Nigeria’s prob­lems eco­nomic – Yusuf

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

The chal­lenges con­fronting Nigeria are deeply rooted in the econ­omy, not re­li­gion or eth­nic­ity as widely be­lieved, Malam Kabiru Yusuf has said.

“The foun­da­tion of the dis­sat­is­fac­tion and di­vi­sion in the coun­try is not re­li­gious or eth­nic, but eco­nomic,” Yusuf said while com­ment­ing on Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan’s in­au­gu­ral speech at the ple­nary yes­ter­day.

He said the dis­sat­is­fac­tion “takes a so­cial form, in the silent war be­tween the team­ing poor and the wealthy few; and a re­gional di­men­sion, be­tween re­source rich and poor states.”

Yusuf, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Me­dia Trust Limited, pub­lish­ers of Trust ti­tles, is one of the two del­e­gates from News­pa­per Pro­pri­etors As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (NPAN).

“Even in nor­mal sit­u­a­tions, pol­i­tics is about the com­pet­i­tive al­lo­ca­tion of re­sources. In our own prim­i­tive con­di­tion, ev­ery­thing is up for grabs for those with long hands,” he said.

The pub­lisher added that since the con­fer­ence con­sists of dif­fer­ent, cross re­li­gious and eth­nic peo­ples, “like it or not, this coun­try has be­come a melt­ing pot. Mil­lions of Nige­ri­ans make a liv­ing out­side their home states. In many com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies, ad­her­ents of the two ma­jor reli­gions live cheek by bowl.”

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