Dogara charges Nigerians on attitudinal change



Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on Nigerians to have a change in attitude and orientation for the country to make progress even as the nation is passing through challenging times.

Dogara said if Nigeria is to witness significant improvement in quality of leadership and governance, the citizens must change their ways of life as leaders are recruited from among them.

The Speaker, who made the call at the weekend during a thanksgiving service organised by a member of the parliament, Jagaba Adams Jagaba at ECWA Church, Chigwa, Kaduna State, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, said that while Nigerians expect leaders to live higher standards of life as role models, the followers must also know that leaders are recruited from among them.

He, therefore, charged Nigerians to, as a matter of necessity, show higher standards of conducts even as they expect same from their leaders.

“There is always expectations from citizens for leaders to show a higher standard of behaviour. Obviously, it is good that those who call themselves leaders must always aspire to maintain higher standards.

“But what is wrong with the narrative, especially in Nigeria, is that in most cases, citizens expect that only leaders must live above board. This nation can only make progress if all the citizens and leaders resolve that in their daily undertakings, they will maintain the best of standards.

“Because if you expect merely leaders to do the right thing, the leadership recruitment process is such that leaders always emerge from the people.”

Dogara admonished politicians to put their trust in God because “power comes from God, victory comes from God, no one, no matter how powerful he or she is, can give you power.”

But in his testimony, Jagaba urged Nigerians to eschew religious and ethnic sentiments, which he said, have divided the country for decades.

He said the electorate should rather lay emphasis on individual character and not political party affiliation, saying that he has forgiven all those who plotted evil against him in the 2015 general elections.

In his sermon, ECWA President, Revd (Dr.) Jeremiah Gado, said by design, God created and saved humanity to live a life of gratitude, service, praise and worship.

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