- As the 2019 general elections approach, ex-chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, has said Nigeria needs competent leaders
- According to Jega, what the country needs is competent and assertive leaders and not necessarily strong leaders
- He said strong leader, who lacks the ability and competence to lead, can wreck strong institutions
Professor Attahiru Jega, the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said what Nigeria needs is competent and assertive leaders and not necessarily strong leaders.
Punch reports that Jega stated that a strong and incompetent leader will end up destroying institutions.
NAIJ.com gathers that the assertion was made at the 58th annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja on Monday, August 27.
Jega said: “What we require most are the competence and capacity of leaders to take decisions and be assertive in ensuring that those decisions are actually implemented. So, we have to be very careful in thinking that a strong leader can really help.
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“Just like a weak leader can wreck an institution, a strong leader, who has just that power and courage, but lacks the capacity, ability and competence to lead, can also wreck strong institutions.
“Competence of leadership is a very important variable in bringing about the stable political transition, good governance and deepening of democracy.”
According to the former INEC boss, there is a need for agencies of government to shun partisanship as this weakens institutions and erodes public confidence.
He said: “We must emphasise professionalism, impartiality and non-partisanship. This is because quite too often, you have good and strong institutions, but once partisanship is introduced and partiality becomes the norm, as many public institutions in this country, then those institutions would not be able to deliver effectively on their mandates.
“From my experience, I am convinced that electoral integrity is key to stable political transition and to ensuring that there is a framework for good governance and societal development. Electoral integrity is not just about the integrity of the election management body. It is also the integrity with which the key stakeholders engage with the electoral process."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, assured that the forthcoming 2019 general elections would be better than the previous one.
Jega said the current leadership of the electoral body had made significant progress since assuming duty at INEC in November 2015.
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