By Abdulkadir Mohammed
A University Don, Professor Kamilu Sani Fagge says leadership failure is responsible for lack of good governance in Nigeria.
He re-echoed this in his lead paper presentation at the Wednesday opening of a town hall meeting/workshop organized by the Nigerian Guild of Editors supported by the US Embassy in Nigeria.
Professor Kamilu Fagge lamented that dividends of democracy has continued to elude large segments of the Nigerian population due to the “character of the political elite who are devoid of altruistic aspiration and who see the occupation of public office as an investment to uplift self rather than an avenue of public upliftment.”
“Since the restoration of democratic rule in 1999, democracy has failed to translate into a responsible and responsive government,” he recalled.
The Professor of Political Science observed that in spite of several legal and constitutional provisions, commissions of enquiry as well as the efforts of anti-graft agencies, corruption is being perpetrated with impunity adding that hardly a day passes by without the Nigerian media exposing the issue of corruption.
He commended the Nigeria media saying if not for their relentless efforts most corrupt cases could have been silently swept under the carpet.
Professor Kamilu noted that as a watch dog of the society, the Nigerian media was and still at the forefront in exposing corruptive tendencies.
The Political scientist said in spite of the laudable role of the Nigerian Media it is still beset by lots of challenges which seem to erode its efficiency and effectiveness as a credible watchdog of the people.
He called for good remuneration of Journalists and their job security to avoid the tendency of compromising the principles of their profession.