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LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE – CONSTRUCTING A VIRILE POLITY – QUOTES BY THE FOUNDING FATHERS (1) & THANK YOU TO GEN. ABDULSALAMI A. ABUBAKAR

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In opening this compilation, I wish to commend very highly Gen. Abdulsalami A. Abubakar, GCFR for the latest peace moves directed at promoting dialogue among Nigerians. There is no issue that cannot be resolved through dialogue. I equally salute Great and wonderful patriots, Prof. Bolaji Akinwande Akinyemi and Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari and pray that God may use this initiative to solve our common problems. Should they require media services, we at TERRIFIC HEADLINES offer our channels of communication for the campaign for dialogue GRATIS, because we are widely exposed and know the importance of peace and peaceful conducts. PATRIOTS:  Why are these personalities patriots? Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States is quoted as stating that:  “Patriotism means to stand by the country. ‘’It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. ‘’It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. ‘’It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. ‘’In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”  LEADERSHIP: This piece will open with some definitions that capture its essence. In the words of Eleanor Rosalynn Carter, wife of US President Jimmy Carter who was politically active during her White House years, ‘’a great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” In this process, there must be trust between the people and the leader. The people, according to John Maxwell, “buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. ‘’The credibility of the leader therefore is essential in effective leadership.’’  In the words of Winston Churchill, “the nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” Churchill was an English statesman and author, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. He was regarded as an orator, strategist, and politician; as well as one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history. OBAFEMI AWOLOWO: Easily the most quoted politician and statesman in Nigeria of old and the present is Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one-time Premier of the defunct Western Region, and at…

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