Political Position Should Be Given With Qualifications Not Just Money – Jega

Prof.  Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has noted that the process of putting people into elective positions in the country must change to ensure the emergence of good leaders, adding that it is unfortunate that governance is the only job where people do not need to meet any specific qualification required to be considered fit for it.

Jega reportedly made this known in his opening remarks at a pre-Ramadan lecture organised by the University of Lagos Muslim Alumni Association.

According to him, “We must develop an overwhelming consensus that political leadership cannot remain the only job for which no qualification appears necessary except to have a lot of money, usually, stolen money.”

He noted that, “It is clear that for as long as the current pattern of leadership recruitment continues, our troubles will continue.”

 He maintained that, “It is for this reason that we must find a way to bring relevant criteria to bear on the selection of leadership. We have got to find a way of making character, competence and capacity to determine who leads.”

He added that, “To my mind, this should be made the main item on the agenda of all patriotic citizens ad organised civil society and community – based groups for active participation in the political and electoral processes of our country leading to the 2023 general elections.”

He remarked that, “If, or when, we have good people in leadership positions, in governance, the resolution of many of our national challenges would become much easier, from restructuring, to reposition the economy and addressing the needs and aspirations of Nigerian citizens.”


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