Your leaders obstructing your progress – Sam Adeyemi tells Nigerians


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Renowned leadership expert, Pastor Sam Adeyemi says Nigeria will continue to move from crisis to crisis unless there is a change in leadership culture.

Adeyemi, who is the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, lamented that Nigeria currently has a “culture that is not aligned with principles”.

The respected cleric and strategist spoke virtually during ‘Radio Now’s Urgent Conversation’ on Friday.

The programme was themed ‘The Fierce Urgency Of Now: Tactics And Strategies To Pull Nigeria From The Brink’.

“When you look from a leadership standpoint, these crises we are going through are predictable. I had said to the people that listened to me years ago that Nigeria will go from crisis to crisis. Why? Because we have a culture basically that is not aligned with principles. We are dealing with cultural issues, deep issues, mindsets, beliefs, values, that eventually influence behaviour.

“So, the leadership culture itself has a big problem because there is a wide gap between the leader and the led. It is a cultural problem – the leader is very powerful, the led powerless.

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“Leadership requires change, that is the essence; if you are not taking me from A to B, you are not leading me. If we stand on the same spot for 12 hours, you are standing in front of me for 12 hours and they ask you what are you doing to him? You say I am leading him, that is not true; you actually obstructing my progress. We need to move forward,” Adeyemi said.

He explained that the nation’s present structure encouraged illegitimate money-making ventures.

“We should be discussing Nigeria’s development. Nigeria needs to move into the 21st century as fast as possible. This whole thing is about the economy. If you have any problem in Nigeria today, somebody is making money from it. Boko Haram is about money-making, banditry is about money-making, kidnapping is about money-making. Why don’t we then create a country where people can make money legitimately?

“Once, we begin to discuss that with Nigerians, the vision will give people hope. Presently there is despair, people can’t see the way forward,” Adeyemi stressed.

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