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Nigeria’s leadership failure blamed on selfish interests

By James Ezema
ASABA—Ahead of 2011 governorship election in Delta State, Chairman of the State House of Assembly Service Commission, Mr. Tonye Timi, has said that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan  has distinguished himself as a visionary leader who understood the dynamics of statecraft.

Mr. Timi who delivered a keynote address at the presentation of the journal,  titled “If Not Uduaghan, Then Who?’ noted that the  pursuit of selfish and personal goals at the expense of wider national interest and demands is responsible for criticisms facing leadership in Nigeria.

The journal written by chairman of Delta State University Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare,  had  Chief Charles Obule as chief launcher. He  was supported by Mr. Walter Wagbatsoma and Mr. Victor Odebela while the National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Abulakar Baraje, was chairman of the occasion.

According to Timi, “The slogan If Not Uduaghan, Then Who? suggests that our amiable governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, has won the hearts of Deltans as a “societal” leader, and this is not contestable. One only needs to examine  the governor’s various programmes, and policy initiatives to come to this conclusion.

“Having savoured the beauty of the slogan, one comes away that it is a slogan into which so much creativity has been invested.

“Second, one is also captivated by the loud and clear statement that the topic makes about leadership. Like Pastor Tunde Bakare would say, ‘leadership is not just a position, it is not a title either. Leadership is responsibility,’” he stated.

Speaking further, Timi  maintained that Governor Uduaghan “has so far distinguished himself as a visionary leader who understands the dynamics of vision and state craft. His administration’s three-point agenda of Peace and Security, Human Capital Development and Infrastructural Development speak volumes about a leader’s disposition to help Deltans understand the problems they must all face; help in setting the agenda, goals and priorities and work with others to find paths to achieving the goals.


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