LEADERSHIP AS A BANE IN THE NIGERIA SOCIETY IN GODWIN AKPAN’S THE CROWDED CORRIDOR

LEADERSHIP AS A BANE IN THE NIGERIA SOCIETY IN GODWIN AKPAN’S THE CROWDED CORRIDOR
LEADERSHIP AS A BANE IN THE NIGERIA SOCIETY IN GODWIN AKPAN’S THE CROWDED CORRIDOR

LEADERSHIP AS A BANE IN THE NIGERIA SOCIETY IN GODWIN AKPAN’S THE CROWDED CORRIDOR

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Godwin Akpan, however, specifically blames the crippling effects of years of unguarded corruption, ineptitude, tactlessness, moral depravity as well as the mental bankruptcy of Nigeria’s leaders for being responsible for Nigeria’s current woes.

Akpan’s passionate analysis of Nigeria is to expose a democratic leadership which has totally asphyxiated by years of incompetence.

Any African democracy where the leader rules without any sense of responsibility and patriotism which Akpan write this book. To expose and embrace up for years and years of misery and unquantifiable grief and bloodshed. For Nigeria’s democracy to thrive, indeed for African democracy to survive. Achebe recommends that transparency in governance must be imbibed. He further encourages an end to the draconian style of leadership which creates an atmosphere of fear, violence and distrust.

In addition to this, the citizens of the nation must pay due respect to fundamental human rights and the rule of law and must desist from the celebration of mediocrity instead of productivity. These are, Akpan opines, among the surest ways to guarantee equality of opportunities in Nigeria and also the surest way to enthrone lasting democracy.

 

LEADERSHIP AS A BANE IN THE NIGERIA SOCIETY IN GODWIN AKPAN’S THE CROWDED CORRIDOR

Akpan graphically captures the suffering Nigerian masses as “…the real victims of our callous system, the wretched of the earth. They are largely silent and invisible. They don’t appear on front pages, they do not initiate industrial actions. Akpan’s sympathy lies with the masses, majority of whom are poor. He further laments that they are “people whom the politician pays a siren-visit once in four years and promises to give them this and that. But never says that what he gives is theirs in the first place”. According to him, indiscipline takes an ugly toll on a defaulting nation.

 

THE CHALLENGES OF LEADERSHIP AND CORRUPTION IN GODWIN AKPAN’S THE CROWDED CORRIDOR

As Akpan’s The Crowded Corridor points out, Nigerians and their leaders are used to a climate of indiscipline: Indiscipline pervades our life so completely today that one may be justified in calling it the condition par excellence of contemporary Nigerian society. We see and hear and read about indiscipline in the home, in the school, in the public service, in the private sector, in government and in legislative assemblies, on the roads, in the air.

On the other hand, leadership holds the key to unlocking some of the major challenges confronting Nigeria and Africa in general. In as much as they do not, leaders can hardly use their position, creative talents and abilities for the benefit of common good.

As Olugbemi (1979) puts it, insofar interest of the Nigerian state are distinguishable from the collective and or sectional interest of the leaders. Nigerian leaders will exploit its roles to further and protect its corporate interest.

In other words, Nigerians are perceived by Godwin Akpan as a people who ironically dream of “a fairy ship that will dock in their harbor laden with every goody they have always dreamed of possessing’’. To Godwin, Nigerian leaders have eschewed all forms of decorum in their handling of Nigerian affairs. He sees this allegedly insane outburst as evidence of mediocrity and a sheer compromise of moral standards.

 

In addition, Nigeria is seen by Godwin’s The Crowded Corridor as a nation where the gap between the highest and the lowest paid public servants is forever widening. However, when it comes to looting the national treasures, he sees “the elite of Nigeria as totally inconsiderate and selfish”. He also sees Nigeria as a nation where “government financial experts went to work and produced new salary scales which gave more money to the people at the top than it gave to the grumbling cadres below”.

Akpan expatiates this as when a leader has a poverty of thought…or when he is displaying the seminal absence of intellectual rigour in political thought. And showing a tendency to pious materialistic woolliness and self-centred pedestrianism.

 

Conclusion

The assignment focuses on the challenges of leadership as a bane in the Nigerian society using Godwin’s The Crowded Corridor in examining causes and issues behind in effective leadership style in many society of Nigeria. Moreover, the playwright highlighted a number of challenges which have varied implications on the quest to resolve the transformation question in Nigeria.

One of  such implication is that, until Nigerian leaders begin to think Nigeria and begin to  ‘plant trees’ whose shades they know they shall never seat in. The quest for good  governance and efficacious leadership that could fight corruption and engender  sustainable socio-economic and political development will for long remain a mirage.

 

REFERENCES

Akpan, G. (2005) The Crowded Corridor. Darin Publishing Press

Olugbemi, S. (1979). The civil service, an outsider’s view. In Oyediran, O. (ed.) Nigeria government and politics under military rule 1966-77. London: The  Macmillan Press.

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