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Nigeria Needs Competent Leaders, Not Strong Leader – Jega

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Former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has revealed the kind of leader Nigerians need.

Jega said Nigerians need competent and assertive leaders and not necessarily strong leaders

While speaking at the 58th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association on Monday Jega asserted that an incompetent leader who is strong will end up destroying institutions.

“Just like a weak leader can wreck an institution, a strong leader, who has just that power and courage, but lacks the capacity, ability and competence to lead, can also wreck strong institutions.
“Competence of leadership is a very important variable in bringing about the stable political transition, good governance and deepening of democracy.”

He recalled that a former president once said elections must be do-or-die, an incident he described as most unfortunate.

“We must emphasise professionalism, impartiality and non-partisanship. This is because quite too often, you have good and strong institutions, but once partisanship is introduced and partiality become the norm, as many public institutions in this country, then those institutions would not be able to deliver effectively on their mandates”.

The former INEC chairman called on law enforcement agencies and the judiciary to live up to their responsibilities.

He said he integrity of the electoral process must be preserved and protected.

Jega said Integrity is the key to stable political transition.

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