Delegates: Nigeria can’t grow with poverty, corruption
Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations Professor Ibrahim Gambari said Nigeria was yet to meet the visions of its founding fathers almost 54 years after independence.
Gambari said this yesterday at the plenary of the National Conference. He said the way out would be structural and policy changes in such a manner that poverty would be eradicated and unemployment will cease to exist while investment in education should receive serious attention.
He said no change will succeed as expected except there is attitudinal change in the citizenry such that crimes like corruption can be eliminated.
The diplomat said it was immaterial whatever argument people would propound at the conference, rather the most important thing would be to use the God-given opportunity to advance practical suggestions that will pull the country out of the woods.
Speaking on security, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim Imam from Borno state lamented the spate of killings and destruction of means of livelihood by the insurgents in the state.
He said government should establish a N300 billion reconstruction fund for the rebuilding of the state, saying the solution to insurgency lies in job creation and mass literacy campaign.
On his part, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari, cautioned that religion should not raise tempers but should be handled maturely as a very sensitive issue that is capable of tearing the nation apart.
Delegate Gaskiya Jaye from the civil society said class division as manifested in the yawning gap between the rich and the poor, poverty and unemployment present more threat to the existence of Nigeria than religion.
He said “if we restructure this country and there is no fairness and equity, we would be restructuring poverty.”
Chief Olu Falae (left) with Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, during the National Conference in Abuja yesterday. Pic: Ikechukwu Ibe