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Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon Advocates for Transparent Leadership

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon Advocates for Transparent Leadership

By Matthew Eloyi

Former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has called on the nation’s leaders to adopt the transparent and people-oriented leadership style exemplified by late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Speaking at the first Umaru Yar’Adua International Leadership Conference and Awards in Abuja on Monday, Gowon emphasized the importance of morality and addressing societal needs for sustainable development.

Gowon praised Yar’Adua’s swift governance, citing the eradication of Guinea worm during Yar’Adua’s tenure as governor of Katsina state as an example. He also commended Yar’Adua for initiating the Justice Muhammed Uwais Electoral Reforms, aimed at curbing electoral malpractice.

The conference, organized by the Global Initiative for Leadership Success, sought to address leadership issues in light of moral and ethical considerations. Retired Maj.-Gen Abdullahi Mamman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, described Yar’Adua’s leadership as “sterling, profoundly mercurial, and legendary,” highlighting his economic and societal achievements.

On his part, Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State urged Nigerians to support the government and praised Yar’Adua’s anti-corruption efforts. He emphasized the importance of transparency and good governance in national development.

Also speaking, Professor Mike Ikupolati, CEO of Global Intellectual Consult, stressed the need for merit-based appointments and strong governmental institutions. He identified policy implementation as a key challenge for Nigeria and called for a change in the selection process for leadership positions.

Alhaji Majeed Dahiru, CEO of ORASCOM Properties Ltd., lamented the lack of integrity-based political leadership in Nigeria, stating that it has hindered the country’s development.

The conference also honoured several governors, including Alia, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state, and Babagana Zulum of Borno, for their exemplary leadership.

In conclusion, the event underscored the importance of ethical leadership in driving Nigeria’s development agenda, echoing the principles exemplified by the late President Yar’Adua.

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