Senate President Bukola Saraki
A group under the aegis of Greenwood Dialogue Foundation has described the recent leadership crisis at the National Assembly as irresponsible and an abuse of confidence reposed on them by the electorates, saying leadership is a call to service, and not a medium to promote selfish agenda.
The Executive Director of the group, Mr. Dickson Iroegbu stated this at the launching of “iArise4Nigeria” project in Abuja, where he also fingered the Nigeria media as promoting terrorism through their headlines.
According to him, we condemn in strong terms the recent show of shame in the National Assembly and the megalomaniac of some of our legislators. These ugly development are gravely irresponsible and an abuse of the confidence and privileges reposed on them by the Nigeria electorates.
Iroegbu emphasised that in a country where voter apathy is still largely prevalent, he said the recent conflict of interests in the NASS further polarised the electoral process in Nigeria.
“We totally and strongly condemn this ugly development and unequivocally call for instant change in the narrative. Leadership is a call to service and not a medium to promote selfish, egocentric and unpatriotic agendas,” he added.
Iroegbu explained that the executive and the legislative arms as presently constituted should hit the ground running in driving the change Nigerians earnestly desire and voted for, rather than allow itself to be distracted by primordial sentiments, and external interference.
He lamented that the youths have been continuously denied relevance and active participation in governance, despite the global facts that had repeatedly shown that the youths constitute 60% of the country’s population.
Iroegbu noted that this ugly trend needs to be nipped in the bud beyond rhetorics of job creation and youth empowerment, but also through inclusion of young people in key positions.
While acknowledging the support of international community, the group, however, demanded sincerity of purpose in addressing key issues like terrorism, economic sabotage and corruption.
It pointed out that the local and international media must be seen to be professional and objective in their reportage, stressing that any form of negative propaganda against the Nigeria state was unacceptable.
“The Nigeria media promote terrorism unknowingly through their headlines. The social media are called to action as agents for national development, and not an advocates of devilish vices like terrorism, disintegration and general overheating of the polity,” it said.
On her part, the Director of Administration of the group, Ms. Marlene Onyeocha called on the judicial arm of government to rise up to it responsibilities, and offer Nigerians the much needed succour through prompt dispensation of justice.
She described the call for quick reforms in the criminal justice system as an invaluable tool for tackling corruption.