In a compelling address at the public presentation of Prof. Osita Ogbu’s book, ‘Development as Attitude,’ former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan emphasized the imperative for a transformative shift in the nation’s political landscape. Jonathan asserted that the prevailing political attitude must prioritize national interests over personal affiliations to pave the way for substantial development.
The former president cautioned against what he termed a “dangerous system” of governance, urging the placement of competent individuals in key positions rather than succumbing to nepotism. Jonathan stressed the need for a holistic approach, stating, “Our attitude as politicians matters towards our development. If we must develop, there are certain things, and we must make sure if it will go to every Nigerian, it goes to every Nigerian.”
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the upcoming 2023 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, echoed the call for change, emphasizing the significance of qualitative governance over prolonged tenures. Obi challenged the notion that extended periods in office necessarily result in positive outcomes, asserting, “Even if you’re there for one day, you can impact for one day.”
In a vote of thanks, Prof. Ogbu urged leaders, particularly members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, to be agents of development. He called for purposeful reviews of the budget, emphasizing the importance of creating a foundation that future leaders can build upon. The collective sentiment echoed a plea for a paradigm shift in Nigerian politics, aligning with the overarching theme of the evening—development as a collective attitude.