The real clue that an Atiku Abubakar will make a great president
By Saint Atisco aka Dan~Atiku, Truly atikulated
When we pay a lot of attention to their experiences, most especially when looking for a presidential candidate, instead of choosing a presidential candidate based on his past performance or records. It’s like trying to figure out which kid can run fastest after watching one shoot a basketball and the other kick a soccer ball. The candidates’ track records aren’t particularly a useful indicators—they’ve all been doing different jobs with limited relevance to the presidential job or office.
So how should we evaluate who is best fit to hold the nation’s highest office?
A president who knows his onions can easily take a glimpse into the future and create a vision from it. So, rather than judging candidates solely on their past records, we should examine whether they have the sagacity that qualifies one as an effective leader.
The Nigeria presidential seat has been defined by unexpected events as thus among top shots:
General Muhammadu Buhari contested three times and won in 2015 in APC. He again clinched the ticket of the All Progressive Congress APC in a direct primary election held at its just concluded national convention.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar contested severally in different political platform but couldn’t clinched the ticket but this time around he has an encounter with destiny by clinching the ticket of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in a keenly contested, freest and fairest primary election held in Port Harcourt the city of Rivers.
Atiku winning has sparked out wide jubilation amongst his party members and attracted cultlike supporters to the Atikulation movement.
Although the specifics of an event may always come as a shock, presidential candidate are better equipped to lead the country through crises if they have an already prepared blue prints known as Economy Policies.
A president who is proactive and having an excellent political prowess couple with sagacity should be able to prevent crises with a holistic military approach towards safeguarding lives and properties of its citizenry.
To find out what makes someone a good president, political psychologist Phil Tetlock spent two decades tracking the accuracy of predictions made by experts (and non-experts) about major geopolitical events. And his research revealed some of the underlying attributes that made certain people far more accurate than others.
It wasn’t ideology that mattered. Tetlock found that “how you think matters more than what you think.” Among both liberals and conservatives, there were foxes and hedgehogs—a concept pioneered by Isaiah Berlin. Foxes are interested in many ideas and see the world in shades of gray; they’re constantly doubting what they know. Hedgehogs zoom in one big idea and see it in black and white, clinging with certainty to their core beliefs.
In Tetlock’s research, hedgehogs were consistently the poorest forecasters, because they couldn’t resist the temptation to oversimply a complex world. Foxes did much better. They tended to come off as less confident in their predictions, but that openness to the variety of possibilities is precisely what made for stronger forecasting.
Here’s the catch: Although foxes are better at predicting the future, voters tend to prefer hedgehogs, because we make the mistake of confusing confidence for competence. Evidence shows that the more assertive someone appears, the more capable we think he or she is, even though the two are unrelated. As Quiet author Susan Cain explains, “There’s zero correlation between who’s the best talker and who has the best ideas.”
To elect a president who has the best grasp of the future, we need to focus less on what candidates say and more on how they think. Here’s my proposal: Presidential candidates should participate in solving the problem rather than raining excuses and attributing it to the past.
let’s elect someone who has the political will to take charge of his government by taken positive decisions that better the affairs of his country.
A president full of live and idea, discussing investment and bringing same to the country, who has invested and knows the joy of creating one.
As we made up our minds let’s ask ourselves these questions: Will jobs be created for the teeming unemployed youths? Will Boko Haram be defeated? Will any country has confidence in doing business with our country?
I’ll vote for the candidate who excels on two metrics. The first is the accuracy of his or her predictions. But the second, which is equally important, is how much those predictions improve over time.
I would rather elect a president who’s looking for the truth than one who thinks he has found it.
Let’s elect a candidate who has the wisdom to assemble the best team. That will reach out to technocrats for viable ideas as well as reaching out across party lines, like Late Musa Yar’adua did, no one that tag all politicians corrupt in a selective fight of the monster who has eaten deep into our fabrics.
The earlier presidential candidates start working with their forecasting teams, the better suited they’ll be to succeed in office. Evidence shows that with more experience collaborating together, cardiac surgeons have lower patient mortality rates, software developers are more likely to deliver high-quality projects and finish them on schedule, NBA basketball teams win more games, and flight crews fatigued after a few days of flying together make fewer errors than rested ones who have never flown together.
It’s also true in forecasting that a president who work with groups of skilled cabinets will certainly gained experience together where it significantly better the lives of people than president who hadn’t worked together with best teams. A history of shared experience help teams learn to leverage strengths and compensate for weaknesses, coordinate more effectively and develop productive routines.
The best results don’t belong to the teams with the most experienced members, but to the teams with the history of working together.
Elections should be a skill contest—and that requires reducing the roles that popularity and ideology currently play in picking our president. Finding the best leader means elevating candidates who have the wisdom to know what they don’t know. Who are confident enough in their forecasting skills to put them to the test. Who get the right cabinet on their bus and spend meaningful time driving together. With these we’ll have a president who is not only better prepared to respond to the future, but who is better positioned to sharpen our economy.
Atiku Abubakar is that president our country Nigeria needs to liberate the country from its unfortunate situation.