Mr Dennis Idahosa (Edo – APC) has urged those in leadership positions to emulate the virtues of late Chief M. K. O. Abiola, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Prof. Ambrose Alli and Dr Nnandi Azikiwe, who all left a indelible footprint towards the development of the country.
He said these names, including the late Premier of Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Mallam Aminu Kano amongst others, were pro-people leaders, who in their daily living, made the happiness of the citizenry their priority.
The lawmaker stated this in a press statement by his media aide, Mr Osaro Aghedo, and made available to newsmen in Benin on Tuesday.
He said not only did these Pan-Nationlists lived for the people, but that they also died for the country.
The representative of the Ovia Federal Constituency in the Green Chamber, stressed that at this challenging times, the present crops of leaders in the country must imbibe the virtues of being selfless in leading the people.
Idahosa said by so doing, not only would the country be better for it, but it would also bring peace of mind to the leaders.
He said with the present challenges; insecurity, unemployment, and corruption, a change of attitude, especially by the leaders, would save the nation from eminent danger.
He however commended the President Muhammadu Buhari on his efforts at diversifying the economy of the country.
According to him, “For us to have a people will can lead, there must first of all be a country; we had notable Nigerians like in have mentioned, that worked hard to keep this country safe and united.
“Their approach to keeping the country safe and united was achieved through their exemplary life style and their pro-people approach to their everyday dealings. This to me, is what I see lacking in our now everyday polity.
“I sincerely believe that if we can imbibe the virtues of these notable Nigerians, in addition to the efforts being made by the government to diversify the economy of the country and create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, some challenges of the nation, especially that of insecurity would have been solved.
“As we mark another anniversary of June 12, we (the leaders and those being led) must reflect on what the June 12 struggle was all about and have it in our consciousness that it is only when we all work together that we can have a great country; a country of our dream.”