FOR Nigeria to maintain a corrupt- free environment and sustain its democracy, the country needs ideological, selfless and honest leaders at all levels of administration.
This was disclosed by Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, while delivering a lecture tagged “Nigeria and the quest for credible leadership”, during the Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, at the Dapo Aderogba Hall, Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Wednesday.
Senator Buhari said good leadership is the engine that drives the state progressively, adding that the role of credible leadership cannot be overemphasised in any country.
According to him: “Nigeria needs credible leadership for the maintenance of corrupt -free environment and sustenance of democracy. The country needs leadership grounded in ideological orientations at every level. More so, the country needs selfless and honest leaders at every branch, every layer and level, including ministries, departments and agencies to effectively carry out public policies professionally.
“Leadership crisis in Nigeria is majorly occasioned by lack of intellectual training and discipline on the part of most of the leaders. Honestly speaking, without requisite training, discipline and knowledge, no leader will be able to govern well and impact on the lives of the citizens. Good leadership requires unusual virtue, intelligence, education, discipline, selflessness and a great deal of experience.
“Bad leadership has remained the major obstacle to the emergence of a just Nigerian society. The degree of systemic and pervasive bad rulings in the country, has continually drifted the nation into an abyss of poor institutional and infrastructural decadence. It is ,perhaps, the major explanatory factor responsible for the deepening poverty and worsening insecurity.