Gov. Obi Says Masses Are The Problem Of Governance In Nigeria
Obi Says Masses Are The Problem Of Governance In Nigeria. Vice President of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, said yesterday, that The major Problem militating against good Governance in Nigeria was not necessarily The leaders, but mainly The masses.
According to him, The Masses continue to feed The leaders with false information, instead of acting as a gadfly that should always keep The leaders awake to The reality of The situation in The society.
Obi, who made The assertion during The opening ceremony of a two- day NGF Governance Share Fair, South-East zone, currently holding at The Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, noted that The people being led hardly tell their leaders The truth, thereby contributing to The confusion which such leaders would have to tackle.
The Governance Share Fair was organised by The Nigeria Governors’ Forum in alliance with The South-East regional office of The Department for International Development, DFID, of The British High Commission.
Addressing The participants, Obi said: “ I was with some people The other day, and I told them that The Problem of Governance in Nigeria is The people and they said how, and I said can any of you tell me who among you that can tell The governor that you Are doing The wrong thing?
”Therefore The heart of everything today is good governance. But good Governance has two ways; yes, The leader must be visionary; The leader must galvanise and articulate what it takes to achieve his mission. The leader also needs The gadfly; you know when a cow moves, The average cow sleeps; what keeps The cow awake is that little thing that touches its tail, The gadfly.
“So we will continue to be awake, and we need The people to keep The leaders awake by saying this is not right, this is not right. But whenever you go out, you meet ten people and they tell you that you Are wonderful, so how can you know what is wrong in The system?”
The Anambra State governor said The participants were at The event to learn to do The right things that would move The society forward, rather than drag it backward. ”We Are here to learn. We want to know those things we Are not doing right so we can do them right, because The people voted us to do The right things; to improve The situation of things in The country; they did not vote us to do The wrong things. There’s improvement, but we must do The right things,” he said.
In his speech, Director-General of NGF, Mr. A. B. Okauru,said The event was meant to enable state governments showcase their achievements and learn from one another. He added that The NGF had overtime become more focused on policy priorities calculated to “reduce poverty, enhance development and generally create better connection between government and The citizenry.”
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