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Why does Nigeria have bad Leaders? WATCH Olakunle Soriyan explain on ‘Conversations with Labo’




In Episode 7 of ‘Conversations with Labo’, Labo Daniel had a conversation with one of Nigeria’s leading thought leaders, Olakunle Soriyan.

Soriyan, spent 12 years in the university for a 4 year course, graduated with a 3rd class, yet lives a 1st class life.

The conversation bordered on what is needed to build a strong nation.

“I meet Yorubas’ who claim to be Nigerians, I meet Igbos’ who claim to be Nigerians….But I have not met 10 Nigerians in my lifetime. What I’ve found is people who respect their indigenisation more than their nationalization. In America, two brothers can be Governors in 2 different states, the Bush brothers. In Nigeria, you can never have that because of the weakness of indigenisation. We need to blend our diversity”.

He talks on the role the elite play in a nation’s growth and the quality of our leaders.

“Nigerian leadership is not outsourced, so if we don’t like our leadership, we shouldn’t like ourselves because those who lead us are from us and not from outside…The leadership of Nigeria is somewhat a photograph of who Nigerians are.”

He also shed light on the difference between academics and education.

“The no 1 problem of Nigeria, is mass ignorance…When we talk of the mass ignorance of the people, it’s because they are not educated. At best, they are academically wired. Academics is different from education.”

The conversation ended with proffered solutions on how to change the mindset of the Nigerian people to enable us build a better nation.

Watch the interview here:


  1. Emmanuel

    September 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Brilliant mind! #Power

  2. Bethechange

    September 7, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Nigeria’s bad leadership is a reflection of It’s people collectively. We are bunch of theorists, we need to be more of a realist. There is lack of ability to solve problems from a practical manner. We function based on sentiment as opposed to logic. Build your character and integrity.

    As much as we think tribalism is a major problem, it isn’t at all. If Yorubas, Igbos, Hausas were to be on their own, the same problems will persist. Biological families fight against each other to the point of death, so how do you expect any type of love, consideration and trust for another human being. Neither is religion a major problem.
    What it boils down to is individual. It starts from me, and you. We all need self evaluation. Deal with inner issues from PRIDE, wickedness, jealousy/envy, selfishness, self ego and less focus on material accomplishment to define us.

  3. Lala

    September 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Very enlightening conversation. Thanks Labo and guest. I have given up on Nigeria. People say, no let’s pray, God will change Nigeria. God does not change any man and nations are made up of men and women. Like in Joshua, it says clearly, I present to you, good and evil, choose good so Yu and your family can live. However, Labo’s guest puts it succinctly when he says That the majority of Nigerans including it’s elites do not have the education. (Not degrees) necessary to make the decisions that will move our country forward.

    Most times on this blog, a very important national issue gets reduced to tribal wars on the Internet. Everyone defending their tribes but carrying a Nigerian passport – yet this is one blog for the supposedly intelligent!

    I like how the majority of Nogerians think they are intelligent because they have a degree from Harvard, yet, we can’t produce decisions beyond the smallness of our tribes and clans.

    Always said the Nigerian problem is a follower ship one, not a leadership one, or are today’s leaders not yesterday’s followers. Today you vote a person because he/she is your tribe knowing fully well that they are not people of character, tomorrow, you complain of loosing your family at the public hospital because there are not medicines, yet that public officer stole the money, etc. You brought it on yourself.

    Every leadership is a reflection of its people. Nogeria’s leadership is a reflection of the average Nigerian just as British leadership is a reflection of the British people.

  4. Tosin

    September 8, 2016 at 5:02 am

    He is right, right, right. Now the work of educating millions of people, he really can do more to like, start a daily or weekly conversation e.g. a newspaper or a congregation…because this fantastic interview will only minister to the converted. if you understand him, you don’t need him. if you need him, you won’t understand him. For now, it’s only God lol.

  5. sheke

    September 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

    This interview could not have been more succinct. Thank you Labo for always having interesting and oh my God type interviews to educate the populace. Finally some one telling Nigerians education is different from academics. .

  6. ha

    September 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    The most academically oriented people, yet so highly uneducated. Let’s hope this causes people to think. Wait, no, do they watch things like this? It’s afterall not Tiwa spilling the beans on her marriage breakup.. Thank you Labo and Olakunle,

  7. Loki

    September 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Leaders don’t fall from the sky. The quality of leaders cannot be better than the quality of the people.

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