In a compelling address at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 polls, Mr Peter Obi, passionately advocated for ethical leadership as the cornerstone of Nigeria’s progress and development.
Obi, who chaired the Ethical Leadership Lecture organised by the Strategic Contacts, Ethics, and Publication of the University, reiterated the need for political leaders at all levels of government to embody integrity and uprightness.
Addressing an enthusiastic audience, Peter Obi underscored ethical leadership’s vital role in the nation’s growth.
He argued that meaningful progress and development could only be achieved when leaders have unimpeachable moral character and a commitment to the betterment of society.
The former Anambra governor called for a complete overhaul of Nigeria’s political culture, emphasising the necessity for political parties to be led by individuals of integrity.
He lamented the deep-rooted corruption and electoral malpractices that have plagued the country’s political landscape, particularly during recent elections.
Shedding more light on his social media pages, he wrote:
”I reiterated the need for our political leaders, at all levels of government, to live out the true qualities of integrity and uprightness. We cannot expect meaningful progress and development when we have leaders with questionable and unverifiable pasts.
”For a nation to grow and develop, it must be founded on ethical leadership and integrity. Our leadership recruitment process, if built on sincerity and ethics, will produce upright leaders, chosen by the people to bring progress and societal development.”
Obi expressed his gratitude to Prof. Arinzechukwu Igwe, the Vice Chancellor of UNN, for his commendable work within the institution.
He concluded his speech on an optimistic note, suggesting that Nigeria could realise its dream of progress and development with a commitment to ethical leadership and integrity.