- Olisa Agbakoba, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), spoke in Lagos at the annual NBA conference
- Agbakoba said Nigeria has a non-performing government that does not attract direct foreign investors
- He also blamed poor leadership for Nigeria's under-development
A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, has declared that the country cannot attract foreign direct investment with the way it is being run.
Agbakoba accused the government of non-performance.
The Nation reports that Agbakoba stated this on Monday, August 21, at the annual general conference of the NBA in Lagos.
The former NBA chief reportedly blamed inept leadership for the country’s underdevelopment saying Nigeria’s poor leadership was a central challenge to it.
The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said lawyers have a huge role to play in getting public officials to carry out their responsibilities while urging his colleagues to “put pressure on government.
“Despite all of the resources allocated to power, we don’t have power. As I stand before you, I run about 10 generators in various offices.
“The vice president spoke very eloquently but in real terms, we as lawyers are responsible in the context that we must put pressure on government.
“No one is going to come here on foreign direct investment with the kind of, for want of a better word, non-performing government that we have. It’s not possible.
“Despite the huge market - 200 million Nigerians - we are very poor. So, sometimes we sit here in fancy suits; but go out to the streets.
“I am a maritime lawyer in Apapa district. The Apapa district contributes 30 per cent of Nigeria’s national budget.
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“Yet it takes three hours for me to get to work because trucks and tankers have blocked the entire place.
“So, let’s not pretend. We must look for leadership. And I think that is the central challenge,” Agbakoba said.
NAIJ.com reported earlier that Olisa Agbakoba recently sued the federal government for a whopping N1 trillion being damages for the neglect of the southeast region of the country.
The Guardian reports that the lawyer filed an application before a Federal High Court in Enugu in which he challenged the total neglect of the Southeast zone.
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