Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has taken a shot at Nigerian leaders, claiming that they are to blame for the country’s troubles.
On Monday, November 15, Jega spoke at the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series, which was organized by the Students Wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups (SW-CNG) in Katsina State. He blamed bad leadership for the country’s security and economic challenges.
Jega emphasized that what Nigeria needs was decent leadership, claiming that it was time for the country’s youth to save it.
“The fundamental basis of all the crises we have in Nigeria be it social, political or economic is a crisis of leadership. These days, we have leaders who are selfish, narrow-minded and those who lack the intellectual capacity to lead Nigeria.
“But you as youths of Nigeria have the responsibility of coming together and realise that Nigeria actually belongs to you. I know some of you are facing disappointments and agonies while some of you are even tired of hearing that you are the future leaders of Nigeria,” he said.
Also, the Coalition of Northern Groups spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said,
“Our North at present is led by people poorly-prepared and ill-equipped to lead except for their ambitions for power and ill-acquisition of fantastic wealth, leaving our people at the mercy of armed crime and unforgivable poverty.
“Many of those who pose as our leaders today are people who will prefer to leave the bulk of Northerners in poverty, fighting each other so that they can continue to manipulate us during elections.
“Only the North can solve its problems, but as should be obvious by now, not all Northern leaders are committed enough to work to solve our basic socio-cultural problems, our regressing economy or address our precarious future.”