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Month: August, 2014

Nigeria’s Leaders and Losers by Ms. Ibilola Omodara

Ms. Ibilola Omodara is a Master student at the RUB-School of Economics in Germany.

Ms. Ibilola Omodara is a Master student at the prestigious RUB-School of Economics in Germany. She is a passionate advocate for economic and political renewal in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

A leader possesses the social influence to enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task (usually a task of improving lives of people and their environment). Social influence required to inspire others takes many forms and can be seen in conformity, socialization, peer pressure, obedience, leadership, persuasion. On the other hand, losers are individuals that exhibit characteristics which are directly opposite to the qualities of good leaders.

Nigeria needs ethical leaders who can exhibit qualities of good leadership to ensure a functioning and sustainable economy which is obtainable in the developed countries. According to researchers, for a stable economy, macroeconomic objectives (Sustainability, Price stability, Full employment, External balance, equitable distribution of income, Increase productivity, Thermal equilibrium.) are crucial.

Oftentimes, I wonder whether leaders exist in NIGERIA, based on past experience with the leaders of this supposedly great nation considering her natural endowment. Thinking about leaders in Nigeria, a country popularly known as the Giant of Africa, It is evident that the past and current predicaments result from parading sets of unfocused leaders. They are best called losers instead.

What does one expect from a nation, group of people, and organization with a confused leadership, particularly leaders who lack essential basic knowledge needed for stable and sustainable economy? The type of leaders we have are those who we are rather called losers because they only promote corruption, unemployment, poverty, gross misconduct, unlawful negligence, and abuse of public offices.

Near-political instability which is a major hinderance to socio-economic development in the country can be linked to misinterpretation of leadership. These losers see leadership as means to oppress and to humiliate their fellow country(wo-)men. It is obvious that these sets of leaders with this barbaric interpretation of leadership can only contribute negatively to the already masticated economy of the country.

Despite the availability of natural resources in Nigeria, it is very painful to note that no sector of the economy performs to expectation. The socio-economic situation of the country remains perpetually at the downside. One cannot imagine that a country of such resources (sixth largest oil exporter) with huge population can continue to live below poverty line. This results apparently from lack of good, focused and committed leadership.

With the ongoing squandering of the benefits of her enormous oil reserves by the successive unfocused leaders and their inability to develop other sectors, it is doubtful if Nigeria would be able to survive without oil.

I am of the opinion that if the current insensitivity to the lingering leadership challenges in Nigeria is not addressed both at local and international level, the result might not be palatable for the entire black race and the world at large in the nearest future.

I challenge global leaders to extend their social influences to developing trustworthy leaders in Nigeria as the largest humanitarian aid in place of various financial aids that has always left the country worse off.

Political and historical antecedent of the country reveals that successive bad leaders (losers) always give birth to worse leaders as replacement for themselves. If left unchecked, one can conclude that the trend is capable of dragging the country to her early grave. This would certainly leave the entire world with an indelible injury.

BeerTalk (BrT)

In an informal talk with Nathaniel Jonah, Ahjot Naija discusses over beer *BeerTalk* (BrT) various issues on Nigeria ranging from the missing Chibok Girls, politics, election, corruption and Ebola virus while Fela Anikulapo Kuti *Shuffering and Shmiling* plays in the background. Happy listening. Remember to share and elave a comment.

Of A Peaceful World and Pacifist Idealism by Nathaniel Jonah

Mr. Nathaniel Jonah is a Freelance Journalist resident in Germany. He guestblogs for www.ahjotnaija.wordpress.com on various world issues. His writings can be found under the column RANdom THoughts by Nath (RANTH) on this blog.

Mr. Nathaniel Jonah is a Freelance Journalist resident in Germany. He guestblogs for http://www.ahjotnaija.wordpress.com on various world issues. His writings can be found under the column RANdom THoughts by Nath (RANTH) on this blog.

