“I hope politicians put the interest of the people first” — Okowa

The Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa on Saturday urged politician to shun selfishness and inculcate the habit of putting the people’s interest first.

He made this known at the annual re-union of Class 81 of the Nigerian Airforce Military School, Jos, held in Asaba.

The event featured a lecture on the topic, “Path to Purposeful and Legacy Leadership” delivered by Mr. Gbenga Oyebode.

He said that there should be emphasis on health, education and good moral upbringing for children to enable them become good leaders and better citizens.

“I hope one day, our politicians will be futuristic in their actions, put the interests of the people first and not what they stand to gain as individuals. That way, our country will be better; we hope that one day, we will have leaders who will be compassionate about our people and about the nation.

“The perception concerning politics and the way it is played is a great challenge in our country; if only we can start to rework our thought process to positively think more about how the people feel and how our actions and inactions are affecting the people.” Okowa said.

The governor also said, “It will be good for us because the politicians in Nigeria can do things right. The question is, are the emerging political leaders ready to play by the rules?”

Most of those who want to do the right things are constrained by money; so, the way politics is played in Nigeria does not encourage the eradication of corruption,”

Someone who is running for an election must have a deep pocket, otherwise, someone with a deep pocket will sponsor him and at the end, will be pulling the strings from behind”.

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