Nigeria Needs Selfless Leaders – Utomi, Obaseki

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Feb 10th, 2013
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By Abraham Oladipupo

A PROFESSOR of Political Economy and one time presidential aspirant, Prof. Pat Utomi and the Former GMD of the NNPC, Dr. Gaius J. Obaseki, have identified selflessness as key to Nigeria achieving sustainable economic growth and development.

The duo spoke, last week, at the 5th Founder’s Day Annual Lecture and Awards Ceremony of the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Utomi, who was the guest speaker, identified selfishness as a major obstacle to the growth and development of Nigeria and therefore called for a change of attitude on the part of the leaders and the led.

“The different between nations that have continued to witness economic growth and development and those that are not is between selflessness and being consumed by self,” he said.

Utomi, who dwelt on the theme: “Selfless Service: Key to Achieving Sustainable National Economic Growth and Development,” said selflessness is an important ingredient if Nigeria would ever attain sustainable economic growth and development.

According to him, anyone obsessed with what he is going to gain from leadership is not a leader and no nation makes progress without a true leader.

While describing Nigeria as the most unjust society in the world, he called on leaders to seek immortality in the head and heart of people long after their body have become dust and should therefore embrace compassion for the dignity of humanity.

He warned that very soon we (political leaders) would be asked to account for what we have done to the children of this country in the way we have plundered the legacy and the treasury that God gave to this nation.

On the merger of 10 political parties, Utomi described it as a welcome development and one that should be embraced, adding, “I think it is important for our country that we have clear alternative even for the good of the PDP. Any organisation or society that does not have an alternative suffers greatly and does not know that it is digging its own grave. When there is alternative that challenges, then you will see that there are some things that you can do differently in the interest of the common good of all; and the whole country will better from it.”

Obaseki, who was the special guest of honour at the occasion, called for collaborative effort in moving the nation forward.

He declared, “The challenges of achieving sustainable national economic growth and development can be achieved through collaborative efforts. Nigeria has been in dire need of selfless leaders and followers since independence.”

According to him, no nation can attain sustainable economic growth and development without selfless service from its leaders and the led. Curled from Guardian

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