Democracy Day: GPMI urges leaders to provide good governance

A UK.-based anti-curruption group, Global Peace Movement International has advised Nigerian leaders to embrace the principles of good governance and be innovative in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.

President of GPMI,  Dr Mike Uyi gave the advice in an interview in London on Saturday.

Uyi, who spoke against the background of June 12- Democracy Day celebration, further advised the leaders to also embrace the principles of accountability, transparency, representative and responsive governance in leading the people.

He also advised Nigerians living abroad to get involved in the country’s politics as a way of supporting the leaders and helping to raise great leaders for the country.

“Our people are not involved in politics here and they are not involved in politics at home and yet they complain.

According to him, people at home are looking up to Nigerians living abroad and see them as “saviours” of the country.

“We have a reason to give back to our country and we have a mandate to give back to the country.

“We should not allow despair to make us forget our home, where our true sources of inspiration come from.

“After all, Nigeria gave us so much and we ought to contribute to the development of our great country,” he said.

He noted that Nigeria is the largest, most populous and richest black country in the world, but poor leadership and western influence had caused scarce distribution of the country’s wealth.

“When there is scarcity of resources, people go tribal, when there is scarcity of resources, people hold on to things that give them hope, succour, and security.

“People hold on to their religion, people hold on to tribes, and that is what is happening right now in Nigeria,’’ he said.

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