Nigeria’s problem is lack of good leaders that can make things happen — USA Army officer

An Ibadan born United States Army officer, Taiwo Oyediran has disclosed that nothing is wrong with Nigeria as a country noting that what it only lacks is good leaders that can make things happen.

Oyediran stated this while speaking with Rulers’ World in Ibadan on the spate of insecurity in the country.

Oyediran who has been in the United States for over 11 years where he was enlisted as Army personnel was in Ibadan to partake in the installation of his elder brother, Jelili Oyediran as the new Mogaji of Oyediran Family of Oja Oba, Ibadan by the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogunguniso 1 on Monday 22nd November 2021.

He said that Nigerian leaders are not interested in how to make things happen in Nigeria but rather engage in self-aggrandizement and think of themselves and their families alone and this is what led to kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities in the country.

He said that if the federal government could do more by providing necessary equipment that will aid the military and police officers to execute their jobs they will be able to ensure the security of lives and property in the country.

Oyediran said though the Nigerian military and police officers are doing a fantastic job, the government should boost their morale by giving them the tools they need and working on their welfare.

According to him, “if the government gives them a good salary, they will not be on the street and extort money from motorists. These officers are earning lower wages and this will encourage them to exploit innocent people.

“In the United States of America where I am working as an Army officer, if you see police officers you cannot talk to them anyhow because they have all the tools and earn a good salary.”

While projecting that Nigeria will be better and become a country that will be envied by other countries in the next five to ten years if citizens can select good leaders, Oyediran enjoined all traditional rulers to come together and have a dialogue with the government both at the state or national levels and offer wise counsel to the government on the best way to handle the insecurity.

He stressed that the failure of the traditional rulers to do this was the reason why the likes of a Yoruba self-determination activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho) took it upon himself to agitate for the sovereignty of the Yoruba nation.

While congratulating his brother on his installation as the Mogaji (Head) of their family, Oyediran, however, implored him to use his new position to bring every member of the family together and unite them for the progress of their family.