Deputy Senate President: Some National Assembly Members Can Barely Write Their Names

// Headline | Deputy Senate President: Some National Assembly Members Can Barely Write Their Names
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, has lamented the low quality of leaders in the country.

He frowned on the educational quality of some National Assembly members, saying they can barely write their names.

Ekweremadu stated this in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Monday while delivering the 2012 Zik Lecture Series organised by the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. The lecture was entitled, ‘True Federalism and the Political Ideology of the Great Zik’.

He said it was still a surprise to him that as educationally advanced as the South-East “we still send to the National Assembly some people who can barely write their names”.

Ekweremadu, who described the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe as a knowledgeable leader, said without knowledgeable leadership, the country was heading nowhere.

According to the lawmaker, the country needs leaders that are patriotic, selfless, knowledgeable, incorruptible, who have a lot of integrity and who will always put country first.

He said, “For Nigeria’s, particularly, low development or rather lack of it has been variously traced to successive national leadership.”

Ekweremadu said though a proper federal structure and an error-free constitution were desirable, without purposeful and transformational leadership, they would not help the situation in the country .

He said, “Even the best constitution or federal structure in the world cannot yield the best of democracy dividends or drive the lofty dreams of a nation unless there is a general commitment by the leadership and citizens alike to live by the principles and letters of that constitution and the norms that promote development.”

Ekweremadu added that Nigerian leaders had often mistaken stubbornness and arrogance as principles in politics, saying “this hasrobbed Nigerians of great opportunities of linking up with modernity and technology”.

He added, “Leaders who cannot think beyond their immediate environment have nothing new to offer their people.”

Ekweremadu urged Nigerian leaders to adopt sound principles like Azikiwe did in his days so that they could lead the country into the elite corps of nations.

First son of Azikiwe and Owelle of Onitsha, Chief Chukwuma Azikiwe, said for any leadership to have meaning it must identify with the downtrodden.

He said, “If our farmers and the have-nots are empowered, then they will impact our economy and themselves.”

Tagged : Anambra State, National Assembly, Ike Ekweremadu, Illiterate National Assembly Members, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe

Headlines Newsview all

South African Politician Says They Are Attacking Nigerian Men For Snatching Their Wives

South African politician, Makashule Gana, has said some of his compatriots have complained to him that they are angry with Nigerians and other immigrants because ... Full story

Temitope Adebamiro, 35 Year Old Nigerian In The US, Stabs Cheating Husband To Death

A 35-year-old Nigerian woman has been charged with killing her husband, who she claimed abused and cheated on her with several women including her sister ... Full story

Central Bank of Nigeria Asks Banks To Publish The Names Of Debtors By The End Of The Month

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday directed deposit money banks (DMBs) to publish the list of  borrowers whose debts have remained non-performing in ... Full story

Domitilla Star Anne Njemanze's Marriage To Young Lover Collapses 8 Months After Wedding

There are insinuations that Domitilla star, Anne Njemanze's marriage to younger lover, Silver Ojieson, crumbled barely eight months after the union was contracted.Reports shows that ... Full story

SAD: Albinos In East Africa Are Hunted For Their Body Parts For Rituals

The albinos who are born in East Africa are becoming more and more of an endangered specie as they are been hunted for their skin ... Full story

Outgoing Benue Governor, Donates 8 SUVs To Incoming Governor

The outgoing governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, on Thursday donated eight new Toyota Prado Sports Utility Vehicles to the state governor-elect, Samuel Ortom, his ... Full story

Xenophobia Attacks: Gani Adams, Visits South Africa

The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, on Thursday visited the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa in support of Nigerians affected by ... Full story

Ten Policemen Detained By Army For Refusing To Wear Uniforms

Ten counter-terrorism police officers attached to the Nigeria army peacekeeping forward operation base in Abuja are currently unlawfully detained at a military barrack in Gwagwalada, ... Full story

Nigerian Troops Get Mandate To Catch Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Alive

Troops have got another mandate to catch Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau alive. Shekau is believed to have relocated from his bunker before the troops reclaimed ...

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, Named As One Of Seven Outstanding Personalities Worldwide

A global conflict prevention organisation, International Crisis Group, has named the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, as one of seven outstanding personalities worldwide, to ...

Bose Oladimeji: Impecunious Men Have No Place In My Heart

Bose Oladimeji is beginning to get all the attention in the Yoruba film industry, for both her talent and good looks. But Bose, from Kwara ... Full story

Comment on: Deputy Senate President: Some National Assembly Members Can Barely Write Their Names

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Mercy Johnson & Hubby Stuns At Son's Dedication (Pictures)

Story by Tunde Iyawoyi Last Updated: 3 hours ago Today is Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson's child dedication, Prince Henry. The beautiful actress is looking gorgeous in her ...

Court Freezes Former Federal Lawmaker’s Bank Accounts

Justice Yunusa Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Lagos, capital of Lagos State, has ordered eleven Nigerian banks to freeze the accounts of a ...

Kuforiji-Olubi Cries Foul over British Court's Order Freezing Her Assets

A former Minister of Commerce and Tourism, Chief Bola Kuforiji-Olubi has faulted an asset freezing order purportedly issued against her and some members of her ...

Why Nollywood is not recognized at the Oscars — Afriff Boss

CEO of AFRIFF, Chioma Ude, has revealed the reason Nigerian movies are yet to get much recognition from global film awards and festivals. She revealed this ...

Buhari to Jonathan, Deziani: I will probe NNPC missing $20 billion

Hard time may be awaiting the outgoing government of President Goodluck Jonathan over the alleged missing $20 billion from the coffers of the Nigerian National ...

Why older men tend to be more sexually active than women

Age is no barrier to an active love life, research shows. For among the 70s, more than half of men and almost a third of ...

Tale of 3 Nollywood damsels who dumped their boyfriends

Beautiful, chic, talented and sexy, are the words to describe these three Nollywood damsels, Lizzy Gold Onuwaje, Chiamaka Nwokeukwu and Peggy Onah. They have absolutely ...

Don’t let me die, lady bathed with acid by ex-lover cries

After: Aladi Sule SOS to Kogi govt failed — Brother ALADI Sule lies critically ill at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State. Her body is wrapped ...

Ekiti lawmakers to Fayose: Impunity can’t save you

The 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly yesterday alleged misrepresentation of the proceeding in the ex-parte motion filed ...

80% of Nigerian men want fair-skinned women – SUSAN MAXWELL

Nollywood Actress, Susan Maxwell, made her foray into acting with Isawuru. Since then, she has acted and produced several other movies. Although acting is her ...