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Kalu warns against bad leadership

24 February 2014, 18:20

Ikeja - Dr Orji Kalu, a former governor of Abia, on Sunday in Lagos warned public officers against bad leadership and alienation from the electorate.

Kalu gave the warning while speaking with aviation correspondents at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, after his arrival from Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

Kalu was also a former presidential candidate of the People's Progressive Alliance (PPA) in the 2011 general elections.

He said that most Nigerians lacked the dividends of democracy promised to them by their elected leaders during electioneering.

Kalu, however, said that in spite of the warning, the country would not break up as being rumoured in some circles.

"What I’m afraid of is not disintegration of the country, rather, revolution by the people. It’s not going to be by the police but by the people.

"That is what I`m conscious of, and we must be very careful of what we do with the people because they have been alienated for so long,'' he said.

 He said that patriotic Nigerians should stand up and defend the country against any disintegration.

He advised governors to provide good governance for the people, while the legislatures should enact laws that would better the lives of the citizens.

He also urged politicians occupying public offices to work for the interest of the masses that voted them into power rather than neglecting them.

"I’m very disappointed with some of them stealing money and stashing them outside the country. What will they do with those things?

"People have no jobs, they should think about creating jobs in Nigeria and in their constituencies they are governing,'' he said.

Kalu commended Adamu Mu'azu, the PDP National Chairman, for embarking on reconciliation of members of the party.

"We are very happy with Mu’azu, we are excited to have him as our national chairman and he’s going to succeed,'' he said.

Kalu also urged the Federal Government to still dialogue with the Boko Haram sect to end the insecurity to lives and property in some parts of the country.

"I have always said that we don’t need military people with guns; rather, we need to do intelligence gathering.  I have not seen anywhere, where guns had solved the problem.

"After any war, people will still come back to the table to design how they will move forward.

"Those who are being killed by the sect are Nigerians and the blood being spilled are of Nigerians,'' he said.

-  NAN

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