A retired Major-General and Executive Secretary, Pan African Strategic and Policy ResearchÂ Group (PANAFSTRAG), Ishola Williams, has declared that leadership is not the problem ofÂ Nigeria but followership.
Delivering a lecture on the theme: ”Nigeria at 50: Its leadership, Development and theÂ Future,” in Lagos, Gen. Williams said Nigerians should stop blaming the leaders for theirÂ misfortunes.
â€œUntil we see a shift in followership mentality and a sense of responsibility in knowingÂ that leadership failure in development is our fault, we shall continue to struggle withÂ development with bleak future,â€ he declared.
The lecture which was the 11th anniversary of the Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture also witnessedÂ the presentation of prizes to winners of the 7th edition of the Mike Okonkwo National EssayÂ Competition.
Gen. Williams lamented that the field was not open for those the followers wanted forÂ leadership with empowered potentials to come forward.
”It is too restricted and the followers are to blame,â€ he said.
The retired general who said he made the use of Option A4 for next yearâ€™s election aÂ condition to accept the chairmanship of INEC when he was approached, described an empoweringÂ leader as one who encourages self leadership and responsibility.