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61st Independence : UK-based Nigerian Accountant charges citizens on country’s ownership

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61st Independence : UK-based Nigerian Accountant charges citizens on country’s ownership

A UK-based Nigerian, Mr Olanrewaju Sharafa, on Sunday advised Nigerians to take ownership of the country through elections, to demand the confidence and accountability of leaders.

Sharafa, a chartered accountant and senior lecturer at Tower College London, gave his advice in an article he presented at the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) -UK & District Society pre-independence seminar.

The event took place virtually.

Its theme was: “Trust, integrity and responsibility: the foundation of good governance for the development of the nation”.

Sharafa said that in order for Nigerians to hold their leaders accountable and build confidence in government, they need to own the nation and engage in dialogue about their future.

The accountant also said that citizens must renew their commitment to nation building.

“If you don’t own something, you don’t have the power to demand a right on it.

“Nigerians need ownership to hold their leaders to account and trust, and this can only be guaranteed through their right to vote.

“If a citizen loses his or her right to vote, he or she loses property because property is the basis of power, and without it there can be no accountability,” he said.

According to him, citizens lose their rights to own their country because of the sale of votes and weak institutions.

Sharafa, also national treasurer of the Institute of Business and Public Sector Professionals, added that citizens should put aside their various choices and embrace the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He said Nigerians must elect credible leaders.

The speaker urged civil societies to keep pushing for credible elections and strong institutions.

“It is when citizens take ownership that they can vote credible leaders who will be held accountable for national development,” he said.

Sharafa also urged chartered accountants to take on roles in leading the nation.

He said chartered accountants need to set the trust and integrity agenda “because that’s the brand they represent.”

“They can lead campaigns to achieve the SDGs and use their expertise to support local, state and national governments as part of the nation-building agenda.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ICAN-UK & District Society is one of ICAN’s four overseas-based district societies.

Established in 1988, the district currently has over 550 members in the UK overseen by an elected executive committee.

Source: NAN

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