Political leaders have been urged to be selfless and exemplary in the discharge of their duties.This position was advanced by federal lawmakers and other political office holders when they reflected on issues raised in a book published by their colleague in the Senate.
The National Assembly is one organ of government that is always under the spotlight and its activities are judged in the court of public opinion.
Recent happenings especially as it relates to ongoing probe of activities in the Niger Delta Development Commission and the scrutiny of other government ministries, departments and agencies have only brought to bear the critical role the legislature plays in applying the principles of checks and balance in a democracy.
Senator representing Kwara North in the National assembly Sadiq Suleiman Umar is conscious of what has been termed as friction between the executive and the legislature, but believe it is actually strenghtening democratic
Senator Umar’s new book, is now seen as a manual for aspiring political leaders among his colleagues in the upper legislative chamber.
It talks about contemporary challenges in Nigeria’s politics; from the god father syndrome to stomach infrastructure and money politics.
The President of the Senate and other principal officers have also jumped on the bandwagon of the advocacy to strenghten democratic instutions and promote the rule of law.
As the country continues with the democratic system of governance, it will take leassons from the troubles and triumphs it brings
Political leaders will also have to be conscious of the burden of leadership and the need to improve the well-being of citizens.