WHY LEADERS FAIL TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THEIR FOLLOWERS

 
why leaders fail to protect the interest of their followers

INTRODUCTION


We all have witnessed certain instances where politicians during campaigns promised us security, efficient water supply, steady electricity, good roads, employment and many more promises, but after being elected they fail to fulfill all those promises.


This attitude of some politicians have result in many problems to politics among which is political apathy, where citizens will refuse to partake in politics of their country because they are fed up with empty promises.


But do you ever ask yourself why do they do this? 


Why do politicians make a promise and refuse to fulfill it?

Why do politicians abandone their subjects after being elected?


If they know they wouldn't fulfil it why did they make it in the first place?


This article will highlight some of the most common reasons why politicians fail to keep up with their campaign promises, and what to do as a citizen if you got that kind of politician as a leader.


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DEFINITION OF TERMS


Before i proceed with this articles here are the definitions of some of the terms to be used in this article for better understanding of what we are talking about and where we are heading to


WHO IS A LEADER?

According to merriam webstars dictionary, a leader can be defined as a person who has commanding authority or influence.


WHO IS A FOLLOWER?

Dictionary defines follower as a person or thing that follow.Or as a person who follows another in regard to his or her ideas or belief; disciple or adherent.

 

PROTECT

Protect is to keep someone or something safe from harm, injury, damage, or loss as defined by Macmillan dictionary.

 

INTEREST

Cambridge dictionary defines interest as something that brings someone advantages or that affects someone or something.


WHY LEADERS FAIL TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THEIR FOLLOWERS 


Nothing happen without a reason or cause, so also there are many reasons why a leader fail to fulfil his campaign promises or fail to protect the interest of his follows.


Below are some of the reasons highlighted:


REASON 1: SELFISHNESS


Selfishness is one of the most common reason why leaders abandon their campaign promises.
They ignore the promises they made, abandone their follower's demands for their personal gains.


This is mostly practiced by corrupt politicians who assume office to gain and not to serve and render services.


Mostly, the follower's demands will be funded but the leader will divert the fund to his personal savings, as he is building him self not the people and community.


Such leaders should be avoided, this is because they promote corruption, and it is of no doubt that corruption kills nation's economy.


To avoid this, a leader with clear manifestors, trustworthy, with clean records and patriotic should be choosen over anyone.


REASON 2: INTEREST OF THE POLITICAL PARTY


Another reason why leaders fail to fulfil their political promises is political party.


Some leaders may have the zeal and personal will to do better for their followers but may get stopped by their political parties if it is not of their interest.


Political parties play a vital role in attaining a political office of any elected leader, so following their instructions is his way of saying thank you.


To avoid this, political party should also be a factor to be considered before electing someone into any position.


Know the party's manifestors, goals, missions, visions, aims and objectives and many more things before voting for their candidate.


REASON 3: ABSENCE OF REPRESENTATIVES


A president or governor forexample can't do it alone, they can't visit every hook and nook to explore where their attention is needed,  they need representatives at both federal and state level respectively.


Representatives are chosen and elected by followers, so you should elect wisely.


You should elect representatives that will visit you to ask of what you need so they will forward your request to state or federal government and ensure the projects are accomplished.


Our leaders are humans like us, they forget things including what they promised, it is our duty to remind them of their promises through our representatives.


REASON 4: EMERGENCE


Emergence is one of the reasons why politicians abandone their followers.
If a particular community fail to vote for the leader, he may abandone them and concentrate on the community that voted for him.


This is like to say, you didn't vote for me so expect nothing from me! And he will focus and direct all his projects and works to where he got most of his vote from.


This is a very bad attitude which is to be avoided, a leader is for all, those that vote for him and those that didn't, their rights are on him, he is leading all not a faction, so he must work for all.


Projects should be directed to where they are needed in a scale of its urgency with zero respect to whether the residents of that place voted for him or didn't during elections.


