…Our Security, Our Peace by Dr. O.E Bassey
“Our nation is in dire need of builders, and this time around, in light of where damaging the transactional ones have herded us to, we need a major turnaround for the future of this dear nation.”
At this point in our democracy, with standard of living multiplying beyond the reach of the common man, and safety becoming increasingly thinner, transformation is a non-negotiable subject.
Analysts will say that we are at the cusp of dissolving as a country in the light of the cracks that are gradually turning to alleys characterizing what used to once be the safest haven in the continent of Africa. Asking how we got here, apparently, will be inconsequential as mistakes – whether advertent or inadvertent – which we have made in the past on the transactional ideology have made us part away with comfort and ease for ephemeral rewards that fail to endure barely a week.
Again, we have gone round the four-time circle, and we are now on another brink of either repeating history or having history repeat us.
Our nation is in dire need of builders, and this time around, in light of where damaging the transactional ones have herded us to, we need a major turnaround for the future of this dear nation.
But that turnaround cannot be outsourced. We are directly responsible for whether or not we get the turnaround. From sifting, to selecting to voting, we need all these processes engaged by all well-meaning Nigerians to see that we get out of this rot we have been enmeshed in.
In sifting, we need to understand how much of transformation qualities we need to look out for from the leaders we would be electing into power. Now, most times, when we talk about leaders to elect into power, we tend to think of the executive as superior to others of which it is largely not the truth. The legislature plays a pivotal role in governance in the country. But rather unfortunately, we tend to patronize this arm of government, and rather fix our gaze overbearingly on the executive, neglecting an equally potent arm such as the legislature.
What we experience as a country today cannot have the legislature absolved of the blames. They contribute significantly to why the land weeps of poverty and insecurity. And in turn, we are culpable for we chose them to represent us and our interests. But instead, due to our de-emphasis on them, we get to elect charlatans into power who would rather enrich themselves to the detriment of our interests.
This is to establish that beyond the presidency and the gubernatorial seats, we need to also place similar preponderance to the legislatures we are to get into powers. The executive is highly incumbent on the legislatures, and when we have majority of our legislatures being the wrong pegs, what we get are conspiratorial governance that has our interests marginalized and spat at.
Back to the transformational qualities. A transformational leader will be one with a keen interest in security. If your leaders are not emphatic on security goals, then best believe, they have nothing up their sleeves to bring peace to you.
And security in this regard does not only have to do with territorial security, but that of food, job, education, infrastructure, environmental, health and economic. We have suffered way too much in these various sectors that we know no peace therein. If leaders who present themselves to be up for political seats have a track record of being dismissive of these sectors, and still in their manifesto have no solid or clear plan on bringing these kaput sectors to life, then those are signs enough that they are one of the transactional leaders we need to avoid.
Also important I emphasize on track records as a prerequisite for qualifying a transformational leader. Antecedent is quite important in leadership, and beyond having what they are bringing to the table now, we need to also hold them to what they have done in the past for we need to avoid chameleons who would only change colours that fit into the present time only to change colours when they get what they want.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up – Galatians 6:9
Dr. Ofonime Emmanuel Bassey is a Security, Peace and Conflict Resolution Coach with decades of experience in the practice and promotion of Law Enforcement, Peace and Security through the Nigeria Police and the United Nations.
He is an advocate of Peace Leadership and Child Protection.
He has served and interacted at the top level management of the Nigeria Police as well as internationally as a United Nation’s Monitor/Mentor in Kosovo, Europe.
A professor of Peace Advocacy and Conflict Resolution, Dr. O.E Bassey is a certified United Nation’s Trainer, and currently the Director of ICOF Institute of Leadership, Peace and Conflict Resolution in Africa.
With his marks well-established in Peace Leadership both in Nigeria and Africa. Currently, he is the President, NISSI Safety Management Institute: An Institute of Peace Leadership.
Presently, he is spearheading a campaign tagged “The Next Peace Leaders”, a campaign that is billed to run from 2022-2023 with a target of training 37,000 young peace leaders.
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