The Chairman, Financial Accountability Council of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Charles Ighele, has said Nigeria is in dire need of visionary and nationalistic leadership capable of reviving dead sectors of the economy as well as dying ones.
Ighele, who addressed journalists as part of activities to commemorate his 66th birthday in Lagos State, decried the prevalence of corruption, saying the country had not been positioned for greatness by political elites, despite the abundance of untapped natural endowment and human resources Nigeria is blessed with.
The cleric, who is also the General Superintendent, Holy Spirit Mission, Lagos, bemoaned the state of education and healthcare delivery system, saying the starting point to build a nation was with the development of human capital.
He expressed sadness that security was deteriorating in the country, noting that bandits appeared to have the upper hand and kidnapping had become the order of the day with its attendant grave consequences on the socio-economic life of citizens, businesses and foreign direct investment.
Ighele said, “Unfortunately, the Nigerian elites know nothing about nation-building; they are encumbered with the nation’s resources accumulation. Outside Nigeria, in other African countries, there are Fulani herdsmen but they don’t engage in destruction of lives the way they are in Nigeria. The reason is not far-fetched.
“The political leaders in those countries are better than our leaders. They are more mature. They know more about leadership. They know more about social cohesion. Ghana had challenges before but Jerry Rawlings came and put up a structure. The problems in the country boil down to the elites.”