Sleeping Giant.

Nigeria lacks visionary leaders to pilot the ship of the nation.

The political terrain of Nigeria has been one in which all that has ruled the nation were not prepared to take power. Nigeria became politically independent 1st of October 1966, with Tafawa Balewa as the prime minister. 

It is worthy to note that the Premier of the Northern region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, was a more respected northern leader than Balewa, who didn't want to be Prime minister but the leader of the northern region. Despite being the prime minister, he was a lesser person to the Premier.

Following the coup of 1966, which led to the death of both of them and other top-ranking politicians and military officers, Nigeria now found herself under the leadership of General Ironsi, who wasn't prepared for leadership as he was not a revolutionary leader nor a part of the coup lead by Major Kaduna Nzeogwu and his compatriots. Besides this, he wasn't the leading military officer as there was Brigadier Ogundipe, who was afraid to take the position.

Ironsi was himself killed in a counter-coup six months later, bringing Gowon onboard. Gowon was ousted in a coup by General Murtala before Obasanjo came on following his death. It is worthy to note that the military is an institution not for the political leadership of a nation but as defense machinery for the defense of its nation. Obasanjo was later handed over to a civilian administration headed by President Shagari in 1979.

Buhari ousted Shagari on 31st December 1983. 

Buhari was in power until his administration was removed by Babangida in 1985. Babangida later stepped aside for Chief Shonekan, who was removed in a palace coup by Abacha.

Abacha died in office in his attempt to transform into a civilian president, bringing in General Abdusallami. Abdusallami later handed over to the civilian administration of General Obasanjo, who under the People's democratic party became the president of Nigeria in 1999, having been released from prison and granted a pardon by Abdusallami's administration following his imprisonment by Abacha for a phantom coup.

Obasanjo handed over to a very sick president in the person of Shehu Yar Adua, a junior brother to an able military friend of Obasanjo, who died in prison having been incarcerated by the same man who jailed him.

Jonathan came on board following the death of Yar Adua.

He later handed it over to Buhari, the present president of Nigeria. 

Because Nigeria has never had a pure breed leader with the interest of the nation at heart, but selected persons by the cabal only interested in siphoning the wealth of the nation.

Nigeria is blessed, but our leaders have not been able to come up with good policies intended to better the economy of the nation. Late Sankara made an impact in Burkina Faso in the short time he was in office than the entire time spent by the various leaders of Nigeria. Nigeria needs visionary leaders who can plan things positively. Another major problem facing Nigeria, apart from poor leaders not being ready or prepared for leadership, another major problem facing Nigeria is the people or followers. Yes, our leaders are politically bankrupt, and so are the people! The people are bereft of ideas also. There is the poverty of the mind by the people who are compelled due to the damages done to them by the politicians not to think for themselves. It is said that the will of the people is compromised during the voting period by inducements. 

It is time we wake up to our responsibilities as Nigerians if we are to keep surviving as a nation.

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