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`I bring message of hope, optimism’ – Buhari


Abuja-  Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a cross section of Nigerians said on -day that the country needed strong institutions and leaders to develop.
Fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the respondents said that a combination of strong institutions and leadership would fast track the country’s development goals.

Similarly, some stakeholders in the agriculture sector opined that Nigeria needs a blend of strong leaders and strong institutions to ensure development in the country.

The stakeholders told NAN that strong leaders were needed to make decisions and strong institutions to sustain achievements.

The Chairman, L-and-Z Integrated Farms Nigeria Limited, Mr Mohammed
Abubakar, said Nigeria needed strong leaders to create strong institutions that would position the country among great nations of the world.

“As a developing nation, we need a strong leader and as a country that is aspiring to become one of the 20 greatest countries of the world, we need strong institutions.

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“We need both, a developed nation does not really need a strong leader, but in our case, it’s only a strong leader that would establish a strong institution,’’ he said.

Mr Tunji Owoeye, Managing Director, Elephant Group, a multi-national agro-company said: “We need both strong leaders and strong institution; strong leaders that would take decisions that would benefit the nation.

“We need strong institutions that would be a vehicle that would drive good leadership and that would be platform for things to be displayed and meticulously followed,’’ he said.

Mr Azubike Nwokoye, Programme Advisor, Food and Agriculture, ActionAid, a civil society group, however, said strong institutions would bring about strong leaders.

“We need strong institutions, it would definitely bring about strong people, if the institutions are strong; it would make the leader focused.

“It is only when institutions not just at the federal level but at local government level are strong that we can have development,’’ he said. (NAN)

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