Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega has expressed that Nigeria has been afflicted with the misfortune of leaders who are not selfless and visionary.
He spoke in Lagos during the first memorial lecture in honour of the first Civilian Governor of Lagos, late Alhaji Lateef Jakande, organised by Federal Social Democrats, (FSD) with the theme, “Selfless Leadership and Good Governance: Jakande as an exemplar.”
Jega, who joined the lecture virtually on Saturday, stated that the absence of visionary leaders has stunted the development of Nigeria.
He said, “We must first and foremost acknowledge that Nigeria has been afflicted by the misfortune of having characters in governance who are neither selfless nor visionary, who are rather greedy whether for power or money who are essentially clueless about matters of governance and reckless in the way they handle governmental affairs and consolidators of bad democratic governance.
“One of the major challenges of good democratic governance in Nigeria is that of having selfless, patriotic, inclusive and effective leadership in order to drive Nigeria national affairs and the development of the political economy towards the goal of democratic governance. Getting things right would require selfless and visionary leadership.”