Myopic Leaders Currently Ruling Nigeria— Jega

Professor Attahiru Jega, former chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has defined the current crop of leaders overseeing the affairs of Nigeria as myopic.

He insisted that some of their administrative lapses were responsible for the wave of insecurity and economic devastation experienced all over the country.

Jega, who presided over the elections that ushered in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, made these assertions when he spoke at the 2022 Workers’ Political Conference organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja on Wednesday with the theme, ‘Commitment to National Emancipation and Development through Effective Political Engagement by Nigerian Workers’.

This history of successful partnership in broad based patriotic alliances and collaborations has, however, witnessed a relative decline since the late 1990’s, and especially since the on-set of the Fourth Republic, beginning from 1999.

In the past 22 years of transition to civil/ democratic rule, united and effective struggles of working class movements based on alliances and solidarity with other popular organisations, have regrettably witnessed a relative decline, largely on account of the divide and rule tactics of the ruling elite, relying on the heightened mobilisation of ethno- religious and other divisive primordial identities, in their effort to capture, retain and perpetuate them selves in power.

“Nigeria is currently, essentially at crossroads, as the country prepares for the 2023 general elections.

Nigerian citizens generally, and the working people in particular, can either continue to play the ostrich on the current trajectory of reckless, senseless, visionless journey towards democratic and socio-economic development, and allow the country free-fall to imminent self-destruction, which is clearly in sight, or they have to wake up, rise and join hands in solidarity for struggles and active engagement in the political process towards national emancipation from a devilish alliance of exploiters, both internal and external, evidently hell-bent on not only eroding Nigeria’s natural potentials but also destroying it.

“Now is not the time to rehash the old theoretical debate on what the role of trade unions should be: either narrowly focusing on incremental gains with regards to improvements in wages and conditions of work or broadly engaging with and struggling for wider socio-political and economic issues, which affect all citizens.

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