As Nigeria celebrates her 57th anniversary as an independent nation ,
the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad
says it is high time Nigerians subjected their leaders to
Ahmad, in an independence anniversary message
issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir, said that
the country's major problem has been bad leadership.
This, according to him, was the main reason good governance had been a
mirage in the country in spite of its being blessed with various
mineral resources that could easily be tapped to change the nation's
The Speaker also heaped blame on the citizenry with the
attitude of always demanding for token from aspiring politicians, a
situation which he said has not allowed the country's best brains to
come out and vie for elective offices.
Ahmad added that majority
of Nigerians are always after immediate gains from the politicians
rather than giving them opportunity to serve ,and if otherwise, show
them the way out.
With that in mind, according to him, those
elected would be ready to serve till the last drop of their blood and
not disappoint the confidence reposed in them by their various
"And if they fail to perform, they already know the
consequences. Therefore, we must be ready to change our way of doing
things which have not been yielding fruitful results for the nation. If
the people change, the leader will also be forced to change", he added.
He, however, noted that in spite of the challenges facing the country
there are reasons to celebrate Nigeria's independence as a sovereign
According to him, the existence of Nigeria as a nation was undoubtedly not a small feat.
Ahmad also appreciated the efforts by the nation's past leaders in
Nigeria becoming independent from British rule 57 years ago also
felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion.
While enjoining the
Federal Government to address the challenges confronting Nigeria,
particularly agitations from various zone of the country, the Speaker
said the future of the Nigeria remains bright.