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Jega, Osaghe, Others Make Case For People Oriented Leadership For Nigeria


By Richard Thomas, Ibadan

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega has admonished leaders to consider the wellbeing of the masses in running the affairs of the nation.

Jega stated this at a National Conversation programme on Rethinking and Uniting Nigeria, tagged, “Collective Action For  Harmony And  Development Foundation”, held at the UI hotels in Ibadan.

According to him, the leadership of the country needs to put so many factors affecting the peaceful coexistence and development of the people into consideration and find a lasting  solution to the underlining factors.

He also urged the masses to cooperate with the leadership in order to find a common ground for development.

“Nigeria needs a rethink and a committed leader that will identify these factors and find a lasting solution to them all.

“Nigeria is a great nation with great potentials, the leadership and the people need work together to move the nation forward,” he said.

In his keynote address, Prof. Eghosa Osaghe said Nigeria leaders need to have value chain work that will give the people a common sense of belonging.

“Any leader taking up Nigeria must first know Nigeria, the capacities and potentials of Nigerians, this narrative will tell us where we are going.

“I feel very sorry for Nigeria in two separate ways. The greatness of Nigeria is the sum total of whom we are, so we need leaders who understand the things of Nigeria. Leaders  who will address the issue and problems of Nigeria must have the capacity,” he said.

In his contribution, the Oluwo of Iwo kingdom, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi said people who often call for the break up of the country don’t know the diverse and the beauty of Nigeria.

The Oluwo who attributed the problems of the country to lack of love among its people advised leaders to always do what will bring Nigerians together and pursue common goal.

He said: “There is no love among Nigerians; this has been the problem. Killings, kidnapping, and other dastard acts have been the order of the day. People don’t want us to talk about our problems. All of these must stop if we  really want peace, stability and development of the country.”

 In his welcome address, the convener of the programme, Collective Action For Harmony and Development (COAHD), Professor Mohammed  Yahaya Kuta expressed satisfaction at the global response at the participation especially on the valid propositions made by professor Osaghe on the kind of leaders we need in this country.

“The conversation is premixed on the fact that Nigeria is in need of  help and we cannot leave it for government and  individuals alone. So, whatever contributions we can make to actualise the dreams of our founding father of this great nation we must contribute.”

Also in his speech, Oba (Professor)Adeyemi Abdukadir Obalanlege the Olota of Ota Awori Kingdom said Nigeria need to develop and strengthen our public institutions in order to bring back the values of the people and the nation.

He, therefore, commended the convener of the programme, describing it as  a welcome development.



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