By Ikechukwu Okaforadi with agency report
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said the people reserve the right to elect the type of leadership they want.
The chairman claimed that leadership must be visionary to achieve the goal of nation-building, while knowledgeable leadership would discharge its functions effectively.
Tinubu spoke at The Niche (an online newspaper) annual lecture held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, was represented by a former Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dele Alake.
While speaking on the theme: Business and Accountable Governance: Obligation of Leadership, the APC stalwart said it was better for courageous leaders to serve.
He said: “The leadership must be visionary; it must be knowledgeable and must have the courage to do what is right. A leader must come into office, not just for the conceptualising and formulating policies for the immediate needs.
“A leader must plan for the future generation, and that is where visionary attribute is important. If you are a knowledgeable leader, you will attract the elite and you will have broader horizons.
“When you have a broad engagement on policies and issues, you will arrive at logical deduction and conclusion. You must have the will to carry it through. More often than not, when you are given good policies and you lack the will, you will falter along the line.”
Asiwaju Tinubu said Nigeria had not been lucky to have leaders with the encapsulating critical attributes, which he said, the late Premier of defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, possessed.
“In 1959, Awolowo brought the television technology to Ibadan. It was present at Ibadan before France, Belgium and other countries. There was Liberty Stadium and many other firsts that Awolowo brought to Nigeria. South Africa we are talking about today had its television in 1972.
“You have the first sky scrapper in Africa in Nigeria. The country would have gone far if the process was not distorted along the line. Incidentally, Nigerians are making waves in other parts of the globe. We must create the environment by taking our future in our own hands.”
Guest lecturer Prof. Anya O Anya said the country was enmeshed in a multi-dimensional crisis.
The eminent scientist noted that the cacophony of voices was an indication that the leadership had lost focus.
He said: “The social crisis is as frightening as the economic crisis with tales of banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping, insurrection, militancy and the rampaging herdsmen all over.
“We must re-examine our strategy on this matter to tackle the disease and not merely the symptom. The lesson is that it is possible to re-chart a new course and there are Nigerians who have the capacity to steer us away from the brink, if we are prepared to mobilise.”
Chairman of the occasion and former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) Dr. Christopher Kolade said the youth’s views should be respected.
“Let us change the direction of our journey, encourage the youths to contribute their quota to nation-building. Let us identify what they are doing and give them recognition,” he said.