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Be ready to hold your leaders accountable, Omo-Agege tells Nigerians

Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Senate President, on Friday, called on Nigerians to be ready to hold their leaders accountable to ensure good governance.

Omo-Agege made the call in Abuja at the 10th Annual Independence Lecture titled: “Social Contract and Leadership in Nigeria: Experience and Prospect.’’

The event was organised by The Change We Need Nigeria Initiative (TCWNNI).

The lawmaker, represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Otive Igbuzor, noted that “when leaders are not checked and are not held accountable by the people, the natural thing for them is to please themselves.

“This translates to expropriation of the commonwealth and a tendency for some leaders to see their personal interest as the interest of the people they govern.’’

According to him, another famous Greek thinker, Aristotle, also supporting this, noted: “For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.’’

He said that social contract in politics is an unspoken bargain between government and the people where the former is obligated to deliver good governance and the latter, loyalty and total acceptability of the authority upon which government operate.

Mr Anthony Sani, Secretary General of Arewa Consultative Forum, corroborated that social contract is all about responsibility and obligation.

According to him, the present leadership in the country seems determined to remove sand bags on the path of socio-economic development.

“One way it is doing this is the fight against corruption which is the mother of all challenges,’’ he said.

Sani added that the government was also tackling the insecurity in the country in order to make it secure for everyone.

He, however, urged government to continue to encourage responsibility and inspire inclusiveness through sense of participation.

Mr Yinka Odumakin, Spokesperson for Afenifere, said there was need to have a binding contract between various nationalities in the country so that everyone can live together in peace.

The convener of the event, Dr Cosmas Ilechukwu, said that “social contract furnishes the fundamental principle for legitimisation of any government.’’

He said the core thesis of the social contract theory was that government exists at the behest of the people for the protection and promotion of the general well-being of the people.

Ikechukwu, who is also the General Overseer, Charismatic Renewal Ministries, said that the constitution contains the tenets of social contract theory, which if paid attention to, would ensure common good for the people.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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