The House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, made this known on Tuesday, Nigeria needed leaders who would not pander to godfathers but serve the people and build the nation.
Dogara disclosed this in Abuja barely 72 hours after Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State gave an insight into how to cage the political godfathers in Lagos State.
He disagreed with those who believed that the major disease afflicting the nation was financial corruption, saying “rather, the real disease has been the absence of true leadership which in turn breads moral corruption and wickedness.”
“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 which 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, Dogara said.
Moreover, 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 that if you are independent-minded you are automatically disqualified and if for any reason you are picked, then you have to surrender your soul for them to eat in small bites until you become their worshipper.
He further challenged the incoming legislators to be prepared to serve because they carried the burden and promises of a generation that must not fail.
“In the midst of this pandemic sycophancy, our so-called godfathers expect us to fit in and not to stand up to be counted or make a difference. We need leaders who will lead us to build a nation and serve others, not godfathers who demand that we worship and serve them rather than serve the people.”
Dogara added, “If you are ever going to get there, it must be on the wings of discipline that produces character. This is because without character, you cannot be men and women of influence and without influence you cannot change anything.