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Nigeria At 57: Kwara Speaker Urges Nigerians To Demand Accountability From Their Leaders

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 accountability.
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 fortune.
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 constituents.
“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 state.
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
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