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Nigeria Is Crumbling, Wrecked By Corruption And Bad Leadership – G7 Govs, Baraje

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According to the group, the present federal structure was no longer achieving its set goals, adding, “We demand a re-ordering of the inchoate federal structure with a view to allowing the states and the other federating units more access to resources to attend to the numerous responsibilities placed on them.

In his 53rd Independence speech yesterday, Baraje, the former National Secretary and later acting National Chairman of the ruling PDP which brought in President Goodluck Jonathan, however called for the establishment of state police which according to him would serve as an antidote to the worsening security problems, “which the present inept and highly politicised Nigerian Police had been unable to deal with.”

Also in the family of the Baraje-led new PDP are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar;  governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara; Aliyu Babangida of Niger; Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State; Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa.

The group also said that if Nigeria must get the economy to be in the right perspective and address the nation’s problems, there must be the immediate constitution of a critical management team that will comprise people who are apolitical, eminent technocrats and knowledgeable Nigerians that will take over the management of the economy against the backdrop of what it termed, the woeful failure of the economic management team of the Jonathan government. It added that there should be similar team to arrest the infrastructural decay that was threatening the nation’s infrastructural base at the moment.

Abubakar Baraje’s text read in full, “As I salute my fellow country men and women on this special, epochal and historical event of the 53rd anniversary of our independence and knowing that many of our leaders may prefer to say otherwise but let me state categorically without equivocation that I am very sad that it is a pity that 53 years after independence, Nigeria is still a crumbling edifice, wrecked to the seams by corruption, bad leadership, ethnicism, parochialism, sectarian intolerance and childish political recrimination.

“Nigeria at 53 has turned into a borderless valley of tears where life expectancy hovers between 40 and 43 years. Nigerians are callously extorted through various government agencies like the PHCN which today excels in generating darkness and subjecting Nigerians to the highest ever tariff regime. The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, set up as a well-meaning agency to tame the rising cases of road accidents has become a tool for mindless extortion through the issuing and re-issuing of vehicle number plates and drivers’ licenses at very exorbitant prices. The petroleum sector has become an illicit cash cow for the people in government, their friends and relatives who exploit the hapless citizens through sundry means and cleansing the treasury via a phantom fuel subsidy scheme that targets the friends and fronts of the members of the government for enrichment.

At 53, Nigeria has failed its citizens

“What could best demonstrate the wanton brigandage going on in Nigeria than the fact that the government, which set up the SURE-P programme with the huge N32 increment in each litre of fuel Nigerians purchase, has recorded no known achievement with the huge accruals from the increment? Today, SURE-P has sacked the 110,000 youths it placed on N10, 000 monthly allowances on the excuse that there is no money to pay them. We ask, where is the government keeping the huge amount it realizes from the inhuman increment in the price of petrol, kerosene and diesel?

“At 53 years of independence, our educational sector has completely crumbled and our universities have been shut for close to three months simply because a government that celebrates free loading of the nation’s resources cannot meet the agreement it signed with university teachers four years ago. Our secondary and primary school sectors are jerking at the most inefficient level; neglected, abandoned and dejected and all have contributed to make Nigerian certificates almost worthless.

“The health sector is in a pitiable state as our hospitals cannot handle simple malaria cases. Nigerians now troop to India and the Far East Asian countries to treat common ailments and nothing is being done to arrest this sad situation.

“Nigerians want out of Nigeria in millions: embassies of even our poor neighbours have been besieged by anxious Nigerians, ready to do anything to get out of a country our economic managers humour as growing at astronomical levels.

“The infrastructure sector is in its worst state as Nigerian infrastructural base has crumbled. Roads are decrepit. The economy has screeched to a halt in the face of unrestrained purloining, coupled with an officially-backed oil theft that targets the members of the government, its cronies and hirelings for enrichment. The management of the Nigerian economy is, at best, haphazard as the cooking and circulation of flattering and fatuous economic reports that curiously suggest growth in the obvious degenerating reality Nigerians are facing.

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  1. Tope

    October 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Baraje group should ask themselves first,are they pure,hv they nt contributed to d problem of this country.

