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‘Bad leadership retards Nigeria’

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THE traditional ruler of Agulu, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State,  Innocent Obodoakor, has attributed the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria to the insincerity and faulty foundation laid by the British colonialists and successive leaders of the country since her independence, in October, 1960.

Igwe Dr Obodoakor, who made the scathing assertion during a press interview, decried that the consent of the divergent tribes and ethnic nationalities was not sought before the 1914 amalgamation of the northern and southern parts of the country which created confidence crises and distrust amongst the citizenry.

According to the royal father, the present retrogressive socio-political and economic situation stemmed from the weak foundation and leadership failure, worsened by the elevation of tribalism, favoritism and mediocrity instead of true nationalism, merit, equity and proven integrity.

He said Nigerians were happier before independence, adding, “everybody is suffering now, no more happiness, foodstuffs are very costly including other essential things required for human existence”.

The monarch cited the escalation of violent crimes especially the insurgency by militants, Boko Horam, armed herdsmen and kidnappers, pointing out that “Nigerians are being killed every day as if we are at war, and with such ugly situation, nobody can compare or argue about the present and the past”.

 He stressed that hardly could a detribalised leader be found because the Nigerian society had turned to the acts of cheating, fraud and corruption, arguing that, “Nigerians hardly do genuine businesses due to insincerity and fraudulent activities by many government agencies,

forcing people into smuggling to survive with the resultant scarcity of essential commodities, profiteering and sundry grafts that now frustrate many business ventures and industries to liquidate”.

He suggested that government at all levels should encourage mechanised agriculture and provide modern storage facilities to reduce huge post-harvest damages of foodstuffs like yams, grains and seed crops, while compost (organic) manure should be used in farming instead of inorganic fertilizers.

He warned that “a revolution is looming in the country,” and advised that the abundant national resources should be judiciously utilised to make Nigerians better through equitable distribution without ethnic bias, as well as social welfare schemes like payment of monthly stipends to jobless people and young school leavers, as a way forward.   

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