SEN. AHMED MOHAMMAD MAKARFI IS A MAN LOADED WITH GREAT QUALITIES, IN THE CONCEPT OF HAVING A TRUE NATIONAL LEADER
By Bobai Victor Matthew (NYP)
To be a leader is not just about holding an important position, but in carrying the complete trust and responsibility given to him and will be willing to be held accountable before the Supreme Almighty God.
Bryson & Crosby (1992) defines leadership as “the inspiration and mobilisation of others to undertake collective action in pursuit of the common good”.
Davis (1967) defines it as the human factor which binds a group together and motivates it towards goals.
To make the subject interesting ,we must be looking at Leadership as having a good understanding of the current political, economic and social dynamics. The ability of leaders to address the related concerns will enable them to face and overcome any adversity.
Leadership in Christianity and Islam is mostly stressed as ability to be hold accountable and be trusted without any problems.Someone who should treat every body equal and fair.
By Socio Political standards, Leaders are appointed or even driven to their positions based on their ability to safeguard the trust given to them to carry out their responsibilities diligently.
Being a leader is not just a matter of filling up a specific important position or job, but in carrying the ULTIMATE TRUST they are accountable also to God. Many leaders today lack this pivotal element in the leadership concept.
This aspect is seldom forgotten by leaders who only perceive leadership as a position of authority for them to further their personal interests.
In Christianity the story of David as a leader exposed the nature of a true and courageous leader. What was it about David that pleased the Lord? David wholeheartedly loved and trusted the Lord, and that was the foundation for his actions. God says, “…I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” (Acts 13:22).
In 1 Samuel 17, we see that David trusted the Lord so much that he had the courage to take on Goliath, a challenge that looked foolish in the world’s eyes because Goliath, an experienced Philistine warrior who had been taunting and terrifying the army of King Saul for 40 days, was so much bigger and stronger than the young shepherd. Because he placed his trust in the Lord, David defeated Goliath with God’s help.
In Islam we see and hear what Allah the Almighty says in the Holy Quran: “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as witnesses to fair dealings and let not hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be Just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah for Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.” (Chapter 5, Verse 8)
It is imperative to understand that leadership must be coupled with the aspect of godliness for good governance.
The success of any form of political leadership especially, depends on the ability of the leaders to govern well true the fear of God.
It is vital for leaders to be knowledgeable and capable of demonstrating high competencies and correct attitudes for their followers to replicate.
When discussing the elements of leadership, one must realise that leaders are the prime movers in the nation-building agenda.
Nation building is the process of constructing or structuring a national identity through state power.
This process aims at the unification of the people within the state so that it remains politically, economically and socially stable.
In effect, this process will make the nation become strong and resistant in the long run.
In carrying out the nation-building agenda, leaders must be proactive and innovative in their approach to ensure that the objectives are achieved.
Good leaders will able to manage these diversities and leverage upon the cultural and ethnic plurality to become pillars of strength in building a better nation.
Nigerians are putting high hopes and expectations on the leaders that they have elected in the recent general election.
They expect these leaders to deliver what they have promised to their constituents and also to the public as a whole.
Most Nigerians today have become more politically aware about the dynamics in democracy and would be more likely to scrutinise every action of the leaders that they will elect into office.
Being politically and democratically matured also includes our ability to acknowledge improvements and positive changes that have taken place and currently being carried out by our leaders.
For leaders, the positions that they have today must be considered as great responsibilities that need to be shouldered with integrity, enthusiasm and dignity.
Now, nevertheless a leader is any person who is appointed to be in charge of a body or a group of people and to take care of all their interests in an impartial way.
He has to be strong mentally and able to guide his followers to success based on facts and considering the risks involved in making a move towards a specific set of goals.
Sen Makarfi is a political leader,who leads a group of people (In Kaduna as a two term governor, in the national assembly as committee chairman in charge of finance and appropriation and as a national leader of a political party) with common interests and had aspired to be Nigerian. President .
He wanted to be elected by the masses and in order to have the obligation to represent their interests and lead Nigeria towards a bright future based on their interests.
But wasn’t considered with the great leadership opportunity despite his skills that would have made a successful leadership. Sen Malarfi is a good leader who put the interests of his people first
One of the main challenges that a leader faces is ensuring that he considers the people’s interests above his own ones when making any decision. For instance, he has to award a tender. Some leaders fall into the temptation of awarding tenders to companies in which they have interests and end up paying more than they should at the expense of the organization that they are in charge of.
Being impartial is another quality of a good leader. The ability to treat everyone equally will make a difference between a good and a bad leader.
Good decision making is another aspect of good leadership. Leaders have a responsibility to make decisions on behalf of the people who have appointed them to the position and the interests of the nation. Inability to do this leads to formation of poor policies and guidelines to the detriment of the nation .
Another aspect of a good leader is the ability to inspire. Being a leader involves guiding people positively and giving them hope in tough times.
Makarfi is an epitome of a true democraticleader while as National Party chairman and that includes his believe in fairness, equity and social justice. Today, we have people who like President Buhari and we see how they are shouting that he would rescue Nigeria in her predicaments,
All the things PMB hopes to have achieved a Makarfi would have achieved. One could expect a comprehensive social democratic freedom to empower businesses to choose who they want to provide services.
So if the question was rephrased to ask “would Makarfi make a good leader?” The answer is, yes!!!!!. I believe most Nigerians would see him as a competent and level-headed President who can get things done, even if you disagreed with those achievements.
**To be continued***