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Misconceptions of Leadership and Governance Priorities amongst Leaders in Nigeria

It’s rather an unfortunate situation that Nigeria found itself.What an irony of life and misconceptions of priorities in leadership and governance, with all this half-baked and highly educated individuals in government.

Nigeria at all levels of governance is a disjointed and a failed state in the 21st century. Obviously, education is not the problem, either half or full-baked education, 85% of Nigeria leaders have gone through some form of educational qualifications, most of whom are well certified.

Below is a list of some governors and the courses they studied in school


1. Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom State)2. Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe State)3. Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa State)4. Yahaya Bello (Kogi State) 5. Willie Obiano (Anambra State) 6. Dapo Abiodun (Ogun State)


7. Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State)8. Nyesom Wike (Rivers State)9. Simon Lalong (Plateau State)10. Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto State)11. Ben Ayade (Cross Rivers State)12. Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna State)

*Engineering degrees*

13. Babagana Zulum (Borno State)14. Dave Umahi (Ebonyi State)15. Seyi Makinde (Oyo State)

*Business Administration*

16. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State)17. Gboyega Oyetola (Osun State)18. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State)


19. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State) 20. Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa State)


21. Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State)

*Finance and International Business* 22. Godwin Obaseki (Edo State)

*Clinical Biochemistry*

23. Chikezie Ikpeazu (Abia State)


24. Bala Mohammed (Bauchi State)

*Political Science*

25. Duoye Diri (Bayelsa State)

*Personall Management

26. Samuel Ortom (Benue State)


27. Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State)28. Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger State)

*Maritime Management Technology (ordinary and higher diploma)29. Hope Uzodinma (Imo State)

*Architecture* 30. Darius Ishaku (Taraba State)

*International Relation

31. Mai Mala Buni (Yobe State)

*Mechanical Technology

32. Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa State)

Science Education

33. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

*Those whose courses are not publicly made available* 34. Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina State) *35. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara State)* 36. Bello Matawalle (Zamfara State)

Note: Some governors have multiple degrees. For in stands, Governor Yahaya Bello and Governor El-Rufai also have degrees in business administration. Also, Governors El-Rufai and Sanwo-Olu studied quantity surveying at the first-degree level.Similarly, Governors Ikpeazu, Ortom, Fayemi and Ganduje all have PhD degrees while Governors Ayade and Zulum are professors.

So, education is not the problem, but indeed the greats problem of Nigeria leadership structure and system is lack of Moral Values, sound political culture, respect for rule of law, disregard of institutional order, greed and lust to power.

This is seriously becoming a dangerous generational crisis for a country that is growing faster in population and swimming deeper into socio-economic poverty at an unimaginable rate.