Kalu: Nigeria yet to get true leaders

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Apr 4th, 2014
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Former Abia State Governor Dr. Orji Uzo Kalu said yesterday that Nigeria is yet to identify altruistic leaders, who are not driven by opportunism.

He decried the over-representation of men in their 80s at the National Conference, who are trying to determine a future suitable for the millennial generation, who have been shut out of the conference.

Kalu said there would not be credible leadership until old people withdrew and allowed the younger generation to take over.

The ex-Abia governor, delivering a lecture in Ibadan, Oyo State on the centennial celebration titled: “Nigeria: A nation in quest of Credible leadership”, noted that the country needs leaders, who can make a difference and improve people’s standard of living through poverty reduction.

He said: “The essence of credible leadership is to ensure a better and secure life, a peaceful environment and a prosperous future for the citizenry. We need a credible leadership that will foster the country’s unity. Such leadership will connect the people with the resources and harness our potential, while ensuring the betterment of the society.

“The present leaders seem to be failing the nation and the people are becoming doubtful if we have leaders. To worsen the matter, first generation leaders are mostly the ones still calling the shots.”

According to Kalu, identifying a credible leader is a precondition for credible leadership.

The publisher of The Sun, who described the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo as a credible leader, who impacted on his people in a manner no other leader had done, wondered if the country could ever have a leader like Awolowo.

“The late sage remains a symbol of credible leadership not just in the Southwest, but also in the country. He is a reference point. His efforts led to massive education of the people in the Southwest. This is the hallmark of leadership,” he said.

The former Abia governor, who noted that the opposition must be vibrant to evolve a credible leadership, said absence of credible opposition might make the ruling party to become complacent.

Kalu has urged politicians across the divide in Oyo State to support Governor Abiola Ajimobi, to promote good governance and leadership.

He spoke yesterday during a visit to the governor in his office in Ibadan.

According to him, Nigerians should shun party sentiment in the process of choosing leaders, stressing that parties should no longer be the focal point in the selection of leaders, in order to move the country forward.

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