Friday, April 4, 2014

Former Abia State governor, Orji Kalu says 'sleepy old men' at the on-going National Conference cannot move Nigeria forward

Orji Kalu

Former Abia State governor, Orji Kalu, while speaking at the Centenary Lecture organised by the Oyo State branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, said the 'sleepy old men' at the on-going national conference cannot move Nigeria forward.

Kalu who delivered a lecture titled, 'Nigeria: A Nation in Quest of Credible Leadership', said Nigeria would not move forward unless the first generation leaders withdrew gradually from politics.

He said, "The present crop of leaders seems to be failing the nation and the people are becoming increasingly doubtful if indeed we have leaders. To worsen matters, the first generation leaders are still mostly the ones calling the shots. If you go through the National Conference delegates' list, you will be amazed by the number of men in their 80s still trying to determine the type of future that is suitable for the millennium generation. What fresh ideas can these sleepy old men offer on the way forward? There can be no credible leadership until these men begin to gradually withdraw and allow the younger generation to take charge."

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