REASON 5: MISUNDERSTANDING HIS POLITICAL ROLE


Another factor is misunderstanding a leader's political role.


You can't expect a senator to build schools, roads and other infrastructural projects, likewise you can expect a representatives to make laws, every body of government have the role it played.


Expecting a project from a leader whose role is not to provide that project is also a factor that may make followers think their leaders abandon them.


It is advisable that everyone should read and research on what every body of government can offer.


REASON 6: POLITICAL GOAL


Leaders campaign for political offices for various reasons, many contest because they want to serve if elected and many contest to be served if elected.


A leader who campaigned to serve will put his people first. He will make sure he provide what will uplift them, provide them with social amenities, ensure a tight security and many more.


While a leader who campaigned to be served wouldn't bother about anything but rather on how to loot fund for his personal gains and benefits.


It is advisable to think deep before voting for any candidate, understand him first, know who he is and know his goals before voting him in.


REASON 7: NEGLIGENCE


Some leaders do kick start projects, but they just don't bother to check its progress.


Some projects will be abandoned by contractors after being paid, some will be done roughly with no quality.


It is highly advised that leaders should supervise every project to ensure it is don the right way.


And the followers should report any project of low quality or abandoned projects to government.

 

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MEASURES FOLLOWERS CAN TAKE


Sitting and watching things go out hand is not what followers are expected to do.


There are certain measures they can take to tackle this problem, or atleast lessen its effect.


Some of these measures include:


AWARENESS


Awareness is the first thing and most important of them all.


Awareness should be before elections and after elections.


Awareness programmes should be organized to let citizens know their constitutional rights, what they can do, what they should expect from various government bodies and measures to be taken.


Before elections they should be guided on who to vote for stating clearly why they should vote for that Candidate and what they should expect from him.


And after elections, how they can exercise their constitutional rights on whatsoever they are not pleased with.


This will help in not letting the problem occur, since they wont vote for the wrong person, and will help them know what they should expect from him as they won't ask for what is not related to his office.


ENGAGING IN POLITICAL PROGRAMMES ON RADIO AND TV STATIONS


The second most effective way to tackle this problem is through engaging in political programmes on radio and television stations.


There many political programmes that are political-based, engage in it, call them or send them messages stating your problem, letting the government know what you need from them.


This will help alot in sending your request to government as most them follow such programmes, and some have personnels that listen to such programs, so hopefully your message will reach where it should.


ENGAGING IN LIVE INTERVIEWS WITH STAKEHOLDERS


Some government officials appear in live interviews, this is a golden opportunity you shouldn't miss for whatsoever reason.


Engage in such interviews, forward your complain an request to them.


Am sure this is one of the most effective and easy way to send your message to your government.


SUBMITTING WRITTEN QUERIES TO RELATED BODY


If all the above didn't work, you should write a formal query to your government, stating clearly your complain or request.


Your letter should be directed to the office or body related to your request or complain.


SUBMITTING QUERIES TO NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS


If it still didn't work, you can consider involving some non-governmental organizations into it.


Tell them your complains and request and they will the government for it on your behalf.


PROTEST


And lastly, if all the above mentioned methods failed the final thing to do is to protest if your constitution have provision for it.


The protest should be peaceful and clear, it should be done in accordance with what the constitution provisioned, and should be suspended as soon as government meet your demands, or when realized that others are compromising it and turning it into something else.


CONCLUSION


Finally, we elect leaders so they can provide us with what we need for a better living and progression of our nation, a leader cannot be leader if he can't do so.


And it is advised that we choose the right thing to when a leader failed to meet up with our demands.


As choosing the wrong decision will directly affect us and our respective countries.


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2 Comments

  1. This was an awesome post, applicable not just in polity it all in organization s where leaders abuse their power and throw their employees to the wolves. Great job bringing this out in the open

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    1. Many leaders misuse and abuse their power and the followers are left stranded not knowing what to do, this article is created to solve that problem.

      Am glad you find ot helpful Anitha

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