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Political elite unable to produce good leadership — Okunnu

A former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing , Mr . Olufemi Okunnu, SAN , has criticised the political elite in the country for lacking a spirit of sacrifice.

According to Okunnu , who spoke in a statement made available to SUNDAY PUNCH , Nigerian political leaders lack the ability to produce good leadership .

He said , “ Let us all — Muslims and Christians alike, and all others — ponder over Nigeria’ s situation . Most of our political leaders lack what it takes to produce good leadership — to give their all for the good and well-being of the people .

“ Sacrifice is an act of giving up something you value for the sake of something that is more important . They lack the spirit of giving up their lives for Nigeria and the well-being of all our people , irrespective of religion and ethnicity . ”
Okunnu added that instead of supporting the masses , political leaders took advantage of them.

“ Instead of giving , they take from the people they are supposed to protect and serve, make prosperous and happy . There is poverty in the land . While the poor are getting poorer, the rich are getting richer . The government in most states of the federation owe their workers several months ’ salaries . Pensioners are denied their pensions. Yet the cost of governance is rising in most of the states . And there is little money for capital projects . Sacrifice is a strange word in our land . ”

The elder statesman also lamented the state of insecurity in the country saying, “ Kidnapping innocent people , including schoolchildren, is commonplace. Herdsmen take the liberty to trespass on other people ’ s lands , inflicting wounds on the landowners. The Federal Government and the Nigerian Police have yet to take serious action to put an end to the menace .

“ Leadership beckons all political leaders to defend the fundamental right of every citizen of Nigeria to move around the country without let or hindrance, and to live or reside and work in any part thereof , ” he added.

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