By Ayo Kehinde
Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has said the country “is the most dangerous country to live in after the war-torn Afghanistan.”
He said the country’s real problem was lack of leadership and not corruption as widely claimed.
Speaking at a conference with the theme “The Convergence 2.0: Leadership, Power and Politics for Democracy Renewal’’, organised by the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement,
He said that Nigeria was being ravaged by terrorism, banditry, unemployment, dearth of healthcare facilities, which have been responsible for its being ranked the third most dangerous country in the world
He said; “Nigeria’s real disease is lack of leadership; I disagree with all those who say our major national disease is financial corruption, rather, the real disease has been the absence of true leadership.
“This in turn breads moral corruption and wickedness.
“Get a true leader that solves moral corruption and wickedness; when that happens, you will search for financial corruption to no avail.
“Unfortunately, the leadership model we have practised so far is the kind of leadership that produces sycophants who are expected to serve their political godfathers and not the people.
“Our so-called leaders have mastered the art of political witchcraft so much so that if you are independent minded you are automatically disqualified.
Earlier, Executive Director of Yaiga Africa, a Non-Governmental Organization dealing with youth empowerment, Samson Odoko, praised the organization for getting involved in the recently concluded 2019 elections and urged them to keep their acts together towards better representation in future.
Ms Cynthia Mbamalu, one of the conveners of the Not-Young-To-Run Movement,noted that the passage of the Not-Young to Run bill into law motivated youths to run for different elective posts across the country.
“Today, out of the 991 seats in the state houses of Assembly, over 200 will be occupied by young elected lawmakers.
“This is our democracy taking shape, because we cannot talk about democracy without inclusion; this is progress made for youth, for Nigeria, and this is hope which we hold on to.’’ she said