Criticisms have trailed the celebrations of the country’s 52nd independence annivesary with some non-governmental organisations blaming the nation’s woes on greedy leaders.
A group, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, said the country’s leaders since independence had enriched themselves with public funds rather than work for the good of the citizens.
National Coordinator of CAGG, Mr. Olusegun Bamgbose, said in Port Harcourt that the desire for personal wealth by the past and present leaders was setting the country backward.
Also, the Campaign for Democracy, in a statement by its President, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, described 52 years of independence “as a complete waste, bungled opportunities and total ruination of a nation.”
“The last 52 years has seen Nigeria degenerating into hell on earth for millions of its citizens who do not have access to state treasury.”
The CD noted that in spite of the country’s human and natural resources, the majority of its populace wallowed in abject poverty.”
Former Abia State Governor Uzor Kalu, traced the country’s failure to develop to faulty leadership.
Kalu, in a statement on Sunday said most of Nigeria’s leaders, were not prepared for leadership.
However, ActionAid Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, in a statement observed that the country, which had one of the greatest potential of becoming a leading economy in the world, had yet to attain the dream many Nigerians had 52 years ago.
According to the group’s Country director, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, these potential are still achievable with focused planning and a pro-people agenda.
Also, the Bishop of the Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Dr. Mike Okonkwo, urged Nigerians not to give up hope following its socio-economic, political and security challenges.
Okonkwo in a statement on Sunday, said God’s hands were upon Nigeria, adding that no matter the challenges the nation was confronted with, there would be development, especially in the nation’s economy, health, educational and other socio-political sectors.