By Laja Thomas
FORMER Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh, weekend, in Lagos, advised political leaders at all levels to place the welfare and security of Nigerians above their personal welfare and security, saying: â€œThis is the main purpose of governance anywhere in the world.â€ The former Minister spoke at the Lagos Zonal Seminar of the Rosicrucian Order with the theme: â€œSustaining the nationâ€™s democracy: Challenges, hopes and people issues.â€
Momoh who was the Chairman of the occasion asked: â€œHow much democracy can there be when less than 18,000 public officers spend more than half of the recurrent vote nationwide on their emoluments which they packaged for themselves, without a thought for what others who sustain the economy are given as upkeep for themselves and their families?
â€œWe already have 36 weak states as federating units in an arrangement in which the motto is sharing, that is taking, and there is hardly any programme that can be adequately funded to provide the basic needs of the people we are supposed to cater for.â€
Speaking on spirituality in the realisation of the goals of democracy, Dr. Kenneth Idiodo, President, National Board of the Rosicrucian Order, said:Â â€œAt the moment, one is not able to name the period when the work of religious activities and worship houses would bring their obvious fruit of transformation.â€
Yet, the country is in need of transformation in the area of qualitative upgrading of the group consciousness if democracy that has a number of times, run into murky waters must become stable and serve the nation,