Election in Nigeria for leaders is every four years- it has become a ritual: but the question remains
what type of leaders are often elected? As It is often said in computer language garbage in garbage out”.
It is impossible to give what you do not have so it is with leaders who emerge or force themselves on
the people but are bereft of ideas and direction.
Leaders are to inspire other people with their vision and mission, above all passionate about
what they do, has strong decision-making skills, and above all a good communicator.
For instance, we have four types of leadership; autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, and paternalistic
but In Nigeria, the line is tenuous that is, thin and you may find a combination of any of the four types
of leadership at any time.
But the reason for this is not difficult to believe especially for a country coming from the influence of military dictatorship.
Elections are crucial and are indispensable precursors to democracy. And to be fair,
the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), and indeed other Election Management
Bodies(EMBs) in the West African sub region, are stiffly in worry over the rising cost of elections.
Consequently, they have challenged themselves as to how to substantially reduce these costs in order
not to be cogs in the wheel of development in their respective countries.
However, noting it here and then as Nigeria enters into another session of leadership recruitment
or election year, emphasis must be on the quality of leaders that drives the process
of democratic governance.
By Taiyelolu A