Alhaji Balarabe Musa, the Chairman, Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), on Monday advocated a paradigm shift to enable Nigerians to have responsive leaders to govern the country.
Musa told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said that the policies of government needed to protect public interest in all its ramifications rather than individual interests.
He said: "What we need in Nigeria now is change in the structure of government, which will automatically give the country a patriotic leadership.
"Let us have a system based on public interest rather than enlightened self-interest.
"We need to throw away the mindless policies directed at privatisation, commercialisation and deregulation. They are impositions from the Western countries.
"Let us go back to the middle-of-the-road approach in managing the nation’s economy to ensure peace, equality, the dignity of human person, progress and development of the country."
According to Musa, the problem with Nigeria is not that of leadership but the way government institutions are structured to promote policies that alienate the larger populace.
He said that the rising wave of insecurity was a direct consequence of policies geared towards self-interest in place of public interest.
The CNPP leader said that the past political leaderships performed better than the present crop of leaders.
He attributed the success to the zeal of those leaders in the previous republics in making public interest a cardinal principle of governance.
Musa said the past political leaderships were more credible and more concerned with the welfare of the generality of the people rather than high net worth individuals.
The first civilian governor of old Kaduna state also decried the level of poverty and unemployment in the country since the end of the second republic.
He attributed it to the emergence of private enterprise and propagation of self-interest.
"What we have now is unemployment, poverty, insecurity, intolerant leadership, and high level of corruption, making everything impossible," he said.