By Nick Chibunna
A constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Barrister Wisdom Uche Durueke, has warned that unless, Nigerians arise and do the needful by electing men and women of honour, integrity, and who fear God into leadership positions, the nation would continue to remain in economic, social and political doldrums.
Barr. Durueke who stated this recently in Owerri while fielding questions from Christian Voice reporters said that all the problems confronting Nigeria since independence were man-made, adding that only men and women of honour, with ready heart could salvage the polity.
The social crusader and national president of the Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) who spoke on a number of issues, including the build-up to the 2019 general elections posited that poor leadership has remained the bane of the nation.
The CLO boss lamented that today, greed, impunity self-centredness, tribalism, nepotism, religious bigotry, tactical and clandestine exclusion of a section of the polity, insecurity, authoritarian and autocratic tendencies on the part of our leaders have reduced the country to a mere geographical entity where anything can go, whether the people like it or not, naming that the only panacea is good governance.
He advised those aspiring for leadership positions in the country to eschew pride, arrogance, ostentatious life styles and self aggrandizement so that the country would be a better place for all.
In what he described as real social project approach based on true governance and transparent leadership, the legal luminary said that any government that cannot impact positively on the lives of the people is dead.
On the insinuations that the country’s problems is due to multiplicity of ethnic nationalities and over population, Barr. Durueke said, it was not true, adding that the nation’s problems were due to corruption and lack of vision on the part of the leadership.
He cited great and developing nations such as United States of American (USA), United Kingdom, Russia, India and China which are multi-ethnic with large populations and yet standing tall in the comity of nations, adding that India and China have taken over the pharmaceutical electronics and technological trade in Nigeria.
The human right activist said that every good leader should be proactive in policy formulation, adding that when good leadership is enthroned the nation would be better for it in all areas, including, infrastructure, education, health care delivery agricultural revolution, national security, information technology, industrialization and others.
On the 2019 general elections, the legal practitioner enjoined Nigerians to come out and vote for credible and God-fearing candidates.
He said that election is fought and won in the vote booth and therefore enjoined all to procure their permanent voter’s card to enable them to participate in the exercise while also making sure that their votes count.
Barr. Durueke said that registering 91 political parties is not bad for Nigeria judging by the nation’s population.
The human rights activist frowned at the situation in Imo State where, he said, there was agony and suffering and advised the ruling class in the state to rule with the fear of God and milk of human nature and to use qualified engineers in ongoing constructions in the state.