By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Lack of good governance has been described as the bane of socio-economic development of Nigeria, the giant of Africa even as the country marks her 60th years of Independence.
The submission was made by the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin at the nation Diamond jubilee Independence.
The speaker said at 60, the three tiers of government, the Federal, State and Local Governments are in need of quality and selfless leaders who will practice, promote and champion good governance for all-round development.
The speaker expressed disappointment over the attitude of the nation’s leaders which he noted has crippled the growth of Nigeria adding that the nation desires selfless leaders and not greedy ones.
“It is disheartening that the nation seems to lack policy direction six decades after gaining Independence from the British Colonialists. We need selfless leaders who will build this country and restore her to the path of greatness and ideal governance which was the dream of the Nationalists who fought for Independence.” Ogundoyin said
He stated that God has been so good to Nigeria, giving us land blessed with abundant human and natural resources, adding that Nigerians especially the leaders at all levels must, however, make good and judicious use of the nation’s wealth for the betterment of the citizenry.
Ogundoyin stated that the period of the sixtieth Independence Anniversary must be used to pray for the country and to review and assess the nation’s journey since Independence with a view to righting the wrongs.
“It is our National Day and the journey has been on for the past 60years. October 1st was the day a free nation was born.
“The day we all agree irrespective of ethno-religious differences to come together to build a strong nation.
“We still have a long way to go through. I believe no nation is perfect or has got it all. We need to put in our best and our best this time isn’t good at all.
“My advice is for us to continue to pray for our dear nation to get it right especially in terms of leadership. I congratulate Nigerians, Governor Seyi Makinde and the entire people of Oyo State on this very auspicious celebration.
Let me say that our Governor has proved to be a worthy leader who meant well for his people.” He added
The Speaker stressed the need for the nation’s leaders to tackle the twin problem of unemployment and poverty which he noted was largely responsible for the high level of insecurity in the country.
“The latest cases of insecurity particularly the recent upsurge is the unholy activities of Boko Haram which led to the deadly attack on the convoy of the Borno state Governor where death toll continues to rise, this calls for greater concern.
“Why are we waging war against ourselves having co-existed for six decades? Why do we still have kidnappings and ritual killings all-around at this age when other developed nations are advancing in technology and making breakthroughs in research activities. It is surely a disturbing and challenging situation,” Ogundoyin said further.
While emphasizing on religious, ethnic and tribal tolerance, the Speaker said for Nigeria to grow beyond its present level, the citizens must promote what unite them rather than what divides them at all times.