From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
A University Don, Dr Yusuf Ibrahim Gamawa, has advised Nigerians to elect stronger and committed leaders that have interest in solving the problems that bedeviled the country rather than achieving selfish and personal interest in the forth coming 2019 general elections.
Dr Gamawa, a lecturer at Bauchi State University Itas Gadau, stated this while interacting with reporters in Bauchi. He said Nigeria of today needs a strong leader with a good character, who is trustworthy, patriotic and one who will put the interest of the country first before any other interest; and is capable of facing the challenges bedeviling the country in order to solutions.
He said, the electorates should understand that they are the ones who are doing a favor by electing the leaders to serve their father land.
“I f I do you a favor and vote for you, then you most do a genuine work that will address the problems facing the 200 million Nigerians. Anything short of that, Nigerians should not vote for leaders who will satisfy their selfish interest and satisfy the selfish interest of friends and cronies at the detriment of the interest of 200 million Nigerians,” he said.
Dr Gamawa added that in the forth coming general elections, Nigerians should not elect a leader whose character and essential qualities is below that of President Muhammadu Buhari, to enable us maintain our position in Africa and the world.
On the current political feud between the executive and legislators, which led to decamping from APC to PDP, Dr Gamawa said greed and selfishness causes everything, arguing that “If not, how can you say the Party or the Leaders must guarantee your return to so and so position? It’s your responsibility as an aspirant to show what you have to electorates, from your ward upward, and if your people elect you then you can also seek for favor from your colleques. If you are worth the favour they will allow you to lead them. It is not for the President or the Party to make you so and so. If they do, it is then no longer an election. It becomes an appointment.”
He blames some Politicians, like Buba Galadima, for trying to bring Personal feud between him and President Buhari to makes it look like a Nigerians problem. He advised politicians to always separate between their personal problems and national issues; and electorates should understand that they have a say in the way government execute its policies and programmes to improve their living standard.