By IHIDERO Victor Osae, Kaduna
The Emir of Kazaure, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Dr Najib Hussaini Adamu on Saturday 16th July said that the traditional institutions can isolate themselves from party politics; but not from governance.
Speaking at a symposium on “Leadership and Traditional Institution in Nigeria/West Africa, organized by the Centre for the Study of Leadership and Complex Military Operations (CSLCMO), Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, the Emir traced the leadership excellence of many traditional icons in politics, governance and military formation across several cultures saying that ‘heritage institution’ provides foundational structures for leadership development.
“We can isolate ourselves from party politics but we cannot isolate ourselves from governance because governance affects people. The takeaway from the lives of many Kazaure heroes as well as the legends in other traditions is that leaders must be innovative, and must be forward looking.
“Stubborn allegiance to convention in the light of changing dynamics ultimately leads to poor outcomes. As a leader one must thread the fine line between change and convention; exposure and open-mindedness, adaptability and above all, balance is critical.
“For our heritage institutions to remain critical parts of our societal and cultural consciousness, we must look to establish policies and processes that support heritage institutions’ future and sustainability.
“Our indigenous histories are relevant aspects of our social lives which we can explore to raise leaders that are capable of leading Nigeria and rather than look outside for leadership, we should begin to look inward into the legacies of the legends within our heritage institutions.” He said.