There was this old film, My StepMother Is An Alien.
The title of this post is inspired by that film.
All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership
…John Kenneth Galbraith
In Nigeria, things are currently looking like, without corruption oscillating freely in Nigeria, (personal) economy could grind to a halt because the MAIN conduit for economic activities (corruption) is clogged.
Distribution of national wealth (legally/ illegally ) – is impeded.
Like winning a battle and losing a war, you could win the anti-corruption battle, but lose the people to hunger ocassioned by the impedance to the (illegal) free flow of money.
The average man mostly wants the basic things of life. He doesnt care if the leader is busy stealing in government – as long as that leader is also doing things that can be positively felt in his life. Things like the provision of cheap food, stable. power, affordable transport and housing.
President Muhammad Buhari once said if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will KILL us. Heads or tail, it is looking like we are probably dead, or dying!
I once read a book, the Incorruptible Judge in elementary school. We need to look for that incorruptible Nigerian.
And be one, each of us.
Many of the politicians and those jostling to go into politics are INCORRIGIBLE.
An upright man is unlikely to be easily thrown up by a society that uses state funds to celebrate the return of a jailbird, or conduct a church service for someone convicted for graft.
How will we have a corruption free society if a place of worship partakes of the proceeds of treasury plundering?
Now, corruption is the mis-allocation of resources (money, power / influence). Getting drunk on, mis-using / abusing power is also corruption.
Getting the right people, who STAY RIGHT after they have power, would take divine intervention.
So, in looking for leaders, humility and imperviousness to the potent intoxicant called POWER is key, in addition to personal moral rectitude / probity.
But as a society, the bottom-up approach may be more effective than the top-down strategy, as the “top men” won’t come from the moon. They dwell, and would be selected from, among us.
In looking for that exemplary leader,
Let Us Be Exemplary In Our Day-to-day Personal Dealings.