Professor Jega, the lead speaker at the inaugural lecture said, Nigeria’s democratic journey in the 21st Century is faltering, Nigerian dominant elite glibly accepted the liberal democratic framework of governance for the country, and pretended to be practicing it for 21 years, but in reality devoid of substance, and without living up to
expectations of its basic principles
“Despite over 20 years of transition to democracy, Nigeria is characterized by very poor indices of growth and development in virtually all spheres. From, GDP growth rate, to GNP per capita, to Human Development Index (HDI), Poverty incidence, Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI), Maternal mortality, and Child mortality, Nigeria ranks lowly in the comity of nations”
Jega in his speech, said, for people as citizens to be able to choose and/or lace the government, or more appropriately, their representatives in governance, whether in the legislative or executive branches of government freely and fairly, both the participants in the electoral process and the public institution conducting and its procedures and processes must have integrity.
“The current so-called 2 dominant political parties, the APC and PDP, with their faulty recruit and leadership selection processes, who have shared power and
have tended to lead Nigeria astray in the past 21 years, are becoming incapable of redirecting Nigerian political and governance processes in the right direction.
We need to create a new special purpose vehicle(s) for people-oriented interest
aggregation, interest articulation, and popular mobilization to free our country from the stranglehold placed on it by reckless, visionless, and parochial politicians.”
Also said that, electronic transmission is the best way of eliminating electoral malpractices. Jega explains further by saying, “There are still areas where internet is not good but, if you can transmit devices for example, to 70, 75 or 80 to 90 percent of the polling units, you have substantially deviated from electoral malpractices”.
The head of current and public affairs TVC station, Mr Babajide Kolade Otitoju has disclosed that majority of Nigeria politicians will have to do a character transplant due to the current situation of Nigeria and as things are not getting better.
Otitoju made this submission during the kwara visioners maiden inaugural lecture tagged ; Governance and Leadership Recruitment in 21st century democracy on Saturday 9 , 2021
In his speech, he noted that politics and governance pervade every aspect of human lives adding that to ignore the fact is to remain stubbornly ignorant, frustrated and isolated.
He stressed further that politics is important because it determines what governance means. He also said politics determines how world is being managed and it should be seen far beyond the role of the government at any level.
Mr Babajide in his word also made it known that politics supposed to be used in advancing the well being of the citizens by ensuring the greatest happiness for the great number of people. He added further that it can be used in creating an egalitarian society if the right people are in corridors of power
“Those who want to be leaders, they have to be a visionary like Kwara Visioners. Because, to develop a vision is long term. So, you need to be persistent and consistent. He disclosed.
In the same vein, Dr. Tope Fasua revealed that the young people are the ones that will build the country as the older ones has no more energy. He affirmed that the older ones can only supervise the young ones and support them as they need to begin the good work.
“The only asset you have in Nigeria is not crude oil rather, it is the youth”.
Furthermore, Mr Olarewaju Lawrence Osho, at the Kwara Visioners maiden inaugural lecture said, Nigerians have become people without heart of kindness, we don’t have the concern for our immediate society…
“What we need to solve Nigeria problem is very small and that is good heart” the statement reads.
The Kwara Visioners, a group working to bring Progressives both home and in diaspora together to support delivery of good governance has called for quality leadership across levels in order to accelerate development of the state.
The Convener of Kwara Visioners Network for Rural Development, Mr Tunde Babalola made this call on Saturday while addressing newsmen at Inaugural Lecture of the advocacy group held at University of Ilorin Auditorium.
Babalola said lecture tagged ‘Politics, Governance and Leadership Recruitment in 21st Century Democracy’ was organized to bring people from different political parties and tendencies to move the state forward.
He stated that Kwara Visioners is creating platform for brilliant minds to be able to express their political aspirations, through a robust strategic ideas for the state development.