31st July, 2011
Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state has declared that the mounting crises and security threats bedevilling Nigeria is as a result of long-term failure of government to address some fundamental socio-economic challenges which culminated into hatred and anger among Nigerians.
Despite the enormous blessings God has given to Nigeria, coupled with strong tradition which ought to make the country a leader among its African peers and symbol of black race, Nigeria has failed to take its pride of place as poverty, hunger, illiteracy, crime and violence have continued to take a toll on the country, Lamido lamented. In his word, â€œafter 50 years of independence, we are in reverse gear that we cannot cater for basic infrastructure that would better the lives of our people,â€ Governor Lamido decried. The Governor spoke in his office while receiving the members of course 33 of Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies,NIPSS, from Kuru in Jos, who were in the state for a study tour with theme â€Managing Nigeriaâ€™s Pluralism for Peace and National Development.â€ They were led by Alhaji Adamu Abubakar. Lamido said failure of leaders to embrace patriotism has continued to jeopardised peace and tranquillity in the country, adding that it is only in Nigeria that leaders brainwash their people to engage in violence, killings and destruction of properties in order to derive political or economic gains emanating from the crises that may occur. He maintained that when crises occurred, no political leader Imams or Pastors dies, but hundreds of common people on the streets lose their lives in scores, stressing the need for Nigerian leaders to be patriotic and fear God, just as he advocated using dialogue in times of crises, rather than making utterances and actions capable of dividing our country. Lamido challenged the participants to see Nigeria as their constituency rather than tribe, religion, region they were from, also to engage in issues that will better the lives of Nigerian people. In his speech, the leader of the delegation, Alhaji Adamu Abubakar commended the Governor Lamido for his developmental project in Jigawa state, adding that evidences abound that Lamido’s administrtion is a blessing to the Jigawa people. Adamu who is also a Director of Administration in NIPPS said that what they witnessed in state is a sign that Lamido runs a people-oriented government, adding that the best thing that happened to the Jigawa people is the coming of a transparent and patriotic leader like Lamido.
By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Dutse