When in November 2008, Barack Obama emerged as the first African American President, not a few political pundits and global commentators were of the view that his presidency would herald a paradigm shift from the militaristic aggression of his predecessor. Aside from the epoch making event that culminated into the ascendancy of a black man into the oval office, a feat which was hitherto considered unattainable given the long decades of civil rights agitation among Americans of African descent and their white sympathizers, Obama’s squeaky clean credentials as a new kid on the block drew global goodwill and empathy. His catch phrase of “YES WE CAN” was seen all over the world as a new dawn in the history of American politics specifically and a new chapter of the America foreign policy in general.

Given the present global political upheavals, the global wave of enthusiasm and relief that welcomed Obama’s presidency is gradually fading away into disappointment and despair. This is especially against the backdrop of declining global peace and stability which clearly stand in contrast to Obama’s enthusiastic pursuit of a peaceful world devoid of armed conflict.  From Eastern Europe where the internal conflict between the pro-Russian separatist and their protagonists in Kiev is threatening to snowball into a renewed cold war. This is clearly highlighted by the waves of renewed economic sanctions from the West against a seemingly recalcitrant Vladimir Putin who seems determined in his quest to strengthen the Russian sphere of interest.

The Arab spring which was popularized by the Western media in early 2011, when the successful uprising in Tunisia against former leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali emboldened similar anti-government protests in most Arab countries was touted as symptomatic of Obama’s diplomatic approach to the Arab world  as opposed to the militaristic and aggressive tendencies of former President George Bush Jnr.

Kow towing the traditional Democrats’ political ideology and foreign policy initiative which tends to relegate the flagrant display of America’s military prowess as the last resort and the glorification of diplomacy and dialogue as a means of resolving global disputes, Obama did not mince words as to his intention of changing the hitherto held global public opinion of America as the world police officer. And sticking to his widely publicized campaign promises, he immediately wound down the war in Iraq and set an effective time frame for ending the decade long war in Afghanistan. As if to lend credence to his pacific credentials and his ability to lay the groundwork for a peaceful world devoid of wars and nuclear warfare, the  Norwegian Noble committee awarded him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” In so doing, the Nobel committee in its hallowed wisdom inadvertently aligned itself   with President Obama’s vision of and work towards a world devoid of nuclear wars and global conflict.

At the core of President Obama’s alternative methodology in resolving conflicts all over the world, and ensuring the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of nation states, is the tenacious and sacrosanct belief that multilateral diplomatic advocacy should be pushed to the front burner while highlighting the traditional roles of the United Nations and other diplomatic channels as an effective tool of conflict resolution. In this regard, he sounded the death knell to what global commentators describe as the “war mongering ideologue of the Bush’s administration”.

The conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on President Obama was not without its backlash. This is especially against the backdrop of what was considered as his political inexperience. One of the participants of an opinion poll conducted by debate.org succinctly posits that “I don’t understand how the Nobel Committee could justify awarding him with the Peace Prize. All he had to his name was serving as an Illinois senator and then one term in the U.S. Senate. Now five years later, I’m pretty sure there’s no chance of him getting another one.” Others simply viewed the Nobel peace prize as tantamount to putting the cart before the horse, especially as recipients of the highly prestigious prize should have earned it. Those who belong to this school of thought are of the view that “The question of whether Mr. Obama deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize can be answered as a simple matter of time frame. The Peace Prize was awarded less than one month after he because President. You might argue that he did something as a State Senator or U.S. Senator that deserves the Peace Prize, but there’s nothing in his record that compares to other winners of the Peace Prize. It would have been better to reevaluate Mr. Obama’s eligibility for the prize after he leaves the office of the President.”

Half way through his celebrated second term in office, President Obama is yet to achieve his much talked about dream of a nuclear free world and world peace devoid of armed struggle. On the contrary, the world continues to tether on the brink of global instability. This is especially more obvious in the light of the escalating conflict between the Ukrainian government and the Russian backed separatists. The broader implication of this conflict is the tendency to draw the world back to the cold world era with the United States and its allies hurling series of sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s’ Russia for arming the rebels.  Although in his interaction with the white house media Obama repeatedly ruled out the possibility of a military confrontation with Russia over the Ukrainian debacle, the trend in of events in the troubled Eastern Europe and the growing division between the west and the east, is evidently indicative of the cold war blues.

