At about 10a.m on Friday 11th January 2019, I was hosted to a Brown Bag Meeting (BBM) with the Head of Service, alongside other Kashim Ibrahim Fellows. Usually, the host will introduce all staff / various departments available, make a presentation and give time for Q&A.
The BBMs in their very nature are interactive which makes me look forward to each one. Over the months, the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows have had BBMs with eight (8) different MDAs.
So, last Friday, in the office of the Head of Service, a lot went down between the fellows and the different heads of departments. We discussed:
- The Civil service reforms
- Wage bill
- The civil service core values, i.e, integrity, discipline, professionalism
At the end of the meeting, the Head of Service – whose responsibilities are those of overall management – leadership, planning, training and motivation – just as the office is described as the conscience of the service – drew out few points:
- “As emerging leaders, learn to be selfless”: By this, she implies that young people who are likely to take on the mantle of leadership should learn fairness, objectivity – caring for everyone and not a particular faction because of personal bias
- Always put humanity first
- Learn to follow procedures at all times even in the face of strong personal considerations or incentives.
I listened keenly as she stressed on Professionalism, Integrity, Efficiency, Dedication, Discipline and Accountability. She ended by saying that we should care to remain fearless but fair at all times.
I started following the case of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and how he admitted all charges (false assets declaration) raised against him (not of corruption but Code of Conduct), knowing fully well that he has no immunity. But what baffles me is the rate at which Senior Advocates and many others are backing him on the case. In fact, 70 Lawyers were at the CCT session to defend him today – even though the CJN didn’t show up as advised by supporters.
Where is the place of the Rule of Law? What exactly are the 70 Lawyers defending? Forgetfulness? Or Guilt?
Maybe there is something I’m missing…