Nigeria and the Challenges of Credible Political Leadership Since 1960

Ehiabhi Odion Simon, Ehinmore Omolere Monday


The Nigerian state celebrated its official fiftieth birthday on October 1, 2010. The drums were rolled out for the celebration, but we must pause to ask ourselves, what and why did Nigerian state celebrate? Is it in fulfillment of self rule which began in 1960 or jubilation in terms of national development? The paper is a discussion on the nature of Nigerian politics as it affects the emergence of credible political leadership in the post-colonial era. The paper argued that the dangerous and unproductive temperament of post-colonial Nigerian politics since 1960 has made it possible for weak and primitive accumulative class of leadership to impose itself on the Nigerian state for the past fifty years, thus leading to national underdevelopment in almost all facets. The recently conducted 2011 general elections in Nigeria, though adjudged as one of the best ever conducted in the country, also displayed some variables that have come to historically define electioneering in the country. The paper therefore concluded that for Nigerians to get it right and elect credible political leaders, the various institutions responsible for the sustenance of democracy such as the electoral body, judicial system and security forces should be empowered to perform their duties without any form of government interferences.
Key words: Governance; Politics; Leadership

Résumé: L'Etat Nigérian a célébré son cinquantième anniversaire 1 officiel sur Octobre 1, 2010. Les fûts ont été mis en œuvre pour la célébration, mais nous devons faire une pause à nous demander, qu'est-ce et pourquoi avez¬nigériane Etat célébrer? Est-il dans l'accomplissement de l'autonomie qui a débuté en 1960 ou la jubilation en termes de développement national? Le papier est une discussion sur la nature de la politique nigériane comme elle affecte l'émergence d'un leadership politique crédible dans l'ère post-coloniale. Le document fait valoir que le tempérament dangereux et improductif de la politique post-coloniale du Nigeria depuis 1960 a rendu possible pour la classe d'accumulation faible et primitif de leadership pour s'imposer à l'Etat nigérian pour les cinquante dernières années, conduisant ainsi à sous¬développement nationaux dans presque tous les facettes. Le 2011 a récemment mené des élections générales au Nigeria, bien que jugé comme l'un des meilleurs jamais réalisé dans le pays, a également affiché des variables qui sont venus à définir historiquement électorale dans le pays. Le document a donc conclu que pour les Nigérians bien faire les choses et d'élire des dirigeants politiques crédibles, les différentes institutions responsables de la subsistance de la démocratie comme le corps électoral, le système judiciaire et les forces de sécurité devraient être habilités à exercer leurs fonctions sans aucune forme de gouvernement interférences.
Mots clés: Gouvernance; Politique; Dirigeants


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