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2023 poll: Go for most competent, Enenche tells electorates

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
18 September 2022   |   6:43 pm
Former coordinator, of Defence Media Operations, (DMO) Maj Gen Enenche John Enenche (Rtd) yesterday enjoined the electorates to cast their votes for the most competent and credible candidates at the polls. In a statement titled: 'Open Advisory to Nigerians', Enenche maintained that once the right leaders are voted, the problems associated with attracting the right…

Former Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche. PHOTO: DHQ

Former coordinator, of Defence Media Operations, (DMO) Maj Gen Enenche John Enenche (Rtd) yesterday enjoined the electorates to cast their votes for the most competent and credible candidates at the polls.

In a statement titled: ‘Open Advisory to Nigerians’, Enenche maintained that once the right leaders are voted, the problems associated with attracting the right followership required to propel the growth of the country would be solved.

Enenche called on Nigerians to consider a presidential candidate with integrity, competence, sound national economic knowledge, local and international goodwill, zero corruption and criminal records among other values.

He stated that it was unfortunate that Nigerians had depended so much on political parties for the choice of presidential candidates over the years, with very little progress made as a result,

He said: “We have depended so much on political parties for the choice of presidential candidates over the years, which has not produced expected results. It is, therefore, expedient to try another alternative, purely Nigerian, in line with the current mood of the country.

“This would not be the traditional political party approach but a modified method customized
to bail the country out of the present predicament. This should be in form of mass concurrence on choice of the kind of President, the country needs.

“All are, therefore, implored to shelve all divisive tendencies in order to bail the country out of the protracted economic stagnation, insecurity, and developmental retrogression; make the right choice for the future of our great country, Nigeria.

“In this regard, factors to consider should be integrity, competence, sound national economic knowledge, local and international goodwill, zero corruption and criminal records, (convicted or not) good health to withstand demands of the Presidents office.”

General Enenche also, admonished that aside from the presidential election, Nigerians should adopt the same paradigm shift in ushering in another set of leaders saying: “Condition for the office of the President should equally apply to other elective positions at national and state levels. This comes by way of a Specified Campaign cutting across ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds which is ‘Strategic Best Practice’ for the present situation of Nigeria and should, be adopted, reviewed and strengthened for sustainability.

“It is worthy of note that Follower-ship is a Function of Leadership. The follower is controlled by his or her inner conviction based on what they or deduce from what they see, hear and feel. Nigerians have seen, heard and felt so much negativity in the last 20 years about their leaders.

“Hence, the difficulty in getting the right follower-ship to tackle the myriad of economic and security challenges in Nigeria. The accusation has been on bad leadership which should give way to the growth of a new Nigeria.”

“leadership is by example,” which will usher in; good leadership, and followership. For instance, if a leader does not steal directly or indirectly from government coffers, followers will not steal, which will make Nigeria work.”

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