My Next President of Nigeria Part 3: A President Ready To Move Fast Through Chaos By Bayo Oluwasanmi
This is the concluding part of the three-part series on My Next President of Nigeria.
My next president of Nigeria must be ready to move fast through chaos. Nigeria is going through a complicated past linked to an uncertain future. For the past 54 years, Nigerians have been cloaked in horror and pain, swept in a frenzy of social, economic, and political disorder and distortion.
All presidents have been successful politicians at some time during their political career, yet all presidents have not been successful. My pick for the presidential ticket is a charismatic leader with good and honest heart. An intelligent leader who is highly moral. A real deal – the whole package. A leader that would be the change we want and the change we need.
My choice is a leader with vitality and insight. The individual represents a face of change and charity for Nigeria and Africa. A president capable of electrifying Nigeria and the world with hope and joy. My pick for the president will be an exceptional president.
The term “first 100 days” has been widely recognized as a measure of leadership dynamism. Whether you’re a newly elected president, CEO, or executive at any level, what you do in your first 100 days will be absolutely pivotal to your success or failure.
Your first 100 days in a new executive job will help you to seal your leadership, build a team you can count on, and have a bottom line impact before your first few months on the job is up. It’s a period to get clear your going-in mandate – your contract with key stake holders.
I believe my next president will use the first 100 days to structure goals for what has been described as an “Impossible Future” while simultaneously performing the duties of the presidency. A structure that unites warring ethnicities and build a team of “A” players – get the right people on the bus.
My choice is capable of jump starting a vision with 30, 60, 90-day catalytic breakthrough projects, and master the political chessboard and culture that will earn quick wins for the new administration. It’s all part of the bottom-line results before the end of the first 100 days.
I believe my choice of the next tenant of Aso Rock possess the three important determinants that are crucial for moving Nigeria from a failed state to enduring state: adaptive leadership, citizen compassion, and communication techniques and capabilities.
Adaptive leadership is the president’s ability to adjust the direction or agenda depending on the current political or social climate.
Any successful president must share a certain level of citizen compassion. My pick has the ability to relate to persons of another class, ethnic, religion, or group and is able to transcend socio-economic gaps and identify with poor Nigerians.
Citizen compassion is relevant because it helps to attune the president to the needs of poor Nigerians. By demonstrating citizen compassion, the president will develop legislative agendas accordingly, and ultimately create good policy. It allows the president to obtain an accurate reading of public sentiment, particularly in times of uncertainties or disorder like we’re going through right now in our country.
President Franklin Roosevelt became the president when America was at its darkest hour. In the midst of the Great Depression, Roosevelt demonstrated his sense of citizen compassion by recognizing in his first inaugural address that Americans were concerned with the state of the economy. In holding the office for more than a decade, Roosevelt was a shining example of a successful president.
A president must possess communication techniques and capabilities. The president’s communication skills are constantly on display in the forms of speeches, letters, and press conferences. The communication aptitude of the president will play a major role in bringing adaptive leadership and citizen compassion to the forefront. It can help bring about desired results in the National Assembly.
Notions of power and symbols of power are always very masculine. Nigeria has unbroken records of electing men either as prime minister or president or installing men as head of state by military coup. All of the men that have served as the chief executive of our nation with the exception of Murtala Muhammed, were colossal failures. Now is the time to allow the men to develop some leadership spines and get their bearings right and draft a woman as it were, as the next president.
My fellow Nigerians, I’m pleased to inform you that I’ve found my warriors that would rescue and restore Nigeria. I’m honored and very proud to present to you my next president of Nigeria Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and the vice-president Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin.
The writer is Bayo Oluwasanmi. He can be emailed at: [email protected]