Nigerian leaders must learn to live simple lives- Adesina

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has called on Nigerian leaders to learn to live a simple life.

The former Agric Minister said accountability alone is not enough if Nigeria and Africa is to fix its ailing leadership.

He made this known at the annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), in Abuja on Tuesday.

Dr. Adesina’s words, “Leaders must not only be accountable, they must live simply. Power is not judged by wealth, but by transforming lives of people. To earn the trust of people, we must create people wealth, not simply personal wealth.

“Recently, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany – a dear friend and one of the people I admire the most in the world – was speaking to us during a meeting with her in Berlin. She told me that she lives in a flat and that she does her own shopping.

“Startled, I asked her why a world leader like the Chancellor of Germany does not have a State House! She responded that a Chancellor would have to pay a lot of taxes for the privilege of residing in the State House! You can imagine: one of the most important leaders in the world lives in a flat, but her nation gives several billions of dollars in support to developing countries.

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