- Leaders in Nigeria have been described as people with no vision according to Prof. Attahiru Jega during a virtual lecture
- The former INEC chairman said the leadership issue has contributed to most of the problems of the country
- Jega made this known while speaking during a lecture organised in memory of the late Alhaji Lateef Jakande
Professor Attahiru Jega has lamented the situation in Nigeria. According to the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the country is cursed with bad leadership.
He claimed leaders in the country are visionless apart from the fact that they are not selfless.
Jega disclosed this while speaking during the first memorial lecture in honour of the first Civilian Governor of Lagos, late Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
Legit.ng's reporter who was present at the event reports that the former INEC boss who joined the lecture virtually said the absence of visionary leaders has stunted the development of Nigeria.
“We must first and foremost acknowledge that Nigeria has been afflicted by the misfortune of having characters in governance who are neither selfless nor visionary, who are rather greedy whether for power or money who are essentially clueless about matters of governance and reckless in the way they handle governmental affairs and consolidators of bad democratic governance."
Recall Legit.ng reported that Jega said Nigeria needs and requires good democratic governance and not merely good governance.
Jega explained that Nigeria's progress and development would require people in leadership positions who are not merely selfless but visionary and patriotic.
According to the former INEC boss, the country needs leaders who can protect, defend and advance citizenship rights against discrimination, marginalisation, predation, and exclusion.
Jega speaks on his 2023 ambition
Meanwhile, the former INEC chief said that the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) will serve as a better alternative to Nigeria's two dominant political parties ahead of the 2023 elections.
Jega, the national leader of PRP, revealed this during a stakeholders’ interactive session of the party in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state on Monday, February 22.
The PRP national leader expressed optimism that that party would provide a better alternative to Nigerians following the new trend and at the pace at which mobilisation was going on across the country.