Nigeria-A Vote For Jonathan,Epiphany And The Banality Of Evil
October 9, 2010
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President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan may be capable of creative and visionary thinking,but so far,that has not been much evident.Leadership is,among other things,basically about setting agenda and initiating meaningful change.It is about mobilizing the resources of the society in a focused effort to achieve the aims of the society.It is about having a vision of where the society should be headed.Especially transformational leadership,which is what Nigeria needs,and lacks.Nigerians need a leader who will rivet and engage them through the robustness of his/her vision,while motivating them to greater effort and sacrifice by the challenge of his/her personal conduct.A citizenry thus enthused about it’s leadership,would willingly partner the leadership in building a greater Nigeria.
President Jonathan has come across as a humble and self-effacing man.But while personal humility is good,institutional humility is far bettter.Nigerians want a leader who will craft institutions that would be dedicated to the objective of serving their interests.They want a healthcare-delivery system that actually works.They want the security services to actually provide security.They want the power utility to provide reliable electricity.They want standard and functional schools.They want a justice-delivery system that does not deny justice,by delaying it.They want a humane and reliable pension system,one that does not dehumanize old men and women.This is what humility is all about,institutional humility,possible only through visionary and responsible leadership.
Of all the declared candidates so far,i would plump for president Jonathan for the simple reason that,given his trajectory to power,he seems to be God’s candidate.As a born-again christian i believe in the concept of divine arrangement,the idea that people can be led to prepared blessings.Now,this can end in two different ways.First,he can perform prodigiously successfully,and to the benefit of Nigerians.Second,he can fail to perform and provide us with the much needed epiphany:opening our eyes to the concept of the “banality of evil”.This phrase was coined by Hannah Arendth to show that evil is possible only in societies,where people esteem and enthrone the dictates of self-interest over and above the claims of conscience and morality.In other words,in failing societies,the people are as complicit as the leadership,because evil triumphs only if the people choose to remain loyal to the system.