Without OBJ’s support from Adibe, El-Rufai’s demolition while he was minister in the FCT would not have been accomplished.

Nasarawa State University political science professor Jideofor Adibe has provided his opinions on the recently nominated ministers serving under President Tinubu. He thinks that these ministers will need the president’s full backing in order to carry out their duties successfully and take prudent risks. CONTINUE READING>>>>>

Prof. Adibe claims that a recent interview on Channels television shed light on this issue. He emphasized that a president must set a good example for his or her staff by acting in a positive manner. He also emphasized that the president should have faith in the ministers’ ability to make decisions and provide them the room they require to do so.

He declared, “The president must set the tone if the ministries are to function, be effective, and be willing to take chances. You must set the bar high as president. Additionally, we anticipate that the president will have the self-assurance to give the ministers the space they need to make judgments. Ministers won’t take calculated risks unless they are absolutely certain that they have political cover. For instance, El Rufai’s demolitions in Abuja as a minister would not have happened if he did not have Obasanjo’s political support. The Soludo bank consolidation follows the same logic.

The professor continued by providing examples to support his claims. He emphasized that important measures, like El Rufai’s Abuja demolitions and Soludo’s bank consolidation, were made feasible because these ministers had the support of the relevant presidents on a political level. Prof. Adibe stressed the critical role that strong leaders like Obasanjo played in supporting their ministers’ ideas and the subsequent success of these activities.

Prof. Adibe highlighted a distinction between this and Buhari’s leadership style. He said that if a policy received a lot of criticism when Buhari was in office, the president was more inclined to remove himself from it and let his ministers deal with the fallout on their own. A case where Buhari appeared to separate himself from the issue around the redesign of the naira serves as an illustration of this. Prof. Adibe compared this to Obasanjo’s approach, claiming that under Obasanjo’s leadership, Emefiele wouldn’t have been left without assistance in a comparable circumstance.

“None of them would have lived to see the light of day if it weren’t for a strong character, a strong willed guy like Obasanjo. If you contrast that with what occurred under Buhari, it appears that he will simply throw you under the bus if there is too much criticism of any policy. And we were able to see that in the way he spoke about the naira makeover. Even though he appeared on public television and claimed ownership, nobody noticed him when Emefiele was under intense scrutiny. Emefiele won’t experience that under Obasanjo.

He uses historical examples to support his assertions that effective ministerial performance requires strong leadership, self-assurance, and a readiness to offer political cover.…… Continue Your Reading

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