In 1948, three years after World War II, the then U.S Secretary of State, George Marshall, initiated a plan named after him (The Marshall Plan) to help rebuild war ravaged Europe. The U.S gave Europe $13 Billion USD (approximately $130 billion in current dollar value as of August 2015) in economic support to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II. The plan was in operation for four years beginning in April 1948. The goals of the United States were to rebuild war-devastated regions, remove trade barriers, modernize industry, make Europe prosperous again, and prevent the spread of communism. The Marshall Plan required a lessening of interstate barriers, a dropping of many petty regulations constraining business, and encouraged an increase in productivity, labour union membership, as well as the adoption of modern business procedures.
This Marshall Plan has helped in establishing Germany as the fourth largest economy in the world today. Germany also holds the European Leadership position in the European Union. The Germans hold George Marshall as their savior. George Marshall had what I called strategic leadership. He saw defeated Germany as an ally even though the U.S fought against and defeated the Nazi controlled country. The Marshall plan helped in starting the “Cold War”.
The English dictionary defined the word “Strategy” as a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim. It also defined the word “leadership” as the action or ability of leading a group of people or an organization to achieve a goal. So in my own view, strategic leadership is an act were leaders lead a group of people or an organization to achieve a long-term goal or aim. We seem to lack these type of leaders in Nigeria today. We had them before independence in Azikiwe, Awolowo, and the Sarduana of Sokoto, although the last two where more interested in achieving the interests of their ethnic group and not the nation. But you can not deny the fact that the were both strategic leaders. Right now, Nigeria needs only strategic leaders as presidents. President Buhari to me is not a strategic leader. He has made most of his appointments to people from his own ethnic groups and some ethnic groups down south, he has not even made any appointments. A strategic leader is one who unites his people to achieve a goal. Buhari is more interested in satisfying the 95% of people who voted for him and he does not care about those who did not do so, the unforgivable and unfortunate 5%. If I were Buhari, I will do everything to include the 5% in my plans so as to ensure that this 5% of voters who didn’t vote for my party, does so in any upcoming elections. Somebody really needs to advice Buhari concerning this issue.
A strategic leader also designs an economic plan or strategy to improve the economy of his people or organization. Since Buhari came to power, nothing has been made clear to Nigerians concerning the ruling party’s economic plan for the nation. What we see is that the government in power is more interested in fighting corruption. I am not against this but if you must fight corruption, you must have a long term plan in doing so. It must not start with Buhari and end with him. This should be a continuous process and it must also be a fair exercise.It seems the cis only chasing after people from the former government led by the Jonathan and the PDP.
Time is going. We need to know what this government is going to do to improve our economy and develop new infrastructures that we need urgently. The suspension of the construction of the second Niger bridge is laughable and confusing. It tells you that this government is out on a vendetta. Let’swatch and see, besides I will not state any ideas for this government. They had a manifesto, let them use it. We need improve our economy. We have a population greater than that of Britain and Germany added together so the population of this country is a great motivator for any leader good in strategic planning to create economic solutions that can make this nation great. Until that leader who will not be deceived by ethic jingoist affiliations and who has strategic leadership qualities in him, comes out, I rest my case!