“Many leaders in power don’t want Truth”-Gov Zulum
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state; has unfolded strategic
security and education plans by investing heavily to overcome
challenges in various sectors.
According to him, the plans are being implemented in short, medium and
long terms to check insecurity, illiteracy and political thuggery
Prof. Zulum unfolded plans in a paper he presented entitled:
“Strategic leadership: The Challenges of Insurgency in Borno state,”
to participants of course 28 of the National Defense College, Abuja.
He said that telling the truth and accepting it; has been the major
problems facing the country.
“A strategic leader must also be a strategic listener and reader,” he
said, stressing that a strategic thinker must be a strategic learner.
He explained that a strategic leader must always be willing to hear
the truth and to learn.
While lamenting on not accepting truth, Zulum said: “Some people will
never tell you the truth when you are in power and honestly,” as many
leaders in power also do not want to hear the truth.
Instead, he said: “We prefer to be told what we like to hear and that
is a serious deficit in strategic leadership in the country.”
The participants of Course 28 comprise top military officers and
policy makers from Nigerian and other foreign countries.
He said that unwillingness of persons in corridors of power to tell
their leaders truth about issues; and leaders’ reluctant to hear the
truth are some major problems confronting leadership.
He said the leadership issues in Nigeria; had been lingering in the
last 50 years.
Zulum at the lecture; also gave account of experience working as
commissioner for four years and governor in last eight months.
His words: “Some people will never tell you the truth when you are in
power and honestly, many of us in power also do not want to hear the
“We prefer to be told what we like to hear and that is a serious
deficit in strategic leadership.”
He also listed issues relating to decade long Boko Haram insurgency;
that orphaned 59,311 children along with 59,213 widows displaced from
different parts of Borno.
He said the out of school children are being enrolled into existing
and mega schools.
While a ban against political thuggery; was placed last year; with the
creation of jobs for unemployed youths.
The College’s Director of Studies, D. G Prayero commended governor’s
exemplary style of leadership.
“You’ve earned so much respect and admiration within the few months
you served Borno people,” he said.