Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Lagos State, during the 2015 election, Jimi Agbaje, has said integrity is required in Nigeria politics for it to stand the test of time.
Agbaje, who spoke at the Investiture Ceremony of Rtn. Nwagwu Churchill Chimezie, the 14th President of Rotary Club of Ojodu District 9110, recounted the harsh realities Nigerians face today in what he called a ‘failed political system’.
He commended the activities of the Rotary Club as an organisation considering the successes it has recorded, saying the organisation leads by example.
“Our government should become responsible by taking a leap from this service organisation and emulate Rotary Club international, because they aspire people to do more.
“Nigerians should need to be inspired for sustainable development.”
Agbaje also said Nigerian youths especially often leave the country for pastures new in foreign lands because of their realisation that hope appears lost for them in the country.
“The situation has deteriorated to the point that an average Nigerian cannot afford the basic necessities of life and the government on their own has failed to improved the standard of living or provide the basic infrastructure as required by the constitution.
“Nigeria is ignorant of being cooked, we are placed on that warmer, the less privileges need the best support they can get from the society.
“The political system is not building out the best. Success is our own right and our leaders should lead by examples.”
Agbaje, however, charged the Rpotary Club to evolve a mechanism that would compel politicians, event at the local level, are made to present their manifestos to the electorate before they are voted for. This, be believed, would make political, office holders to be up and doing while in office.
“The younger ones who talk about revolutionary change should understand that the only way it could be achieved is through inspirational leadership.”
Chairman at the event and CEO of Crystal Communication Limited, Mr. Dozie Mbanefo, said that the Rotary club has empowered a lot of Nigerians and changed the fortunes of many communities in the country for good.
Mbanefo explained that the purpose of Rotary Club is to give back to the community. Rotary is community-based.
“They don’t take it for granted, the society is what makes them, who they are. So, it is always good to also give back to the society and he appreciate what they been able to achieved by the grace of God and by the support of all people within the communities.
“The major thing is they try to elevate a lot of people who don’t have resources that will make life meaningful. Today one of their major goals is polio eradication and addressing environment change,” Mbanefo said.
Also, Guest Speaker at the event, the Director Corporate Communication & , Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Emeka Oparah, lauded the impact of the Rotary Club on Nigerians saying that the Rotary Club is known for humanitarian work all over the world.
He charged well-placed Nigerians to carry out more charitable works, stating that a lot of well-to-do individuals in the society shy away from helping the less privileged.
“We need well meaningful Nigerians to champion the cause of the less privilege in our mist he stated,” he said.