RUGA, FG and the Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers

Some leadership traits that were useful in the past might not be so today, because we are facing a situation that is totally different from the one that prevailed in the late 1990s or even in early 2000s. We must, therefore, find new forms of leadership, because the sophisticated ventures we are considering today requires a higher level of initiative and creativity

 — Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirate.

The vast majority of Nigerians think the reason(s) fueling the growing insecurity, which leads to the daily loss of lives and property despite huge budgetary allocations, and has grown to assume new dimensions threatening the continued existence of the country is beyond the government. The simple answer to that assertion is no.

Except in a peripheral way, if we truly analyze the characteristics of excellent leaders regardless of their nationality, we will find out that they are both creative and innovative.

This sorry absence is our challenge.

By contrast, while the creative and innovative leaders are thinking up, and doing new things because they possess the know-how, energy and, power to implement ideas, those lacking in these attributes do not see the need for placing emphasis on planning or implementing policies that will liberate Nigerians from inequalities and exploitation or support the Nigerian masses with social programmes that will improve their life chances. Instead, they cherish such policies that promote elitism-they are generally unconcerned.

Indeed, there have been too many heartbreaking actions by our government fueled by traits that were initially useful in the past but not today.

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