Arnold Glasgow”Leadership” trust is that ,”One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency”.
The critical situation being faced by Nigerians if not handled urgently by finding a possible solution, may soon become an emergency as the American essayist rightly quoted .
Indeed Nigeria is sinking politically, economically and above all the security of the people is not ensured.
There are cries for a savior. A man with stainer stuff. A man with intellectual capability and uncommon zeal to come to the aid of the people and the country.
It was therefore heart warming when a former top class diplomat and Nigeria Ambassador to Canada and Mexico, Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, during the week declared his interest to join and contest the forthcoming 2019 Nigerian Presidential election on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Amidst cheers and ovation, he was warmly ushered into the party secretariat in Abuja by his political associates, friends, and well- wishers.
It was not his intellectual trapping of issues, that warm him to those at the venue, but the exhibition of his patriotism and zealousness at finding solution to the myriad of problems that have befallen the country sequel to bad and incompetency being displayed at every area of governance in the country. A man on a mission is expected to know what the problems are and how to dissect and proper lasting solution.
This is how the Professor dissected Nigerian problems. ” What the people are suffering is a
result of bad leadership”.
He was not done yet,as he added that “The situation in Nigeria calls for everyone to be patriots and arise and rescue the Country”.
“I have come to offer to Nigerians a new leadership that is built on true patriotic zeal ,cohesion, justice and peace”.
Hagher lamented, “The leadership crisis in Nigeria at present time is unprecedented. Never before had a government in power brought so much shame ,dishonor and failed democracy’s most scared duty to protect the lives of its citizens.
“The present climate of fear, of hopelessness and despair is simply unacceptable to all patriots”.he addd.
According to him , “My plan, determination and focus to rescue Nigeria from imminent decline to a failed state status .
Said he, ” this is a deliberate revolution of hope based on education, restructuring, modern infrastructure and human development at a pace befitting of a modern state’.
He therefore promised to give priority to women in his administration, “The Hagher Presidency will for the first time give women priority in all federal appointment. Like a surgical doctor who is already abreast with the disease , he knows where to rightly apply the surgical blade.
“We will appoint 18 women ministers and seek to replicate this parity and gender equality in area of the country.
He noted that , he would
accelerate economic growth and development of our human resources to provide trainings, employment and productivity.
Nigeria will put to rest the clamour for resource control by training our youths to be main players in the global economy based on their intellectual property’.
He promised to unite the country, and usher in peace, and make Nigeria respectable in the world.
Those at the venue of the declaration applauded ecstatically and agreed in unison that the real change has come with a paradigm shift from rudderless leadership to an intellectual leadership.
Hagher who is a leading African Dramatist and professor of Theatre and Drama. He is a leading advocate of Theatre for social action and development. And is the President, African Leadership Institute USA, and Pro-Chancellor, Afe Babalola University.
In his recent keynote address during the 8th Aare Afe Babalola annual lecture at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD),titled: ‘’Nigeria’s Stunted Metamorphosis to Greatness: The Insecurity Factor,’’ lamented that Nigerians are constantly subjected to the feeling of anxiety, lack of confidence and fear due to lack of protection.