By Sola Adeyemo, Ibadan


NIGERIA has since 1966 been led by ‘accidental rulers’ who were thrown up by mere circumstances, some socio-political analysts said in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, yesterday. This includes Professor Bode Sowande, Moshood Erubami and Professor Micheal Odedokun.

To them, the inability of the country to have produced leaders with genuine desire and preparation to lead the country, had been responsible for her underdevelopment.

The trio made the submission at a one-day symposium entitled  Good Governance and Welfare of the Citizenry, organised by the Ancient Mystical Order, Rosac Crucis (AMORC) to mark the 51st independence anniversary of the country.

Since the first coup of January 15, 1966, the discussants believed that  the country had been unfortunate to be led by accidental leaders; people, who never prepared to lead the country, but, who were thrown up by the emerging circumstances and they ended up being rulers rather than leaders needed for inspiration and motivation for the country to move forward.

Sowande, a Professor of English, who looked at the issue from the spiritual point of view noted that the plan of God for anybody born into this world  “is to have good life, and anything short of that is the making of his or her environment’’.

He condemned the level of greed and selfishness among the leaders at the three tiers of government, stressing that “the law of retribution would always catch up with those saddled with the responsibility of leading the people, but, who turn themselves to slave masters, looting the treasury and subjecting the citizenry to untold hardship”.

To Erubami, a human rights crusader, who looked at the topic from the political perspective, the country had for the past years been full of mysteries of ironies and paradoxes that had accompanied governance and unproductive leadership in the country since 1960.

According to him, “Nigeria, despite its resources, both human and materials, has not yet struck the appropriate balance between governance and welfare of the citizenry, and only a concerted efforts of citizens and politicians to make right connections between politics and economy can make the right government to emerge to deliver public good’’.

As an economist, Odedokun from the Lead City University in Ibadan counseled that the country should match educational opportunities with employment opportunities, particularly dignifying self-employment.

He implored Oyo State to take the lead in that direction.

His words: “The government should encourage self-employment schemes to train and orientate school leavers to take dignifying self-employment and not for university graduates to be driving taxi-cabs, become Okada operators or recharge card sellers,’’

On the objective of the symposium, the chairman of the occasion and Grand Commander of AMORC, Akin Akinfe, said the programme was part of the service of the organisation to the society and to contribute to building a state or nation or a better world.

To him, “the role of AMORC is to develop the hearts and minds of its students, to provide the society with artisans, technicians, knowledgeable parents, teachers and leaders, public servants and professionals with the tools and knowledge to serve the government and society.’’

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