The apex socio-cultural group of the South South geo-political zone, Pan Niger Delta Discussion board, PANDEF, has expressed its disappointment that at 60 years previous, Nigeria is still crawling regardless of its human and pure sources.
Nationwide Chairman of PANDEF, and former navy administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, retd, made the assertion whereas reacting to how Nigeria has fared at 60years of independence.
His phrases, “To be very sincere it has been a disappointment that at 60years Nigeria is still crawling. Any individual that is 60years previous shouldn’t be crawling. There is no means a 60year previous particular person may be graded with toddler. We aren’t the place we must be at this age.
“And we should always take this critically as a result of no matter Nigeria does is a mirrored image on what the black man is. We’re the most important inhabitants of blacks on the planet and so if we carry ourselves down like toddler, that is the way in which the world will take a look at each black particular person.
“There are lots of nations which can be black however due to our inhabitants they are going to be wanting as much as us. In the entire black race Nigeria is the largest focus, so if Nigeria fails, that is the black race that has failed. We shouldn’t be happy with being champions of Africa although now there are a lot of African international locations which can be doing higher than we’re doing”
The PANDEF chairman identified how different African international locations corresponding to Ghana, and South Africa are disrespecting and messing Nigeria up due to its weak overseas coverage, which in line with him displays that the nation itself is weak.
He pressured that to maneuver Nigeria ahead that Nigerians particularly the leaders should shun ethnicity and non secular intolerance, and study to reside collectively peacefully as brothers and sisters.
“There are such a lot of issues that we shouldn’t be comfortable about. It is not solely infrastructure that you just take a look at. We should always take a look at ‘are we getting the respect we should get on the planet? In fact we’re not.
“Contemplating issues on non secular traces, ethnic traces, won’t transfer this nation ahead. I hope that the identical God that gave us this nation will assist us to turn out to be a nation, and in addition assist to open our eyes and see issues past ethnic and non secular traces.
“And now we have the human sources, now we have the pure sources that God has endowed us with, which requires good management to impress it. Maybe that is the place now we have failed essentially the most.
“Once you take a look at our degree of improvement, we can’t even get pleasure from secure electrical energy provide
So once we take a look at all these parameters we’d really feel happy however now we have not performed effectively sufficient for the obligations placed on us, so there is nothing truly to have fun”, Nkanga stated.