The Accidental Presidents?

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So this Friday, I stole got an advanced copy of Chude Jideonwo’s upcoming book titled Are We The Turning Point Generation? 

I started reading the book Sunday evening and have been highlighting and making comments all over the pages of the book … just like I am studying for JAMB.

However, I have not gone far enough to be able to give a proper and comprehensive review of the book … that will come later. But with the small part I have read, I have already learned some interesting new things that I did not know before … like the fact that 90% of the Youth Ministry’s budget goes to NYSC (what a waste!).

But the paragraph that really turned got my highlighter excited was this …

Nigeria is plagued by a despondent dearth of men with character who were born and shaped to lead a modern society. Nowhere is this more symbolized than in the fact that our last two presidents were accidental in several important ways: one ill and incapable of making tough and long-term decisions, surprised as he was with a presidency he never sought, and the other pushed in by a series of unfortunate events. Just imagine what could have happened if men with the long-term will, the vision and the drive to be president of the world’s most populous black nation had the opportunity to do so. 

Just imagine …

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7 comments on “The Accidental Presidents?

  1. “Just imagine what could have happened if men with the long-term will, the vision and the drive to be presidents of the world’s most populous black nation had the opportunity to do so”… I imagine this everyday..
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  2. “Just imagine what could have happened if men with the long-term will, the vision and the drive to be president of the world’s most populous black nation had the opportunity to do so.”

    Kpom!
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  3. Deji on said:

    hmmmmm, i wonder myself! but then i feel a great deal of Nigerians are just greedy anyway and will probably do same. i think all the old men in politics need to seriously die!

  4. This sounds like a perfect movie title (sic)! It’s sad that our accidental Presidents are finding it really hard learning on the job. It’s a lot like becoming an accidental parent or accidental CEO! As long as you are not prepared, qualified and experienced enough for the role, you will be a dismal failure. But how many young Nigerians in their 30s and 40s are experienced, prepared and exposed enough to take up the role of being “Nigeria”‘s next president? That’s the million dollar question!

  5. “Just imagine”

    Ofili, I wouldn’t have minded going into politics and helping create policies that serve to move the nation forward, but when you hear what happened to people like Funsho Williams in Lagos state, you know that it’s not all about will.

    The will may be there, but you need people who can protect your neck. That’s part of the reason why Yar’adua and Goodluck came into power. Their necks were protected.

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