- Senator Ahmad Lawan says there are certain qualities Nigerians in leadership positions should possess
- The Senate president expressed this view while delivering a lecture at the National Defence College, Abuja
- Lawan also stated that there is a need for genuine unity among Nigerians across the country
The president of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan has listed four major qualities every leader in the country should possess.
Lawan, a lawmaker from Yobe state and third-highest citizen of the country, reeled out the qualities while delivering a lecture at the National Defence College, Abuja as the guest lecturer.
His special assistant on new media, Abubakar Sidiq Usman, live-tweeted some parts of the lecture on Tuesday, February 2.
According to the Senate president, a strategic leader must have the following qualities:
1. Ability to embolden national growth and aspirations
2. Capacity to articulate the goals of the people
3. Readiness to listen, act and reflect and
4. Preference for leaving legacies for present and future generations.
The Senate president also stated that there cannot be any sustainable development without achieving unity in the country.
“Our responsibility to the people of Nigeria must remain the one and only factor - the national interest, for taking critical decisions.”
Meanwhile, former Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has declared that the reason Nigeria tends not to be working at this moment is that many individuals in various offices were recruited based on sentiment.
Obi, a former vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, made the comment on Wednesday, January 13 when he commissioned a project in Rivers state.
“The reason Nigeria is not working today is that people have been recruited based on sentiments. Buhari's aide insists FG is doing its best to tackle insecurity.
“If we have to recruit you to be local government chairman, governor, vice president, president, and minister, it must be based on capacity and competence, which are viable not what we are doing now and the country is collapsing.”
On its part, civil society organisation, Yiaga Africa has called on government at all levels in Nigeria to ensure that their policies and decisions are youth and gender-responsive, saying there is a need for consistent engagement with the government not just at the federal level but at the state level.
Director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu said this during a Live Virtual Studio Citizens Townhall on Youth Responsive Service Delivery and Development organized by the organisation.
“We need to start engaging the state assembly to deliver on their mandate to meet the needs of the people and providing oversight to ensure that the executive is delivering on its mandate.”