Former Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, Thursday, condemned President Goodluck Jonathan for not showing the right leadership in the manner he carries on with his responsibilities as the President.
He informed the audience and journalists at the sixth Christopher Kolade Symposium, organised by the Nigeria Leadership Initiative, an organisation he is a pioneer patron. He made specific reference to Jonathan’s decision to honour a political rally in Kano shortly after a bombing that killed several people early in the year in Abuja, saying the best he could have done was “to postpone the political event.” For choosing to continue with the programme, he said, the President did not demonstrate that he was sensitive to the pains of the people.
While chiding the campaigns of pro-Jonathan Non-Governmental Organisations, NGO, the respected statesman said, “Nigeria was, at every other time, better than now”. He opined that those who said the country “had never been this good” were lying, and that at over 80 years, he could tell that the country had a robust history.
He lamented the drift in leadership quality, a situation, he believed, should be a source of worry to all Nigerians, ”If we get to a point when we do not care how the country is led, we have lost hope. The country is where it is today because some people sacrificed. Unfortunately, beyond stealing, our leaders are not ready to sacrifice anything,” Kolade said.
Giving reasons on why he took up the responsibility to lead the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme to demonstrate his love for the country. Reneging, he said, would have amounted to wishing that the initiative would fail.
He added that he rejected allowances offered with the job because he was financially stable. The former envoy said no Nigerian was happy with the leadership style and the manner public institutions were operated.