Some members of the King’s College Old Boys’ Association, have called on the government and the citizens to focus on achieving better leadership.

This was the thrust of the discussion at the 114th Annual Founders’ Day Lecture at King’s College Assembly, TBS, Lagos, titled, ‘Dismantling the Barriers: Creating a Pathway for the Emergence of Effective Leaders in Nigeria.’

In his opening remarks, Chairman of King’s Week 2023, Olumide Akpata, said Nigeria had the highest number of out-of-school children, adding that the country was poor in leadership and management.

“Nigeria also has an infrastructural deficit including in critical sectors like health. We must, therefore, agree with the president of Nigeria that Nigeria has a leadership problem and something needs to be done about it,” he said.

Keynote speaker, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said ethnicity, religion, and incompetence were some of the barriers to good leadership.

“I am a living example of how Nigeria used to work without tribalism. When people want to do something bad they cover it up with religion and ethnicity. Nothing engenders the feeling of helplessness in Nigeria when a citizen is treated as a second-class citizen. This barrier of injustice and inequity is beyond measure in Nigeria. Another barrier is something called a lack of competence and vision,” he said.

Likewise, African Democratic Congress gubernatorial candidate in Lagos 2023, Funso Doherty, said, “Ethnicity and religion are causes and effects of bad leadership, each of which will prevent us from getting good leadership. But if you have bad leadership people will result in ethnicity and religious sentiments.”

All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State 2023, Mr Tonye Cole, said, “Many of us decided that we were never going to have anything to do with politics. That was the biggest error in my generation. There is nowhere we go, if Nigeria is down we are down. You cannot change anything from the outside, except you are inside.”

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