The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in his speech, highlighted the importance of compassion among political leaders in the country.
He said, “For us at the level of the governors, we have been dealing with immediate issues that go beyond generic points that have been made eloquently by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai. When you focus on the recent challenges, be they banditry, insurgency or, most recently, the herder-farmer conflict that we have experienced in the South-West, what is clear is that, naturally, victims are almost always emotional about issues of this nature.
“When you have lost somebody or you know someone who has lost someone, it’s no use telling the person to be rational about the ill that has befallen them and the bereavement they’ve suffered. The truth of the matter is that we also need compassionate leadership in order to help deal with these issues, in addition to all the substantive things we need to deal with.”