14th September, 2012
Former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Festus Iyayi, has described Nigeria as a country in serious chaos as every part that makes up its sectors are in shambles.Prof. Iyayi, who was the guest lecturer at the Gani Fawehinmi Annual Scholarship Awards 2012, said the citizens had become disenchanted and disappointed following their belief that the country’s democracy would bring more blessings than the military era.
He further said the Nigerian leaders had become too neck-deep in corruption that they had become deaf to the cries of those they purport to lead.He said the situation had gone beyond advising those in authority, but that Nigerians should rather begin to think of sending them back to their homes.
The lecturer at the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Benin, lamented that the Human Development Index (HDI), which rates countries in all aspect of existence, has ranked Nigeria 154 out of the 184 countries on its list even though the country is the ninth most resource endowed nation on earth.
The university don also slammed Nigerians as well as student bodies in the country of keeping silent in the face of the many challenges in the country.He lamented that while many Nigerians were living in hopelessness and facing diseases that have been long eradicated in other countries, those in government had continued to travel abroad for trivial medical issues.
“To our eternal shame, our rich and powerful have to be flown outside the country for medical treatment, not only at great financial cost but also at great cost to our pride as a people. Obasanjo’s wife, Stella, died in Spain, Odumegwu Ojukwu died in England, late President Yar’Adua was taken to American hospitals in Germany and Saudi Arabia before he was pronounced dead in Aso Rock.”No Nigerian can tell where he actually died but in the meantime, US. and British intelligence agencies not only have details of his medical records; they can tell us to the second, the actual time and place of his death.”
He also carpeted the presidency for causing the misinformation in the country concerning the health of the country’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.He said the level of greed in government is never enough as all the leaders do is to get to the seat of power and loot as much as they wanted.He said the country’s education system is now demoralising and that stakeholders should stop looking at the government but come together to save the system as the government had failed.
He also took time to explain the effect of the continued borrowing by the Federal Government even though the country is blessed with a lot of resources.The university don hit hard at the Minister of Finance and coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, over the country’s debt profile calling her a hypocrite.According to him, while in the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala had argued that buying back the country’s debt was the best for the country.
He said the woman promised that the country would not borrow again and that there were many benefits to be made from buying back the country’s debt.”In April 2012, their Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, told the nation that the nation’s total debt stock was now $44 billion with $5.9 billion in external debts and $38.1 billion or N5.6 trillion in domestic debts.”Another N559.6 billion, she said had been set aside in the 2012 budget to service the domestic and external debts.”She then went on to tell the nation the situation was healthy for the economy,” he said asking why someone who had made a lot of promises against borrowing some years ago was now talking about borrowing being healthy for the same nation.
“The only aspect of our national life that can be said to be in great and excellent shape and for which most of the debts were incurred is corruption.”…It would be a waste of time to think that the solution to the problem is to point out the danger in our situation to members of the Nigeria’s ruling elites.”It would even be a greater waste of time to make recommendations to them about attending urgently to the danger.”Nigerian leaders are too neck-deep sucking the nectar of corruption and the privileged but subservient and lazy life that nothing, absolutely nothing will persuade them to change course and avoid perdition.He urged the intellectuals, the patriotic and progressive forces in the country to come together and rescue it from the hands of those who are bent on destroying it.Twenty scholarships were awarded to students in various parts of the country, including Anambra, Ebonyi, Kwara, Kebbi, Kano, Benue and Nassarawa, Ondo, Osun, Lagos and others.a