The President as a Role Model: A Reprise

Role Model

Following the publication of my article titled “The President as a Role Model”, I had a profoundly worrisome encounter, which produced a narrative that necessitated this reprise and seemed to answer the closing question at the end of the original article thus: “What type of role model is the ruling class about to hoist on millions of Nigerians with a Tinubu Presidency?” This reprise is very instructive here.
Over the years, Nigerian parents whisked and still whisk their children from Primary Five to secondary school without their writing the First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) examination. This phenomenon has become the new norm. As a result, most children enter secondary schools without benefiting from the knowledge and childhood development inherent in Primary Six. While this creates intellectual deficiency that places the child at a disadvantage in early secondary school, it leaves a nagging default in the sequence of the child’s certificates. This played out in the following narrative.
After completing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program, a graduate job seeker opened the portal of an organization that advertised for employment. Looking through the requirements for employment, he saw FSLC as number one. He was alarmed and wondered what that was; his friend informed him. Hastily, he contacted his school mates who were also seeking employment in the same organization and who also skipped Primary Six; they reassured him that there was a way out. “Chill”, they said to him in the trending parlance. Within two days, the young man went home with an FSLC duly signed by the relevant authorities (at least so it seemed) and the process of the application was completed.

Hoisting two presidents whose educational certificates are questionable back to back on Nigerians will definitely deal a devastating blow on education in Nigeria. Click To Tweet

A few days thereafter, the young man’s uncle stumbled on the FSLC and, being an educationist, identified the document as fake. Alarmed, the uncle asked his nephew where he got the certificate and the young man answered that they “dubbed it”, which means that it is a forgery. Further alarmed, the uncle demanded to know the source, and here is where the crux of this article lies. The young man said thus: “the President of Nigeria didn’t present his school certificate and the president-elect is brandishing false degree and false age. Is it this what’s the name (he didn’t remember FSLC) for a lowly job that will bring down the roof on Nigeria?” The acerbity of the answer left the uncle dumbfounded. In soliloquy, he whispered “Nigeria is finished”.
The cultural definition of a role model is a person who serves as an example of values, attitudinal disposition and behaviors that are acceptable for a given role in the society. Role models can also be persons who distinguish themselves in their personal endeavor in such a way that others admire and want to emulate them. For example, a woman who becomes a successful brain surgeon or airline pilot can be described as a role model for other women.

Over the years, we overlooked evil in Nigeria; then, we permitted evil by legalizing it, thereby giving it wings. Today, we are about to promote evil to the highest position in this land. Click To Tweet Follow Us on Social Media
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