Executive Secretary, ES, National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, Prof. Barclays Ayakoroma, has charged Nigerians to accord leaders the respect they deserve, lend them the necessary support, as well as give them the enabling environment and opportunity to succeed.
He stated this recently while speaking on a radio programme, “Bush House Nigeria”, on the topic, “The Culture of Insulting Politics”, critically examining a situation where Nigerians cast aspersions on their leaders and top government functionaries.
Fielding questions on what could be done to check this ugly trend in the society, Prof. Ayakoroma said that the Institute has created a platform known as the NICO Annual Public Lecture series, to discuss such issues which will take place quarterly.
He stated further that NICO will achieve this mission of correcting the unhealthy trend by inviting people in government politicians, ministers, governors, heads of ministries, departments and agencies, to interrogate the issues and enlighten Nigerians on their experiences in office, so as to help correct the negative perceptions the citizenry have about people in government, saying it will help check the culture of insulting politics in the society.
Speaking on the culture of insulting politics, Prof. Ayakoroma said that the culture is not Nigerian, totally un-African, and a definite sign of desperation on the part of persons involved in such acts, because when a person is desperate, he/she can do or say anything to justify his/her feelings; but if a person is not desperate, then he/she would not engage in such negative political conduct.
“As Nigerians, we all come from various villages, where it is our culture to be our brothers’ keepers, to love our brothers and neighbours; and that in those days, the culture of love for one another was expressed openly, where people did not just take what belonged to another person nor vilify another person for no just cause, as against what obtains nowadays”. He noted.
He advised Nigerians to be less desperate in their quest to achieve any goal in every strata of their socio-political and economic life; noting that, it is the only way to help check the trend of maligning other persons or painting those in government in very bad light for the purpose of achieving cheap political points.
The NICO ES therefore advised people, especially the younger ones, to go back to the roots and learn from our rich cultural heritage, where elders were seen and regarded as elders; whatever decisions they took, they were given the benefit of doubt, because in the traditional Nigerian and African parlance, “what an elder sees sitting down, a child cannot see even while standing on top of a tree”.
He advised Nigerians to be less desperate in their quest to achieve any goal in every strata of their socio-political and economic life; noting that, it is the only way to help check the trend of maligning other persons or painting those in government in very bad light for the purpose of achieving cheap political points.
The NICO ES therefore advised people, especially the younger ones, to go back to the roots and learn from our rich cultural heritage, where elders were seen and regarded as elders; whatever decisions they took, they were given the benefit of doubt, because in the traditional Nigerian and African parlance, “what an elder sees sitting down, a child cannot see even while standing on top of a tree”.


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