Sycophants Around Our Leaders are Ruining Nigeria - Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie
"All of these are due to the sycophants we have around our leaders. Everybody wants a share of the national cake as if the cake can never finish."
The Archbishop of Metropolitan See of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, has called on Nigerian leaders to come down from their palaces to the rescue of the suffering masses.
The cardinal, who spoke in his 51st Independence message to the nation during the blessing of the St. Augustine’s Catholic Chapel at the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison, Lagos, said the leaders should wake up and face the reality.
He said what those who stay abroad are saying about the country was nothing but flattering, noting: “We are the ones living here and we know what is going on and, when we go there, they laugh at us.
This is the 51st anniversary of our independence. When we turned 50th, a lot of things were expected, but, unfortunately, nothing came. All of these are due to the sycophants we have around our leaders. Everybody wants a share of the national cake as if the cake can never finish.
“We want leaders who will not only think of themselves, but those who will be ready to sacrifice themselves for the people. These are the leaders we are looking for.”
He, however, said there is slight improvement, adding: “There is still room for improvement. A lot is still being expected.”
On what should be done to improve the plight of the downtrodden, the cleric said there should be provision of light, potable water, and employment. “These are the things the Federal Government should do to improve the plight of the downtrodden,” the archbishop added.
Okogie kicked against imposition of political leaders, adding: “If the nation can just try and allow the citizenry to select their leaders, there will be no problem.
But, unfortunately, they are not given a chance. Ordinary local government elections in Lagos, a lot of people are complaining. Why must we impose leaders on the citizenry? It is not right. We cannot get a good leader that way because the person who put him there, he is bound to dance to his tune.”
Source: Nigerian Vanguard