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Is leadership really the main problem of Africa? (3), By Sunday Adelaja

We need to ask ourselves these hard questions because, in most cases, those are what it means to have a strong leader rule over a country. That is why I said earlier that we simply don’t know what we are asking for. Let us begin to ask for more of structures, systems, due processes, rather than strong and powerful leaders. Again, let me say there is a place for good and powerful leaders, but systems and structures are more important.

Most of the people mentioned in the last article were actually dictators. The example of Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, who built his country from Third World to First World, is a modern example that you cannot have a great leader without some excesses. He was a dictator who ruled Singapore for over 30 years. If anybody does that in Africa, he is castigated and hated for it.

Even though all these people are now regarded as some of the greatest political leaders of their nations and in the world, yet they were as controversial as they were great. In most cases, they were only recognised as great only after their deaths.

Our challenge is when we say leadership is our main problem. Are we sincerely ready for what it takes to have a great leader? Are we ready to pay the prize of sacrifice of some basic human rights? Are we ready to pay the prize of dictatorship? Are we ready for repression? Are we ready for the mass death of our populace?

We need to ask ourselves these hard questions because, in most cases, those are what it means to…

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