By O’star Eze
Anambra Elders Consultative Assembly for Good Leadership, a non-governmental organisation comprising elder statesmen and women of Anambra state has advised the electorate to vote for any party that would actualise the restructuring of the country at the polls during the general elections.
The group, which insists on restructuring as a matter of special interest, said that it was the only way that would “ensure unity and development of the nation and establish equity and justice for the federating units.”
Addressing the press, one of the members, Bishop Moses Ezedebego, who is also the Anambra State chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, stated that the mission of the group was to “defend, promote and protect the interest of the people through civilised means and to uphold, tolerate, respect and ensure level playing ground for all religious persuasions and ethnic nationalities.”
Ezedebego, stressed the group’s readiness to contribute to nation-building through the propagation of good leadership as a veritable tool to achieving sustainable economic progress, peaceful coexistence, human capital and infrastructural development.
“Our mission is to use this platform to defend, promote and protect the interest of our people through all civilised standards and to uphold, tolerate, respect and ensure level playing ground for all religious persuasions and ethnic nationalities,” he said.
Reiterating the group’s stance on restructuring, Elder Nnanna Egwu, the secretary and coordinator of the group, said “If there are any discrepancies in governance, it is evidence that there is a problem in leadership. We know that there is lack of equity and justice both at the state and national levels and that is one of the issues that our group wishes to address,” he said.
If there is anything going wrong in the nation, we, as elders, should be bold enough to speak up against it.”
He observed that there seemed to be some truth in the rumour of the existence of a cabal ruling the nation for the past four years, adding that what the cabal had been doing was not in the best interest of the nation.
“It is not in the best interest of the president himself given that he may have good intentions but which has not been executed to the letter since his subordinates are doing the wrong thing. That is what we are saying about good leadership because a good leader should be able to stand up and tell his subordinates when things are not going right,” he said. He, therefore, enjoined the electorate to vote according to their interest.
On his part, the vice chairman of the group, Dr Chike Obidigbo, said that the group were elders who had been part of the political and economic activities of the nation and had garnered a wealth of experience.
“This places us in a better position to know when things are going right and when they are not. We, therefore, want to play an advisory and advocacy role to the government and encourage the government to also pay heed to our advice.
“The governance of a state or nation belongs to all the members of the state or nation and, as elders, we preach fairness, equity and justice because where there is no justice there will be no peace,” he said.
“We have discovered that there is the need for the elders to come together and address the problems of leadership through advocacy and consultation.”
Others who spoke during the conference were Goody Ogbogu, the organising secretary; Elder Sam Nworah, the vice chairman (central) of the board of trustees, Ego Akabogu, the treasurer. They announced the inauguration of the body come February 4, 2019 and enjoined elders of other states to take a cue from them and organise themselves into a group that would play advisory role for the progress of the society.