Ak­in­jide: Nige­ri­ans are de­mol­ish­ing con­trac­tors

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah & Fran­cis Okeke

El­der states­man Chief Richard Ak­in­jide, SAN, said Nige­ri­ans are de­mo­li­tion con­trac­tors, with spe­cialty in de­stroy­ing the coun­try.

Ak­in­jide was speak­ing yes­ter­day at the ple­nary ses­sion of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Abuja.

He de­scribed Nigeria as the leading coun­try in Africa and asked Nige­ri­ans to “stop be­ing de­mo­li­tion con­trac­tors, let us be build­ing con­trac­tors” so that Nigeria can be­come “the great­est repub­lic in Africa.”

He said that Nigeria’s found­ing fa­thers have de­vel­oped the coun­try but suc­ces­sive re­gion shave failed to sus­tain their lega­cies.

In his speech, re­tired Jus­tice Peter Akere said del­e­gates must thor­oughly ex­am­ine why in­sti­tu­tions worked ef­fec­tively in the past, even un­der colo­nial ad­min­is­tra­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the ar­eas of anti-cor­rup­tion, rev­enue and in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment but col­lapsed there­after.

Mean­while, del­e­gates yes­ter­day com­plained of not get­ting lunch dur­ing the lunch break which lasted for two hours from 2pm.

Yes­ter­day’s com­plaint was not the first time del­e­gates would come back from break and raise the mat­ter with the prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers of the con­fer­ence.

On re­sump­tion from break yes­ter­day, Chief Ayo Ade­banjo raised the is­sue at ple­nary, with other del­e­gates cor­rob­o­rat­ing his claims, but chair­man Idris Kutigi saved the day by telling del­e­gates that Azinge would ex­plain when she ar­rives. How­ever, till the close of busi­ness yes­ter­day, the sec­re­tary did not show up and no­body brought up the mat­ter for dis­cus­sion.

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