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Leaders’ Acts Can Mean More Than They Bargain On Face Value: Errors with Many Political Leaders

Around 20th Sept 2021 and afterwards, many rejoinders and opinions were put on Nigeria media cum public domain by the reason of defecting from opposition party PDP to ruling party APC of Femi Fani-Kayode aka FFK, a former Minister of Aviation, former PDP, who uttered terrible, unprintable and unpardonable things against the Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari before his defection that period.

As we’ve heard severally especially according to Femi Adesina, the media aide and President’s spokesman, “Fani-Kayode had received mercy and forgiveness from the Nigerian leader”.

Nigerians had publicly criticized FFK for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) that week, not that defecting is a big deal in Nigeria politics, after all a former senator, Sani Shehu defected from his party to PDP same time, BUT the depth and intensity of FFK criticisms.

According to Femi Adesina in his statement; “Between last week and now, vitriol poured by FFK on anybody with the slightest affinity to APC has been dug up serially”.

According to SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK, SEP 23, 2021, Adesina further stated that Fani-Kayode said things straight from the gutters, things that the natural man would call unforgivable and unpardonable.

Adesina is not alone in his thoughts and words. In fact, he’s humane and civil in expressing FFK disposition as he saw it.

The Implications To Leadership & Leaders

Leaders are 100% normal men, can feel like others. But leaders do certain things differently. That’s why leaders bear burdens. They’re burden bearers, dealers in hope. In spite of the fact leaders are men, they do things differently. Why? Every action (whether good or bad) of a leader has far more reaching consequences to things, to the led, and to those who look upon the leader, more than the leader can imagine. The leader not knowing that amount to leader error of presumptuousness.

Femi Adesina, Fani Kayode, President Buhari, APC/PDP/other parties’ chieftains are all leaders of some spheres – indisputable and unarguable. The action of FFK which he is entitled to leaves us with these 12+ lessons as leaders and followers. Few of them are;

  1. no leader may know the extent of the following he/she has, FFK inclusive.
  2. leaders may not know the damages their actions can cause when they mislead their followings or misbehave.
  3. leaders don’t talk anyhow especially when he or she is not established financially and content-wise so that never will his personal INTEREST drive him or her to go back to his/her vomit.
  4. criticism is never a solution. As a matter of fact, criticism is not right for a leader, better do a critique.
  5. leaders should set up strong business(es) that can make them see governance as call to service, nor as employment. Early 1990s some missionaries from US came to Nigeria and encourage some of us leaders interested in ministry to establish businesses that will flourish so that as Leaders we will preach the gospel boldly without looking at people money by reason of poverty. They said that apply to anyone who wants to lead others. This is one of the reasons GNLD entered Nigeria and I was among first set 20 Nigerians they talked to. I’m sure many GNLD people don’t know this!
  6. true, yes true leaders as a matter of integrity don’t shift ground on their convictions and commitment just like that.
  7. without convictions to serve and to stand by what the leader believes to be right; the leader is doooooooomed to live for his belly – what Nigerians call stomach infrastructure!
  8. without same convictions in #7, the led is not following the right person.
  9. one of the worst degradations in life if not the worst is for ONE TO EAT HIS FAECES, DRINK HIS URINE or RETURN TO HIS VOMIT. No leader-material attempts so, instead he or she leaves the position. After all, true leadership starts from level 2: Relational leadership, not level 1: Positional leadership. Only in Nigeria do people drink their urine, eat their faeces and take their vomit only to be relevant economically.
  10. character is the acid-litmus test for testing leadership, it’s not education, not eloquence, not beauty/handsome, not stature/elegance, not ‘agbada’/suit not even moneybags. Our media and most of us are mis-lead with these.
  11. leaders imposed disciplines on themselves, refuse the dirty porridge instead of returning to their vomit.
  12. the led should not be quick in concluding people as their leaders. Again, it comes back to poverty, when the 60+ of the population are living below poverty ceiling, what do you expect? Any meal giver becomes a “lord”, my boss, my Lord, etc. Why? You’re hungry and need, not that he had led/boss/lord you once.

Wow…space is gone.

Mike Ihezuo is a Leadership Authority, a non-conformist Thinker, Life Coach, Author/Writer and Speaker. Click to CONTACT him.

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