‘Leaders should see positions as opportunity to serve, not to amass wealth’
Leaders have been urged to see their positions as opportunity to serve and not an avenue to enrich themselves, and to bear in mind that posterity would judge them when they leave such positions or exit the world.
Paying tributes to late Amusa Otiti, the fourth President and Chairman of Governing Council, of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria, who died on January 5th at the age of 92, at a special council session, President of IoD, Chris Okunowo, said people in governance need to be loyal to the country and the citizens.He argued that Nigeria can only be better if every Nigerian tried to be honest, diligent, professional, kind hearted, and believed in the tenets of doing good.
Citing instances of how late Otiti lived while at the helm of affairs, Okunowo said the deceased brought into the Institute his wealth of professional experience garnered over many years, especially in the Nigerian banking industry.
According to him, IoD was at that time at its teething stage and needed the leadership of men and women of courage to plant its roots in the deep soil of professionalism, standards, ethics and good leadership.He said he helped in building the early stages of the institute, and provided leadership which impacted a lot of people.
“Distinguished members, we are today, celebrating the good work of this great leader in whose heart the love of IoD Nigeria never waned. He was a pacesetter in the banking industry, who played pioneering role in fostering professionalism in the industry.
“As the founding father of the CIBN, he set the pace in his privileged position as the Deputy Governor of the CBN. He lived and cherished integrity,” Okunowo said.
In his tribute also, former President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Prof. Segun Ajibola, described Otiti as someone who does not do anything with pecuniary interest, but as service to God and humanity.He noted that those with integrity in today’s leadership positions are very few; stressing the leadership of today in most cases is compromised.He said: “It is leadership of give and take; leadership that does not care about mentorship by bringing those behind to take up positions, and does not care about succession.
“We have a problem today because our social orientation has been corrupted, until Baba Otiti that saw every life and position as opportunity to serve; some see positions today as an opportunity to amass and enrich themselves. This is what has corrupted the finesse of the generation of Baba Otiti.”
Sounding religious, Ajibola said: “Life is not contained on how much you have, but how much you can give. Our leaders across board should always remember tomorrow, on what somebody will say about you in position of responsibility or when you leave this world. That should agitate the minds of our leaders today rather that what they can get at the end of every situation.”