Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; and Yinka Odumakin, spokesperson for Afenifere on Friday clashed on who between leaders and their followers were responsible for the crisis of bad leadership in Nigeria.
They both bared their minds during the 10th annual independence lecture in Abuja organized by a political movement,
The event was convened by the General Overseer, Charismatic Renewal Ministries and chairman, African Centre for Leadership, Dr Cosmos Ilechukwu.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, represented by his Chief of Staff and civil rights activist, Dr Otive Igbuzor, said the social contract in politics is “an unspoken bargain between the government and the people where the former is obligated to deliver good governance, and the latter loyalty and total acceptability of the authority upon which the government governs.”
He said, “When people vote, they express the type of government they want and deserve. When we vote right, good leaders naturally emerge. On the contrary when they accept inducements, offer themselves as thugs to snatch ballot papers and create terror during elections, bad leaders become the trophy.
In a situation where the people do not matter; and you have pauperised them, they are not empowered to act or change government.
“You don’t blame the followership. When a fish begins to rot, it starts from the head and not the tail. It would be wrong to say it’s the followership. It is leadership that cast a vision for the society and tell people the way to go.”