Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday identified good leadership, governance and development as the elements for economic progress in Nigeria and Africa.
Mr. Obasanjo said this at the 15th Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) Annual Lecture and International Leadership Symposium in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the symposium was entitled: ‘Leadership and Performance in Africa – The Challenge of the Continent’s Economic Competitiveness.’
Mr. Obasanjo said the economic challenges facing the country were as a result of lack of continuity in government policies among other reasons.
“Our leaders must prioritise adequate infrastructure as the basis for our development.
“We must embrace new technologies to tackle security challenges in the country, build strong institutions to uphold our core values.
“In Nigeria, there is the need to acknowledge and appreciate our diversity and not make it a liability.
“We are called the giant of Africa because of our huge human resources and diversity, meaning that it is an asset that we should appreciate and not make it a liability.
“Nigerian leaders should not think of the well-being of Nigerians alone, but the well-being of the African continent as a whole to promote a common prosperity,” he said.
Mr. Obasanjo said that terrorism was thriving in the North-east due to the poor level of education in the region.
“The level of education in the South-west is 85 per cent, 83 per cent in the South-east and less than 30 per cent in the North-east. It is sad that we are having this statistics in the same country.
“Our leaders should invest in education because it is very important for human growth and development,“ he said.
According to him, Nigeria has transited from pre-colonial to colonial rule, one military regime to another and from one political party to another taking over government.
“But we need to transit to a popular movement where people will feel the impact of quality governance,” he said.