African leaders have not done well – NIIA
By Dipo Omoware
Head, Division of African Politics and Integration, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) Dr. Sharkdam Wapmuk, says “our leaders have not done as well as we expect.”
The Senior Research Fellow of the Institute was speaking to hosts of Nigeria Info’s Morning Crossfire, Wemimo Adewuni and Sheriff Quadri on The Nelson Mandela International Day and drawing lessons from the life of Madiba for other African leaders.
“We’re seated here today because one person made a difference, the UN will be holding a series of events around the world today because one person made a difference and we regard him as a leader.” Said Mr Wapmuk.
He also noted that “some have done well, but they have not risen to that level that Madiba took himself (to) at the continental level, at the global level, as well as within the South Africa polity itself.”
Also sharing his thoughts on the show was the President, Committee for Defense of Human Rights, Malachy Ugwummadu who added that “Mandela represents” what he considers to be “the finest African possibility” because of “his courage, his spirit of tolerance and the ability to inspire his people”.
He further said the first Black president of South Africa embodied “the best that could come out of humanity” because his personal qualities “towers higher than most qualities already shown and known of great leaders across the world.”
Social Commentator Achike Chude was also part of the conversation and said that the majority of African leaders now of lack “the world vision” that Mandela had.
He, however, did say Africa has had “people of the mould of Nelson Mandela” in the past.
“We’ve had Julius Nyerere, the great revolutionary Thomas Sankara, these are people that are spoken of in positive terms. We have not had people with this pan-African vision and global value (in recent times).
July 18 is celebrated across the world as Nelson Mandela International Day. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009.