Is Nigeria in Need of Paradigm Shift of Generational Leadership and who will be the next president in 2023?
By Abati Bako
Since the emergence of globalization policy on this planet the dynamic changes of the world have brought about many unimaginable scientific and technological developments globally. Even political leadership and other social sectors have been impacted positively as well as negatively. The past century (1900—2000) had witnessed tremendous changes in the whole of sphere of human life. But whatever scientific and technological advancement witnessed within the past period between 1900 to 2000 the root of whatever dynamic changes witnessed were as a result of policy formulation and implementation by political leaders around the world. Twenty years into 21s century the world wittiness tremendous changes some positive and some negative all as a result of globalism and digitalism. Although anti globalists around the world especially in Asian continent seriously alerted the world on the dangers of globalism that will remould and reshape the global political and economic sphere. Here we are in (yet) another era of COVID-19 that seems to be changing the global political and economic era and the fundamental question is what changes will the world wittiness after COVID-19? And from now on to 2023 what changes shall Nigeria witness in terms of political and economic leadership?
Therefore, politics is a game of vision and practicality. The world has witnessed various stages of scientific and technological development or underdevelopment (especially within S/South nations of Africa, Latin America and Asia) all were as a result of policy formulation and implementation by world political and economic leaders around globe. Whether right or wrong the majority of the past leaders (then) in the past 1900—1980’s were older people between the ages of 75 to 90. But in Nigeria’s leadership between 1960 to 1980’s both civilian and military were under the ages of 55 year.
So, one may demand to know whether their ages leveraged on the political and economic decision or political judgment made by those global leaders or not? This means that whether age can affect political and economic leaders to commit right/wrong political decision or not? Because the 1900—1990 was the worst time in term of wars and conflict around the globe (Europe affected most than any other continent).
The first and second world wars as well as cold war between super powers (USA vs USSR) were all within the 1900—2000 period where millions of people lost their lives and the world experienced great economic recession in 1934 and then between 1900 to the year 1970 the global population was less than 3billion (But now 7.8B).
Now, imagine the leadership of the world then were young men and women. Would it be possible to avert all the crises that took place around the world? And again, all the crises that are now taking place around the globe are still under the new and old generational leaders that are under the age of 60 and in some nations less and above especially in advanced nations and in less advanced nations as well.
When shall the human family witness the war-less societies? When the civil war broke out in Nigeria in the late 1967 I was in primary school and the bad experiences are fresh in my memory (and again, the political crisis that is taking place in Nigeria is still under my watch and I am now above 50’s).
And again, fortunately or unfortunately the then leaders of Nigeria were under the age of 50. And most of the global advanced nations; the leaders were above 70 years of age. So, the question one may need to ask; at the moment do we need old age leaders or shall we still shift the political leadership to younger digital generation under the ages of 40 to 55? Can we consider former President Jonathan and late Umar Musa Yar’adua among digital generation leaders? Or on the other hand, do we need leaders that are above the ages of 65 to 75 to right the wrong and then shift the leadership to the younger ones?
Because the 21’st century witnessed young leaders around the globe that’s such as Clinton, Blair, Bush (junior) Obama, David Cameron of UK and many more and had done a lot to protect the values, interest and ambition of their nations. Which way for Nigeria? Shall Nigerians maintain older generation or political leadership be shifted to younger generation especially considering the era of globalism and digitalism of this time?
To be continued inshaAllah
Abbati Bako (Political Strategy and Communication Consultant, IPRC)