Former Ekiti state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has advised African politicians to put the interest of humanity above their own personal interests.
Former Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi
According to The Punch, the former governor in his remark after delivering a lecture on Tuesday organised to commemorate the death of the former President of Ghana, late John Attah Mills, in Accra, said doing this would enhance good governance in the continent.
Fayemi speaking on the topic, “Intellectuals in Politics and Governance in Africa: The lessons and legacies of John Attah Mills,” praised the late Attah Mills for his contributions to the socio-economic development of Ghana during his short tenure in office
He said, “We need politicians willing and able to rise above their own power interests, or the particular interests of their political parties or states, and act in accord with the fundamental interests of today’s humanity – that is, to behave the way everyone should behave, even though most may fail to do so.”
“A good politician need not be an intellectual but he should be able to explain, without seeking to seduce; he should humbly look for the truth of this world without claiming to be its professional owner; character and integrity should be more important to him than academic intelligence; he should alert people to the good qualities in themselves, including a sense of the values and interests which transcend the personal, without giving himself an air of superiority and imposing anything on his people,” he added.
Fayemi told the audience how the late president predicted President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory when both leaders met in Ghana shortly after Nigeria’s 2011 general election.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were engaged in war of words over alleged moves to prosecute the former governor by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).