We can correct whatever is happening in our government’s parastatals through a well thought out succession planning process to avoid unnecessary bickering. If we had entrenched that culture, we won’t be talking of North, South, West or East but Nigeria.

48-72 hours ago, many tabloids published – Buhari orders IG Adamu to hand over to the most senior police officer after his 35 years of meritorious service to the nation. There were speculations that he was to hand over to the most senior AIG.

15-24 hours ago, The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi disclosed, “the President has granted approval to extend IGP Adamu’s tenure for another three months, to allow for a robust and efficient process of appointing a new IG”. What?

The most logical thing to do was to have handed over to the most senior person. If the government cannot trust the most senior AIG to take over from his boss, why was he promoted to that level? However, because nepotism was at the root of the daily routines of getting people into positions of authority, it is now difficult to implement what should normally have been. Igbos are asking for one of theirs since they were not on the list of the list of the newly promoted Service Chiefs. Others are also asking to be considered. This is not supposed to be a politically correct thing. The recruitment into any of the forces should be carefully done. Promotion should be purely on merit in the lines of succession. Not quota. I believe we have intelligent people that can fit the frame from all the geo-political zones.

Seniority is respected in the Judiciary, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy,, Police, Army, Navy, Airforce, DSS, etc., and it matters. When we use discretion, quota system and federal character in the recruitment and promotion of any official within the professional cadre, we inadvertently throw away the pecking order rules and foist mediocrity because of selfish regional interests. Once that happens, we destroy the fabric of efficiency and effectiveness in institutions where seniority matters.

The truth is, nepotism is widespread and becoming the number two element in the corruption chain. This is killing the Nigerian State. When you visit a company, agency, or intergovernmental organisation, which has at its apex a political appointee, the tribe of the leader shall with his tenure, determine those favoured for recruitment and promotion. That is the bane of our inability to rise.

Our admission policies into institutions of higher learning support nepotism. Apart from Lagos and a few states, a Nigerian from another state cannot be a permanent staff in any of their organizations. Perhaps that is why Lagos is progressively doing well.

In advanced nations, meritocratic practice pervades their institutional processes and procedures. This is against ours that is littered with nepotism, abuse of quota and federal character principles.

While dealing with financial corruptive tendencies, we must address processes that drive our institutions. Until we do so, we are likely to be in this one step forward, and ten steps backward for a long time to come. 

Grace and and peace!!!


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