A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba has said Nigeria has been governed accidental leaders since the commencement of the Fourth Republic in 1999, the News Agency of Nigeria reports
Na’Abba who served as Speaker of lower legislative chamber from 1999 to 2003, called on more Nigerians to participate in politics with a view to opening up the political space.
He stated this in Abuja at the 2016/2017 Matriculation and Fellowship Endowment Ceremony of the National Institute for Legislative Studies/University of Benin Postgraduate Programme.
He expressed regret that leadership recruitment process in the country has been hijacked by a few politicians.
The former Speaker advocated for what he called regular ‘tutorials’ for political leaders at all levels.
Na’Abba said, “I believe that not just the Legislature, every arm of government that is serving the purpose of governance must invest in exposing democracy to the people.
“It is a sad commentary on our political life that today recruitment into leadership has been subverted by a few politicians because they deny Nigerians opportunity to contest elections and achieve their aspirations through the systematic appropriation of political parties to themselves.
“These politicians have stopped the growth of democracy. And it is true that unless democracy is allowed to grow, we cannot achieve the desired political growth, we cannot achieve the desired economic growth and we can also not achieve the desired social growth in our country.
“That is why we are still in political, economic and social doldrums. We have been having successive accidental leaders since 1999.”
He added, “It is time for us to begin to understand that the more participation Nigerians enjoy in politics, the more political development we attain. And consequently economic and social development.
“We have been advocating that tutorials must be taking place on a continuous basis for stakeholders in democracy from the local governments to the states.”
He stressed that every stakeholder particularly party executives must distinguish the duties, functions and distinction between and among our political institutions.