope in our political history that provides an opportunity for a national rebirth. The dread created by the president-elect, reputed for integrity and zero tolerance of corruption, resulted in a stampede by former political office holders for self-probing and self-enforcement of the verdict of guilt that was accompanied by voluntary refund of public resources looted even prior to the swearing-in of the president-elect. This is Buharism, the influence and affluence of integrity.
The love of money is the root of failure boom, a full eclipse of failure in all departments of life. Its off-shoot of poverty epidemy is further strengthened by the resistance to change in governance.
Buharism, a rescue intervention, can be interpreted as an integrity-controlled leadership philosophy that elevates people to the status of prime stakeholders in governance to consequently inspire a conscientious pursuit by leadership, of the respect, safe-keep, promotion, defense and enforcement of the reign of peoples’ interests and entitlements. A conscience produces according to its nature and a dead conscience cannot produce a living economy.
Buharism philosophy is smartly generating lively solution in our body polity including the hasty fitting, to the one-legged oil economy that President Mohammadu Buhari inherited, additional two legs of agro-allied economy and solid mineral economy meanwhile. This has expanded the capacity of our economy to absorb even rude shocks to save the people from exposure to avoidable socio-economic travails.
Also, the extra-large appetite for imported products including near-stale rice has been reformed radically. The projected self-grown output of seven million metric tonnes of rice this year will make us to be proudly self-sufficient, a three year feat of this leadership that many people were thinking unrealizable even in a decade. In 2015, Nigeria had six million farmers that has been grown up to twelve million farmers in 2018 to makes us, no more a major importer of rice but a major producer of rice, a strategy that has somewhat repatriated massive wealth and jobs.
The political economy of crude oil price crash should have plunged us into a deep misfortune if it had happened in the then one legged economy, that is, prior to the emergence of integrity-controlled governance. If there was deficiency in the past, in managing boom with crude oil price at over $100 per barrel, a claim of competence to manage economic recession at an average crude oil price of $50 per barrel, is spurious, unpatriotic, and indefensible.
With a third world country’s publication recently that Nigeria’s rice import from her dropped from 644,131 metric tonnes in 2015, the year that President Buhari took over leadership to mere 21,0000 metric tonnes in 2017, how was this chronic dependency syndrome then, even on third world countries, reconcilable to vision 2020 which was then barely five years away.
We are witnessing an unprecedented competitive democracy with states championing innovative industrial evolution in agro-allied investments in states like Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi etc; innovative investments in dairy products, establishment of industrial parks and a host of other wealth and job creation initiatives including the ambition of Prof. Ben Ayade, the Executive Governor of Cross River State of establishing a significant factory including computer, laptop, GSM handsets and garments manufacturing factory in each of the local governments.
The unprecedented upsurge of sabotage and the emergence of a frightening dimension of corruption fight-back are inimical to progress. Saboteur subterranean economy, a behind-the-scene activities of saboteurs, are thriving, unpleasantly, with ever-increasing volume of trade.
The change philosophy is equally redefining governance in, for instance, Kaduna State with leadership expansive mindfulness of its action effects in order to maximize value addition to people. One classic change enforcement decision of Mall. Nasir El-Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State is the sack of twenty-one thousand teachers that were discovered to be incompetent to add value to school pupils’, grossly low productivity.
Cumulatively, the twenty – one thousand teachers taught, perhaps one million pupils per school year, a non fruitful investment. A genuine democrat will always prioritize the security of the interests of one million pupils even when voiceless and defenseless, over and above twenty – one thousand people that may have a mega voice. His Excellency’s genuine defense of the voiceless is a democratic virtue that has been uncommon in our political life.
With the grossly low productivity of the teachers there is apparent imbalance, an exchange value inequivalence between the salary paid and the value of knowledge transferred to the pupils’ with the teachers failing to deliver as bargained. This imbalance should have been a passionate concern of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to effect adjustment in any state it may exist in pursuit of prudence in tax payer’s funds application by government and in grooming the pupils as potential participating labour force, in order to arm them with quality capacity.
Resultant from the reforms, Kaduna State ranks topmost in Ease of Doing Business nationwide. Also, an Africa country and several states in Nigeria are perfecting plans to adopt Kaduna State Local Government reform strategy.
Arising from the revolutionary benefits that are accruing from integrity-controlled governance, Africa Union (AU) should take advantage of it and initiate the writing of a book for sub regions or for Africa to be titled perhaps as “Africa Contemporary Integrity Heroes and Heroines”. This book should chronicle the integrity-controlled service delivery of heroes and heroines like late Dr. Nelson Mandela, President Mohammadu Buhari GCFR, Mr. Jerry Rawling, former President of Ghana, late Prof. Dora Akunyeli, and others with exemplary demonstration of boldness or political will, vision, patriotism, result-orientedness, selflessness and integrity in service delivery.
The book should be purposefully packaged to be suitable as recommended book for secondary schools in Africa. It will serve many purposes including creating role models for Africa youths, inflame competition amongst Africa leaders to secure a space in Africa Integrity Hall of Fame, promote the culture of perfect distaste for the love of money and materialism as well as promote heightened observance of neigbour-keeping social obligation or care practice.
Additionally, it will revive our cherished culture of hospitality, interpret our natural diversity as an uncommon asset in a world that artificial diversity is increasingly becoming fashionable and promote Africa collective parenting values, the responsibilities that are not limited to biological parents only.
When money successfully captures a person’s love and with no left-over love to share with neigbours, it will slavishly drive the person, in the process of wealth accumulation to endanger without limit, neigbour lives even in a dimension that will spike a suspicion of the presence of psychiatric illness. Re-educating the conscience to enliven it is a pre-condition for progress.
If the in-borne bowels of compassion are dysfunctional and yet remain unattended to with the aim of effecting repairs, they will fail to spring out love, their content and, in this circumstances, the rival reservoir of desperate wickedness will spring out hate unlimited.
Equally crucial and earnest therefore, is the need to curb self-focused and people-blind leadership in Africa. In this regard, it will be profitable for African Union (AU) to champion the formation, by member states, of Neighbor-keeping Institute.
The Institute should issue certificates for six months, one year and two years courses that will be made as pre-requisite or certification of a prospective political office holder as having a
safe content of attitudes that can guarantee the safe-keep of neighbours legitimate entitlements particularly at a public workplace.
Also, the Institute should champion the reformation of our value system including corrupted perception and definition of success, promote the pursuit of zero tolerance of unrealized potential as a waste control mechanism, institute Africa Integrity Awards, create distaste for unearned wealth and enforce the security of our dignity.
Further and very critical, the institute should initiate a programme that will give Africa a deadline within which to give up casual time attitude that is unashamedly referred to as “Africa time” in order to catch up with military precision in time observance. The losses that are attributable to lack of prudence in the expenditure of time resource are as grievous as the losses that are attributable to financial crimes.
The historic stampede, perhaps globally unprecedented, of self-probing and the consequent voluntary refund of loots by former political office holders has instituted a culture of improved mindfulness of a neighbour to safe-keep his interests. If this new wave of attitude enrichment is fueled and enjoys unrestricted flow, the love of money that triggers failure boom and poverty epidemy will be alien to our experience. Vote integrity today.
Albert Igiebor, a commentator on Public Affairs writes in from Kaduna. He can be reached via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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