Nigeria Lacks Good Leadership – Bisi Akande

Chief Bisi Akande
Chief Bisi Akande

The National Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria, Chief Bisi Akande, on Saturday said the government of President Goodluck Jonathan had not shown Nigerians good leadership.

Speaking at the national convention of the Congress for Progressive Change, which was held in Abuja on Saturday, Akande, a former governor of Osun State, spoke said the unity of the country had never been threatened before now aside the civil war period.

“Since the coming of this government in 2011, all we have seen are tales of woes, gnashing of teeth and the crimsoning of our streets with the blood of fellow citizens.

“Perhaps, aside the civil war period, the unity of this country has never been as threatened as it is presently. All of our national fault lines are growing deeper and the continuous existence of the country as indivisible entity is increasingly in doubt.

“In just the same way as the entire democratic space has been fouled with fraud, leadership failure and high level insecurity, our social and economic management has been constricted through unbridled corruption and widespread poverty in the face of enhanced revenue earnings to such an extent that the strata of the Nigerian society too has been engulfed in mutual suspicion and fractured with national disunity,” Akande said.

He said for about a decade and a half, since the Peoples Democratic Party came to power, the development of the country had been arrested and almost stalled.

He therefore called on Nigerians to reject the kind of presidential election results, which he said were foisted upon them from 1999 to 2011.

Akande alleged that the continued polarisation and division of Nigeria between the North and South and between Christians and Muslims had been escalating sectarian violence, intensifying bloodletting, and destroying properties flowed from these flawed elections.

“This unfortunate state of affairs foisted on us by an inept and clueless regime must be halted before the entire country conflagrates,” he warned.

Members of the opposition, Akande said, had heard the Macedonian call of Nigerians and had set sail on what he called “an irreversible course” to contest and assume power at the centre.

He said the undying quest of the members of the opposition to refocus and, possibly, to re-fix the massively endowed but hugely debased country had made them to set aside their individual interests for a larger national one.

He added that for “every PDP’s years of the locust, we are offering, in exchange, a new regime of prosperity, fiscal discipline, security and a more emancipated society.”