Wednesday 1 June 2016

Rising agitations: We have leadership that is not prepared to lead- Atiku ---Business Day Nigeria

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar
Former vice President Atiku Abubakar (Photo; Guardian Nigeria)

In the face of renewed militancy in the Niger Delta and that of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the former vice President Atiku Abubakar, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has not learnt from the past administrations on how to solve the problems of militancy in Nigeria.
He also harped on the need to review the current structure of Nigeria’s governing system saying power at the federal level was too enormous.
Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja at the public presentation of a book titled “we are all Biafrians”, the former vice president said the current “federal government is too big, and too powerful relative to the federating states. That situation needs to change, and calling for that change is patriotic.”
Reacting to the crisis of farmers/herdsmen in some part of the country and the efforts being  put in place by the current administration to solve the problem, Atiku said: “Again, here we come back to the same economy challenges that are facing the country but we also have leadership that is not prepare to learn from the past and the leadership that is not prepare to lead.”
The former vice president also called for greater autonomy, power and resources for states and local authorities saying these will give the federating units greater freedom and flexibility to address local issues, priorities and peculiarities.
“It will help to unleash our people’s creative energies and spur more development.  It will reduce the premium placed on capturing power at the centre. It will help with improving security. It will promote healthy rivalries among the federating units and local authorities. It will help make us richer and stronger as a nation”, he stated
Speaking on the motive of the author, the book reviewer Chidi Odinkalu, said the book was never about the breaking up of the country rather the author was very passionate about the unity and oneness of Nigeria.
According to him, “the book is an appeal to all Nigerians to embrace a country where equality, fairness and justice rules on her affairs‎

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