WORRIED by the low level of development in the country, some eminent Nigerians yesterday urged relevant stakeholders and the youth to begin legitimate activities intended at putting pressure on the government to urgently convoke a national conference.
The call was made at this year’s Distinguished Management Lecture by the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos.
They also okayed a bloodless but aggressive and uncompromising revolution, through peaceful protests as the best possible approach to resist bad governance.
Dignitaries at the event included former Governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande, former President of NIM, Dr. Michael Omolayole and the current President of National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, (NIMN), Chief Richard Aimiwu, Chairman, Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, Goodie Ibru, Bashorun J.K. Randle, and Registrar of the NIM, Maurice Lakanu.
In his lecture, titled: “Effective Leadership: A Panacea For Strategic Transformation of the Nigerian Nation,” the guest speaker, also former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, said one of the reasons for ineffective leadership in the country, was the inability of the elite group to reach a consensus on how best to govern the various constituents that made up the country.
According to him, this deficiency was ‘evidently’ responsible for the inability of successive governments, since independence to transform the country’s wealth into moderate and decent standard of living for the people.
Akinyemi noted that according to the current political culture and structure in the country, the elite are still responsible for the articulation of the thoughts and concerns of the masses and also decide how a given leader emerges.
He argued that if there had been consensus among them, especially on the duty of each leader, for instance, to groups and people across the six geo-political zones of the federation, issues like Boko Haram insurgency wouldn’t have propped up in the first place.
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