By Barry Kadi
Mr. Babagana Zulum, the Borno state governor has said that Nigerian leaders hate truth and sincerity, tend to develop animosity towards those that stand by the truth.
The Borno number one man, made this known on Monday at an event in Abuja where he delivered a lecture at the National Defence College.
Those at the event were the elites, made of the military, policymakers, captains of industry and other highly placed persons in the society.
The Borno governor said the problem of Nigeria is, those close to power do not tell the truth and those in power do not want to hear the truth.
“A strategic leader must be a strategic listener and reader. A strategic thinker must also be a strategic learner. A strategic leader must be willing to hear the truth and to learn,” he said.
“However, telling the truth and accepting the truth has been our major problems in Nigeria. Some people will never tell you the truth when you are in power and honestly, many of us in power also do not want to hear the truth, we prefer to be told what we like to hear and that is a serious deficit in strategic leadership.”
Zulum had honoured an invitation by the college, to deliver a paper with the titled “Strategic leadership: The challenges of Insurgency in Borno State.”
The governor since he assumed office has challenged the status quo starting from the state civil service to military men who are deployed to Borno state to fight the Boko Haram insurgency which has lasted for over 10 years.
Zulum this month, challenged the military along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road, accusing them of collecting bribes from travelers for not having national identity rather than concentrate on fighting the Boko Haram war.
An action that was widely welcomed by many Nigerians, however, responding to the governor’s action, the military authority said his action will have a negative consequence in the fight against the insurgency.
Worse still, some residents along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road, have accused the military of allowing Boko Haram to attack and kill them because the governor asked them not to collect bribe from travelers.