An agric entrepreneur and Chairman of L-and-Z Integrated Farms Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, said Nigeria needed strong leaders to create strong institutions that would position the country among great nations of the world.
“As a developing nation, we need a strong leader and as a country that is aspiring to become one of the 20 greatest countries of the world, we need strong institutions.
“We need both, a developed nation does not really need a strong leader, but in our case, it’s only a strong leader that would establish a strong institution,’’ he said.
Managing Director of Elephant Group – a multi-national agro-company – Mr Tunji Owoeye said: “We need both strong leaders and strong institution; strong leaders that would take decisions that would benefit the nation.
`We need strong institutions that would be a vehicle that would drive good leadership and that would be platform for things to be displayed and meticulously followed,’’ he said.
Mr Azubike Nwokoye, Programme Advisor, Food and Agriculture, ActionAid, a civil society group, however, said strong institutions would bring about strong leaders.
“We need strong institutions, it would definitely bring about strong people, if the institutions are strong; it would make the leader focused.
“It is only when institutions not just at the federal level but at local government level are strong that we can have development,’’ he said.