Book #2: Is leadership the main problem of Nigeria?

Book #2: Is leadership the main problem of Nigeria?

Chapter One: Tracing the Birth of the Giant

This chapter will attempt to chronicle the emergence of Nigeria as a nation. There are still those who hold the views that Nigeria, indeed Africa, had no history, no culture, and no identity before the coming of Europeans. Therefore, the chapter seeks to go back in time to briefly investigate and narrate the experience of the Nigerian nation from its prehistoric times to the period of its independence in 1960. This will help create historical background and seta foundation of the work.

Chapter Two: Contemporary Nigeria: Things Fall Apart

This chapter will paint the picture of contemporary Nigeria. It will attempt to highlight the different challenges presently facing the country and the devastating effects it has had on the nation and its people both locally and internationally.

Chapter Three: Hope: The Only Option for Masses?

This chapter attempts to figure out the available option for the masses in the midst of the quandaries and complexities in which they have found themselves. The masses seem to have been incapacitated and rendered helpless by the circumstances so much that they have resigned to fate. As a result, hope seems to be the only option they have; their only reason to stay alive is the hope that things will get better someday.

Chapter Four: Is Leadership  Really the Problem with Nigeria?

Some have asserted that Nigeria’s main problem is simply leadership. This school of thought believe that once Nigeria gets a good leader all will be well with the country. Many Nigerians have imbibed this mind set. This chapter therefore seeks to ascertain the veracity of this mind set and the reason behind it.

Chapter Five: 50 years after: Nigeria Still in Search of a Leader

This chapter will detail how Nigeria for the past fifty years has struggled to get a Messianic leader. It chronicles the leadership of its former leaders and how Nigeria has not been able to produce a good leader with enough political will, and moral support to lift the nation out its present predicament.

Chapter Six: The Role of a Messiah Leader in Nation Salvation

This chapter examines the place of a leader in nation building. It explores the extent to which a good leader can singlehandedly lift a nation; his strengths, scope and limitations.

Chapter Seven: Is Democracy a Viable Option for Nigeria?

This chapter will consider the suitability of democracy for Nigeria and Nigerians. It will also attempt to consider the possibility of a strong, upright leader emerging from the kind of democratic setting Nigeria operates.

Chapter Eight: Strong Men vs. Strong Structure

This chapter tries to make a comparative analysis between having strong men and having structures. It presents the merits and demerits of both choices to the reader, leaving him/ her to make a choice.

Chapter Nine: The Necessity of a National Re-orientation of Values

In this chapter, attempt will be made to assert the necessity of a national re-orientation of values. It also attempts to x-tray the warped value systems and highlights the effects they have had on the nation.

Chapter Ten: National Values Produce National Leaders

Here, the chapter underscores the importance of a national value system that is geared towards building the nation. It foregrounds the fact that a positive value system based on elements such as integrity, trust, justice and fairness will always produce national leaders.

Chapter Eleven: Learning from History’s Strong Men

In this chapter, an attempt shall be made to highlight the strength of some of the strong men in history. The secrets of their successes are emphasized and the reasons for their failures (if they failed) are also brought to the fore.

Chapter Twelve: Building Strong National Systems and Institutions for Nigeria

This chapter will also attempt to foreground the need to build strong national structures and institutions as a way to making Nigeria a great nation. it will also strongly recommend the need to raise technocrats and experts in various fields to build these structures and institutions.

Chapter Thirteen: Righteousness: The Key to National Breakthrough

This chapter will firmly assert that no nation can ever be truly great without righteousness. It seeks to accentuate the indispensability of righteousness for the prosperity of a nation by examining related scriptural references, examples and assurances.


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  • Nsikak

    Dear Sir

    My father was a top CEO of Nigeria’s fourth largest brewery. My Uncle was Nigeria;s best economists and the founder of what is today one of Nigeria’s biggest federal parastatals. . Another uncle of mine was one of the topmost Nigerians employed in an international oil company. A fourth uncle- Russia trained- was the best in his class and one of the topmost political aides of our Government at a time.
    There was something in common about these my uncles and several other Nigerians. They were the most BOASTFUL men you can imagine. They saw themselves as superior to others. Once, a traffic policeman stopped my uncle. My uncle turned to him and shouted at him “get out of here Mr. Do you know me? I am Dr so and so. I wrote you (ie I wrote the proposal and constitution that formed your organization.”
    I will tell you what happened to my uncle and father later.

    My father and uncles were not alone. They represent a trend common among many of our people. Recently I read an article by a former top CEO. What struck me is the number of times he refers to himself as a first class BRAIN. It strikes me because I have never heard Richard Branson, nor Bill gates nor Elon Musk or others say such things. Yet these men are building space rockets and high tech computers.

