Nigeria need a competent leader – Jega

The immediate past Chairman of the Independent National
Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, says Nigeria needs
competent and assertive leaders and not necessarily strong
According to Jega, an incompetent leader who is strong will end
up destroying institutions.
The former INEC boss said this at the 58th Annual General
Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja on Monday.
He said, “What we require most is the competence and capacity of
leaders to take decisions and be assertive in ensuring that those
decisions are actually implemented. So, we have to be very careful
in thinking that a strong leader can really help.
“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.”
The former INEC boss, who superintended the 2011 and 2015
general elections, said politicians must stop treating elections as a
do-or-die affair.
He recalled that a former President once said elections must be
do-or-die, an incident he described as most unfortunate.
Jega also said there was a need for agencies of government to
shun partisanship as this weakened institutions and eroded public
He added, “We must emphasize 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 said there was a need for law
enforcement agencies and the judiciary to be alive to their
responsibilities, adding that the integrity of the electoral process
must be preserved and protected.
Jega added “From my experience, I am convinced that electoral
integrity is key to stable political transition and to ensuring that
there is a framework for good governance and societal
development. Electoral integrity is not just about the integrity of
the election management body. It is also the integrity with which
the key stakeholders engage with the electoral process.”
In his remarks, a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami
Abubakar, lamented that elections in Africa are always
characterized by violence.
He said even the recently concluded NBA election was not without
its own controversies.
“The genesis of Africa’s political problems is the action of sit-tight
leaders who do all they can to amend the constitutions in order to
perpetuate themselves forever. These leaders manipulate very
vital democratic organs particularly the legislature and even
judiciary to suppress any dissenting voice,”


  1. We know that uncle jega

  2. hmm

  3. its true

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