Published April 12th, 2012
It is now in the public domain
that a good number of Nigerian Ministers have openly ignored your directives to
curtail the number of their Aides in regards to special adviser/assistants and
Mr. President the reason for this defiance is
clear given your declarations not long agoó ďIím no Pharaoh
or army generalí. Also, "I donít need to operate like the
Pharaoh of Egypt, and I donít need to be an army general to
change the country". Actually you are quite right.
But from the point of psychological science
these words might just be signs of frustration at the time
of their expression or mere points of euphemism or
However, there are those humans who will
unconsciously or consciously interpret your words along the
lines of weak character, executive weakness, presidential
softness, open-leadership, elastic-headedness, managerial
slackness, leadership shallowness, executive insufficiency,
and easy-going leadership.
Mr. President, while many Nigerians now know
you for your conscientious, calculated, pointed and
meticulous leadership there are times when you have to
creatively act in a despotic, ruthless, and in a
Psychologically, there are some humans who
just like to defy orders as that is part of their
authoritarian tendencies, and as such they need to be
humiliated and humbled through presidential instruments of
reprimand or reproach which some of them may equally enjoy
But what is clear from these punitive
responses is that these sorts of characters must sometimes
be displaced of their negativities and authoritarianism.
It has been over one year that this
presidential order on the number of aides was reportedly
given for the Ministers or your cabinet members to have only
one special adviser/assistant and one personal assistant; as
this type of move could save tax payers some money and make
the government more fiscally responsible.
As part of these Ministers hard-headedness,
some of them equally refused to listen to pleas from the
office of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal
As part of their leadership style and power
needs, some of them reportedly continue to retain more than
ten Special Advisers/Assistants each and remain in defiance
to your authority.
This is pure disobedience to a head of State,
especially to a non-royal or ceremonial head, who exercises
active executive power in all aspects of government and in
the day-to-day affairs of the government.
Mr. President because of your appearance of
gentleness, meekness and cheerfulness how many more
directives or presidential circulars have largely gone
unheeded and continuously ignored?
Mr. President, this is an embarrassment
especially at a time when the Nigerian people are looking at
your presidency and wondering how much wastage of resources
abounds everywhere in the midst of abject suffering, apathy
Mr. President with just another executive
order with attached consequences for disobedience to it;
make it a rule for all your cabinet members to get some of
their aides from the civil service leaving some room for
very little number of political appointees.
As a matter of fact it will be better for the
country if most of their aides come from the civil service
as many have the necessary experience to do their jobs.
Mr. President, we will all wait to see what
type of sanctions will be meted out to the disobedient
ministers, as it will tell the people that you are truly a
Commander-in-Chief and not a mere meek President.
John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D., is a
Forensic/Clinical Psychologist and the Secretary-General of
the Nigeria Psychological Association (NPA), Abuja.