Favoritism and nepotism in government jobs hurt a country, Austin Umahi informs President Buhari, his brother Governor Dave Umahi -By John Egbeazien Oshodi

Enough is enough, a person like Austin Umahi tells Nigerians about favoritism, which is giving jobs or contracts to political cronies and nepotism, which is showing favoritism towards family members or its relationships, both in economic and employment practices.

This open and brutal psychological rebuke is evident in a statement by Austin Umahi, the younger brother of Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, as he rejects the nomination of President Muhammadu Buhari as Mobilization Secretary. revenue and tax commission (RMAFC).

In his own words, “I am honestly humbled by this show of love. However, I regret to inform you that I have declined the appointment as it is best for job seekers or to retired civil servants, or even better, to anyone who likes the job, and on the other hand, I am convinced that at my age and my professional experience, there is no doubt that I know what I want in “Please, if you are interested in the position, do not hesitate to approach our indefatigable governor to do what is necessary because as far as I am concerned the position is still vacant. Thank you and God bless you”.

In other words, there are people who need a job more than I need this one. There are people who really need jobs. And he says it publicly for ethical reasons.

For reasons he knows best, Austin Umahi, a well-known Christian minister with a background in accounting, is tired of a situation where human resources practices are corrupted or tainted by political patronage, nepotism or cronyism, as they have a profound negative impact on the recruitment and appointment process, productivity, discipline, satisfaction and credibility.

It sends a message to all Nigerians, especially employers in the public and private sectors, that granting favors or employment to families and relatives without regard to merit is a practice that has adverse effects on the equality of economic opportunity and on the effectiveness of institutions, because such acts exclude large groups of people in need and weaken the growth of democracy.

A young democratic society whose human resources are based on nepotism, partiality, favouritism, clanism and clientelism, as is the case in Nigeria, forms rapid and lasting psychological pathways to political crises, social conflicts , government crises and general discontent and misfortune, which threaten justice, peace and security throughout the country.

Governor Umahi’s brother, who I must say is educationally qualified for the job given given his background in accounting, finance and money science, like many Nigerians, is just tired and frustrated by a society rooted in greed, partiality, cronyism, tribalism, and abuse of power that can have intended and unintended consequences for democracy.

Hopefully this new psychology defined by Austin Umahi will be learned or copied by employers, especially in public services and corporations, regarding the reality that nepotism, manipulation and marginalization hinder economic and democratic growth in the middle of the current insecurity in Nigeria.

Even a 7-year-old child in southern and northern Nigeria knows that all is not well in society right now given the deteriorating economic and security situation in the country, and Austin Umahi, unlike many leaders, gets Nigerians to say it’s high time Nigerians are starting to tell the truth. Let’s hope that President Buhari, Governor Umahi and their ilk begin to recognize this reality.

John Egbeazien Oshodi, born in Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria to a father who served in the Nigerian Police Force for 37 years, is an American Police/Prison Scientist and Forensic Psychologist/ clinical / legal. A government consultant on matters of forensic psychological services for adults and children in the United States; Head Educator and Clinician at the Transatlantic Enrichment and Refresher Institute, an online center for lifelong personal, professional and career development. He is a former acting associate dean/assistant professor at Broward College, Florida. Founder of Dr John Egbeazien Oshodi Foundation, Center for Psychological Health and Behavior Change in African Contexts In 2011, he introduced cutting-edge forensic psychology to Nigeria through NUC and the University of Nasarawa State, where he served in the psychology department as an associate professor. He is currently a Virtual Professor of Behavioral Leadership at ISCOM University, Republic of Benin. Founder of the Transatlantic Egbeazien Open University (TEU) of Values ​​and Ethics project, a digital truth, ethics and openness project. More than forty academic publications and creations, at least 200 public opinion articles on African issues and various books have been written by him. He specializes in psycho-prescriptive writings on African institutional and governance issues.

Professor Oshodi wrote via [email protected]


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