THE INFLUENCE OF “NIGERIAN CULTURE” ON LEADERSHIP AND ITS IMPLICATION ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATION

THE INFLUENCE OF “NIGERIAN CULTURE” ON LEADERSHIP AND ITS IMPLICATION ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATION

Author by Dr. Margret Kabuoh

Journal/Publisher: International Policy Brief Series Education And Science Journal Of Policy Review And Cultural Development

Volume/Edition: 4

Language: English

Pages: 115 - 135

Abstract

The need for good leadership has been emphasized as an ingredient necessary for the
progress and development of a nation. It has been observed that the development of
the nation have been at a very slow pace since independence, many studies attribute
this to the poor state of leadership in the Nation. According to Chinua Achebe “there
is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian character, there is nothing wrong with
the Nigerian land or climate or air or anything else,” but leadership. However, the
question that comes to mind is could the Nigerian culture be responsible for Nigeria
leaders poor attitude? An attempt shall be made to answer this question in the study.
This paper carried out an exploratory study on the influence of Nigerian culture on
the leadership and its implication on sustaining the development of the nation. The
culture of corruption was extensively examined and it was revealed that the followers
contribute greatly to the corrupting influence of the leaders. The culture of
interdependency, “god fatherism”, nepotism and the effect they have on sustainable
development was also examined. The challenges of leadership and governance in
Nigeria and the implications of this social menace as well as the role of Anticorruption
Agency in the fighting of corruption was critically examined. This study
suggested that the Nigerian mind, culture and value system need to be purified for a
better and transformational leadership to be sustained which will in turn enhance the
national development.


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