Nigerians have been advised to resist all forms of tyranny and dictatorship in the country.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State made this appeal in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The Chairman of the Governors’ Forum enjoined Nigerians to use their votes to elect good politcians and vote out bad ones.
Amaechi said this while delivering a lecture at the third annual Ogun State Correspondents’ Chapel held at Nigeria Union of Journalists secretariat, Iwe Irohin, Abeokuta.
The governor warned that unless Nigerians rise against bad leadership and install a leadership passionate about the country, the country will not make a headway.
“Leadership is an extremely important factor if we are going to build a nation. Unless and until we have leaders with ability, integrity, commitment and vision, we cannot succeed as a country. We cannot succeed by leadership that is not functional.
“It is in your hands to choose and to change the leadership. Nigerians must begin to insist that they deserve better than they are getting. We believe that Nigeria of our dream is Nigeria with leaders who are not only consistent, transparent but also passionate about our country,” he stated.
Amaechi also raised questions on the present leadership in the country. “Can we say that the crop of leadership at various levels is passionate about us as a country? Can we say that the current crop of leadership at the federal level is transparent in their dealings? Can we say that the present crop of leadership at the federal level is consistent with policies that will build the nation? I think that the answers to that is the reason why some of us left the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress,” he revealed.
While lamenting the current form of federalism in the country, the Rivers governor called for a review of the situation whereby the federal government determines allocations to the states.
He also condemned other forms of absurdities, including the recent pronouncement by the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, banning people from holding rally on the abducted schoolgirls.
“Nigerians must say no to tyranny. Nigerians must say no to dictatorship. The people get the kind of leadership they deserve. It appears that Nigerians have been docile. Nigerians should insist that they deserve more than they are getting,” he said.
The governor who was represented by his Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari spoke on the theme: “Nigeria: The Leadership Question.”
Citing another instance of unconstitutional act, the Rivers governor pointed out that he bore the burden of tyranny in the state by having a Chief Judge foisted on him by the National Judicial Council, NJC.
“It is in the constitution that the governor should be the one to appoint the Chief Judge, but this was not the case in Rivers. It was the National Judicial Council that appointed the Chief Judge. This is unconstitutional,” he submitted.
In his remarks, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, commended the Correspondents’ Chapel for organising the lecture.
He was represented by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yussuph.