Director General of the Electoral Institute, Professor Abubakar Momoh has attributed the cause of youth restiveness in some parts of Nigeria to leadership failure, noting that the young people are extremely angry and bitter with the system.
Professor Momoh stressed that the youth feel abandoned and let down by the system and that their schooling was almost like a waste, even as many have been seeking ways to eke a living by any legitimate means but the options and opportunities open to them are so limited.
The DG, who stated this recently while delivering a paper titled “Towards creative leadership in Nigeria” at the 2016 Merit Time International Distinguished Award Lecture held in Abuja, said some young people have lost hope in the system.
According to him, “Social status, hierarchy and class have all come to place in having economic and political access. The spirit of merit and competitiveness has fast been eroded. The potentials of our youth are being killed. Their confidence in the system is fast eroding. They are desolate, agitated and angry. Some of them have become economic migrants, others have sought refugee status in Europe and North America yet others have constituted a social menace by their criminal behavior that has undermined the image of the country abroad.
Professor Momoh noted that role models are fast becoming extinct as our youth scarcely find those to look up to for examples and precepts to emulate. “They can no longer find exemplars, the kind of selfless and patriotic citizens who led us in the past. Everybody wants to condemn the other person but very few people want to be upright and behave appropriately. This is because greed, materialism and insatiable quest for ill-gotten wealth and the get-rich-quick syndrome have ravaged our public and private life. Institutions of accountability are weak, they seek political correctness. There is no consistent and coherent approach to address corruption in the country.
He said to correct this; Nigeria needs creative leaders who would be exceptional and profoundly innovative, seeking to apply it with originally and in ways that will fundamentally reshape things.
“It is like making a genus of a leader. A creative leader is a multi-talented person, a roundly trained and endowed individual who is tried and tested and who sets eyes on the goal, in spite of all odds. Even if you are alone, remain steadfast and keep an eye on the goal. Creative leaders do not give up because of setbacks, rather setbacks and challenges strengthen and embolden them, they become the fuel that fire and power them to the dream land.
At the event, a Benue state House of Assembly member, representing Agatu state constituency, Sule Dikeson could not hold his tears while making a remark as a recipient of an award, when he told the audience that he was pained that over 1,000 of his constituents, who voted for him on the last general elections have been killed by the Fulani herdsmen.
Dikeson, the minority leader in the Benue House, consequently, dedicated the award to the victims who include men, women, children and youths.
He disclosed that 18 villages have been destroyed during the crashes that are now referred to as “Agatu massacre”.
“The community has no health facilities now. No schools. In fact, what you hear from the media is under reported. Over 10,000 people have been displaced. The people are homeless. There is going to be serious food crises on the area because the tam seedlings have been destroyed. We are even afraid to drink water in the communities because we feel the water is no longer safe for drinking.
Earlier, the guest speaker at the award and lecture, the director general of the electoral institute, Prof. Abubakar Momoh noted that Nigeria is experiencing lot crises because there is leadership failure in the country.
National coordinator of merit time international award, Mr. Sunday Okwu, during an address of welcome announced that 21 Nigerians would be decorated with different award titles as a hall mark of hard work, dedication and commitment.
“This award is a step in the right direction for you as it will provide further recommendation for higher awards such as Honorary Doctorate Award by our local and international partners, and greater opportunities for those of us who may be invited to deliver high profile lectures across the world.

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