|published, February. 26 2019|23:35

How IPOB Leadership Earns Massive Support and Respect from its Members through Leadership Consistency

Written By
Comr. Felix C Onyemachi
For: IPOB Press Media

Most of us recognise that consistency is very important in leadership. To act consistently, you must define goals properly, agree measures and actions with your followers and check the outcome, and control the results. If a leadership develops reputation for inconsistency in words or actions, their followers will eventually lose confidence in their ability to lead effectively. As a result, their followers may go in search of leadership elsewhere.

Leadership consistency is not a concept, it is a personal discipline. According to Jim Rohn’s words, “Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals”. Followers desire to be led. They all want a leader. In fact, they need a leader to help them navigate the way through situations where they don’t know how to help themselves.

This is where the IPOB leadership stands out amongst other leadership outfits found in Nigeria. IPOB leadership has been known to remain consistently right in its fight against Restructuring. Unlike other leaderships in Nigeria that have initially supported Restructuring and later misguided their supporters by favouring 2019 election participation, IPOB has maintained her stand on “No Referendum No Election in Biafraland”. This demonstrates that both the leaderships of Ohaneze Ndigbo and other Pan African groups are inconsistent groups seeking for relevance. They supported the proscription of IPOB and at the same time, craftily looking for recognition from same people they proscribed.

The leaders of Ohaneze Ndigbo and other Pan African Socio-Cultural groups in Nigeria were initially canvassing for “No Restructuring, No Elections” in Nigeria. The Southern and Middle Belt leaders, according to Independent Newspaper agreed that without restructuring the country, there should be no election in 2019. According to Vanguard News Nigeria 5th August, 2018, Professor Ben Nwabueze maintained that “The primary need of Ndigbo now is restructuring, not Igbo presidency”. The Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) also reaffirmed its stands on restructuring, confirming the slogan, “No Restructuring, No Election” in Nigeria. One begins to wonder why these groups have not been able to stick to their initial “No Restructuring, No Election” pursuits. Their fans who were in support of their “No Restructuring, No Election” have been disappointed and disorganised because of their inconsistency.

IPOB have always maintained consistency in their leadership management. IPOB has always maintained its stand on referendum. According to Emma Powerful, “It would have no choice but to accept restructuring it, during a referendum if the majority of the people prefer it to secession from Nigeria” (Punch 17th May 2018).

In each of his broadcasts, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had always maintained that if their preconditions and terms were met that he would call-off the boycott. In view of the above information, when the preconditions and terms of IPOB were met by the Nigerian authority, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu through his consistency ideology announced that “Having confirmed this evening that all our preconditions and terms have been met, signed, sealed and delivered; l hereby call-off the election boycott across Biafraland  on Feb 16, 2019. I dedicate this historic victory to the formidable IPOB family worldwide”.

While IPOB leadership speaks with one voice because of consistency, there is always leadership tussle amongst members of Ohaneze Ndigbo. This was manifested when Chief Nnia Nwodo and his group openly endorsed the presidential candidacy of Atiku/Obi for the PDP. This was vehemently opposed by the deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Mr. Chuks Ibegbu, who on the other hand endorsed the candidacy of APC presidential candidate, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari. This power tussle amongst the members of Ohaneze Ndigbo clearly indicates that each member is solely fighting for his family enrichment while IPOB is fighting for the total freedom of all Biafrans.

We need to be more consistent if we actually need respect from our followers. We need to implement what we have agreed upon. Being consistent requires that you stay on the message, even if that means overlooking trivial problems, no matter how annoying or “easy to fix”. I am very much attracted to IPOB leadership because of their consistency role in maintaining and achieving their preconditions and terms before any election could be held in Biafrland.

God Bless Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
God Bless IPOB Leadership
God Bless All Biafrans.



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