By Victor Ahiuma-Young
KADUNAâ€”NATIONAL Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, yesterday charged Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to leave an indelible mark in the annals of Nigeria by imparting positively on the nationâ€™s socio-economic and political environment.
The union in a statement by its General Secretary, Mr. Issa Aremu, advised the Acting President to emulate the late head of State, General Murtala Mohammed who under six of his rule displayed real patriotism, Pan-Africanism, time-consciousness, courage, decisiveness, selflessness, probity and accountability, noting these qualities were not regime-bound and which Jonathan must imbibe.
The union argued that â€œIt is unacceptable to unduly celebrate any leadership type that emerges out of any other means than democratic means. However, for a country facing leadership crisis in the past three decades, we are permanently hunted by the leadership qualities of General Murtala Mohammed that include patriotism, Pan-Africanism, time-consciousness, courage, decisiveness, selflessness, probity and accountability.Â These qualities are not regime-bound and we must bring them out for our current leaders.â€
According to the labour leader, who is also a Vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, â€œAll the Acting President needs do as a leader is to raise national ambition to high level.Â He should reject the counseling of reducing the 7-Point Agenda to four (4) or two (2).Â Development or governance is not about items on the agenda but the political will to see agenda and all items through.Â General Murtala indeed pursued close to 10 agenda. He effectively implemented them simultaneously within the short period of his administration.Â In any case, all agenda come to one thing: good governance and development.â€