A former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has said that in order to lift the country to loftier heights, there is a need for Nigerian leaders to be more accountable and responsible.
Ezekwesili who spoke on Tuesday during the inauguration of a Foundation in Lagos, further identified strong policies, institutions and investments as forerunners of socio-economic development, noting that these attributes would push the leaders to cater to the needs of the people deeply.
She said, “I-don’t-care attitude seems to be a virtue our leaders hold onto dearly. It is reprehensible that our society will be degenerating while its leaders stay awake to share resources of the common wealth.
“This attitude manifested more with the recent tragedy in the North-East where those responsible for governance sat round the table and felt comfortable sharing the money meant to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.
“This cannot happen in saner societies and countries. In such countries, their leaders will stay awake to confront the challenges facing their people.”