Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says it is imperative of deep reflections in political leadership, saying it marks the difference between transformational leadership and the banal.
He was speaking on Tuesday at the public presentation of ‘The Challenges of Good Governance in Nigeria,’ a book in honour of the founding chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Akande, in Abuja.
Osinbajo said Akande has toed the paths of the late nationalist and former Premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who, in his lifetime, reflected extensively on the Nigerian political economy, and committed his thoughts in several books and speeches.
“Anyone who has paid attention to Chief Bisi Akande will notice that he observes that tradition, documenting his thoughts on governance, on the responsibilities of those who govern,” the vice president stated.
He said that Akande, in his books, also reflected on the challenges of sub-national governance and made prescriptions based on his experiences.
“The deeply reflective style always endures ensures that he always provides that personal human dance of fate and circumstances that attend the human effort even in politics.
“A major benefit to society of the individual reflection of its leaders is that they explain complex ideas with their own peculiar wisdom and expressions.”
In his speech, Akande the 118-page “book couldn’t have come at a more auspicious time than now when we are all engaged in ensuring that good governance thrives in our land.”
He said that the greatest obstacle to good governance in Nigeria is the low degree of the quality of education.
“Education, we all know the importance of education; it is the most important key to unlock the human potentials.
“In Nigeria today, however, the numeracy and literacy content of our education is too low, compared with those of the people that once colonized and amalgamated our various communities in what they christened as Nigeria over a century ago.
“Our knowledge of science and technology remains so perverted by our low education that while the global economy is being driven by technology, industrialization and hard work, Nigerian economy is largely being driven by prayers, rituals and miracles.
“The truth is that the most potent and lasting miracles are found in workable planning, based on accurate data interpretations, critical part analysis and devotion to duty.”
Akande, who was governor of Osun State from 1999 to 2003, said there was need to “re-think and re-work” the Nigerian school curricula” to give “higher quality to our education.”
In his speech, former Governor Bola Tinubu of Lagos State, represented by immediate past governor of Oyo State, noted the key role that Akande played in the formation of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which defeated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria.
The reviewer of the book, Prof. Akinseye George, said it was a fitting tribute to an astute politician and consummate administrator.