Some concerns individuals have advised Nigerians, especially the youth to select their political leaders based on integrity and competence for effective governance ahead of 2023 general elections.
Speaking with newsmen at the sideline of the 6th Annual conference of Forensic Insight International in Abuja on Friday, they said that people should not select or appoint their leaders based on popularity or riches.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference was centered on “Financial Crime, Cross-Border Crime and Electoral Fraud’’.
The Chief Executive Officer, Forensic Insight International, Mr Tunji Aworinde, said that the conference was aimed at identifying common crimes and behaviours besetting the country and proffer possible solution.
Aworinde, however, mentioned some of the common crimes to include; bribery, corruption, money laundering, abuse of political power and impunity among others.
He said that these crimes threatened Nigerian economy and the wellbeing of citizens, thereby making the country unattractive for business and investments.
He said that, “Nigerians should not celebrate people of wealth just because they have wealth or people of power just because they are in power rather we should celebrate integrity, transparency and accountability.
“In 2023, we are going to have elections we are of the view that we should be part of those campaigning against electoral fraud in the country.
“Corruption is still here with us and we join our voices with those, who are campaigning for integrity in our governance as well as the electoral system.’’
He further said that the fight against crimes in Nigeria should be a collective one, saying people should stand up and make a difference.
“We should not be bystanders in the affairs of this nation.’’
He also called on the leaders to embrace openness, democracy, rule of law, transparency and accountability in governance.
“Political leaders and public servants, they are not public monsters, they should embrace this concept.
“The political power that has been entrusted to them through our votes should be for our benefits, progress, security and general wellbeing,’’ he added.
Aworinde, therefore, called on concerns citizens to education the people on the need to select leaders wisely.
He said that “the good of the country for us and our children lies on us doing the right things now.’’
Similarly, Dr Victor Odoeme, a Legal practitioner, said that everyone had to do something from his/her own little corner to ensure that the electoral system develop to a point where it guarantees democracy.
Odoeme said that “the experiences we are having in terms of the negative is not only restricted to Nigeria it also happens in well developed country.’’
He advised that everyone should make contribution toward achieving the desired democracy.
He further explained that democracy was all about the citizens, adding that all we need is to ensure that our expression which is captured by the ballot is protected all the way.
In her part, Ms Aishat Braimam of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime encouraged Nigerians to support the government in its fight against terrorism in the country.
Braimam noted that the fight against crime was a gradual process and winning this fight depended on collective efforts.