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Donald Duke, Peter Obi, Japheth Omojuwa, Seun Onigbinde & Others Call for Transparency and Accountability in Government



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L-R, Peter Obi, Former Governor, Anambra State, Adebola Williams, Co-founder, RED and Donald Duke, Former Governor at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders

The former governor of Anambra, Peter Obi, has called for transparency and accountability in governance across all levels. He expressed this notion at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders which took place today at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Themed ‘Open Governance: Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government’, the Symposium brings together leaders in politics, business, media, and more to discuss issues and challenges of open government and active citizenship.

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Bukonla Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, The Future Project, giving the opening speech at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders

While speaking, Peter Obi decried the cost of governance in Nigeria stating that Nigeria needs a broad, comprehensive approach to address issues of budget inflation and corruption among public servants.

“The present cost of governance in Nigeria is totally unacceptable”, Obi said. “Expenses of running the government in Nigeria is at the detriment of the citizens. Most Nigerians have no knowledge of the Chairman of their local government, so how do you expect to keep them accountable?”

Heated conversation during one of the panel sessions at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders

Seun Onigbinde, Co-founder, BudgIT, affirmed that citizens need to demand answers from elected officials at all levels.

“Nigerians need to demand transparency all the time. The National Assembly spends 10 times the budget of other federal institutions in the country. The government serves the people, not the other way round. Nigeria is our collective responsibility, and as true citizens of this country, we need to find our voices,” Onigbinde said.

Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River State, speaking during his panel session titled office of the citizen

Speakers at the event include Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; and Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach.

Adebola Williams, Co-founder, RED giving the closing remarks at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders

Others are Dayo Isreal, youth advocate; Rinsola Abiola, youth advocate; Ayo Thompson, award-winning TV/Radio presenter; Seun Okinbaloye, Arit Okpo and political correspondent, Channels TV.

The third edition of the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders was powered by The Future Project, in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/

First Panel session with Seun Okinbaloye, Japhet Omojuwa, Peter Obi, Seun Onigbinde and Sabiu Zakari at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders

Second Panel session featuring Donald Duke, Rinsola Abiola and Dayo Israel at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders

Third Panel session featuring Ayo Thompson, Deji Adeyanju, Japhet Omojuwa, Demola Olarewaju and Linda Abisoye at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders


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  1. MurdaSheWrote

    May 31, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Bunch of jokers and superior frauds.

    • Yahoo

      May 31, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Oshey!!! ??????. ?

      Goons and thier goombahs. Nuff respect to Seun Okinbaloye and some expectional ones, but those social media & digital marketing boys them……….common thieves, pipsqueaks, ,attention junkies.

    • bitumen

      June 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

      I am glad people are now seeing Deji Adeyanju,Demola,Omojuwa,Adebola and Chude among others fr what they are. Even Rinsola is an aide to dogara. These youths are not the future. Not even the present. Visbility is not integrity. These guys will play to the tune of the highest bidder . This is not the kind of youth representatives Nigeria needs. This ones are fake

  2. Roks

    May 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Real jokers … Donald Duke still trying to be relevant by attending events. Actions speak louder than words – no need for all this talk … just do it!!! … smh

  3. No Headaches Please

    May 31, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    *looks askance

    Where is Darius?

    I expect his comments to always be 1st on posts like these?

    After all on Nkem’s last post, he did give a long list of very intelligent topics that should be on BN (according to him) rather than what presently obtains.

    Let me see if I can fish him out of the Waxing Your Nether Regions post so we can be blessed again with some of his um earth shaking wisdom here.


  4. Idak

    May 31, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Donald Duke, always being all thing for all men.
    I heard him talk during the Vanguard Man of the Year award. I was filled with shame. The man eulogised every mediocre governor you could think of. For a moment I thought he was high or drunk. It was so shameful I had to switch channel.
    People like him are better ignored for the good of the polity. Everything said in public is for show

  5. Tracy Edwards

    May 31, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Why are so many of you negativ? They are trying to do something positve and good and your comment is so stupid. People like you in Nigeria, please try and change your negative mindset please. Let build the country together and stop putting those who want to do good down with your inmature comments. Thank you! Change start with you. God bless Nigeria in Christ Jesus Amen. Ask yourself what am I doing to bring the country forward.

    • OB

      June 1, 2017 at 4:10 am

      Positive you say? Actions speak louder than words it’s a popular saying for a reason. Donald Duke is among the terrible leaders and in the same corrupt political clique so spare me the “why are you being so negative remark”. It is not by talking and packaging. They should walk the talk abeg.


      June 1, 2017 at 5:35 am

      It is not a question of negativity, it is a question of being fed up and simply being unable to take any more BS.
      It is hard to take good governance advice from a set of people, who did not hold themselves to these same governance standards while they still had power, fed fat on colossal amounts of the national cake and are now front row, soliciting to fix the Nigeria that they broke in the first place.
      No can do. Our Mumu don do.
      The problem isn’t the message, its the messenger.

  6. madman

    May 31, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Chude and co are back again…. **yawns**

  7. TY

    June 1, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I don’t know about Donald Duke being corrupt, but I remember he remarkably earned revenue for his state through tourism. That’s quite a legacy. I guess that’s some action that has spoken for him, as no other Governor of his state has done anything that’s as nationally remarkable as that… perhaps he could have done more and better.

    • straight

      June 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      You can say that again and that stands for Peter Obi too he started the job of sanitizing Anambra and bringing it to the point where the recent Govenor continued.

  8. lolarae

    June 1, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Cashtivist Debola and Chude, I hail o people don dey see una yash small small eye don dey open

  9. Sabur

    June 1, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Though I am a muslim, I get very scared of polygamy at times. It’s very scary that a whole MKO ABIOLA’s child would turn a political hustler with the likes of Debola, Chude, Omojuwa and co. It wouldn’t be bad if she were a child from an affluent monogamous home.

    • Receive Sense

      June 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Please explain the correlation between polygamy and what RInsola Abiola currently stands for as I fail to see it. Thank you!!!

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