Amaka Patricia Nwana (PhD)


This paper delves into the complex relationships between governance and leadership. Leadership is an integral feature as poor leadership affects the effectiveness of governance. This is a tale highlighting how politics and issues concerning leadership and governance are closely related and form part of one entity. Discourse within the Nigerian socio-economic and political milieu analyzing the interplay between underdevelopment and corrupt leadership which pervades the country.  This assertion is fundamental and it leads to investigating how viable has been Nigeria’s search for sustainable national development. Leaders who value ethics in governance should issue a resounding call for tapping into the nation’s plenty natural and human resources.  The paper thoroughly analyzed the role of leadership as a key for governance, traversing across the hills of vision, making decisions, communication and accountability. The story incorporates several approaches when analyzing the scenarios in which strong leadership resulted into positive changes and where weak leadership led to challenging problems.  It emphasizes key aspects of leadership in the governance fabric, negotiating a maze of obstacles encountered in leadership. The discourse deepens this position further when it emphasizes the role of public opinion on effective governance. The use of international benchmarks is helpful in illustrating crosscutting issues; this points towards various directions and concludes with an appeal. Denouement calls upon the collective responsibility to cultivate and foster effective leadership that provides for meaningful and long-lasting administration. Finally, the whole paper is a kind intellectual compass for exploring subtle political under towing that are necessary ingredients for the nation’s ascension.


Leadership, essence, core, governance.

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