Stakeholders chart path to Nigeria’s greatness

Stakeholders have agreed that leadership recruitment process and poor harnessing of youths are bane of Nigeria’s current governance and economic woes.

At a forum yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State to find solutions to the problems, the disturbed Nigerians also listed poor political arrangements, distorted systems and unharnessed human and natural resources as reasons for the regrettable situation.

Convener of the yearly Colloquium on Democracy, Dr Abdulmumin Ajia, described Nigeria as a distorted society, asking: “How did we get to this horrible situation?”

While lamenting the poor economic system, he submitted that the solution to the unsavoury development is not in any political party, but in the docile electorate and youths.

He said: “There is no difference between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), in fact APC has proven to be worse.

“This does not mean that we should go back to PDP because it is not ready to improve. Rather we should go spiritual for God to give us good leaders; we should stop hoping on the people because of their antecedents. After all, we called for Buhari, yet he came and worsen the economy; afterwards, Tinubu dazzled all with Lagos.”

What do we have now? It’s been disappointment galore, he has made things worse.”

The Associate Lecturer at Lincoln University, United States of America lamented: “We are poor because we’re not organised as a people, our human and natural resources are not harnessed fully for the betterment of the nation and the people.

“The present arrangement of North/South dichotomy is not beneficial in any manner, as it only encourages plundering of the resources. It has made mockery of our democracy, it (should) rather be called civilian rule, not democracy.”

One of the guest speakers, Dr Sanusi Lafiagi of the Department of Islamic Studies at Al-Hikmah University demanded if the youths were truly ready to seize power from the elite, who have dominated the political scene for over 60 years, “in spite of the fact that they represent hope, resilience, power, ambition, dynamism and power. All these may remain mirage if not harnessed.”

He, however suggested advocacy/education, awareness, structured organisation, social media and collaboration among youths as ways of taking the country to its desired level.

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