A Civil Society Organisation, Greenwood Dialogue Foundation has described the leadership tussle in the National Assembly as irresponsible and an abuse of the confidence reposed in the lawmakers by the electorate. It said that it is disrupting and slowing down the process of governance.
Mr Dickson Iroegbu, Executive Director of the organisation made his opinion known during the launch of the “iArise4Nigeria” project in Abuja, where he also fingered the Nigeria media as promoting terrorism with their headlines.
According to Iroegbu, the organisation condemns in strong terms, the recent show of shame in the National Assembly and the megalomania of some of the legislators, adding that in a country where voter apathy is still largely prevalent, the recent conflict of interest in the National Assembly would only further cripple the electoral process in Nigeria.
“We totally and strongly condemn this ugly development and unequivocally call for instant change in the narrative. Leadership is a call to service and not a medium to promote selfish, egocentric and unpatriotic agenda,” he added.
Iroegbu added that the executive and the legislative arms of government, as presently constituted, should hit the ground running in driving the change Nigerians earnestly desire and voted for, rather than allow itself to be distracted by primordial sentiments and external interference.
He lamented that the youths have been continuously denied relevance and active participation in governance, despite the global fact that had repeatedly shown that the youths constitute 60 percent of the country’s population.
Iroegbu noted that this ugly trend needs to be nipped in the bud beyond the rhetoric of job creation and youth empowerment, but also through inclusion of young people in key positions.