Nige­rian lead­ers too self­ish, says Olu­wole Ro­timi

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Wale Oye­wale, Ibadan

Aformer gov­er­nor of the old West­ern Re­gion, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Olu­wole Ro­timi (retd.), said on Mon­day that he had given up hope on the present gen­er­a­tion of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in the coun­try in view of their self­ish ap­proach to gov­er­nance.

Ro­timi, who was the Chair­man at the 21st Ben­jamin Oluwakay­ode Osun­tokun

Lec­ture, held at the Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor Theophilus Ogun­lesi hall, Univer­sity Col­lege hos­pi­tal, Ibadan, also ex­pressed wor­ries about the at­ti­tude of the cit­i­zens to in­for­ma­tion from those who should know.

he said, “Nige­ria is not short of peo­ple who will di­ag­nose the causes of our prob­lems. It is in find­ing so­lu­tions that we are lost.

“It is sad that rather than stick to the mes­sage, peo­ple would rather take on the mes­sen­ger. When cer­tain mes­sages are passed to Nige­ri­ans we crit­i­cise the mes­sen­ger; we don’t give thought to the mes­sage.

“For me, there is no hope in the present gen­er­a­tion of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers. There is a Yoruba proverb which says that a dog that would get miss­ing would not heed the call of the hunter.

“A word is suf­fi­cient for the wise. In this coun­try, I want to join oth­ers in re-em­pha­sis­ing, that we need to rein­tro­duce the teach­ing of history and civic ed­u­ca­tion.

Ear­lier in his lec­ture, Maj. Gen. Ak­in­tunde Akinkunmi (retd.), said greed and cor­rup­tion were in­ter­twined, and ex­plained that the for­mer (greed), gave birth to the lat­ter.

Akinkunmi, who was Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer (Re­serves), Royal Army Med­i­cal Corps, Bri­tish Army, stated that greed em­anated from dis­con­tent­ment.

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