Don’t compare yourselves to Obama and Mandela,Akanbi tells Nigerian political leaders


Justice Mustapha Akanbi who was the Former chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission yesterday cautioned Nigerian political leaders to desist from comparing themselves with world leaders on the basis that they have failed short of the sacrifices set by such leaders.

Akanbi spoke at the annual Daily Trust dialogue just as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, at the same occasion reassured Nigerians that reports of the purchase of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs by politicians would amount to nothing as it would be a useless venture. Jega assured that results of the forthcoming elections would be electronically transmitted from the spot to avoid rigging.

Akanbi who didn’t mention name said:

“Today some people are comparing themselves with Li Kwan Yun, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.”

“If you have read about Li Kwan Yun, those who were corrupt in his country when he decided to fight corruption, they preferred to commit suicide than to face Li Kwan Yew. Mandela spent 27 years in prison and yet that man spent one term in office and decided to step aside.

He said that Nigerian leaders failed to make necessary sacrifices that other world leaders make and that if Nigerian politicians were actually out to serve, “there will be few people to compete”.

The retired justice noted that Nigerians could “make or mar our future through this election. The die is cast. The challenge is true. There can be no retreat, no surrender. The history of our generation can only be the measure and of our loyalty and devotion to the right ideals of our nation”.


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