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Many leaders lack credibility and legitimacy – Adeleke

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has said he has zero tolerance for corruption.

He emphasized that the practice of politicians manipulating elections to gain political power is unhealthy.

The governor asserted that Africa needs ethical leadership and leaders who will avoid corruption and despotic mentality.

According to a statement on Sunday by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, Adeleke spoke at the convocation of Valley View University, Accra, Ghana, where he was conferred with an honorary doctorate.

He spoke on the theme: 'Imparting Excellence, Integrity and Service: Nurturing Ethical Leaders in Changing World'.

The Osun Governor said: “It is my considered opinion that embracing an ethical leadership model will accelerate the achievement of public service excellence and good governance in Africa.

“Doing the right thing as a leader in policy implementation is the expected output of any public leader. Ensuring the best services with the right moral compass is the best expectation in public life. Achieving both excellence and integrity is the calling of ethical leaders.

“Many leaders lack credibility and legitimacy because the process of their takeover is suspect. Governance then becomes a difficult task as many leaders engage in continued oppression of the rule-driven system.

“To achieve excellence in public leadership, Africa urgently needs ethical leadership. We need leaders who will avoid corruption, and a despotic mentality that supports a deep adherence to the rule of law. We must ensure the survival of democracy by clinging to rule and shunning disobedience to the electoral will of the citizens. Leaders must see their office as a call to duty to serve and not be served; consult and not dictate; and to observe and not violate the rule of law.

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“In my state in Nigeria, as governor, I have four rules, namely: adherence to the rule of law, zero tolerance for corruption, commitment to good governance and the fear of God in public leadership.”

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