(By Iheanyi Ezinwo & Silas Tamuno)- As Nigerians mark the 60th independent anniversary of their country with mixed feelings, there are indications that that those in positions of leadership have not been a source of inspiration to the youths.
This indication was given by Dr. Chidi Lyod, a law lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nssukka, in an interview with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt.
He said: “We need to have people who fear God in authority, because there are things that bother on humanity. You cannot rule a people when you don’t fear God.
“When you fear God, you will know their plight, you will put yourself in the shoes of those you are ruling. When the righteous rule the people rejoice.
“You were with the people before you were elected, and knows what their pains are. So, nobody should tell you when you get elected that civil servants should be paid their money, that pensioners should be paid their money. They don’t have to beg before getting what is due them.
“Those who leave service meritoriously live on those pension. Denying them pension means facilitating their death.
“You don’t need to be begged before paying people their salaries. The labourer is worthy of his wages.
“Our leaders must be humane; they must have fear of God in order to lead our people well.
Acknowledging that the leaders have not been the best of examples to the youths, Dr. Lyod, who distinguished himself as a legislator at the Rivers State House of Assembly where he represented Emohua State Constituency, pleaded with the youths to continue to tolerate the leaders and also chose to make a difference by being good.
He warned the youths not to succumb to societal pressures, just as he harped on the need to restore family values that have been broken down in the society because of economic pressures on the parents.