Adams Oshiomhole, Governor of Edo State, has called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of political activism as a tool to compel their leaders to adopt accountability and transparency in governance.
“The world is angry with Nigeria because what others can fix, we cannot fix, Oshiomhole said, adding that “it is because of this frustration that they want to give us a label that does not belong to us”.
He was apparently alluding to the inclusion of the country among terrorist nations.
Oshiomholes, who barred his mind at the 6th Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture / Symposium organised by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, at the Airport Hotel, Lagos, said Nigerians need to take their destiny in their hands if they aim at achieving true representative democracy where their leaders must be accountable to them.
Oshiomhole explained that Nigeria need to cultivate an activist citizenry in the uncompromising militant tradition of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, noting that “good governance only thrives better when the people are alive to the responsibility of troubling their leaders”.
According to him, “having credible leaders would not be awarded to us; we have to fight to achieve it. The Nigerian condition is so bad that nobody should be comfortable.”
He stated that the problem with Nigeria is primarily that of management and leadership, stating that there is probably no pressing matter in Nigeria than the need for a credible, people-oriented leadership.
“The right to close those who govern us is a challenge in Nigeria. The challenge we face today is that there is confusion among ruling elites on the meaning of democracy. We do not share a common definition of democracy”, Oshiohole said.