The Presidency on Monday said there were no indices of a failing state in Nigeria.
It therefore asked Nigerians to discountenance comments by some eminent Nigerians that the country was sliding towards a failed nation.
Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, stated this in Abuja.
Eminent Nigerians, including Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN); Lt.-Gen. Alani Akinriade (retd.), Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Chief Solomon Asemota (SAN), had on Saturday, said only a constitutional conference would save the country from becoming a completely failed state before 2015 general elections.
Besides Okupe, the Special Adviser on Governors and Governance to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Osaro Onaiwu, described the comments by Nwabueze and others as “unpatriotic”.
Okupe said indices in the country did not suggest in any way that Nigeria was becoming a failing state.
The President’s aide said, “A failed or failing state is where there is erosion of legitimate authority, where there is instability and the country cannot afford to provide public services like the provision of light, good roads, water supply and security services.
“In Nigeria, there is a serving national and states Assembly, providing quality legislative services and issuing out good and quality legitimate legislature for the good governance of the country and the states.
“There are guarantee laws and services in Nigeria, even in states of Borno and Yobe where there are security challenges caused by the likes Boko Haram.”
Onaiwu said it was unfortunate that while nationals of other countries find ways to lift their nations, some Nigerians were running down their country.