  2. Ambymekus

    October 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    [01/10/2013 20:40] WHERE IS CONSCIENCE, HAS IT ACTUALLY DIED, WHAT ACTUALLY GUILDS PEOPLE WHEN THEY SPEAK THESE DAYS, HAS THIS BECOME THE CLASSICAL CASE AND EVIDENCE OF OBSESSION, CAN ONE ACTUALLY ADVICE PEOPLE TO DO WHAT ONE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN OR DO, WHAT ACTUALLY IS AMAECHI’S MORALE GROUND WHEN HE SPEAKS ABOUT EQUITY, FAIRNESS, RULE OF LAW AND DEMOCRACY? YES, AMAECHI SHOULD ACTUALLY TELL US HOW HE HAS NOT BETRAYED ALL THESE BABITS AND LAWS OF NATURE. WHERE IS FAIRNESS THAT BROUGHT AMAECHI IN POWER, HOW MUCH HAVE YOU PRESERVED IT WITH THE POWER IT HAS GIVEN YOU, DO YOU ONLY CALL ON FAIRNESS ONLY WHEN YOU BECOME UNFAIR TO FAIRNESS AND AS A RESULT OF YOUR UNFAIRNESS, THE NATURE WANTS TO TAKE IT’S COURSE ON? DOES FAIRNESS PERMIT FIGHTING AND GANGING AGAINST A BROTHER SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU DESIRE HIS POST OR RATHER, A POST CLOSER HIS, DOES FAIRNESS SAY DON’T BE YOUR BROTHER’S KEEPER EVEN WHEN YOU ARE CONVINCED HE HAS BEEN A GOOD MAN, DOES FAIRNESS TEACH YOU TO UNLAWFULLY AND IN AN INTIMIDATING MANNER, REMOVE YOUR BROTHERS AS COUNCILLORS AND EVEN REFUSE TO REINSTATE THEM WHEN THE EQUITY AND FAIRNESS THAT BROUGHT YOU TO POWER HAS ASKED YOU TO CALL THEM BACK? AMAECHI, YES, YOU HAVE ERRED AND BECOME A PRODIGAL SON TO THE LAND THAT HAS SHIELDED YOU IN YOUR TIME OF WEAKNESS, THE PROBLEM WE HAVE MOST TIMES IS THE PRIDE THAT BLINDS US FROM ACCEPTING MISTAKES AND ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS. COMMON SENSE SHOULD HAVE INFORMED YOU THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED YOU TO HATCH THIS EVIL AGAINST YOUR LAND AND PROTHER, CAN NEVER BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOU KNOWING THAT, IF YOU CAN FIGHT YOUR BROTHER WITHOUT FINDING ANY FALT IN HIM, YOU CAN EVEN KILL THEM WHEN THEY ALLOW YOU TO COME CLOSE. STUBBORN FLY THEY SAY, FOLLOWS THE CORPSE INTO THE GRAVE. RETRACE YOUR STEP NOW AND AMWND YOUR WAYS, IGNORE WOLE SOYINKA AND HIS ADVICES. IF I WERE YOU, I SHOULD HAVE ASKED HIM HOW HE GOT CRIME INTO THE UNIVERSITIES AND WHAT IMPACT HE HAS MADE IN THE COUNTRY, WHY HE LIKES GOING AROUND THE WORLD LOOKING FOR DOLLARS AND POUNDS AND EUROS AND EVEN NAIRA IN PORTHARCOURT, DOES HE NOT HAVE A STATE, AND IF HE IS IMPORTANT, WHY HAS HE NOT USED THIS HIS IMPORTANCE TAKE HIS STATE BETTER BEFORE EXTENDING HIS RESERVE TO A STATE THAT IS FAR MUCH BETTER THAN HIS STATE? BE REASONABLE AND STOP LIVING EXPOSING YOURSELF IN THE PUBLIC. OR DO YOU THINK NIGERIANS ARE STILL UNREASONABLE? BETTER CHECK IF YOU ARE THE ONE BEING UNREASONABLE. PLEASE, DESIST FROM THE ATTITUDE OF CALLING YOUTHS TO VIOLENCE WHEN YOU HAVE SENT YOUR OWN CHILDREN OVERSEAS TO SAFEGUAED AND EDUCATE AND EQUIP THEM FOR FUTURE. BRING YOUR OWN CHILDREN TO COME AND DO THE FIGHTING. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  3. Babs Ogunade

    October 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Am sure Amechi can never lay claim to being a saint,Not even his co-travellers by a long shot.
    The stories we have heard of him,his antecedents and his ways does not do him a ‘saintly’ justice.
    True,he comes to equity must do so with clean hands,but is there a wrong way of doing a right thing?
    Must the President descend to the gutters with him?

  4. Bola

    October 3, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Power comes from God and not Man not even the said New PDP devils. Baraje ask your self a simple question who is Governor Amaechi to all your claims and accusations to the national problems,how much has he kept all these in his state as well? Practise what you preach we can’t be fools for too long. President Jonathan is not perfect but has the perfect touch to all those problems if reasonable and well thinking Nigerians would support him in achieving it and not all these Power seeking agents. You all have politicised all sector of Nigeria such as Education etc making them go for irregular strikes to tarnish the President well you just end up making him solve such problems and make his tenure successful. Mean while ask Governor Amaechi of the Rivers State Surep fund paid to him? Amaechi is now using it for his evil quest to lure Innocent citizens of Rivers State to follow him or be denied of such right due to the state. Is that what you call a good Leadership quality? Come down to the state and see how he uses every single thing to play Politics to falsify the Presidency and FG and still seek such Positions too. Hmmmmmmm! We no go gree una at all o!

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