    Why am I saying this? Ours has become a culture of boastfulness, arrogance and pride. recognising success is not bad. But when it becomes part of a culture aimed to showcase us as “super powers”and better than others, then it is an abomination to God.

    We were labelled an African GIANT prior to amalgamation in 1914. Since then, we imbibed the pshyche of a GIANT. Problem is that prophetically every GIANT in the bible died, hence the popular song “Giants, they die… the bigger the are, the harder they fall….”

    fast forward to Nigeria of 2014, that is a hundred years later: From the worlds great expectation in 1914, we became odious to the eyes of the world. In fact by the end of 2014, a portion of our nation the size of Belgium had been overrun by insurgents.
    We realized then that while we were busy boasting about our great army (its even listed in documents among Africa’s most powerful army) the same army was actually non existent! Buhari said “how the mighty are fallen”when he spoke of our army.
    This has been the case with every other facet of our nation. sector by sector we have seen collapse.

    Back to my uncles- the Mobil one died young, the economist died sad and unfulfilled (he told me so and regretted many things), the Doctor ended up living in the village. My dad retired as a CEO, things became so bad at one time there was not any working electrical appliance at home. My parents were unable to afford an airplane ticket for over ten years (people who travelled the world previously).

    As I have sought God about these things, he has shown me that the problem with our nation is our PRIDE, ARROGANCE and BOASTFULNESS. Try as we may, we will not go forward until we nationally depart from such culture. God will not let us manifest because he knows if we do, we will trample on others.
    Our role as Kingdom/ Marketplace ministers is to change the conversation and lead the nation to a spirit of humility as a lifestyle.

    Today my brother attended a workshop with project managers in another country. In the room were some of the best minds, with massive experience working on multi billion projects. My brother said one thing “I was struck by their humility and simplicity. No airs, no boasting.”

    How did we move away from such a culture? How did we get to a place where our primary vision is not to better our people but to lead another country/s?

    Your book on Nigeria is impressive.

    Permit me to finish up by sharing what God showed me today. I trust that you will incorporate these thoughts into the book so as to help our nation.
    Ahab was a wicked king. He colluded in killing Naboth.

    In 1kings 21:18-24 God cursed Ahab, Jezebel his wife and all their descendants.

    Then an interesting thing happened in verse 27

    And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

    Note the last two words WENT SOFTLY

    Here is what God spoke to the prophet in response to Ahab’s actions

    “Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house”

    Ask wicked as this man was, his humility caused God to shift the curse away from him.

    HUMILITY is powerful. It is the antidote to destruction. It is the access to Gods grace.
    If God could pardon a serially wicked King in the days before grace just by his act of humility, then how much more could he do for a people in the days of grace? In this day God promises to GIVE GRACE to the HUMBLE but RESIST the proud.

    Today we find arrogance, pride and boastfulness in the land. Our people speak high falluting things about themselves.
    Our leaders pile boast upon boast.
    And yet the curse ravages the land and things continually deteriorate before our eyes.
    The more we boast about how superior we are, the worst things befall our land.
    Our people are now economic refugees in other lands, our men and women turned to prostitutes, our young people drown in European seas. Our land ravaged by insurgency, insecurity, kidnappings, robberies and all kinds of violence.

    The more we boast, the more quality of living deteriorates. People are carried to hospitals in wheel barrows. Children eat and play beside open gutters. Suffering becomes a lifestyle.

    Time has come for a change. Today we are privileged to have men who value humility and simplicity at the forefront of political leadership.

    It is time to tow the line of humility.
    Our leaders- political, religious and marketplace leaders inclusive need to shed off the culture of pride, arrogance and boastfulness.

    Let us prostrate before the Lord and TREAD SOFTLY. May we see how worthless the flesh can be and how only God can bring us value.

    When we do this God will touch us.
    When we become HUMBLE not just as individuals but as NATIONAL CULTURE, God will move quickly on our behalf. Our land will be healed.
    Our people will live a quality life, not just the 1% elite but the great majority.
    We will not need to boast about how good we are. The favor of God upon us will speak for itself.

    Then our light will shine. God will lift us to his high place. A place reserved for the meek(blessed are the meek for they shall INHERIT THE EARTH)
    And because a city set on a hill cannot be hidden the nations of the earth shall say to one another “come, let us visit the HUMBLEST NATION ON EARTH, for its testimonies abound and the Glory of their God draws us”

  • Adekunle kehinde

    I can say unequivocal that Nigeria major problem is bad leadership.Sir,Good leaders around the world make people their major focus by strengthen the system that promote,protect and improve their well being.

  • Sam Abraham

    Blessings to you Nsikak for this great wisdom…

    God is indeed raising sons for His Kingdom Nigeria.

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