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Ezekwesili slams African leaders for lacking the desired character


Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has blamed African leaders for lacking character to develop their respective countries.

Ezekwesili, who is also the co- convener of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), an Advocacy group, noted that leadership has three characteristics; Capacity, Competency and character.

Ezekwesili stated this at the 5th Annual lecture of online Magazine Real News which held at Sheraton Hotel where she gave a lecture on the title: African Leadership in Turbulent Era.

“The thing is that every problem has a technical side to it, but it also has an adaptive side. For the technical side of the problem, you definitely can buy expertise anywhere to solve them.

“So, competence and capacity, you can buy them.

“But there is a third thing called character. That’s what defines the value set that would determine how you solve that problem for the common good and that’s where Africa fails.”

Mugabe and the leadership question

She also lamented that Africa has failed to find the right  leadership that is driven by the sense of public good and the willingess to sacrifice for the self interest, in order that the collective may benefit from leadership.

“So, we must consistently demand for the presence of competence, capacity and character, with character being the absolute necessity.

Speaking on the recent crisis in Zimbabwe where President Robert Mugabe is not willing to resign despite pressure from the public and his political party, ZANU-PF, which gave him till Monday noon to resign after being removed as the leader of the party, Ezekwesili hopes the people of the Southern African country follow the African Union(AU) treaty which is against Military rule.

“What that means is that within the next six months, SADC as a regional body should do as ECOWAS had done in instances where we had coups in our sub-region and prepare for elections.

“The Soldiers can’t be allowed to stay more than six months according to the AU treaty.

“However, alike is the fact that  a man who started as a hero has ended up as zero simply because he failed to understand the discipline of leadership to leave when the applaud is high.