Dogara (file photo)
‘If progress must be made, we need a pool of true leaders who will lead us to build a nation and serve others, not godfathers who demand that we always run to them to kiss the ring’
By Ahmed Ahmed
Ex – Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that Nigerians needed a lot of political mentorship to build the nation effectively and provide good governance.
Dogara stated this while addressing participants at the National Mentoring and coaching conference in Abuja.
In a topic titled, “Governance and Political Mentorship: Imperative for National Development,” Dogara stated: “Our youths have been recruited as political thugs and have assumed positions without those ideals.
“To get out of this and achieve good governance, we need a lot of political mentorship which some of us have struggled over the years to propagate.
“No mentorship takes place when we don’t push people to become who they really are but choose to operate in an uninspiring atmosphere full of threats, intimidation and blackmail.
“That is why it’s difficult if not impossible to raise true leaders in Nigeria whose impact will last for generations”.
Dogara further lamented that since independence, there has not been any conscious efforts to train Nigerian leaders beyond their ethical and religious appeals to imbibe the concept of nation building.
“What we have today is the winner takes all and wins at all costs. Elected officials and government workers feel they have a right to a share of government revenues, and they use them to benefit supporters, co-religionists and members of their ethnic groups”.
The ex-Speaker said that the problem was further exacerbated “when an individual is deep, his colleagues will interpret that as arrogance while the boss concludes that he is too independent and dangerous, a sin that may lead to his being canceled”.
“Godfathers don’t develop people much less a nation, they use them instead. If progress must be made, we need a pool of true leaders who will lead us to build a nation and serve others, not godfathers who demand that we always run to them to kiss the ring.
“Godfathers always see the masses around them as objects to be manipulated for their own empowerment and often sadistic entertainment”.