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Former NYSC boss urges Nigerian elite to quit armchair criticism, join politics

A former Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Major General Johnson Olawumi (retd.), has called on the elite to quit armchair criticism and join political leadership.

A former Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Major General Johnson Olawumi (retd.), has called on the elite to quit armchair criticism and join political leadership. The former NYSC DG stated this on Friday when he met with the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, at the state capital, Ado Ekiti.

According to a statement he personally signed after the meeting, Olawumi commended Fayemi’s “deep passion and commitment to the development of Ekiti state” and his “vision for a better Ekiti State spurred on by a strong conviction in the potentials and productivity of the great people of our state.”

“I believe that His Excellency (Fayemi) needs the support of other well-meaning sons and daughters of the state, to improve on and better a lot of our people. Indeed, Nigerian leaders of his kind who are passionately serving the people need to be shown support and less animosity to drive home sectorial reforms and systematic change.

“Having worked in government to the apex level in the Nigerian Military, I understand the demands and pressure that rest on the shoulders of political leaders particularly those with a high sense of commitment to the people,” the ex-NYSC boss said.

“I would love to personally make a clarion call to other well-meaning Nigerians of substance and repute to leave the comfort of armchair criticism or apathy and consider taking part in the service to the people, particularly, political leadership to help in making this country across all states and regions a much better one.

“There is indeed no better sense of national responsibility than to give back to the society through the competence of one’s experience and know-how in leadership with a view to bettering the lives of the people and the fortune of the nation,” he added.

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