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IDEDE Oseyande
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Nehemiah: Portrait of a Selfless Leader 12  –  IDEDE Oseyande

“A Leader that can rescue Nigeria must be someone whose life goal is to leave a lasting Legacy. That will serve as a template for true leadership”

A good study of the priority of Nehemiah explains why it was difficult to corrupt him.

“Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people”

His priority, and life goal was to please God and have a good record in His sight. Assuming he wanted to be the richest Jew living in his time, he would have been ensnared by the largesse, and opportunities that comes with the office of the Governor. His passion for the people and the rebuilding project would have been swallowed up by his love for wealth.

If he was interested in having power and authority, he would have either made an attempt to install himself as King, thereby plunging the people into war, and untold hardship; Or he would have elongated his rule over them by delaying the work.

“And I commanded the levites that they should cleanse themselves and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy”

This is what intending Nigerian leaders should emulate. To be able to survive the temptation of corruption in this country, one must not be ambitious for wealth, fame and power. If any of the three is your driving force, you will sacrifice anything to attain it. In the process of getting it at all cost, you will likely be dented by one of the made shades of corruption.

A leader that can be called a messiah to rescue Nigeria must be someone that has respect for posterity. An individual whose priority is to be counted faithful, by those that will come behind him.

Nigeria is in dire need of such leaders. Will you make yourself available?

May our Legacy not be dented by corruption!

*”My son, it is your time”*~ Queen Ramonda

*Black Panther*

*The making of an Hero*

Quality considered: High Moral Values.

….to be continued.

IDEDE Oseyande

Thought Tutor

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Twitter: @officialOsesky

IDEDE Oseyande
IDEDE Oseyande

Nehemiah: Portrait of a Selfless Leader 11 –  IDEDE Oseyande

“A goal without a set time for execution is a mere wish”

Most people make wishes and call it goals. “I want to be this, I want to be that, I want to get to so and so level in life etc”. They draw aspirations without a set time to achieve it. Some will just say, “I must achieve it before I die.” They sound as if they know when they will die. The most common among Nigerian youths today is this cliche, “I must contribute my quota to fix this country”. Ask them when they hope to start and they will tell you before they die, or very soon.

Timing helps us to be committed and focused in achieving set goals. I want to be a Ph.D holder before my 35th birthday, is a more achievable goal than saying, “I must get my Ph.D before I leave this world”. The reason is crystal clear, the one that set 35th birthday anniversary as a benchmark, will work with that time frame, knowing that he has limited time. While the one that said before he dies, will keep postponing, with the belief that there’s still time. That’s how he will keep procrastinating until he finds himself on his death bed.

And the King said unto me, (the Queen also sitting by him); for how long shall thy journey be? And when wilt thou return? So it pleased the King to send me; and *I set him a TIME

The King demanded a time frame for the project Nehemiah was embarking on, and Nehemiah showed another leadership quality by being able to give the King the number of days he will require for the work. Some persons would have said;

“Sir, you know I have not been in Jerusalem for a very long time! I will need to get there first, and know the extent of the damage, so I can give you a more accurate time frame.”

However, a leader that has counted the cost before embarking on a mission knows what is expected, and how long it will take to achieve that expectations.

“So the wall was finished in the twenty fifth day of the month Elul, in FIFTY and TWO (52) days!”

Though it was not recorded if the time frame Nehemiah gave the King was 52days, however, it was recorded as a feat for him to have completed the work in 52days, despite all the distractions, and economic hardship in the land.

This is a great lesson to both the youths and elders. As a youth, you cannot fold your hands without contributing to the development of the nation, and you keep telling yourself that you will do so one day. When will that day come?

The youth keep saying, we will take over government one day from these old leaders. When will that day come?

 

We have a culture in Nigeria to not always meet deadlines. We keep shifting the dates for the completion of our collective projects to later dates. Vision 2010 was not achieved, and it became vision 2020, 2020 has failed already, and we now have vision 2030, some are even saying 2050. We might think it is a trivial thing (not meeting deadlines), but it is the reason our roads are still death traps, our hospitals functioning more as a morgue than a healing home, our schools and colleges more of a socializing joint, than a place where knowledge is acquired, and our markets more of a refuse dump than a place where buying and selling takes place.

As long as we don’t hold our leaders accountable for not meeting deadlines, they will keep asking for more time to do the job. So don’t cry if they come begging for another term in office after wasting the first term you gave them.

Is that not why a kilometer road that takes 3 weeks in other places to construct, will take over a year in Nigeria? Because we don’t care. We are ok with any excuse they give us.

An ideal leader should be time conscious. Deadlines should be met at all cost!

Quality considered: Time Management

 

……to be continued.

 

IDEDE Oseyande

Thought Tutor

Whatsapp: 08035216938

Twitter: @officialOsesky

IDEDE Oseyande
IDEDE Oseyande

Nehemiah: Portrait of a Selfless Leader 8 – IDEDE Oseyande

 “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient” ~ Holy Bible

Leadership is not about staying on that high horse with so many titles, and with servants at your beck and call. Leadership is all about service! And that service comes from associating yourself with the good and bad conditions of your people. You must bear the burdens with them. When the threat of attack on the rebuilding project was at its peak, Nehemiah did not use half of the guards to protect himself and his household, as common among our leaders today; instead he stayed among the people. Hear him…….

“So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that everyone put them off for washing.”

Again, as he saw the poverty in the land, he forsook so many legal privileges he was entitled to as a Governor. That shows a leader that is ready to share in the burden of his people.

“Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their Governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the King, that is twelve years, I and my brethren (my aides) have not eaten the bread of a Governor…..

But the former Governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; “yea, even their SERVANTS bare RULE OVER THE PEOPLE”: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.”

Now, Nehemiah and his aides did not decline being paid for the offices they held because they were rich; far from it. Hear the reason for the decision:

“…..yet for all this required not I the bread of the Governor, *because the bondage was heavy upon this people”

Comparing this with what we currently have in Nigeria, you will understand what many mean by saying the ruling APC as a party does not have the moral right to say they are different from our past set of leaders. What has really changed?

Cost of governance was on the high side before they came to power. They even acknowledge it themselves in their campaign manifesto; yet nothing is being done differently. Confront them with it, and they will tell you; *”is that not what PDP has been doing? Why did you not cry out then?. Complain about security, they will repeat same rhetorics. Interestingly, they want to force everyone to accept that BUHARI and the APC are the best thing that has happened in Nigeria after sliced bread.

With the suffering in the land, and the high number of past political office holders currently in this government, one would have expected that it will cost them nothing to work for free, or at least, half of what the “previous corrupt government officials” have been collecting. Alas, we are yet to see that.

One therefore wonder; “what is it that has really changed?

Quality considered: Burden Bearing

…..to be continued.

 

IDEDE Oseyande

Thought Tutor

Whatsapp: 08035216938

Twitter: @officialOsesky

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