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How Chinese Leaders Emerge: Lessons for Nigeria

I will start with how Chinese leaders do not emerge. They do not emerge at the whims and caprices of one man. They do not emerge as a result of occult brotherhood manipulations. They do not emerge as a result of imposition from strong powers using local proxies. They do not emerge as a result of inordinate ambition. They do not emerge unprepared for governance. They do not emerge as a result of the application of stolen wealth. They do not emerge to grow rich from abject poverty.

They do not emerge to distribute political offices of ministers to half-wits, party stalwart candidates, in the service of the Luciferian hierarchy. They do not emerge with little knowledge only to employ experts, advisers and be under the beck and call of septuagenarians and octogenarians, who had failed in the past.

Chinese leaders understand that governance is a serious burden and has nothing to do with answering the name of leader, when indeed they are amateurs, political neophytes and political opportunists.

Before they aspire to high office, Chinese leaders get a good and relevant knowledge about statecraft, world history, the history of China, mastering the history of dynastic rule, the impact of colonialism and imperialism on the development of China.

Since he or she wants to be a politician, he joins the Communist Party of China or any of the other smaller parties. He begins as a village Communist party secretary. He works hard to demonstrate his organizational ability, honesty and integrity. He is then given a bigger responsibility, at the regional level.

By the time he becomes a senior party leader, he must have proved his abilities and capabilities over the years. During the period of his rise to higher appointments, if he stole funds, misused funds, cheated the state in any major way, he faced execution in a most brutal fashion.

He also reads a lot. He learns other languages and writes books on politics, economics and culture. A Chinese senior party cadre could stare at you while you lecture him on things he knows better than you, but he listens. Not given to bombastic pretences like an American Congressman, yet, he overcomes. He stoops to conquer and does not engage in futile disquisitions about inane subjects.

Transfer of power is done peacefully, not by throwing money around, insulting opponents and engaging in theatrics and name-calling that exposes would-be Presidents to ridicule in the name of democracy.

Every party man knows his rank and does not aspire to be catapulted by machinations and manipulations. He does not rely on good luck but on knowledge, hard work and patriotism welded by altruism.

The party system is based on collegial consulting, dispassionate disputations,, group dynamics, so that the best decisions can emerge. There is no room for voluntarism, political deceit, Machiavellian machinations, lies and hallucinatory proclamation of impossibilities. Promises must be kept because they permit hopes of a better future.
Disappointment among the populace, brings contempt, revolt, insurgency, riots and social dislocation, as is now the case in Nigeria. No-one should blame the people, who revolt as a result of critical failures of those in government. After all, they hold temporary, transient power in trust for the people.

No President, governor or other political office holders should think that he is superior or better than his compatriots. If you search, you will find millions, who are far ahead of their leaders.

The Chinese leaders are humble, modest, but wise. They do not tolerate dictations from abroad and do not appeal for help from anyone. They work at their problems and solve them with time.

We, in Nigeria, must learn from superior political systems that guarantee growth and progress. We must not continue to dress our Republic in borrowed robes.
Nigeria will remain a fractious but indivisible state. We possess what other states do not have. We have the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation, after throwing brick-bats at each other.

After the Biafran civil war, there was reconciliation and an amazing reconstruction. While Europeans still show films about the European wars, we do not engage in such remembrances.
It is not that we have forgotten the causes of our problems of the past, but we have forgiven ourselves.

That is the Nigerian spirit that must prevail today. This has been a poetic, folksy, rutting season for Nigerian politicians and the civil population in Nigeria.
There have been changes in behaviour, far beyond what biologists and zoologists will describe as acute hormone imbalance.

People with robust intellect or clairvoyant dispositions are warning us that we are drifting inexorably into chaos. Although the citizens of a state are entitled to occasional out bursts, I think that we have gone too far. Citizens have the right to revolt, dissent, riot, engage in civil disobedience, and demonstrations, but they should not cause disintegration of the state.

In Nigeria, we are so closely knit that we must avoid mindless violence and sinful logic. This was what Governor Abubakar Umar was talking about.
No matter how bitter a social group is, the group should consider the consequences of pronouncements that result in social dislocation.

If one asks Northerners to leave the South and for Southerners to leave the North, has any-one held a referendum on the matter? What of the millions, who may want to stay, where they live and have perhaps lived for decades.

What will happen to the investments in states other than one’s state? What will happen to Adam’s marriage to Iyabo or Akpabio’s marriage to Binta, or Sikira’s marriage to Atiku? Who will own Abuja? If the oil in Bayelsa and Rivers stop flowing, how will I find petrol in
Gumel? The Seriki Hausawa of Lagos has no place in the North. The more I think of the matter, the more afraid I become.

All Nigerians must express themselves strongly on this matter. Constructive suggestions on the way forward must be proffered now before it is too late. Those, who are fond of making reckless statements, must guard their tongues.

The rate at which some people in government call upon other nations to come and help Nigeria, shows their shallowness, incompetence and inferiority complexes. The Nigerian security services may wish to hand in their command to X intelligence outfit.
Nigeria may wish to become one of the states of the US!!! You see, when some Nigerians aspire to high office, they do not assess their capabilities, experience and suitability for the job. They easily become overwhelmed and then seek to farm out their responsibilities to perceived superstars.

This has been the culture and system in the last twenty years in Nigeria. We elect people, who are not quite fit to hold high office. Then, we turn around and accept their incompetence or criticize them, something that we could have nipped in the bud.
Angrily, I say that Nigeria’s societal problems are mostly self-inflicted. The rest is a result of tribalism, foreign influence, inferiority complex and vanity
Most Nigerians have a short attention span. They have the capacity to lament tragedies, infamies and degradations, without the attendant cautionary application of human intelligence to avoid future occurrences. Every tragic event becomes an occasion for showing off fine speech and pretended comforting.

What a race! The nation has become a laboratory for experimental psychology. Shut up! you hypocrites and tribalists, who see evil only outside the confines of your political enclaves and comment not when your own errs, but blow the trumpet, when others err.
Such hypocrites lack the ability to reason, their memory fails often, and creativity, balance and depth elude them.

To the Great Noise-makers of the Republic, I say proffer solutions, not head-line catching phases minted by a national press that has been ino

culated with the big man syndrome.
Those newspaper editors on the take and proprietors, who insult their people by fraternizing with foreign dignitaries suffer from the inferiority complex I spoke about earlier. When will national pride and self-esteem over-ride inferiority complex in Nigeria?
I always laugh loud when our “leaders” shake like silk in the wind before white men and women. I get angry when they grovel before such people begging them to “come over to Macedonia and help us”.

Recently, Nigerian Speaker Tambuwal called on the British to come and help us. Yes, he should surrender his position to the Speaker of the British Parliament and we can start from there.

Who else wants to surrender his post as a result of incompetence? Anyone, who is overwhelmed and flabbergasted by his onerous office, will receive my sympathy after he or she quits!!!

There are certain things we can learn from our dissenting compatriots. Those who have argued that the mal-administration of the Confederacy must change cannot be wrong. They should not use violence.

“Go to the ant thou sluggard, learn her ways and be wise”

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