Don’t let rigging be our legacy – Don cautions election riggers

Irked by the rampant irregularities in the nation’s political life, as well as other areas, a university lecturer has cautioned on the legacy our leaders are leaving for the youth.
Speaking in a television programme after the presidential polls, Prof. Vincent Anigbogu, who is at present the Director-General of Institute for National Transformation, expressed concern about the picture these irregularities are registering on the minds of young people.
If we cheat in elections, he said, the next generations are going to do even more than that.
Prof. Anigbogu, who left his field of analytical Chemistry to take up leadership development and mentoring, stressed the need to educate the young ones on the importance of the electoral process and the imperatives of doing it transparently.
He regretted the loss of faith in the country by the youths, adding, “as we speak, many are busy processing their visas for Canada and other places”.
He called on leaders of the country to investigate the cause of these which leads also to voter apathy.
The don, who is also President of JC (Jesus Christ) Quality Management Group, said that Nigeria is actually way behind and, as the giant of Africa, is not giving the continent something to be proud of.
He was emphatic that the young ones are developing voter apathy because the processes are not transparent and there is absence of mentorship, meaning that the youths are not carried along.
He said that in other countries, those who take over from leaders would have served in the cabinets where they learn the ropes.
“When you are running for an office, it is not just to get power but also an opportunity to mentor the young ones”, he said.
Prof. Anigbogu advocated the training of legislators and the contextualization of such training to our peculiar situations and circumstances.
According to him, opposition is not war, such that the opposition party fails to commend the ruling party in certain areas they have done well.
He condemned what he described as “chief mentality” where everyone appears to be a monarch on his own, adding that leadership can be done from behind and not necessarily that the leader must be in front calling the shots.