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Leadership, bane of Nigeria’s progress —Buhari

By  George Onah
Port Harcourt—Former military Head of State, General  Muhammadu Buhari, has said Nigeria had remained dormant and visionless which is why “she is what she is today; because we lacked good leaders in the last 10 years.”

He condemned the Supreme Court for some of its pronouncements and praised the Nigerian Bar Association for standing against “the rigged elections of 2003 and 2007.”

He also called on the Federal Government and security agencies to resolve the mystery surrounding the deaths of some prominent Nigerians such as “Marshall Harry, Chief Bola Ige, Funsho Williams, Aminasoari Kala Dikibo, Ogbonna Uche and many others who fell victim to a murderous regime.”

Speaking at the first Marshall Harry Memorial Lecture in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, the former head of state prayed to God and said “the killers of all these people will one day be caught and made to face the law and the law of nemesis will catch up with them.”

Buhari, who said a good leader should not be a thief, also lectured the audience on what and who a good leader should be, stating that “a good leader looks after public money, he does not steal his people’s money to build housing estate and is one who is honest with his followers.

“Also, a good leader does not steal his people’s money to build factories and does not possess fat bank accounts abroad. As a result of this stealing, his people suffer lack of education, die of diseases because there are no medicines in government hospitals.

“A bad leader is one who cannot provide adequate drinking water for his people and makes the people endure bad roads and such leaders make the people suffer lack of material and personal security and I can go on and on,” he said.

The former Nigerian leader, who was the chairman of the event, recalled the day Harry was killed and said “whenever I recall the painful night of March  5, 2003, in Abuja, I am filled with great sadness.

“We didn’t and couldn’t sleep that night. A good man at the height and prime of his powers was cut down by cowardly assassins. Those who sent them and those who carried out the enormous crime of Marshall Harry’s murder will one day be exposed,” he added.

However, Buhari said, “we must never lose hope, if we had had good leaders such as Marshall Harry at the helm of affairs in the last 10 years, Nigeria could have been transformed beyond belief, considering the amount of resources available to all levels of government in the federation.”

Six years after he was gunned down, tears still flowed freely from some of the children of the late chieftain of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, Dr. Marshall Sokari Harry, as his eldest daughter, Mrs. Constance Onukwugha, broke down in tears as she read her memoirs of  him.


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