BY CLIFFORD NDUJIHE
APART from corruption, poor management of resources and insecurity among others, the greatest bane of socio-economic and political development in Nigeria is sycophancy, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, has said.
According to Orubebe, “our leaders are often times misadvised and misdirected because 99 per cent of those who approach them are sycophants, who hardly tell them the truth.”
The minister spoke, weekend, at the 60th birthday of Chief Austin Nonyelim Izagbo and the presentation of his book, Re-branding Nigeria: Leadership and the national Image Project, in, Lagos.
Orubebe, who along with other eminent Nigerians showered tributes on Izagbo, said his book came at an auspicious time, remarked: “There is no president or governor who would say that things should not move forward in the country.
The problem is the people around them, who don’t advise them well. I have observed that 99 per cent of people who approach our presidents and governors are sycophants and praise singers. Let us be frank with our leaders to get us out of where we are today.”
The minister, who chaired the jevent continued: “The book cannot come at a better time. President Goodluck Jonathan believes in things being done in the right manner to move the country forward. Things have to change. Nigeria is a blessed country. The only wrong thing is management.”
On Izagbo, the minister said his book was a testimony of his desire “for a better Nigeria, for our people and generations yet unborn. Your political efforts and services over the years to mankind, tell the story of a leader with a difference.”