The hope and optimism which heralded the wind of change in the Arab world has continued to fizzle out as the Arab spring has turned out to be a nightmare. While the Arab spring was initially indicative of Obama’s major shift in “manner of approach” of relating with the Muslim world, i.e. seeing them as potential partners in global stability rather than as axis of evil, the catastrophic end result of the Arab spring has left many pundits bewildered. From Tunisia to Egypt, Syria and Libya, the situation is the same. The   elimination of oppressive dictators through what was seen as the people’s will has not yielded any dividends of democracy for the people, rather, these regions continued to slide down the path of anarchy and political instability.

In the final analysis, with two years to the end of what many though would be a radical change to the American foreign policy under the Barack Obama’s presidency, peace has continued to elude the world which inadvertently elicits the question as to whether the world is not yet ready for Obama’s dreams of a peaceful world or his pacific idealism is not suitable for the present world order.

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Ms. Oladunni Talabi is a beautiful and wonderful addition to the AhjotNaija!BlogFamily. She is a Master student resident in Germany, young and very-full-of-life. She experiments with different forms of writing; this is one of them: Entertaining while strongly pushing for deep self-discovery/identification and cross-cultural dialogues among other interesting themes

Ms. Oladunni Talabi is a beautiful and wonderful addition to the AhjotNaija!BlogFamily. She is a Master student resident in Germany, young and very-full-of-life. She experiments with different forms of writing; this is one of them: Entertaining while strongly pushing for deep self-discovery/identification and cross-cultural dialogues among other interesting themes

Lookit me!!! Methink I’m becoming germanized ooo…! Or why should I get pissed because a guy knocked on my door without prior notice through email or whatever that he would come knocking! And that while I was sleeping like i-don’t-care in the afternoon. He wanted me to describe the heimleiter’s (housemaster) house.

Come to think of it, how did I sleep in Nigeria in noonday through the screams from my mum to get her something, which is right in front of her! Then she would be like *oh sorry you are sleeping, but still call again in five minutes thereafter!

And there would be my cousins too on the other hand doing their waka-abouts searching for God-knows-what like in a Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS) on my own side of the room.

By the way, having your own room doesn’t mean it’s yours. Anyway, I had MY OWN BED I could lay claim to. That was enough for me. I no be OLIVER TWIST who’s always asking for more..

There were mum’s spontaneous visitors too knocking on the door and you were expected to leave everything with immediate alacrity, including your *sleep* and attend to them till they leave! Who born you to do otherwise!

I must not forget to mention our dog barking for reasons best known to her. By the way, Yoruba-Nigerians believe dogs bark when they see evil spirits, witches and wizards flying to their afternoon-meeting. So our dog probably always see them flying because she never stopped barking. I wish I knew better, but since I am not a dog, how do I know.

The cocks who have decided to make your window an abode of worship-to-God would be busy making a call and finally the generator making its own kinda noise…

In these times, my patience was never stretched to its breaking point oooo… and oh, if you were pissed, or squeezed a fraction of your face or eyelid…. hehehehehe *smiles aloud*. Pity betide you! You would be making the greatest mistake of your life allowing mum see it on your face, as in you putting on a *poker-face*

If you’ve been wondering why I smile or laugh even when nothing is funny… now you know! The outcome of your *poker-face* is this: slaps that would make you see stars in broad-day light and you’d also feel like you are on a roller-coaster.

If she was not in the mood to dash you free slaps, then you were gonna have to stand for an hour while she tells you stories of all bad and disobedient children in the bible e.g. children of Eli. They ended up in Hell!

Come to think of it; I don’t know why my mum took a fancy to Eli’s children – Opheni and Phineas*Please confirm spelling in the bible and read the detailed story while you do*.

She talked to my brother about Samuel, David and the good children; and when it got to my turn; it was always these same people- Opheni and Phineas, the disobedient Eve who ate the apple, the proud Goliath who got killed by the dwarf David, Absalom who got hung on a tree by his hair!

In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if Absalom had such extremely strong and tough dreads because I still don’t understand how a tree carried someone up from the horse with his hair! I doubt this could happen with this slick oyinbo-hair o. Anyway, that is none of my business o jare! *just saying though while I go back to sleep*

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