A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said that the country is afflicted with the plague of bad governance emanating from visionless leaders elected into public offices.

Jega, who conducted the 2015 general elections, spoke in Lagos during the first memorial lecture in honour of the first civilian Governor of Lagos, late Alhaji Lateef Jakande, as organised by Federal Social Democrats (FSD).


The former INEC Chairman who participated in the lecture virtually described Nigerian leaders as greedy citizens who are desperate for either power or money.


According to him, democracy in Nigeria is in trouble owing to a lack of selfless and patriotic leadership across the three tiers of government in the country.


He noted that Nigeria would only exit the current security and economic challenges when there are selfless and visionary leaders.


He said,


“We must first and foremost acknowledge that Nigeria has been afflicted by the misfortune of having characters in governance who are neither selfless nor visionary, who are rather greedy whether for power or money who are essentially clueless about matters of governance and reckless in the way they handle governmental affairs and consolidators of bad democratic governance.”