Good Leaders or Freedom?

Should you search for good leaders or demand freedom?

Let me illustrate the concept of good leaders vs freedom. Lets say I am going to give you One Million Naira and these are your options:

Option A) Give the One Million Naira to some people to use it to take care of your needs when you need it.

Option B ) Give the money to you so you could take care of your needs yourself.

Option (A) describes the concept of good leaders, which means you would hope to get GOOD/HONEST LEADERS who would not use your money for their personal gains but use it to take care of your needs.

Option (B) however is the concept of freedom in which you are responsible for your needs and ALSO own the money (resources, land, oil, etc).

When Nigerians glamour for good leaders they are clamoring for honest people to get into government and use the peoples’ resources to fulfill their needs. They are NOT looking for people who would go into government to transfer powers/resources to them (land, JAMB, NECO, oil, coal, NYSC, everything aside from police, courts and defense).

Looking for someone to take care of you using your One Million Naira is different from looking for someone who would return your One Million Naira. Nigerians and Africans at large have and continue to look for good leaders who would manage their resources, use the resources to fund their needs. That is not freedom. That is slavery (depending on someone else’ decision/will). The good-leader arrangement eventually leads to poverty, conflicts, and deaths. We need to be looking for ANYONE who would return our freedom (our resources, powers etc).


For Nigerians to be free, government must own and do only a few duties. These duties should be those that PROTECT YOU from government itself and other people that would want to hurt you (minimize force)*. These are defense/border protection, police, courts, protection of our human and property rights. All these duties are geared towards protecting YOU.

So basically, you are free to live your life the way you want it and the government would protect you to live your life. In contrast to our current system in which the government owns EVERYTHING, use those things to provide your needs (if you are rich and in government or know someone in government) leaving you at their mercy (force). This arrangement leads to poverty, conflict, and deaths.

Each individual Nigerian would own his/her resources to provide everything else for him/herself.

The reason why this arrangement works is because, the more a country minimizes force (governmental and non-governmental*), thereby maximizes freedom, the more prosperous and peaceful that country would be. View a government like referee/linesmen in a football game. These officials are only there to flag wrong doing. They do not participate in the actual playing of the game. This is the same with what government’s duty-to PROTECT YOU FROM HARM SO YOU COULD LIVE YOUR LIFE. Imagine if the referee is the one deciding who should win or lose and not the players themselves.

Federal Government should provide defense/border protection, courts, and protect human/property rights. States should provide courts, police, and protect human/property rights.

*To understand what government and non-governmental forces are please read: