Nigeria is heading for the rocks except its leaders rally round to save it from the impending doom and also get the leadership selection process right.
The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, made this observation Saturday at the Sultan of Sokoto palace where a reception and public lecture was held in honour of the members of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, Jos, who were appointed into his administration.
Responding to a paper titled ‘The Responsibility of a State and Stable Democracy in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects,’ delivered at the event by a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, Mr Tambuwal said: “it is a collective responsibility to reconstruct the processes and bring better people on board.”
Agreeing with the recommendations of the paper, the governor however lamented that Mr Jega did not mention the recent experience of #ENDSARS protests that nearly shut down the country, asking: ”What can we do if these young men and women who protested possibly aspire to fill certain positions?”
He, therefore, admonished leaders in the country on the selection of their successors. “In all they are going to do, they must factor them in and see how best they can bring them on board and work with them and find accomodation for them.”
“In Nigeria we must build institutions. As it were, we have seen what happened to the electoral process, judiciary and what is still happening even at the National Assembly.
“If you have strong leadership and there are no institutions, the moment that strong leadership gets weak, everything in the centre can no longer hold, so it is important to pay attention to building more institutions in Nigeria, he suggested.”
The governor further suggested that ways must be devised to see how best to bring about enabling environment for a common ground to be established where contending tendencies can be brought together.