PLATO’S POLITICAL PHILISOPHY AS A PANACEA TO STEMMING LEADERSHIP FAILURE IN NIGERIA

Authors

  • SALAMI, Nofiu Olamikulehin Sikiru Adetona College of Education, Science and Technology, Omu-Ajose, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State

Keywords:

Education, Leadership, Leadership failure, Panacea, Plato’s political philosophy

Abstract

Just like KarlMarx divided every society into two, the elite and the masses; worldwide, every nation or state comprises the leaders and the followers. Thus, any country whose avowed interest is growth, development, peace and progress requires visionary leaderships, since no nation can grow beyond the vision and capacity of its leadership. But, for Nigeria, leadership failure is the major problem confronting her. This paper examined Plato’s political philosophy as panacea to leadership failure in Nigeria. It made use of secondary source in gathering data and content analysis as a method. The paper revealed that many of Nigeria’s leaders did not acquire sound education as prescribed by Plato’s philosophy, which led to a situation that blurred their perception of issues of governance. It argued that Nigerian leaders lack sterling leadership qualities and the magnitude of knowledge and experience required to steer the ship of leadership. It also revealed that round pegs are always put in square holes in the spectrum of leadership in country. The paper concluded that if education, training and specialization are given a considerable attention in government planning, policy formulation and implementation following Plato’s philosophy, it will serve as panacea to leadership failure in Nigeria. It is therefore recommended that the government should take full control of education as espoused by Plato with a view to impressing leadership training and qualities in the would-be leaders, and formulate and implement appropriate policies to enhance leadership recruitment. Also, the culture of ensuring that political and administrative appointments should be based on merit should be instituted, specialised knowledge and competence should equally be considered in giving appointments to people so as to enhance the performance of leadership in governance.

Author Biography

SALAMI, Nofiu Olamikulehin, Sikiru Adetona College of Education, Science and Technology, Omu-Ajose, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State

Department of Political Science,
Sikiru Adetona College of Education, Science and Technology, Omu-Ajose.
P.M.B. 2128, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State

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Published

2024-04-16

How to Cite

SALAMI, N. O. (2024). PLATO’S POLITICAL PHILISOPHY AS A PANACEA TO STEMMING LEADERSHIP FAILURE IN NIGERIA. Journal of Political Discourse, 2(1 (2), 14–32. Retrieved from https://jopd.com.ng/index.php/jopdz/article/view/109

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