The Chinese model of leadership has been advocated for electing leaders in Nigeria based on their past performances at lower levels of government
Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi stated this at an international conference with the theme “Philosophy, law and Politics at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy (CIP), Maryland, Nekede, Imo State
Obi said that since leadership was the fundamental problem of Nigeria, all hands must be on deck in the efforts to devise better ways of electing leaders in Nigeria.
The former Governor who spoke on Human Development Index, Nigeria and the globe, said its improvement was directly proportional to the level of each country’s investment on education.
He said Norway ranks top on Human Development Index indicator with almost 80,000 dollars per capita income and life expectancy of over 80 years because of their heavy investment on education.
The former Governor compared Nigeria with other countries such as Norway, Turkey and Indonesia saying despite having the same development trajectory in the 80s, those countries have done better than Nigeria.
His words: “Indonesia, with a population of 260 million people has a GDP of $1.0 trillion and per capita income of $3,800. Her life expectancy is 69 years while her literacy level is 93 per cent. Her HDI is 0.689 and ranked 113 in the world. She is classified as medium.
“Turkey, with a population of 80 million people, has a GDP of $880 billion and per capita income of $10,800. Her life expectancy is 76 years and literacy level of 97%. Her HDI is 0.767 and ranked 71 in the world. She is classified as high.
“Now, our dear country Nigeria. With a population of about 190 million people, we have a GDP of $420 billion and per capita income $2,100. Our life expectancy is 53 years with literacy level of 55%. Our HDI is 0.527 and ranked 152 in the world. We are classified as low!”