Hardship Hangover: Nigeria’s Leaders and the Blame Game


Understanding Responsibility and Accountability in Governance

In recent times, as the Nigerian economy grapples with numerous challenges, political actors have been quick to absolve themselves of any blame, pointing fingers at previous administrations. This trend raises significant questions about the essence of leadership and accountability in governance. Are our leaders truly committed to the welfare of the people, or are they merely interested in wielding power and accumulating wealth?

The comments from political figures like Adams Oshiomhole and Muhammadu Sanusi underscore a fundamental misunderstanding of leadership responsibilities. Oshiomhole, in his interview on Channels Television, rightly criticized the policies of the previous administration but failed to acknowledge his party’s role in implementing those policies. This selective amnesia, where politicians distance themselves from past failures, is a disservice to the electorate who voted them into power with the expectation of positive change.

Sanusi, on the other hand, while defending Bola Tinubu against criticism, highlighted the economic mismanagement of the past, particularly under the Buhari administration. While his defense of Tinubu’s current role is understandable, it is essential to note that leaders, past, and present, bear a collective responsibility for the state of the nation.

The Presidency’s recent statement on Nigeria’s economic status adds another layer to this discourse. Describing Nigeria as “very poor,” the Presidency’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, acknowledged the overestimation of the country’s wealth. This admission, though candid, raises questions about the government’s economic policies and its ability to address the root causes of poverty and underdevelopment.

In conclusion, it is evident that the blame game among political actors is a smokescreen that deflects attention from the real issues. True leadership requires a commitment to accountability, transparency, and a genuine desire to improve the lives of citizens. Instead of pointing fingers, our leaders should focus on delivering the dividends of democracy and upholding the trust reposed in them by the people. The electorate, on their part, must hold their leaders accountable and demand the leadership they deserve. After all, leadership is not just about power; it is about service and responsibility.

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