Leadership, Youth and Development in Nigeria
20 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 27, 2016
This paper set out to x-ray how the leadership of a nation influences the quality and characteristics of youth and the development of the nation; in the process certain words were clarified. The writer used observation, evaluated certain written documents and purposively interviewed some persons that are considered as significant others in order to generate data. Following the review, it was discovered that the quality of leadership in Nigeria has created youth that are acritical, indolent and veritable tools ready to perpetuate negativity in the society on slightest provocation. Such characteristics exhibited by the youth are hinged on the fact that development programmes are geographically based and the kind of education prevalent enthrones ethnic loyalty, nepotism and brigandage. This paper therefore, suggests that the leadership of the nation should have attitudinal change by encouraging meritocracy, down play ethno-political loyalty and encourage patriotism. To be able to achieve this feat, a functional education is required and this will be possible if those in position of authority encourage the welfare of the general populace and abandon conspicuous consumption which directly or indirectly have demonstration effect on the youth; whose life style and statements are tended towards getting rich quick by engaging in some unwholesome practices which are in the forms of being used as political thugs, who kill and maim opposition groups, snatch ballot boxes and even armed robbery. All that is intended just to portray the youth’s loyalty to the powers that be. Such negative actions evidence the mechanical stage of development of the people.
Keywords: leadership, youth, development, future, Nigeria
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