Out of Texas is deep—a psychological composition of the suffering of a Nation which had been fabricated for contingency, rather than built to last.
By Emeaba Emeaba, Phd
A new book about leadership and psychology has unknotted what the author, Anthony Obi Ogbo called the fallacy of Nigeria’s secularity, connecting the radical Islamic philosophy of jihadist, Uthman Dan Fodio to the current socio-political state of uncertainty. The Book titled Out Of Texas: 336 Hours to Motherland was released last week with the inaugural signing reception scheduled for March 30 at the Holiday Inn Express on Highway 59.
This author used a 14-day trip as a yardstick, to subject Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, to a logical scrutiny on psychological constituents of her history, politics, leadership, organizational development and structure, and how these concepts correlate her prevailing governance complexities. Out of Texas analyses the deceitfulness in the composition of Nigeria’s sovereignty, and how leaders ignorantly, and destructively govern a complex culture, politics, and economy with incompatible paradigms.
The author downloaded the leadership philosophy of Uthnam Dan Foidio and its negative effects to current Nigeria’s socio-political uncertainty; He wrote;
“Dan Fodio’s cause was a struggle against specific governance paradigms, categorized under four unacceptable standards. The first was government established by unbelievers. Such governments, in Hausa land, regarded as pagans, must suffer being swept from power by a militant revolution. The second was a regime whose rulers were “…unbelievers in their hearts who, through political expedience had to manifest Islam and associate with Muslims.” The third was a government whose leaders had committed treason by coming to power in the name of Islam and then abandoning Islam when fully established. (4) The fourth was government of syncretic rulers who governed in the name of Islam but whose policies and strategies were based on secular objectives, principles, and institutions.”
From the falseness of her union, to an untutored religious zealotry that Balkanizes political progress and economic prosperity, the author, at some point uses humor to thoroughly unravel the psychological relevance of specific policy issues. Knowing Nigeria is one thing, understanding the structure may require other aptitudes unraveled in this book.
For those unfamiliar with this author, his choice of topics is analogous to putting a sticky-note that reads “Kick Me” on the back of your shirt; he neither writes for the circus, nor pretends to entertain. Out of Texas is deep—a psychological composition of the suffering of a Nation which had been fabricated for contingency, rather than built to last. Ogbo’s ‘Three Hundred and Thirty-Six Hours’ trip to Nigeria engendered this scrutiny of psychological constituents of this great Nation, her history, politics, leadership, organizational development and structure, and how these concepts correlate her prevailing government complexities.
Talk about patriotism and you are bound to elicit stirs of shock. As a virtue, patriotism is now old-fashioned and going the way of the dodo. Every now and then, we may, on those rarest of occasions, view patriotic sentiments much like the writings of Shakespeare: quaint, heart-warming, and no longer in vogue. In truth, the way we criticize our government can become lopsided and we have come to accept that. But to Ogbo, our country remains worthy of a little down-to-earth criticism with a dash of love, and praise.
Ogbo unearthed applicable leadership theories as it relates to the Nigeria’s issues, and said “It is simply an indication that any solution about this country must start from addressing the mistakes of the founding fathers. The complexity of Nigeria’s leadership structure is an offshoot of a misguided experiment of the colonial government. No leadership paradigm thrives within a domain of incompatible cultural values where stakeholders are indoctrinated in dreadful irreconcilable ideologies that undermine unanimity and cordiality; yet Nigeria parades as her motto “Unity and Faith”.
Ogbo continued, and postulated the deleterious impact of how as of this day, the Hausa Land now called Northern Nigeria has unforgivingly destabilized the secularity of Nigeria’s nationhood by operating all the major Islamic standards as applies to the radical institution of their spiritual founding fathers. He said, “It must be understood that patriotism as a Nigerian is not flying the national flag, or wearing designer suits adorned in green colors. It must not only be love for Nigeria, but also necessitates believing in those ideals that characterize her nationhood.”
Inaugural signing and reception for this book is on March 30, 2008 2 at the Holiday Inn Express on 6687 Southwest Freeway. The book is available in the stores and online.
Some Excerpts from the book:
Have you really been in a Delta flight headed for Lagos during the Christmas season? Ramshackle Delta Airline is loaded to the brim, with passengers talking so loud and snacking in horribly stinking African delicacies. Do you know what it means to dole out a rubber plate of Ugba and Stockfish in a flight? For goodness sake this stuff stinks like a dead body, and I would pity passengers from other cultures having to endure such environment.
Yet – those are demands of having to manage cultural diversity; the ability to study the cultural components of an organization and fashion out appropriate management strategies to accommodate stakeholders. If an Airline can make adequate arrangement to accommodate pets, they should also be able to accommodate people’s way of life, including how they interact and what they eat.
Which duty? A calling perpetrated by a society of redundant military officers inspired by overdose of alcohol, cannabis, and AK-47 riffles, and headed by a desperate chump behind the radio announcement proclaiming himself the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But the major issue is how a local army without any leadership aptitude besides commanding platoons, barracks, and cantonments, could preside over a complex econo-political entity that is.
Buhari’s gate-crashing into a leadership suite bigger than his brainpower may not be the only travesty; his values were another destructive trait. He was one of those conservative Muslim fanatics with the heart of Hamas, a propensity equal to those of Al Qaeda, and the vision of Taliban; one of those who would question God for creating any being other than a Muslim; or even challenge Him for creating women.
Consequently, Buhari’s tyrannical conduct and the Nigerian situation raise another issue about leadership and ability traits. Nigeria needed a leader with mental ability; she needed a humble leader – charismatic by nature or design, with the heart of Mother Theresa, wisdom of Bill Clinton, and the sureness of Barack Obama. A humble leader is charismatic because he overlooks ego, acknowledges contributions of others, respects subordinates and ignores public exaltation. The Charismatic Leadership is based on personality and charm, rather than any form of external power or authority. Nadler listed three major behaviors that characterize a charismatic leader, as envisioning, energizing, and enabling. (1)
He wore a bleached smiling face, gap-tooted, and spoke English with an adulterated Fulani-Kanuri accent, while his seat of sensation remains a million worse than a retarded gutter snipe. His deeds made Nigeria’s history an X-rated Halloween horror film, most notably with his brutal murder of journalist, Dele Giwa.
Giwa was killed with a letter bomb for possessing information about one of IBB’s drug agents presumed to be dead, but living a secret life in Europe.
This is how bad these officers are trained—a cluster of selected bullies brainwashed with prejudicial indoctrination – that all Nigerians are dishonest. Thus, the Nigerian citizen is often scorned, humiliated, and psychologically tortured – so bad that she could plead guilty by just hearing her name. In fact, as a Nigerian, moving around these European airports in a traditional attire means exposing your hated nationality; it means inviting an interrogation that might translate into unprecedented delays; those delays that could ground a passenger for another day.
… in AMAZON UK….