Motivational speaker and leadership coach, Fela Durotoye, has shared his perspective about the leadership structure of Nigeria and the 2019 general elections.
Durotoye who is also a presidential aspirant, stated on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, that “Money will fail in 2019”.
This according to him, is because “people are now smarter and they now know that when politicians offer you money, they are offering you money to enslave you.”
Speaking further, Mr Durotoye stressed that the status quo will be changed in 2019 because the people have “woken up” and are no longer interested in being ruled rather, they want to lead and make deliberate efforts to make their lives better.
According to him, Nigeria has up until now, experienced “rulership” as opposed to leadership.
He further explained that there is a leadership system called “Selectocracy” in Nigeria, in which “the access to positions of authority and In some cases power, is determined by a few people who have a higher interest in themselves and their own select interest than they have in the interest of the general public.
“We have not seen leadership in Nigeria. What we have in Nigeria are not leaders, we have rulers and we have to call rulers for what they are,” he stressed.
Mr Durotoye, however, noted that depite being endowed with great resources and potentials to succeed, one key factor that is still lacking, is having people who are ready to rise up to responsibility.
“Nobody anywhere in the world has ever doubted the potential of Nigeria
“We are blessed in natural resources but most importantly human resources. We are the largest black nation in the world.
“If you look at the map of the world, Nigeria is literally at the centre of the nexus of world trade. So if you look at it, not only do we have the capacity to maximise our resources, we should be the logistics and production base for the world but we have not yet seen that potential manifest and I believe that potential is not a blessing to a nation – Potential is a call to responsibility for every generation to maximize.”
When asked if he is a member of any political party, he explained that he is still in the process of assessing the parties to ensure that every member has voting rights.
“I have certain characteristics of Political parties that I am looking through and there are quite a few of them that have reached out to me. But I am looking out for the most important one – do the members of the party have voting rights. If it is only delegates that have voting rights, that means the delegates can be influenced an bought. If it is every member of the party that has voting rights, that is the kind of the party I am interested in.”