Professor of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Mashood Baderin, has lamented lack of integrity in leadership in Nigeria.
Speaking at the 13th Founder’s Day Lecture of Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Baderin said: “For too long, we have witnessed demonstration of lack of integrity in leadership in almost every sphere of society in Nigeria.
“This is even as Nigerians are incredibly religious and rational people. We pray a lot for good leadership; but prayers alone cannot salvage us. We all must wake up to our responsibilities in that regard.”
He called on leaders to demonstrate integrity in their societal duties, adding that “effective societal development starts with the people. ”
According to him, the most important consideration in a society is the people, as they are the catalysts.
He added: “Effective societal development requires a conscious vision on the part of the populace driven by committed leadership with a mission to achieve that vision.
“Such a conscious vision and committed mission of societal development is still lacking in Nigeria and indeed most African societies.”