Emeritus Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has challenged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of taking action when necessary to put their leaders in check.
The truth is that things don’t just happen unless we take concrete actions to make them happen. You can just sit and complain and expect things to take shape. This statement applies strongly to Nigerians.
Emeritus Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has urged Nigerians to put elected leaders on their toes and hold them accountable. According to the cleric, Nigerians are used to “just sitting and complaining about everything” but do nothing to challenge bad leaders.
Onaiyekan stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at the North Central Zonal Dialogue Conference, organised by Lux Terra Leadership Foundation, in partnership with Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy, and Development.
“Nigerians have gotten used to just sitting and complaining about everything. They complain about government and politicians, but they do not take their role of citizen participation seriously.
“The leaders are happy about this and take full advantage of the docile nature of most Nigerians,” he said.
According to the cleric, Nigerians must exercise their political rights and keep the leaders on their toes and make them accountable.
The cleric is saying something correct and valid here; in the words of Bob Marley, “Nigerians! Get up! stand up! stand up for your rights!